Sheep Without a Shepherd

Sheep Without a Shepherd

China | 2019 | 112 min. | Sam Quah

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A remake of the Indian-Malaysian film Drishyam, this Chinese box-office blockbuster is a Hollywood-esque cat-and-mouse crime thriller.

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Working family man and self-described movie-geek Li (Xiao Yang) is thrown into a battle of wits with the law after his daughter accidentally kills, and his wife hurriedly buries, a fellow student who had sexually molested her. The dead boy’s father is an ambitious politician, and his mother (Twin Peaks’ Joan Chen) is La Wen, a steely eyed, morally corrupt police chief. Utilizing his encyclopedic knowledge of crime cinema, Li concocts a complicated alibi but for La Wen, the crime is personal, and she smells a coverup. Sheep Without a Shepherd is an inventive, twistily-plotted tale of blackmail, murder and justice, with the two families caught up in a deadly game.

  • Director: Sam Quah
  • Principal Cast: Joan Chen, Xiao Yang, Tan Zhuo, Philip Ho-Man Keung, Shih Ming-Shuai, Audrey Hui
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 112 min.
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes