Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice)


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



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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.

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Fan Liao
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 (21) | Top Critics (4)

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

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Apr 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.

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

The light bathes faces and streets, gives visibility to the drives of the characters and in more than a moment offers glimpses about their fears and their secrets. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Its noir detective style pays homage to classic Hollywood tropes, but this is an unapologetically arthouse piece that impresses most for its gloriously dark visuals.

Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

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.

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