The Wild Goose Lake - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

The Wild Goose Lake
Mainland China | 2019 | 113’ | DCP | Colour | Chinese | Group: D
Director: Diao Yinan

2019/12/09 21:45 Macao Old Court Building

Programmer’s Note

After making the quintessential contemporary Chinese noir in Black Coal, Thin Ice five years ago, Diao Yinan journeys deeper into noir terrain with an elegant thriller which displays a virtuoso command of the medium. A gangster, laconically played by Hu Ge, goes on the run from a rival gang, accidentally kills a cop, hides out with a femme fatale and waits for his wife and redemption. But plot is less significant here than the striking visual design: this is the world of the night, drenched in perpetual rain and lit by scorching neon. And the film is punctuated by a series of stunning setpieces that would make Tarantino and Park Chan-wook envious. An underground gangster brawl, a motorcycle chase, a cat-and-mouse pursuit through a dimly lit housing block and a killing by umbrella which is positively avant garde. Aided by his brilliant DoP Dong Jingsong, Diao choreographs a dark – and darkly beautiful – ballet of criminals and lowlifes which takes the breath away.

– Mike Goodridge


He encounters her while on the run after a deadly shootout between gangs. A prostitute risking all to gain her freedom… The Wild Goose Lake, a place not found on the map… In the last 24 hours of their life, they embark on a deadly gamble in the middle of a manhunt, confronting fate for the last time…


Diao Yinan

Diao Yinan graduated from the Dramatic Literature Department in The Central Academy of Drama and wrote many avant-garde theatre plays before he started to write for film and television. After writing films such as Zhang Yang’s Shower and TV series Spicy Love Soup, he acted in the lead role in Yu Lik Wai’s All Tomorrow’s Parties (2003) which was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. He made his feature directing debut in 2003 with Uniform, followed by Night Train (2007) which was also selected for Un Certain Regard. Black Coal Thin Ice (2014) won the Golden Bear at Berlin, and The Wild Goose Lake (2019) world premiered in competition at Cannes earlier this year.

Cast & Crew

Director Diao Yinan

Scriptwriter(s) Diao Yinan

Producer(s) Shen Yang

Cinematographer Dong Jinsong

Production Designer Liu Qiang

Editor Kong Jinlei, Matthieu Laclau

Music B6

Costumes Designer Liu Qiang, Li Hua

Cast Hu Ge , Gwei Lun Mei, Liao Fan, Wan Qian, Qi Dao

Production Companies Green Ray Films (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Maisong Entertainment Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Distributor Green Ray Films (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

World Sales Memento Films International

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