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: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
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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.

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