Sheep Without a Shepherd

Joan Chen is delightfully wicked as the morally compromised chief of a corrupt and abusive police department.


Sheep Without a Shepherd

A remake of the Indian-Malaysian film Drishyam, this Chinese box-office blockbuster is a Hollywood-esque cat-and-mouse crime thriller. Working family man and self-described movie-geek Li (Xiao Yang) is thrown into a battle of wits with the law after his daughter accidentally kills, and his wife hurriedly buries, a fellow student who had sexually molested her. The dead boy’s father is an ambitious politician, and his mother (Twin Peaks’ Joan Chen) is La Wen, a steely eyed, morally corrupt police chief. Utilizing his encyclopedic knowledge of crime cinema, Li concocts a complicated alibi but for La Wen, the crime is personal, and she smells a coverup. Sheep Without a Shepherd is an inventive, twistily-plotted tale of blackmail, murder and justice, with the two families caught up in a deadly game.

Not Rated
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Mandarin, Thai
Sam Quah
Joan Chen, Xiao Yang, Tan Zhuo, Philip Ho-Man Keung, Shih Ming-Shuai, Audrey Hui
Diabolique Magazine

Winner of BIFAN’s Audience Award, 'Sheep Without a Shepherd' ('Wu sha;' China, 2019) is an excellent, taut thriller that packs in a great deal of emotion and family drama. Malaysian director Sam Quah (as Boon-lip Quah) delivers a complex cat-and-mouse feature with noir elements and dark humor. Li ...

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