Monday, February 12, 2018
The Winter Station
In Kharbin, a Russian-controlled Chinese border town in 1910, bodies are appearing mysteriously in the snow. They are blood-spattered, but have no obvious wounds. The Baron, a Russian medical doctor married to a Chinese woman, begins to have his suspicions when he visits the home of a victim who died in bed, leaving his walls mist-sprayed with blood.
Based on a historical outbreak of pneumonic plague in the frigid city of Kharbin, this is a strange, moody, affecting tale. Kharbin was, apparently, a wild west sort of place in those years, as it was just becoming a major railway junction. The harsh winter combines with deep cultural mistrust between Russian and Chinese residents to create a miserable claustrophobia.