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Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Overview


Genre

Thriller, Romance, Crime

Release Date

March 21, 2014 (China)

Duration

106 min.

Studio

Boneyard Entertainment China

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Diao Yinan

Producer

Vivian Qu

Screenwriter

Diao Yinan

Starring

  • Liao Fan
  • Kwai Lun-Mei
  • Wang Xuebing
  • Wang Jingchun
  • Yu Ailei
  • Ni Jingyang

Story


Northern China, 1999. The grisly discovery of several corpses is made in a small town. A bloody incident during the attempt to capture the alleged murderer leaves two police officers dead and another badly injured. The surviving officer Zhang Zili is suspended from duty; he takes a job as a security guard at a factory. Five years later, another series of mysterious murders occurs. Aided by a former colleague, Zhang decides to investigate under his own initiative. He discovers that all the victims were connected to Wu Zhizhen, a young woman who works at a dry cleaners. Pretending to be a customer, Zhang begins to observe her and finds himself falling in love with the reticent Wu Zhizhen. One cold winter's day he makes a horrific discovery. His life now in danger, he realises it is not always possible to separate guilt from innocence.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a bleak but powerful, carefully controlled detective thriller in which - as with all the best noirs - there are no real heroes or villains, only various states of compromise..”
by Scott Foundas [Variety]
“..a fascinating exercise in style that will entrance the critics and leave audiences scratching their heads..”
by Deborah Young [Hollywood Reporter]