A Touch of Sin

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China | 2013 | 133 Minutes | Zhangke Jia

February 3, 2014

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life) presents this daring, poetic and grand-scale look at four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

Inspired by shocking (and true) events, the stories in master filmmaker Jia Zhangke's new film follow four outcasts on the edges of a rapidly changing China who channel their rage into a bloody rampage. 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 over the edge by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

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

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

"Powerful… a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

  • Director: Zhangke Jia
  • Principal Cast: Wu Jiang, Lanshan Luo, Li Meng
  • Country: China
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 133 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • US Distributor: Koch Lorber Films