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Plot: Two former cops start investigating the series of murders that tanked their careers when the killings begin again.
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Classic Noir meets Chinese Realism
In snow covered streets surrounded by perpetual darkness detectives and suspects are made distinguishable only by the soft glow of neon signs. Faces are shrouded by shadow, characters motives are unclear. We are in very classic noir territory in Black Coal, Thin Ice.
A brutal murder occurs in Northern China. Severed limbs appear simultaneously across the country in coal plants. The investigation into the murder is botched, leaving detective Zhang Zili injured, ashamed and without a job. Five years later, body parts are found in coal plants. Now an alcoholic and working as a security guard, Zhang once again finds himself in the pursuit of the mysterious mass murderer. The only connection between the two cases is a beautiful dry cleaning assistant Wu Zhizhen, who soon becomes the object of Zhang’s obsession.
An intriguing combination of neo-noir and Chinese realism, Black Coal, Thin Ice demonstrates director Yi’nan Diao’s genre literacy. From the lighting, to the troubled anti-hero, to the femme-fatale, the film is full of noir tropes. What makes the film unique is the camera’s continual shift to the mundane. Unlike the modern Tarantino-inspired trend, the revelations and acts of violence are down-played. Plot takes a back seat to atmosphere as the audience is immersed in a bleak, nihilistic vision of modern China.
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice has been a hit with critics but it’s hard to see it winning any audience awards. The slow pace and dark, defeatist world view will be a turn off for most audience but if you don’t view those as detractors, and if you are a fan of noir then this is a film to see.
Icy Sea of Love
Haunted by an unsolved serial killer case in which dead body parts turned up in coal trucks across the country, a former detective attempts to place the pieces together when similar murders recur in this acclaimed Chinese crime drama. The film gets off to a solid start with creepy shots of the dead body parts amidst all the coal as well as an eerie factory where everyone is a suspect. Fan Liao (Berlin Best Actor winner) is solid as the detective in question, however, the film loses much of its edge as it flashes forward five years to the unsolved murders recurring. There is a lot to like in how compelled the former detective feels to solve the case, and the killer’s motives when revealed leave food for thought, however, his investigation is dragged out to the point that any suspense, tension or urgency soon dissipates. Cast as an alluring dry cleaner connected to the murders, Lun Mei Gwei gives the second half of a film a significant boost in a turn that has been compared to Ellen Barkin in ‘Sea of Love’ as our protagonist wrestles with romancing her but also suspecting her. She is not quite enough though to render the final part of the film anywhere near as impressive as its opening. The abrupt ending is also one of the most baffling of any film in recent times. Fortunately, the killer’s confession and motives manage to linger vividly in one’s mind long afterwards; suffice is to say, the revelation of the killer is bittersweet in the best possible way. With its deathly slow pacing, one’s mileage here is likely to vary, but the story certain leaves an impact.
Original Language zh
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director Yi’nan Diao
Writer Yi’nan Diao
Actors Fan Liao, Gwei Lun-Mei, Xuebing Wang
Awards 28 wins & 46 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Red Epic
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Redcode RAW (6K) (source format)
Printed Film Format Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)