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  1. Ethan's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    This is a breathtaking film that has an other worldly hypnotic quality that draws you into the action and immerses you into the culture. Truly transcendent filmmaking.

  2. Renton47's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Even on a fairly crummy torrent rip you can tell that Horse Thief is a work of immense pictorial beauty, and utterly transporting in the way those images are combined with sound (ritual, alien, natural) to evoke a spirit bigger than its tale. Haven't done enough delving into the Fifth Generation, but still influential is the way plot points are elided or for, or shown by, the natural surroundings.

  3. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    7.6/10, "More of an ethnic reportage than a compelling exposé, THE HORSE THIEF is the living proof of Tian’s humanistic aptitude and profound veneration to the ethnic heritage." read my full review - https://wp.me/p1eXom-3Wt

  4. Erik F.'s rating of the film The Horse Thief

  5. misu's rating of the film The Horse Thief

  6. FISCHER's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Une oeuvre contemplative qui séduit et envoûte profondément... www.cinefiches.com

  7. qw0aszx's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Rewatch on Diskino blu-ray (2K restoration from Xi'an Film Studio) with the original Tibetan track, felt like watching this for the first time. BE SURE TO WATCH THE CORRECT VERSION!!! (Even that 4K restoration from China Film Archive is a total ridiculous thing because they used the software to convert the whole film into 48fps...)

  8. smndvdcl's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Fifth Generation Beijing Film Academy grads of 1982 heralded a new era of Chinese cinema. 'The Horse Thief' is an ambitious aesthetic triumph in a post-Maoist era where mystical themes, once banned, were reasserted into the creative psyche of the nation's cinematic output.

  9. kartina obskura's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    a circular structure suggests religious concept of a same nature and political (or, ideological), in its repetitive forms. serenity of landscapes, even the torment is silent. snow, the frozen tears.

  10. Güven Şahinkanat's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Usage of cinemascope lens was good , beautiful images but ... Editing was so amateurish because these transitions especially dissolve effect has no lots of meanings. Just one. If it use with repetitive format ,scenes are losing its own meaning and sense of time. And this dubbing incompatible with the performance of actors.it is good visually but rest of it not perfect ...

  11. waywardwaters's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Defying all authoritarian orders, Tian conjures with compelling image and sound this anthropological, proto-black metal offering to the heavens in ritual of an ambient meditation on belief. The vulture circle feedings are behaviorally adopted into grave burials, both a transfigurative cleansing of spirit as social ostracization from herd mentality extrapolates the fated, cyclical paradox that is life.

  12. jimmie's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    This film lost me, as all films will do(Andrei Rublev, Lacombe Lucien, etc ,etc), when they killed a living animal for the sake of a movie. That should not be tolerated by any rational, compassionate movie goer or maker. There is just no call for it, yet it happens so often...even still today! Killing for art? That is ridiculous. No true artist would intentionally harm anything for the sake of their art!

  13. DonBurton's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    Seen this film once and have been searching for it ever since. Would love to view it here.

  14. Emerald Elbow's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    I really want you guys to get this one up.

  15. David Liu's rating of the film The Horse Thief

  16. Glim Ho's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    超晦涩,小时候进场看还骂过外公带我看怪怪的片子

  17. rajiv ibrahim's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    a powerful simplistic little story that crafted so delicately delightful by tian, this feels a bit like tarkovsky meets herzog, but still, i don't think this movie reach it full potential, and the pace is a little too slow even for my taste..

  18. Law's rating of the film The Horse Thief

    盗马贼 is an awe-inspiring masterpiece from 5th Generation director Tian Zhuangzhuang. Through an amazing marriage of stunning cinematography and inspired editing, Tian produces a truly transcendent and immersing work on poverty, death and morality.