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Black Coal, Thin Ice

Black Coal, Thin Ice
  • 2014
  • China
  • 110 min
  • Directed by: Yi'nan Diao
  • Cast: Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang
  • Language: Mandarin
  • UK release: 5 June 2015

In Northern China, a former detective (Liao Fan) reopens the murder case that had wrecked his career five years earlier. Golden Bear-winning crime drama, with somewhat convoluted plotting but stunning visuals, and fine performances from Fan and Lun-Mei Gwei.

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Black Coal, Thin Ice

1 Jun 20153 stars

Visually masterful, narratively confused third feature from Yi’nan Diao

In the wintery urban wilds of Northern China in 1999, dismembered body parts suddenly start appearing at coal factories and in dumpsters. Just as Detective Zhang Zili (Liao Fan) makes a major breakthrough in the case, he is involved in a botched arrest…

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