BLACK COAL, THIN ICE
[白日焰火 BAI RI YAN HUO]
Five years ago, a string of unsolved murders in a snowy corner of northern China ended the career of detective Zhang Zili (Fan Liao) ignominiously. He's since been reduced to a drunken security guard. But when two new murders occur bearing the uncaught killer's modus operandi, Zhang is motivated back into action. Both the cold case and the new murders have circumstantial ties to a woman, employed at the Rong Rong laundry. Zhang tails her, interviews her and soon falls for her. But is she a key witness, or a femme fatale? Winner of both the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and the Best Actor prize for Fan Liao as the doom-courting detective. DIR/SCR Yi'nan Diao; PROD Vivian Qu. China, 2014, color, 110 min. In Mandarin with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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