“A spellbinding pulp noir” (David Fear, Rolling Stone). Set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan in central China, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE manages to be both elegant and down-and-dirty. It follows the desperate attempts of small-time mob boss Zhou Zenong (the charismatic Hu Ge) to stay alive after he mistakenly kills a cop and a dead-or-alive reward is put on his head. Director Diao Yinan (UNIFORM; NIGHT TRAIN; BLACK COAL, THIN ICE) proves his action bona fides in a series of stylized set pieces and violent shocks as a romance forms between Zhou and a mysterious young woman (Gwei Lun-mei) who’s out to either help or betray him. Diao deftly keeps multiple characters and chronologies spinning, while examining social change in contemporary China. Chaotic and nocturnal, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is punctuated by long pursuits and stunningly choreographed gang fights, in a filmic geometry of arresting beauty and originality.
CHINA 2019 110 MINS. IN WUHAN DIALECT MANDARIN & FRENCH WITH ENGLISH AND MANDARIN SUBTITLES