The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake

A gangster finds himself on the run, prepared to sacrifice everything for his family in this Chinese crime noir from the director of Black Coal, Thin Ice. Nominated for the Palme d'Or, Quentin Tarantino famously crashed the film's first screening at the Cannes film festival.

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, sex and sexual violence113 minsChina, FranceChinese with English subtitles
CrimeDramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Diao Yinan ('Black Coal, Thin Ice', 'Night Train', 'Uniform')
Writer:
Diao Yinan
Cast:
Fan LiaoLun-Mei KweiGe HuRegina WanDao Qi
90%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Artfully violent

Diao Yinan’s Chinese noir oozes style, but this artfully violent tale of cops and criminals can’t seem to conjure up characters or plot to match the thrill of its scintillating cinematography.

3.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film is an exercise in style, derivative in some ways and original in others. In action sequences, Diao's panning camera movements can suggest a less austere version of the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien: characters will drop out of sight before the camera catches up with them again, or we'll see them skulking round corners, trying to glimpse others who then come into view.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"The Wild Goose Lake" is unapologetically down-and-dirty B-movie filmmaking, but with its stealth social commentary and matter-of-fact bleakness, you would never call it escapist entertainment.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

It's a rare privilege, to watch an artist level up in this way.

1
Time Out

Time Out

press

What it sometimes lacks in clarity it easily makes up for with its stunning, memorable visual games.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Like an organic feature of the Chinese cinematic landscape, as though it pooled onto the screen in all its oily, murky glory, having welled up from deep inside the ground.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Some of the film’s romance, and its fatalism, did not have the piercing impact as the visual masterstrokes. But there’s no doubting Diao’s style.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A film that doesn’t hit you like a tidal wave as much as it gradually washes over you, leaving in its wake a series of memorable set-pieces and a dense, dark web of violence and fatality.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

The film is an exercise in style, derivative in some ways and original in others. In action sequences, Diao's panning camera movements can suggest a less austere version of the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien: characters will drop out of sight before the camera catches up with them again, or we'll see them skulking round corners, trying to glimpse others who then come into view.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"The Wild Goose Lake" is unapologetically down-and-dirty B-movie filmmaking, but with its stealth social commentary and matter-of-fact bleakness, you would never call it escapist entertainment.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

It's a rare privilege, to watch an artist level up in this way.

1
Time Out

Time Out

press

What it sometimes lacks in clarity it easily makes up for with its stunning, memorable visual games.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Like an organic feature of the Chinese cinematic landscape, as though it pooled onto the screen in all its oily, murky glory, having welled up from deep inside the ground.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Some of the film’s romance, and its fatalism, did not have the piercing impact as the visual masterstrokes. But there’s no doubting Diao’s style.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A film that doesn’t hit you like a tidal wave as much as it gradually washes over you, leaving in its wake a series of memorable set-pieces and a dense, dark web of violence and fatality.

0

Artfully violent

Diao Yinan’s Chinese noir oozes style, but this artfully violent tale of cops and criminals can’t seem to conjure up characters or plot to match the thrill of its scintillating cinematography.

3.0
0