In Theaters January 19


In cold wintry Yanji, a city on China’s northern border, young urbanite Haofeng, visiting from Shanghai, feels lost and adrift. By chance, he goes on a tour led by Nana, a charming tour guide who instantly fascinates him. She introduces him to Xiao, a personable but frustrated restaurant worker. The three bond quickly over a drunken weekend. Confronting their individual traumas, their frozen desires slowly thaw as they seek to liberate themselves from an icy world.

“Raw and lingeringly sensitive… The Breaking Ice sticks with you because it doesn’t lead its characters out of the maze, it just melts down the walls between them.”
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire


“Its interweaving of powerful performances and spiritual complexity, eventually melded with local folklore, is nothing short of beautiful.”
The Playlist

“Paints a rich picture of full lives using little more than pauses, glances and a frozen landscape that says volumes without speaking.”
The Wrap

“Rich in feeling yet never emotionally emphatic, The Breaking Ice has an uncluttered narrative simplicity that’s mirrored in the shooting style and nicely offset by the nuanced complexity of the relationships. The closing notes of hope and renewal are lovely.”
The Hollywood Reporter

Cast & Crew

Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen

Meng Xie
Anthony Chen

Zhou Dongyu
Liu Hoaran
Qu Chuxiao

Film Specs

Country of Origin: Singapore

Format: DCP/16:9/Color

Sound Format: 5.1

Running Time: 97 minutes

Genre: Drama

Rating: Not Rated

In Mandarin and Korean with English Subtitles


See this film at the following theaters:

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