Cine Expat: #78 The Wild Goose Lake

Regie: Diao Yinan, China, 113 MIN, , 16+

Cast: Fan Liao, Lun-Mei Kwei, Hugh Hu


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In light of recent events we’d like to update you on the current situation in our cinema. We remain open for the time being and try to follow the new guidelines as given to us by the government. This means that the screening of The Wild Goose Lake is still on for Sunday, but we’ve reduced our seating capacity. If anything changes about the situation we will try to inform you as soon as possible. We ask for your understanding for any inconvenience these measures may cause. If you have questions, feel free to contact our colleagues at 020 – 623 66 15

A man and a woman meet in the pouring rain. He is the leader of a gang, she is a prostitute. It is clear from the opening scene of The Wild Goose Lake: this is film noir. Like the classic noirs visualized the underbelly of the USA post-World War II, Director Diao Yi’Nan shows us the debauchery of contemporary China.

The lead actors from Daiao’s previous film Black Coal, Thin Ice are reunited. He does set a new course with this highly stylised successor. The plot is simple – the criminal, the prostitute, on the run from everything and everyone. But in The Wild Goose Lake it is all deliberately messed up until it becomes almost abstract.