In the sprawling central Chinese city of Wuhan, a network of lakes offers dead space amidst the urban chaos. The lakes are ideal places to hide, and when transgressive mid-level crime boss Zhou needs to lay low, he looks for anonymity amidst this hinterland’s neon-lit hangouts. There he meets prostitute Liu, who works for Zhou’s boss and who may or may not be there to save him. The Wild Goose Lake is the best of contemporary Chinese noir; entrancing in its pervasive lawlessness, thrilling for its crunchy pitched battles.