We now have a first look at Zhang Yimou’s new gangster crime thriller, Under The Light, now making the rounds with an official trailer ahead of a hopeful 2020 release. This won’t be the last we hear from Zhang who blew away last year’s audiences with the sweeping, tenaciously-directed, multiaward-winning visual period action stunner, Shadow.
Plot details are nil apart from what you may gather in the footage above, but the film, formerly titled “Rock Solid”, has a solid cast to its billing. The film stars Lei Jiayin, Zhang Guoli and Yu Hewei, and to its credit, the film has actress Zhou Dongyu who took home the Best Actress prize from last month’s 39th Hong Kong Film Awards win for her role in Derek Tsang’s coming-of-age drama, Better Days, which is inarguably a fantastic piece of work.
Under The Light doesn’t have a release date yet, and marks as a genre first for Zhang as he steps into gangster territory. He’s one of the best at presenting all-out mass brawls and highly-choreographed chaos, and the trailer above offers a good whiff of this as well by the end. Stay tuned. (The Film Stage)