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The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui (original title)

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Releases March 6, 2020
A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

Director:

Yi'nan Diao

Writer:

Yi'nan Diao
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ge Hu ... Zenong Zhou
Lun-Mei Kwei ... Aiai Liu
Fan Liao ... Captain Liu
Regina Wan ... Shujun Yang (as Wan Qian)
Dao Qi Dao Qi ... Hua Hua (as Liang Qi)
Jue Huang Jue Huang ... Yan Ge
Zeng Meihuizi Zeng Meihuizi
Yicong Zhang Yicong Zhang ... Xiao Dongbei
Yongzhong Chen Yongzhong Chen ... Client
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chloe Maayan ... Ping Ping
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Storyline

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

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Crime | Drama

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China | France

Language:

Chinese

Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,009,974
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.89 : 1
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The film was shot in Wuhan dialect, instead of Standard Mandarin. Hence, most of Chinese audiences, like all foreign audiences, actually have to read the subtitles in order to understand what the characters are saying. See more »

Soundtracks

Bengawan Solo
Written by Gesang Martohartono
Arrangement by Peng Dou
Sung by Ge Hu
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A unique Chinese crime film
8 December 2019 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

Filmed in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Chinese gangster thriller The Wild Goose Lake is an accessible and stylistic crime film that brings the visual sensibilities of filmmakers like Michael Mann and Nicolas Winding Refn to a whole new landscape.

Directed by Yi'nan Diao, Lake is the type of film that favors visual and composition over dialogue and character building, as we follow Ge Hu's wounded gangster Zenong Zhou, who finds himself wanted and hunted by cops and fellow criminals alike as he attempts to survive by hiding out in the lawless and violence ridden area of Wild Goose Lake.

It's a great set-up and Diao makes good use of his unique surrounds as the films unique time and place helps mask the fact that the story at the heart of Lake is one we've seen done countless times before from various corners of the globe.

It's a good thing the films are so visually pleasing, from night time scooter rides to bloodthirsty fight scenes, as Hu gets lumped with a rather charisma free centerpiece that never feels as alive as the places he finds himself in, while all of the films supports feel rather forgettable and cookie-cutter also in a landscape filled with generic goons, cops and paperback style token love interests and female hangers-on.

Despite the weak plot line and even weaker caricatures, Lake manages to hold your interest throughout as we remain unsure where things will go and Diao makes sure that every scene is filled with wonderfully framed and captured imagery, often basked in a neon glow and scored moodily, Lake is feast for the senses that doesn't engage the heart but certainly engages aesthetically in a way that is exciting for Chinese cinema moving forward.

Final Say -

The Wild Goose Lake is a crime film that's going to be a big hit for those that have enjoyed other recent visually focused offerings like Only God Forgives and Drive and while the film fails to break any new ground, its intriguing setting and design makes this a sensory feast with a fresh Chinese twist.

3 umbrella's out of 5


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