Sheep Without a Shepherd, One of China’s Biggest Box Office Hits of 2020 Coming to USA
Crime Thriller starring Joan Chen to be released March 23rd
A movie obsessed man battles a corrupt cop to save his family.
Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of Sheep Without a Shepherd, a 2019 film that grossed over $192,000,000 in it theatrical Chinese release.
Malaysian director Sam Quah’s debut feature film is a big budget noirish thriller and a remake of the 2013 Indian film, Drishyam. The film follows family man and self-described movie-geek who is thrown into a battle of wits with the law after his daughter accidentally kills a fellow student who was blackmailing her. The dead boy’s mother (Twin Peaks’ Joan Chen) is the morally “flexible” police chief determined to find her son’s killer.
This inventive tale of blackmail, murder and corruption and justice will be released on DVD and Streaming March 23rd.
- Initial reviews:
“Quah delivers a complex cat-and-mouse feature with noir elements and dark humor. The performances are all first-rate with Joan a force of nature…looks gorgeous, too.” – Diabolique Magazine“An impressive, self-assured debut feature from director Sam Quah. It’s [a] hyper-stylized…hugely impactful, action movie.” – Wicked Horror
“When Sheep Without A Shepherd goes big, it goes really big, both in terms of melodrama and directorial flair. Joan Chen is delightfully wicked as the morally compromised chief of a corrupt and abusive police department.” – AV Club
“A surprisingly entertaining Chinese thriller so popular that it blocked Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker from the No.1 slot on its opening weekend in China. Chen puts in a ferocious turn as the brilliant yet detestable detective.” – Metro
Watch the Trailer
Sheep Without A Shepherd
Language: Mandarin and Thai with English Subtitles
Running Time: 93 minutes
Director: Sam Quah
Producer: Sicheng Chen, Eric Zhaowei Zhang
Writers: Kaihua Fan, Jeethu Joseph, Sheng Lei, Peng Li, Yuqian Qin, Weiwei Yang, Pei Zhai
Cast: Joan Chen, Yang Xiao, Zhuo Tan, Philip Keung, Audrey Hui, Tianyang Bian, Xiran Zhang, Paul Chun, Ming-Shuai Shih, Jerry Chih-Wei Huang, Yang Gu, Julian Chen
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