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Black Snow
China, 1990
Length / Black Snow: 99 minutes
Length / Special feature: 32 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 full frame
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English On/Off
Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 8th March 2010
Second Run DVD 033
Winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1990, Xie Fei’s film is a politically daring tale of urban alienation and despair. A former prisoner, played by the great Chinese actor Jiang Wen, arrives back in his native Beijing to find that he has no family or prospects or friends, just his underworld contacts trying to drag him back into a life of crime...

Taking the classic crime thriller ‘hook’ – ex-con struggling to go straight – Black Snow emerges as a powerful study of displacement. It takes place at the shattering juncture of the student movement and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and vividly captures the social impact of potential political change at that time.

more about the film

Black Snow Stills
Special Features
• Presented in a new High-Definition transfer, approved by the director.
• Filmed interview director Xie Fei.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring essay by author and academic Professor Shaoyi Sun.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.

Jiang Wen - Liu Huiquan
Lin Cheng - Zhau Yaqiu
Cai Hongxiang - Cui Yongli
Yue Hong

Directed by Xie Fei

Screenplay – Liu Heng
Based on the story by Liu Heng
Cinematography – Xiao Feng
Art Director – Li Yongxih
Sound – Wu Ling
Executive Producer – Li Zhanwen

“Xie Fei, arguably the leading voice of the Fourth Generation of Chinese filmmakers” Shaoyi Sun

“The film is shocking in the way it delivers a raw insight into the shabby biotopes of a bleak underworld” Senses of Cinema

“This dark, politically daring story ... Black Snow exerts a steely fascination” Rotterdam Film Festival

1990 Berlin International Film Festival / Winner Silver Bear
1990 Hundred Flowers Award, China / Winner Best Film

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Xie Fei’s 1986 debut feature A Girl from Hunan (Xiang nu xiao xiao) will be available soon from Second Run DVD.

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