Blind Shaft
Blind Shaft (2003)

A pair of murderers cover up their crimes via the archaic working conditions of coal mining in China in this award-winning psychological drama from director Li Yang. Blind Shaft centers on two men who have a grisly scheme: They persuade… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 17, 2004
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94%
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84%


Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A taut, biting critique on the new economic conditions in China.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Fresh, stark and consistently uncompromising, Li Yang's Blind Shaft is an exceptional Chinese film noir.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

Makes for gripping, merciless drama.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As a thriller, it's a pretty solid affair -- and there's no getting away from how unsettling the tone is.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

While the lack of a musical track, energizing editing and visual variety makes Blind Shaft tedious viewing at times, the story is strong enough to sustain interest.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Unfolds as fast and mercilessly as the way Song and Tang approach their victims: It sideswipes us.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

An auspicious first feature; although relentlessly benighted, it is nevertheless beautifully filmed and well-acted.

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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune

Engrossing because of its amazingly well-documented milieu, which German-trained writer-director Li Yang filmed on location in the northern provinces.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Following the story is like walking down a mine shaft. Even with a weak headlamp, you kind of know where it's going, and it can't be good. But follow it you do, thanks to Yang's relentless, verite-style filmmaking.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

A descent into the hellish depths of one of those many recently privatized coal mines under China's new flirtation with the market economy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
This morality tale flows with good speed and characterizations leading to a conclusion that seems appropriate. Great story telling.
Dimitris Springer
A deliberately offensive uppercut to Chinese moral significance by a new director of the post-generation X of China.The near thriller elements of Blind Shaft… More