Tickets for screenings of this film at the 2023 Shanghai International Film Festival sold out almost instantly, demonstrating the clamour to see this debut feature film by director Jigme Trimley, who has been tipped to take up the mantle of Tibetan-language cinema in China.
While the film has been shown at festivals in the last couple of years, this marks the first time it is being released in cinemas in China. Based off what critics on the festival circuit have said, the icy thriller leaves viewers glued to the screen.
One and Four bears the hallmarks of recently departed producer Pema Tseden (whose films are also worth watching), while the scenes of characters sheltering from the snow inside an isolated country hut as they attempt to get to the bottom of a poacher-themed whodunnit bring to mind similar from Quentin Tarantino's 2015 Western thriller, The Hateful Eight.
WHY WATCH THIS:
This snowy whodunnit is the first time a feature film from 26-year-old director Jigme Trimley is on general release in the Chinese mainland.