Blind Shaft (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blind Shaft (2003)



Critic Consensus: A taut, biting critique on the new economic conditions in China.

Movie Info

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.


Li Yixiang
as Song Jinming
Shuangbao Wang
as Tang Zhaoyang
Wang Baoqiang
as Yuan Fengming
An Jing
as Xiao Hong
Bao Zhenjiang
as Boss Huang
Zhao Junzhi
as Miss Ma
Yining Wang
as Mamasan
Liu Zhenqi
as Lao Li
Zhang Lulu
as Waitress
Li Yan
as Xiao Fang
Nie Weihua
as Boss Wang
Jian Chengwen
as Ticket Seller
Zhi Lei
as Karaoke Manager
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Critic Reviews for Blind Shaft

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15)

Fresh, stark and consistently uncompromising, Li Yang's Blind Shaft is an exceptional Chinese film noir.

March 26, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

March 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Engrossing because of its amazingly well-documented milieu, which German-trained writer-director Li Yang filmed on location in the northern provinces.

March 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Makes for gripping, merciless drama.

March 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unfolds as fast and mercilessly as the way Song and Tang approach their victims: It sideswipes us.

March 18, 2004 | Full Review…

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.

March 12, 2004

Audience Reviews for Blind Shaft

This morality tale flows with good speed and characterizations leading to a conclusion that seems appropriate. Great story telling.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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