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The Dead End (Chinese: 烈日灼心) is a 2015 Chinese crime drama film[3] based on Xu Yigua's novel Sunspot (Chinese: 太阳黑子). The film is directed by Cao Baoping, starring Deng Chao, Duan Yihong, Guo Tao, and Wang Luodan.[4] The film was released on August 27, 2015.[5][6] The film received positive reviews in regard to its performance, cinematography and mise-en-scene.[7]

The Dead End
Lièrì zhuó xīn
The Dead End 2015 film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byCao Baoping
Produced byYe Jinjun
Cao Baoping
Screenplay byCao Baoping
Mia Jiao
Based onSunspot
by Xu Yigua
StarringDeng Chao
Duan Yihong
Guo Tao
Wang Luodan
Music byBai Shui
CinematographyLuo Pan
Edited byCao Baoping
Li Yongyi
Dream Sky Film
Bona Film Group
Beijing Standard Image Culture Communication
Release date
  • June 15, 2015 (2015-06-15) (SIFF)
  • August 27, 2015 (2015-08-27) (China)
Running time
137 minutes
227 minutes (Director's Cut)[1]
Box officeUS$46.75 million[2]



Seven years after the events of the Water Chamber Murders, newly transferred officer Yi Guchun began to suspect that his assistant police, Xin Xiaofeng, is deeply-tied with the murders.


  • Deng Chao as Xin Xiaofeng, an assistant police, Tail's adoptive father and one of the three suspects for the murder.[8]
  • Duan Yihong as Yi Guchun, Guxia's elder brother, a police officer and Xiaofeng's superior.
  • Guo Tao as Yang Zidao, a taxi driver, Tail's adoptive father, Guxia's love interest and one of the three suspects for the murder.
  • Wang Luodan as Yi Guxia, Guchun's younger sister.
  • Jackie Lui as David, a Taiwanese architect and designer.
  • Li Xiaochuan
  • Du Zhiguo
  • Xu Xihan as Tail, the trio's adoptive daughter.
  • Yan Bei
  • Wang Yanhui
  • Bai Liuxi
  • Gao Hu as Chen Bijue, a fisherman, Tail's adoptive father and one of the three suspects for the murder.


During the filming phase, Deng Chao almost suffocated during a scene where his character's leg was supposed to be stuck in an iron fence.[9] He also suffered from insomnia, mental breakdown, depression and claustrophobia[9] for a short while during and after filming.[10]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Notes
2015 18th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Director Cao Baoping Won [11]
Best Actor Deng Chao, Duan Yihong, Guo Tao Won
11th Chinese American Film Festival Best Film Won
52nd Golden Horse Film Awards Best Actor Deng Chao Nominated
2016 7th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Director Cao Baoping Nominated
Best Actor Deng Chao, Duan Yihong Nominated
Best Screenplay Cao Baoping, Mia Jiao Nominated
33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Film Won [12][13]
Best Screenplay Cao Baoping, Mia Jiao Won
Best Actor Deng Chao Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Duan Yihong Nominated
13th Changchun Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Wang Luodan Won
2017 31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Director Cao Baoping Nominated [14][15]
Best Actor Deng Chao Won
Best Editing Li Yongyi Nominated


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  2. ^ "Weekly box office > China Week 36 09/07 - 09/13/2015". Archived from the original on 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  3. ^ "Propaganda film second-placed at China b.o." Film Business Asia. 2015-09-01. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  4. ^ "【烈日灼心电影】什么时候上映_演员表_预告片_海报_剧照_剧情介绍 - 漫漫看影视剧". Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  5. ^ "《烈日灼心》上映时间、演员表及剧情介绍-上海生活帮-E都市". Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  6. ^ "The Dead End". Film Business Asia. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  7. ^ "'The Dead End' ('Lie ri zhuo xin'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ "对小鲜肉说NO!《烈日灼心》打造颓帅硬汉". Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  9. ^ a b "爬高楼潜深水!《烈日灼心》邓超绝境逢生". Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  10. ^ "邓超拍《烈日灼心》 差点被虐得崩溃". Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  11. ^ "'The Dead End' wins big at SIFF". Shenzhen Daily. 2015-06-23.
  12. ^ "Nominees of 33rd Hundred Flowers Award announced". China Daily. 2016-08-24.
  13. ^ "Winners revealed at Chinese famous film awards". China Radio International. 2016-09-25.
  14. ^ "金鸡奖提名:《潘金莲》领跑 范冰冰周冬雨再争影后". ifeng (in Chinese). August 16, 2017.
  15. ^ "邓超范冰冰分获影帝影后《我不是潘金莲》成金鸡大赢家". ifeng (in Chinese). September 16, 2017.

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