The Breaking Ice

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In cold wintry Yanji, a city on China’s northern border, young urbanite Haofeng, visiting from Shanghai, feels lost and adrift. By chance, he goes on a tour led by Nana, a charming tour guide who instantly fascinates him. She introduces him to Xiao, a personable but frustrated restaurant worker. The three bond quickly over a drunken weekend. Confronting their individual traumas, their frozen desires slowly thaw as they seek to liberate themselves from an icy world.

In cold wintry Yanji, a city on China’s northern border, young urbanite Haofeng, visiting from Shanghai, feels lost and adrift. By chance, he goes on a tour led by Nana, a charming tour guide who instantly fascinates him. She introduces him to Xiao, a personable but frustrated restaurant worker. The three bond quickly over a drunken weekend. Confronting their individual traumas, their frozen desires slowly thaw as they seek to liberate themselves from an icy world.
GenresDrama
DirectorAnthony Chen
CastDongyu Zhou, Haoran Liu, Chuxiao Qu
LanguageMandarin
Secondary LanguageKorean
SubtitlesEnglish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
Runtime97 mins
Theatrical Release22 Nov 2023
Available1 Sep 2024
Festivals & Awards
TerritoriesWorldwide ex China, France, Monaco, Andorra

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