A Touch of Sin

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Winner! Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2013


“NYT Critics Pick! A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, A Touch of Sin is at once monumental and human scale.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“Fists are raised, pistols are cocked and knives are brandished in Jia Zhangke's dystopian and throbbing take on modern China.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“An intricately constructed, fiercely angry drama by the Chinese director Jia Zhangke … borrows the gory conventions of action movies and channels the spirit of Dostoyevsky.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker


A scathing exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China, A Touch of Sin was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. The cumulative portrait created by these four overlapping stories is of a modern-day China undergoing rapid, convulsive changes and creeping cultural amnesia. (Dir. by Jia Zhangke, 2013, China, in Mandarin with subtitles, 133 mins., Not Rated, Kino Lorber) Digital


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