Watch: Trailer for Diao Yinan's Award-Winning 'Black Coal, Thin Ice'
"You think anyone ever wins at this game?" StudioCanal has premiered a new UK trailer for Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice, the film that won the top prize – the Golden Bear – at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014, the same year as Boyhood. It has taken a year to show up in the UK and still doesn't even have a US release yet. The mystery involves an ex-cop who tries to solve a gruesome murder on his own, that ends up falling for the woman at the center of the case. But of course, who wouldn't fall for her? The cast includes Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei and Wang Xuebing. This is an interesting trailer with a few very intensely shocking moments in it, but they've certainly grabbed my attention. I'm interested in checking out the film.
Ex-cop Zhang Zili was seriously wounded five years earlier while working on a gruesome coal-plant murder case and forced to retire from the police force due to his injuries. Five years later, the killer strikes again, and Zhang, now a factory security guard, is determined to redeem himself and solve the case on his own. Leading his own investigation, he soon discovers that all of the victims seem to be related to a mysterious woman named Wu Zhizhen who works in a dry cleaning shop. As he attempts to find out her dark secrets, Zhang finds himself falling for her but, in uncovering the truth, ends up in great danger. Black Coal, Thin Ice is written & directed by Chinese filmmaker Yi'nan Diao, of Night Train previously. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale Film Festival last year. Despite this win, no US release has been arranged yet.