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

June 13, 2015
Black Coal, Thin Ice twists and turns as it goes: even the jolting electronic music over the end credits springs another surprise.
June 5, 2015
Maybe the angriest movie from mainland China since Li Yang's Blind Mountain.
June 4, 2015
What's fascinating is not merely the plot, but the wonderfully shot background, red and green neon on a grey townscape.
June 4, 2015
It never quite catches fire, but it has a curious atmosphere of its own: menacing, pregnant with unease.
June 4, 2015
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 1, 2015
Moments of thrilling visual beauty are studded through this dour Chinese thriller like diamonds through a seam of coal.
April 9, 2015
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.
June 12, 2014
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.