Los Angeles, CA – August 8, 2018 – The historic poet, Edgar Allen Poe had an infamous credo that stated, “the death… of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world” and “equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover,” quoted The Movie Waffler.
At the crux of Director Tan Bing’s (China Salesman) newest Chinese “gothic inflected [film] The Fatal Contract, is built upon the premise of art, death and severely beautiful women”. The referzence of “women” is related to Bei Wei (Bai Ling), the bold, beautiful model and former mistress to several prominent painters. Bei Wei “regularly frequents the thick shadows, and neon reds and greens, of the bar’s noir-ish ambiance, attracted to the proprietor’s air of stoic mystery.” Her “bereaved lover” is Tu La (Zhao Yan Guo Zhang), the owner of the bar and also an artist, who “creeps into the local crematorium in the middle of the night to secretly paint the deceased before they are incinerated the next day.”
THE FATAL CONTRACT (aka Zhing Ming He Yue) is “what begins as gothic melodrama, blends into noir, then erotic thriller” that will raise questions from the start once Bei Wei finds a local painter’s mangled, dead body in a bathtub. But as her at Tu La become enthralled by the mysterious murder and desire to solve the crime, they get caught in the midst of a dangerous police investigation that is deeply rooted with secrets, scandals and sudden plot twists. The Movie Waffler continues to summarize, THE FATAL CONTRACT follows the “spooky art collector, Lv Li (Tao Hong), who commissions Tu La to paint a picture of the striking Bei Wei, yet the artisan mixologist demurs. While all of this is going on, throughout the city there are a series of grisly murders of artists and their muses, crimes which Officer Li (Xuan Miao) is investigating, fingering the mercurial Bei Wei as her main suspect.”
TriCoast Worldwide launched the global success for Tan Bing’s Chinese murder-mystery thriller, THE FATAL CONTRACT at 2018 Berlinale, gaining the exclusive headline, “Bai Ling To Star In First Feature In China in Over 20 Years – Berlin” by Deadline, which captivated and intrigued those worldwide about its controversial Chinese-American star, Bai Ling, and her return to Chinese cinema. Additionally, THE FATAL CONTRACT was featured in Deadline’s “Hot 2018 Berlin Titles: What Buyers Are Buzzing About At The EFM”.
Produced by Jiang Xiao Yu and in association with Shandong Cienyuan Culture Media Company, THE FATAL CONTRACT features talented and original performances from Bai Ling (Sky Caption and the World of Tomorrow), Zhao Yan Guo Zhang (The Emperor and The Assassin, Cool Young), Xuan Miao (China Salesman) and Tao Hong (Death Dowry). Watch THE FATAL CONTRACT now streaming on U.S. video on-demand platforms, including Amazon: https://amzn.to/2K9kYYk.
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THE FATAL CONTRACT (2018) Directed by Tan Bing. Produced by: Jiang Xiao Yu. Editor: Li Dianshi and Yan Riopeng. Cinematographer: Wang Xingyuan. In association with: Shandong Cienyuan Culture Media Company. China, Chinese, English subtitles. TriCoast Worldwide, TriCoast Entertainment.
Produced by: Jiang Xiao Yu. In association with: Shandong Cienyuan Culture Media Company.
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