Ash is Purest White

Ash is Purest White

Ash is Purest White

Palme d'Or nominee telling a story of romance and tragedy that spans 16 years.

2018150 minsChina, France, JapanChinese and Mandarin with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Zhangke Jia ('A Touch of Sin', 'Mountains May Depart', 'Still Life')
Writer:
Zhangke Jia
Cast:
Tao ZhaoFan LiaoYi'nan DiaoXiaogang FengZheng XuYibai Zhang

Ash is Purest White / Reviews

Vulture

Vulture

By the end, the transformation of China is more compelling than Qiao's love for Bin, but watching both unfold over time is continually thought-provoking, given the ephemerality of whole cities, much less love affairs.

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Variety

Variety

The work has its intellectually ponderous moments but is ultimately saved by Jia’s muse and wife, Zhao Tao, who surpasses herself in a role of mesmerizing complexity.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Still, the film is an arresting and ambitious portrait of a nation how it is now, and how it so recently was.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It feels like a gripping parable for the vanity of human wishes, and another impassioned portrait of national malaise.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This is a movie about how time and circumstance conspire to make dazed, restless wanderers of us all.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The performances of the two leads are riveting.

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BBC

BBC

Few film-makers are as observant or as poetic as Jia is about the passing of time.

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