Wrath of Silence

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China | 2017 | 119 minutes | Yukun Xin

In this Western-inspired crime thriller set in the Chinese countryside, a laboring family man whose brutal past led to biting his own tongue off in a fight, sets out on a mission of stunningly choreographed violence after his son is kidnapped by a crossbow-wielding, meat-obsessed gangster (Jiang Wu, A Touch of Sin).

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"(The film) is a powerful and fatalistic illustration of the Chinese rural underclass and its futile fight against oppressive social forces." Clarence Tsui - The Hollywood Reporter

Income inequality is a worldwide phenomenon. A fact on display in Wrath of Silence, a moody noir crime thriller from rising Chinese filmmaker Xin Yukun. Chinese miners often work for pittance under the thumbnail of their mob boss owner; one such miner Baomin returns to his village after his son Lei goes missing. The dreary setting of his dusty old home evokes old spaghetti western-style imagery. Soon, he's off on a desperate hunt for his child that entangles him in the business dealings of Mr. Chang, an owner of several mines whose purchase methods usually include lead pipe beatings and crowd control; his luxurious office of dark wood panel and a mock bow hunting range offset the outside poverty of his employees. When clues about Lei's disappearance connect to Chang's company, Baomin goes on a vengeful spree seeking answers, leaving swaths of Chang's beaten cronies in his wake. Mute from an old fight wound, Baomin lets his fists do most of the talking, with brutal efficiency. Xin's eloquent twisting of old western and film noir tropes delivers a dark and satisfying film within the rural north China setting.

Director Biography
A native of Baotou, China, Xin Yukun graduated in 2008 from the Beijing Film Academy studying cinematography before starting work on his debut feature film, The Coffin in the Mountain, releasing in 2014. The film, a thriller unraveling twisted stories of interconnection in a rural Chinese village that played SIFF 2015, won the Grand Prix award at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Xin also directed part of the anthology film Distance (2016), executive produced by Anthony Chen of Singapore.

Sponsored by Aegis Gardens, Hainan Airlines, WASA North America Group

  • Original Language Title: Bao Lie Wu Sheng
  • Director: Yukun Xin
  • Principal Cast: Song Yang, Jiang Wu, Yuan Wenkang, Tan Zhuo, Yi Tiankai
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Gao Yitian
  • Screenplay: Yukun Xin
  • Cinematographers: Shan He
  • Editors: Shuzhen Hu
  • Music: Sylvia Wang
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Macao International Film Festival 2017 (Jury Prize, Best Actor)
  • Filmography: Distance (2016); The Coffin in the Mountain (2014)
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Fortissimo Films