Black Coal, Thin Ice 3 Minutes Review.


Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice is definitely a masterpiece of framing and composition, there are no shots that makes you feel unconsidered in other words out of place. The winner of the Berlin Film Festival's prestigious Golden Bear, unusually portrays neo-noir films with ironic elements. 

Gruesome murder. Mysterious Widow. With an alcoholic ex-cop being haunted by the case he couldn't solve. Yinan refuses to satisfy his audience with exposition, instead he forces them to join the dots themselves. 

Even though it's said to have a minimalistic plotting, however that wasn't the true master. It was Dong Jinsong's breathtaking cinematography. The pale white snow being lit up by neon light and a five-year time jump conveyed in a single unbroken shot. 

Liao Fan, Gwei Lun-Mei, Wang Xuebing | RUNNING TIME 106 Minutes | YEAR 2014 | LANGUAGE Mandarin | SUBTITLE LANGUAGE English | GENER Crime Thriller, Drama | RATINGS NC16

Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2015 
Showing: 22 April 2015, 7 pm
Golden Village Suntec City
Get your tickets here.

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