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Mang jing (2003)

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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Yang Li

Writer:

Yang Li

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Cast

Credited cast:
Qiang Li Qiang Li ... Song Jinming (as Yi Xiang Li)
Baoqiang Wang ... Yuan Fengming
Shuangbao Wang ... Tang Zhaoyang
Jing Ai Jing Ai ... Xiao Hong
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)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

China | Germany | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

10 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hei xue: Black Snow See more »

Filming Locations:

Yi Ma District, Henan, China

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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

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Referenced in Telma demain (2005) See more »

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Best Serial Killer Film of All Time
11 August 2018 | by arthur_taferoSee all my reviews

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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