Crime and Punishment

Synopsis: On the North Korean border, Chinese military police enforce the law with a heavy hand, leading to moments of harrowing abuse and surreal satire. Amidst the barren wintry landscape of Northeast China, Chinese military police officers rigidly enforce law and order in an impoverished mountain town. They raid a private residence to bust an illegal mahjong game, casually abuse a pickpocket accused of throwing away evidence, and berate a confession out of a scrap collector working without a permit. The police switch between precise investigative procedure, explosions of violent fury, and moments of comic ineptitude, all captured incredibly before the camera. A prime example of how independent documentaries are on the vanguard of Chinese cinema, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT is an unprecedented look at the everyday workings of law enforcement in the world's largest authoritarian society.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Liang Zhao
  2 wins.
122 min

- Sorry to disturb you like this.

- Not at all.

We know you're busy.

Show them the banner.

You can hang it up from here.

We should take a picture.

- In front of the gate.

- Turn it around.

Raise it higher.

Move over a bit.

- Commander, over here.

- I'm fine here, really.

Principal, you move in a bit.

Let's have a round of applause.

Great. Shall we go inside?

Since you started patrolling

the school, it's been a lot safer.

No more delinquents hanging around.

A police presence does help.

When the cat's away,

the mice will play, right?

But when the cat's there,

they behave.

We're grateful to you

and your officers

for stepping up

your evening patrols.

We're just doing our job.

We've had some great feedback

from both students and parents.

- Better to nip trouble in the bud.

- Right, prevention is key.

And your response time

is impressive.

That's military precision, that is.

As soon as we call, you're there.

Not like the regular police.

Well, we've had years of training.

If I stay up late, the next morning

I notice I've lost a lot of hair.

You're losing your hair?

Especially if I have

to work all night.

I found something that works.

- What?

- Apollo brand shampoo.

- Mine stopped falling out.

- Why's everyone losing hair?

- Lack of sleep.

- Late nights, insomnia, stress...


With this job, you need to relax.

You shouldn't get too wound up.

Otherwise, you'll get insomnia

and lose your hair.

Did I miss any spots?

Just put more

where you think I need it.

Maybe my temples.

I did, and I notice

you're thinning more on this side.

I know.

When did it start?

You mean losing my hair?

After I started working.

Does baldness run in your family?

No, both my parents have great hair.

So it's overwork.

It got really bad last summer

when I was with the coast guard.

After that,

it just kept falling out.

Oh, I thought it started here.

We were just as busy there.

And the tide changes, right?

Sometimes we'd be up at 2:00

or 3:
00 or 4:00 in the morning.

Try Apollo shampoo.

My hair stopped falling out,

and I don't have to use tonic.

It really works.

Where's the body?

There, can't you see it?


That black thing lying on the bed!

- Where?

- He's not in his right mind...

Where's your family?

See, that's the head.

But the head's gone.

Where'd the head go?

I dunno. But that's the mouth.

- Where's your mom?

- I dunno.

- Where'd she go?

- Dunno.

Call her

and tell her to come home.

- Are you drunk again?

- Who?

- You.

- Why would I be drunk?

Because you mistook that

for a dead body.

There's no mistake.

Can't you even tell the difference

between a body

and a pile of blankets?

What are you saying?

You can't tell the difference between

a person and a pile of blankets.

What are you talking about?

Of course that's a person.

Let's call your mom.

Where is she?

I don't know.

Don't you live here

with your mother?

- Yeah.

- She's home.

- Ma!

- What's going on?

Tell them it's Wang Huan.

- Wang who?

- Wang Huan!

He called to report a dead body,

but it was just a pile of blankets.

He's mentally ill!

- Ma, tell 'em he's the dead guy.

- Who's dead?

Not that he's dead,

tell 'em he's the guy... Wang Huan.

- Who's Wang Huan?

- Wang Huan!

Is this the thing with the blankets

again? He was raving all night...

You shouldn't let him drink.

He's not like this

because he's drunk.

At any rate,

he seems better when he's sober.

He kept the neighbors up

all night screaming.

Woke the whole damn building.

- You can't let him drink.

- He was hollering...

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