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Black Coal Thin Ice (Blu-ray) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A, DVD

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Black Coal Thin Ice (Blu-ray) (US Version)

Customer Review of "Black Coal Thin Ice (Blu-ray) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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numinair
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November 10, 2014

This customer review refers to Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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A contrasting murder movie of coal and ice Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘Black Coal Thin Ice’ considering its Chinese title ‘Daylight Fireworks’ gave me unexpected realism this Saturday night as I watched it in the UK, as fireworks whizzed and boomed left, right and centre outside our house. Plus our central heating boiler packed in again making for a cold atmosphere befitting the movie’s bleak snowy townscape.

BCTI interested me by the noir aspect as I’d not long ago read the 80s sci-fi noir cyberspace novel ‘Neuromancer’ (a popular sci-fi novel I never read in the 80s by William Gibson) and although I’m not a massive fan of the genre, I quite enjoy the noir style more so probably by the way it finds its way into other tastes I have (anime/sci-fi). ‘Black Coal Thin Ice’ though for me is also black satire and I gathered that by the unusual plot introduction and especially when divorced detective Zhang Zili (Liao Fan) is found slumped drunk on the tilt exit of a motor vehicle underpass and gets his motorbike casually stolen by a ‘concerned’ citizen, the latter leaving his purring scooter behind as a swop. The dark plot is intro 1999 and concerns coal workers gruesome finds of a human man’s body parts found in coal convey belts but also scattered widely around the town of Heilongjiang province. Zhang Zili and his side kick cop Wang (Yu Ailei) locate a perpetrator at an hairdressers where two policemen are then killed in a gunfire botch job, Zhang quickly suspended from his duties. The story moves on to 2004 where Zhang is slumped drunk external to the snow carpeted traffic tunnel getting his motor bike stolen from the passer by, his job working as a security guard. But like ghosts from the cold misty past, two more body part murders recur which brings Zhang and his colleague Wang to join forces again to finally locate the murderer. Their cigarette imbibed and weary weather beaten traces lead to a widower Zhizhen (Lun Mei Guey) a quiet woman who works in a small launderette, an unreadable woman, romantically linked to the three murdered men with scattered body parts. Zhang is so curious about Zhizhen he not only followers her around the bleak snow trodden town for truth and frequenting the launderette for facts, but also gets emotionally involved with her for love passion – a possible deadly femme fatale.
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November 10, 2014

This customer review refers to Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Bleak surroundings, murder in thin ice Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘Black Coal Thin Ice’ has a mystery plot that is minimal and illusive but quickly revealing and befittingly predictable – but a detective plot that is not the overall richness of this movie. Where BCTI really works is the black humorous satire amidst cold industrial murder reflected in a dangerous love tension that is quite symbolic by the ‘cutting’ murder weapon, the rugged cop characters (Wang having that almost 1950s rock n roll vibe) and the mystery woman Zhizhen, her allure uncertain of her predicament as a femme fatale or kept woman. And the snowy bleak industrial landscape - shadowy noir accentuated cinematography of battered trains hurtling across steel bridges amidst cold alienating snow and first person perspectives of an underpass out into snow, the neon town signs, Zhang and Zhizhen's cold passion inside a ferrish wheel and of course heavy coated (and heavy smoking) tense detective work surrounding a dubious (but not what she seems) femme fatale. Fireworks, too, of course, but that’s the abrupt finality of it all. A big bang. Zhizhen also weirdly enough reminded me of T-ara’s Eunyoung a bit by the hair style.

To approach this movie, don’t expect the grim plot alone to be the main reason to watch it, but more so the hidden beauty of the well photographed true reality of the bleak city and noir shadowed cinematograph, the richly veiled and revealling complex characters that reflect the explosive and scattered - of it all. Maybe the fireworks (a character going a bit off the rails at the end) signifing the madness amidst the steel cities of light. Possession and love? Oh heck its a dark noir satire and its very good.
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