A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

Best Screenplay at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (and nominated for the Palme d’Or), this pessimistic Chinese drama takes its inspiration from true crime events as it examines the country's everyday violence via four interlinked tales. From writer/director Zhangke Jia (Still Life).

A fired miner seeks revenge on the corporate stooges that put him out of work; a migrant worker returning home for a family birthday discovers a gun and new possibilities; a massage parlour hostess is pushed to breaking point by a client; and a young man seeks a desperate solution when unable to successfully start a new life.

Winner of Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2013.
2013Rating: MA15+, Strong violence133 minsChinaMandarin with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Zhangke Jia ('Still Life', 'The World', 'Platform', 'Pickpocket')
Writer:
Zhangke Jia
Cast:
Wu JiangVivien LiLanshan LuoBaoqiang WangJia-yi ZhangTao Zhao

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A Touch of Sin / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Unquestionably Jia's most mainstream-friendly work, if also his most schematic and, blades aside, least penetrating

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Time Out

Time Out

It's travelogue cinema for the dissolute and gravely disenfranchised.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

In Jia's methodically furious vision, the ambient violence of unchecked power erupts among the insulted and injured with a horrific yet liberating sense of destruction and self-destruction.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China... at once monumental and human scale.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This is a bitter, jagged, disaffected drama, pessimistic about China, pessimistic about the whole world.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Impassioned admirers of maverick Chinese writer-director Jia Zhang-ke's work may get on board, but new converts seem unlikely.

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