A Touch of Sin

Directed by Jia Zhangke

Synopsis

A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), 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, The 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.

Film Info

Release Year: 2013
Running Time: 125
Color Type: Color
Country: China
Language: Mandarin w/English subtitles

A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), 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, The 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.

Cast

    Zhao Tao (Xiao Yu)
    Jiang Wu (Dahai)
    Wang Baogiang (Zhao San)
    Luo Lanshan (Xiao Hui)

Crew

  • Directed by Jia Zhangke
  • Produced by Shozo Ichiyama

Reviews

"A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China." -- Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

"This was one film that I gladly wished was longer. It's the best omnibus in quite some time." -- Kent Turner, FilmForward.com

"The horizon-stretching scenery, shimmeringly captured by cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai, will make you draw breath, in awe but also fear." -- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

"A tragedy with elements of pulpy action and black comedy..." - Dennis Lim, LA Times

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Photos

  • Wang Baoqiang as Zhao San in A TOUCH OF SIN, a film by Jia Zhang-Ke.
    • Zhao Tao as Xiao Yu in A TOUCH OF SIN, a film by Jia Zhang-Ke.
      • Jiang Wu as Dahai in A TOUCH OF SIN, a film by Jia Zhang-Ke.
        • Jiang Wu as Dahai in A TOUCH OF SIN, a film by Jia Zhang-Ke.
          • Jiang Wu as Dahai in A TOUCH OF SIN, a film by Jia Zhang-Ke