A follow-up to his awarding-winning Black Coal, Thin Ice, acclaimed Chinese genre filmmaker Diao Yinan is back with The Wild Goose Lake, a sumptuously stylized crime noir scheduled for a U.S. theatrical release this March. An official selection at Cannes, TIFF, and NYFF, Film Movement has now unveiled the new trailer.
The film follows the trajectory of a Chinese small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong (Hu Ge) who accidentally kills a cop, forcing him to avoid the bounty placed on his head from cops and other gangsters hoping to procure the award for themselves. Along the way he entwines himself with an enigmatic call girl Liu Aiai (Kawi Lun-Mei) who may have hidden ulterior motives of her own.
Our contributor Nick Newman placed it as one of his top ten films of 2019, and our review by Josh Lewis lauded the film, praising it as “ a strange combination of filmic tools means it comes tinged with a unique, near-cosmic portent, revealing even more so than his last film a much richer, wounded existentialism about two lonely, desperate people simply surviving in a dilapidated, contemporary Mainland China.”