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58th BFI London Film Festival – Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

26 September 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Black Coal, Thin Ice, 2014.

Directed by Yi’nan Diao.

Starring Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang, Jinchun Wang and Ailei Yu.


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.

Winner of this year’s coveted Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice comes upon a huge wave of both expectation and critical acclaim. Lauded with such positivity increases the pressure on the film to truly deliver, but despite its technical brilliance and flashes of greatness, Black Coal is ultimately a huge disappointment.

Beginning in 1999 in the Chinese suburbs, Black Coal follows Zhang Zhili (Silver Bear winner Fan Liao) a young police detective who is thrust into a case against a serial killer who is a fan of decapitating his victims and then dumping the parts into coalmines. »

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