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Mang jing (2003)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 10 November 2005 (Germany)
Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident ... See full summary »


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Shuangbao Wang ... Tang Zhaoyang
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Zhenjiang Bao Zhenjiang Bao ... First boss
Sun Wei Sun Wei ... Tang Zhaoxia
Jun Zhao ... Miss Ma
Yining Wang ... Mamasan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Li Cao Li Cao
Yang Cao Yang Cao
Zhimei Dong Zhimei Dong
Changwen Jan Changwen Jan
Yan Li Yan Li
Zhenji Liu Zhenji Liu
Yong'an Mao Yong'an Mao ... (as Yongan Mao)


Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident hushed up. For their latest "mark," they choose a naive teenager from a small village, and as they prepare to carry out their newest plan, things start to get complicated... Written by Verbal-17

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Release Date:

10 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hei xue: Black Snow See more »

Filming Locations:

Yi Ma District, Henan, China


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,550, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,272, 11 April 2004
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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on Mainland Chinese writer Xingang Liu's short novel "Shen Mu" (Sacred Wood). The French translation of it is titled as its film adaptation, "Le puits aveugle". See more »


Referenced in Telma demain (2005) See more »

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Art or Noir? A great film which transcends genre
20 May 2008 | by CantripZSee all my reviews

Two men befriend itinerant workers in order get them work in the mines posing as a relative... then they kill them and, as family, claim compensation.

After a successful score, the pair find a fresh-faced youth just come from the country and take him under their wing planning to start over again - but their new protégé is a genuine innocent, and their relationship shifts around him until it becomes clear that their plan won't run so smoothly this time around...

I've seen this described both as an art-house character drama and as a kind of noir thriller, and while neither description is wrong both ideas of the movie lack something. It's neither - it's just an excellent film.

If it's a character drama, it scores: all three central characters are brilliantly played and have the idiosyncratic, sometimes inconsistent feel of real people. You laugh with them and feel for them, even when sometimes you shouldn't.

If it's a noir it also scores: bleak, honed to a sharp point and without an ounce of fat on, it's a mesmeric film in which the viewer is compelled to keep watching... in spite of the inescapable feeling that it's not going to end happily.

On the other hand, it's visually a world apart from the majority of Chinese art movies. With no music to relieve the realism, it eschews sumptuous visuals in favour of a raw, documentary style which pays off from the first scene, impressing on the viewer the mundane nature of its characters and how chilling simple their plan is.

Unlike most noir flicks, it's not overtly a thriller. Events unfold at their own pace, without the careful buildup and the climactic peak of the traditional thriller, and the murder and crime are presented as a part of these men's lives rather than the central subject of the film.

The central subject of the film is people, and that's where this film's unique impact lies. Not a film noir and not an art film, this is just a fine film which also happens to be a work of art.

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