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Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Bai ri yan huo (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 21 March 2014 (China)
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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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Yi'nan Diao

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Yi'nan Diao
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Cast overview:
Fan Liao ... Zhang Zili
Lun-Mei Kwei ... Wu Zhizhen
Xuebing Wang ... Liang Zhijun
Jingchun Wang ... Rong Rong
Ailei Yu Ailei Yu ... Captain Wang
Jingyang Ni Jingyang Ni ... Su Lijuan
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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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Nobody is untraceable. Answers want to be found. Bet on your life to win back love.


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Chinese tale of murder, intrigue, coal and skating
16 July 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

The plot is that two cops who have had their careers ruined, by a case that went horribly wrong, decide to reunite. This they do after a murder that has striking similarities to the one that floored them happens again.

Zhang Zili has lost everything, his wife, the job he loved and has turned to the bottle as he goes through the motions as an underpaid security guard. Then he gets the chance to solve the case that is his nemesis. This is not a police procedural though; this has elements of the heart, base existentialism and even dark humour.

This is from director and writer Yi'nan Diao who brought us 'Night Train' and 'Uniform'. He comes from a very industrialised part of China and this is generally reflected in his films - and indeed it is here. Also the loneliness that comes from the isolating capacity of industrialised living. This though is a confident and assured piece of film making. Even when I thought a scene or two had stayed going a tad too long, he just reveals why and all of a sudden you are right back on track. In Mandarin and running to around 100 minutes this will appeal to those who appreciate modern Chinese cinema and who like a bit of dark brooding to their crime thrillers.


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