Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Ice Poison
(Bing Du)

Year: 2014
Run Time: 95 minutes

Ice Poison
Ice Poison
Ice Poison
Ice Poison

In rural Myanmar there are few opportunities to make money, and even fewer to connect with other people. The son of a poor farmer sets out on a motor scooter, hoping to make some cash by shuttling travellers to their isolated destinations. His first client is an initially reserved transplant from China, still dealing with family matters surrounding her grandfather’s death. The two form a bond, and struggling to make ends meet, they resort to selling ICE POISON, the Taiwanese slang term for methamphetamine. As they grow fonder of one another, so does their love for the poison they sell. Then things start to go haywire. This film provides a hyper-real glimpse into a culture steeped in custom that’s being progressively invaded, not just by life-shattering drugs, but also by American consumerism. Full of haunting sequences, some laced with a twisted sense of romance, ICE POISON is a spooky drama that will chill your bones. (In Burmese and Chinese with subtitles) – C.P.

Note: Some scenes contain graphic animal imagery.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:15 PM -
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Pan-Asian Films

Midi Z

Midi Z was born to an impoverished family in Myanmar before winning a scholarship to a prestigious Taiwanese technical school. He has strong roots to Mainland China. His films have garnered tremendous international acclaim.

"Return to Burma" (2011), "Poor Folk" (2012), ICE POISON (2014)

Patrick Mao Huang

Midi Z

Fan Sheng- Siang

Lin Sheng-Wen, Midi Z

Principal Cast
Wu Ke-Xi, Wang Shin-Hong

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