Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)
"Bai ri yan huo" (original title)

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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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Credited cast:
Fan Liao ...
Zhang Zili
Lun Mei Gwei ...
Wu Zhizhen
Xuebing Wang ...
Liang Zhijun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jingchun Wang
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.

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So dull
25 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are definitely some impressive technical flourishes here. The lighting and the colors used are gorgeous, and really do highlight a lot of the film's atmosphere, which is the other good thing about it. It's able to achieve atmosphere in a rather surprising way, but it's just too bad hat that atmosphere is wasted and doesn't really highlight much. The acting is decent, but the story and the screenplay leave a lot to be desired. The characters just aren't developed all that well, and just are so, so dull. The film's sense of pacing and development are non- existent. I don't think this is anything worthwhile, although I'm sure many will like it just fine.

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