Ash is Purest White

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China | 2018 | 141 minutes | Jia Zhangke

Opens April 5, 2019

Qiao (Zhao Tao) enjoys the lifestyle and power of being romantically connected to Bin (Liao Fan), a triad gangster who wields a fair hand in both business and pleasure. However, when Qiao finds herself and her lover in a fight or flight scenario, the repercussions of her actions forever alter the course of both her life and her relationship to Bin.

Jia Zhangke's latest film stars (for the ninth time) his wife and leading actor Zhao Tao as Qiao, a woman intimately linked to a surprisingly benevolent head of a crime syndicate. When Qiao's boyfriend Bin is targeted by a rival gang, her attempt to intercede leads her down a path of retribution that separates her from him. After years apart, she returns to try to put the pieces back together, only to find that, perhaps, the perfect image that they once formed together has been shattered beyond repair. Returning to familiar touchstones from throughout his career (including his recurring use of the Three Gorges Dam project as a setting) and continuing to push and refine his minimalist storytelling approach as a means of focusing on the individual caught within the social, Ash is Purest White provides a powerful distillation of what makes Jia one of the most exceptional filmmakers of our present age.

  • Director: Jia Zhangke
  • Principal Cast: Casper Liang, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Zhao Tao
  • Country: China, France
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 141 minutes
  • Producer: Shôzô Ichiyama, Nathanaël Karmitz
  • Screenplay: Jia Zhangke
  • Cinematographers: Eric Gautier
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes