Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) 2015

Black Coal, Thin Ice

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Two former cops start investigating the series of murders that tanked their careers when the killings begin again.

Cast & Crew

Fan Liao
Zhang Zili
Lun-Mei Guey
Wu Zhizhen
Xuebing Wang
Liang Zhijun
Yinan Diao
Screenwriter
Vivian Qu
Producer
Shen Yang
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Daniel J. Victor
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Zi Wen
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Critic Reviews for Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (23) | 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…
  • Puzzling out the whos, the whys and the WTFs of this marvellously oddball case takes a back seat to drinking in the film's dark, shining evocation of night and the city.

    June 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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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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