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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
So you think "In Cold Blood" was chilling? Or how about "The Honeymoon Killers"? "Strangers on a Train"? "The Onion Field"? or "Rope"? Most people think "Silence of the Lambs" is the ultimate serial-killer film; and it is very good, I must say. But these are all Disney tales compared to this Chinese film.
"Blind Shaft", directed and written by Li Yang is the best serial-killer film ever made. Sez who? Sez me; I have seen them all; and this is it. Most serial-killer films deal with a clever cop and a crazed killer, who eventually trips himself up. That is not the case here. As in the film "Rope" by Hitchcock, there are two antagonists; partners in the unspeakable. But in "Rope" we are only talking about one victim. Multiply that by several planned killings, and you have the intensity of "Blind Shaft" . Two working-class miners who concoct an ingenious scheme to make lots of money by killing completely innocent victims. It is absolutely fascinating to watch. Killing to them is like taking a shower or eating lunch; just part of the day. A rare treat if you are lucky enough to see the film.
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