The Dead End
The Dead End (Chinese: 烈日灼心) is a 2015 Chinese crime drama film 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. The film was released on August 27, 2015. The film received positive reviews in regard to its performance, cinematography and mise-en-scene.
|The Dead End|
Lièrì zhuó xīn
|Directed by||Cao Baoping|
|Produced by||Ye Jinjun |
|Screenplay by||Cao Baoping |
by Xu Yigua
|Starring||Deng Chao |
|Music by||Bai Shui|
|Edited by||Cao Baoping |
Dream Sky Film
Bona Film Group
Beijing Standard Image Culture Communication
|137 minutes |
227 minutes (Director's Cut)
|Box office||US$46.75 million|
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.
- 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. He also suffered from insomnia, mental breakdown, depression and claustrophobia for a short while during and after filming.
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Notes|
|2015||18th Shanghai International Film Festival||Best Director||Cao Baoping||Won|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Best Actor||Deng Chao||Won|
|Best Editing||Li Yongyi||Nominated|
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