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Black Dog

Directed by Hu Guan
110 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A one-of-a-kind crowd pleaser featuring a man and many, many dogs that spectacularly riffs on westerns, Asian indie cinema, neo-noir and even Mad Max. Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
Returning to his hometown on the edge of the Gobi Desert after a lengthy stint in prison, Lang (Eddie Peng, fantastic – Jump Ashin!) is the classic anti-hero: slinky, sullen and into motorbikes. The town is in strife, with buildings under demolition orders and abandoned dogs roaming the streets. Weeks out from the Beijing Olympics, the town officials decide to crack down on the stray canines, particularly the elusive Black Dog. The story of how Lang finds his canine soulmate is full of surreal twists and turns and Lassie-like heroics – not to mention a circus troupe, a lonesome tiger, a sneaky performance by acclaimed director Jia Zhangke (Caught by the Tides), and a snake farmer called Butcher Hu. Hit director Guan Hu (The Eight Hundred, The Sacrifice) relishes the sandblasted setting, making this strikingly shot Cannes winner an irresistible cinematic treat.
Achieving a delicate balance between drama and deadpan comedy, Guan’s approach gives the scenes of violence or tragedy a certain antic, Buster Keaton quality, which is enhanced by both Peng’s impassive yet physically expressive performance, and that of his wonderful canine co-star
★★★★ Jessica Kiang, Variety
The sense of catharsis the film musters in its closing shots is nothing short of remarkable
Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage
The real star is Black Dog himself, who navigates the arc from misunderstood arse-biter to brave and noble hound with real aplomb
Wendy Ide, Screen International
At its heart, the film is really a classic story of redemption, taking lots of unexpected turns as it follows a down-and-out hero toward recovery
★★★★ Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


Thu 13 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce
Unclassified 15+
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Hu Guan
Zhu Wenjiu
Eddie Peng, Lia Tong, Jia Zhangke
Guan Hu, Ge Rui, Wu Bing
Gao Weizhe
Matthieu Laclau, He Yongyi
Cannes Selected, Late Announce
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