Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

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Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)
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Blind Shaft tells the story of two itinerant miners (Song Jinming and Tang Chaoyang) who risk their lives under dangerous working conditions and develop questionable morals in order to survive. In the dark caves of one of the many illegal Chinese coal mines, Song and Tang murder a co-worker whom they have convinced to pose as Tang's brother. By forcing the mine's collapse upon their deceased colleague, and thereby making his death seem accidental, Tang and Song use their colleague's death to extort money from the mine's management. Pressured to cover up an accident which they believe to be the result of improper working conditions, the mine's owners give in to the two workers' blackmailing. KINO

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

After leaving with their hush money, Tang and Song hit a nearby town and soon come upon another potential "relative," this time an innocent 16-year-old boy named Yuan Fengming who has been forced to quit school due to his father's disappearance. Tang agrees to help Yuan find a job at a coal mine, but only under one condition - he must agree to pretend to be Song's nephew. KINO

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

As Tang and Song befriend their new victim, the boy's simplicity and naivete gradually alter the partners' relationship. And at the last minute, the two men's scheme takes an unexpected turn. KINO

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident hushed up. For their latest "mark," they choose a naive teenager from a small village, and as they prepare to carry out their newest plan, things start to get complicated… (http://imdb.com/title/tt0351299/plotsummary)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

An underground film from China, in more ways than one. The writer-director Li Yang shot his vérité footage inside illegal Chinese mines and without government approval. The movie is grimy, crude, and affecting, in both its locations (as bleak as you might expect) and its plot. Two criminal drifters, Song and Tang, have developed a scam: they befriend one of the many uprooted men looking for work and tell him that they know of a job at a rural mine, but that the man must pretend to be their brother in order to be hired. Once they go down the shaft with their new relative, they stage his accidental death, and, as the dead man's nearest relations, collect payoff money from the mine's owners. The scam turns on the family connection, and it's this element that leads to an exquisite and escalating moral tension when they choose a scholarly young boy as their next mark. Song develops a misguided affection for his "nephew," taking him to a prostitute, getting him drunk. But will he kill him? ( -Michael Agger - The New Yorker)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)

Li Yang-Mang jing ('Blind Shaft') (2003)