Blind Shaft (盲井)

The sophisticated story telling of “Blind Shaft” completely took me by surprise. It was subtle, measured, and free from pretension. The dialog was sparse, the atmosphere was laid-back, the landscape was bleak, and the mood was affecting. It is a simple story told well. A style that is rare in Chinese films. Most of them strive to tackle complicity or grand passion or the ultimate mutation of human soul. Occasionally they would succeed and produce jewels such as “Devils at the Doorstep,” and “Farewell My Concubine.” But in general, Chinese film directors don’t seem to care for simple stories of small people.

We were also shocked when the movie ended. It was such a pleasant surprise to see a Chinese movie knows when not to drag on and on and on. Delightful! 🙂