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THE WILD GOOSE LAKE

Set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan in central China, the elegantly down-and-dirty THE WILD GOOSE LAKE follows the desperate attempts of small-time mob boss Zhou Zenong (the charismatic Hu Ge) to stay alive after he mistakenly kills a cop and a dead-or-alive reward is put on his head.  Director Diao Yinan proves his action bona fides in a series of stylized set pieces and violent shocks, simultaneously devising a romance between Zhou and a mysterious young woman (Gwei Lun-mei) who’s out to either help or betray him. Diao deftly keeps multiple characters and chronologies spinning, while examining social changes of contemporary China. Chaotic and nocturnal, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is punctuated by long pursuits and stunningly choreographed gang fights, in a filmic geometry of arresting beauty and originality.

Diao Yinan was born in Xi'an, China, and studied dramatic literature at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. He has directed the features Uniform, Night Train, and Black Coal, Thin Ice. THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is a box office sensation in China, having grossed $23 million in its first week of release.

Official selection: 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Competition

Official selection:  2019 New York Film Festival, Main Slate

Official selection: 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, World Contemporary Cinema


The Wild Goose Lake (2019) 

Directed by: Diao Yinan

Written by: Diao Yinan

Cast: Hu Ge, Liao Fan, Gwei Lun-Mei

Mandarin with English subtitles

Runtime: 110 min

Distributor: Film Movement


Opens on Friday, March 6, 2020 in New York City at Film Forum

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