The Wild Goose Lake

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When small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out in China's densely populated (and deeply divided) Wuhan province, Zhou becomes entangled with a beautiful, enigmatic woman, who has mysterious intentions of her own.


  • Ge Hu
  • Lun-Mei Kwei
  • Fan Liao
  • Regina Wan
  • Dao Qi
  • Jue Huang
  • Zeng Meihuizi
  • Yicong Zhang
  • Yongzhong Chen
  • Chloe Maayan

Did You Know?


  • The film was shot in Wuhan dialect, instead of Standard Mandarin. Hence, most of Chinese audiences, like all foreign audiences, actually have to read the subtitles in order to understand what the characters are saying.
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Mar 1, 2020

Like a beautifully constructed puzzle box, The Wild Goose Lake various layers unfold in satisfying ways. With elegant violence, emotional richness and a complex yet coherent storyline, this is a rare bit of crime thriller treat that truly pays off.

Jason Gorber
May 21, 2019

A film that doesn’t hit you like a tidal wave as much as it gradually washes over you, leaving in its wake a series of memorable set-pieces and a dense, dark web of violence and fatality.

Metacritic review by Jordan Mintzer
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2019

Diao’s flamboyant direction means that he often sets up one elaborately staged tableau just for a single shot, those shots sometimes coming in expansive flurries; some action scenes also feature lightning inserts fired off with surreal abruptness, as in the first gang rumble.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily