Blind Shaft (2003)
Critic Consensus: A taut, biting critique on the new economic conditions in China.
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A pair of murderers cover up their crimes via the archaic working conditions of coal mining in China in this award-winning psychological drama from director Li Yang. Blind Shaft centers on two men who have a grisly scheme: They persuade their victims to work in a local mine, plot their "accidental" deaths, then pose as the relatives of the dead men to collect their meager compensation. But when one of the killers starts to feel sympathy for their next victim, an ambitious young man, he listens to his conscience instead of his amoral co-conspirator. Blind Shaft won the Silver Bear at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. … More
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as Song Jinming
as Tang Zhaoyang
as Yuan Fengming
as Xiao Hong
as Boss Huang
as Miss Ma
as Lao Li
as Xiao Fang
as Xiao Li
as Boss Wang
as Mu Jie
as Ticket Seller
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Critic Reviews for Blind Shaft
Fresh, stark and consistently uncompromising, Li Yang's Blind Shaft is an exceptional Chinese film noir.
While the lack of a musical track, energizing editing and visual variety makes Blind Shaft tedious viewing at times, the story is strong enough to sustain interest.
Engrossing because of its amazingly well-documented milieu, which German-trained writer-director Li Yang filmed on location in the northern provinces.
Unfolds as fast and mercilessly as the way Song and Tang approach their victims: It sideswipes us.
Following the story is like walking down a mine shaft. Even with a weak headlamp, you kind of know where it's going, and it can't be good. But follow it you do, thanks to Yang's relentless, verite-style filmmaking.
Audience Reviews for Blind Shaft
This morality tale flows with good speed and characterizations leading to a conclusion that seems appropriate. Great story telling.
A deliberately offensive uppercut to Chinese moral significance by a new director of the post-generation X of China.The near thriller elements of Blind Shaft are the heartbeat of his research.I'd normally accuse the script's tendency to drama but the acting is stellar and the unexpected finale events are as ironic as any Coen Brothers "dramedy" film.
The last great Chinese movie I saw. Very funny and realistic depiction of modern China, with that hilarious line, "Okay, we'll first get him laid, then we'll kill him."
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