Director Tan Bing’s newest Chinese murder mystery, ‘THE FATAL CONTRACT’, explores the relationship of art and life, of love and reality, as well as the whirlwind world of romance and art.

Los Angeles, CA – August 7, 2018 – “The Fatal Contract is an assured return, with director Tan Bing keeping the story moving at pace.” – Chinese Cinema Blog.

Directed by Tan Bing (China Salesman), THE FATAL CONTRACT (aka Zhing Ming He Yue) follows the owner of a bar and artist, Tu La (Zhao Yan Guo Zhang), and the bar regular, Bei Wei (Bai Ling), model and former mistress to several prominent painters. Their town has experienced a recent epidemic of murders, targeted towards painters and their models, with a police investigation led by Officer Li (Xuan Miao) who has high suspicion that Bei Wei is the murderous culprit. When Bei Wei and Tu La discover the mangled, dead body of famous painter in the bathtub, they become enthralled by the mysterious murder and desire to solve the crime. But as Bei Wei and Tu La begin to dangerously uncover scandalous secrets and encounter sudden, they discover even more deathly secrets than they had anticipated.

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“The setting is a generic wintery North China, but it’s perfect for this kind of noire-inspired crime drama, as seen in the fantastic Black Coal, Thin Ice,” observed Chinese Cinema Blog.

Starring Chinese-American actress, Bai Ling, whom is noteworthy for television appearances in Lost and Entourage, “it is hard to believe that we are approaching 40 years since Bai Ling made her debut in China in 1984. For the last 20 of those, she has been largely absent, having fallen out with the authorities in China in the 1990s following her appearance in Red Corner, which was critical of human rights abuses in China,” provided Chinese Cinema Blog. THE FATAL CONTRACT is her confident return into the Chinese cinema world.

“I hope that this proves to be the beginning of more roles in Chinese productions in the next few years,” added Chinese Cinema Blog.

Produced by Jiang Xiao Yu and in association with Shandong Cienyuan Culture Media Company, THE FATAL CONTRACT “is eminently watchable” as “almost every scene contributes towards the well-executed finale, which is a sign of intelligent writing,” complimented Chinese Cinema Blog. The publication concluded with, “The Fatal Contract gets enough things right to be worthy of a recommend. At 90 minutes, proceedings never drag out, and the story has enough twists and revelations that even the best detectives won’t have everything sussed until late on.”

Alongside performances by Bai Ling (Sky Caption and the World of Tomorrow) and Zhao Yan Guo Zhang (The Emperor and The Assassin, Cool Young), THE FATAL CONTRACT also features Xuan Miao (China Salesman) and Tao Hong (Death Dowry). “The actors work well within the confines of their roles […and] you’ll find yourself engaged in their world,” wrote Chinese Cinema Blog.

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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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