Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice)

2015

Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice)

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An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Cast

Liao Fan
as Zhang Zili
Gwei Lunmei
as Wu Zhizhen
Xuebing Wang
as Liang Zhijun

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Critic Reviews for Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (1)

  • Maybe the angriest movie from mainland China since Li Yang's Blind Mountain.

    June 5, 2015 | Rating: 5/5
  • What's fascinating is not merely the plot, but the wonderfully shot background, red and green neon on a grey townscape.

    June 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • It never quite catches fire, but it has a curious atmosphere of its own: menacing, pregnant with unease.

    June 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Moments of thrilling visual beauty are studded through this dour Chinese thriller like diamonds through a seam of coal.

    June 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer/director Diao Yinan's brilliant and beautifully stylized Chinese noir transfixes the viewer with its cynical cops, hazardous settings and a mysterious aura of days gone by before delivering a devious denouement.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The final reel is visually interesting in ways nobody could anticipate; it is also smugly perplexing, as if the filmmaker took joy from the knowledge virtually nobody would understand it.

    June 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 02, 2015
    It is baffling to see that the Berlin International Film Festival gave the Golden Bear to this sterile movie that plods along through some very dull revelations and doesn't work in any level: not as a mystery/thriller/film noir, nor as a romance, nor even as a character study.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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