Jia Zhang-ke's standing as the most significant film chronicler of modern China has increased even more with the four-part A Touch of Sin. Again, he succeeds in making films that measure up changes in a changing China. In what is described as a layered 'martial arts film for contemporary China', Jia refers in the title - not in the style - in a playful yet significant way to King Hu's wuxia classic A Touch of Zen (1969-71).
Based on stories that caused a sensation on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), the filmmaker compellingly dissects four gruesome eruptions of violence that seemed inconceivable not long ago: new for China and new in Jia Zhang-ke's films. But just as important are the many constants in his oeuvre. His capacity to capture the historic fate of his characters (in this case, the cast includes his regular actors Zhao Tao and Wang Hongwei) in their geographic surroundings (often his home province of Shanxi) is unequalled.

Original title
Tian zhu ding
Filmmaker
Jia Zhangke
Country
China
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
129’
Language
Mandarin, Cantonese
Producer
Ichiyama Shozo
Production Company
Office Kitano Inc
Sales
MK2
Writer
Jia Zhangke
Cinematography
Yu Lik-wai
Editor
Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
Production Design
Liu Weixin
Sound Design
Zhang Yang
Music
Lim Giong
Cast
Zhao Tao, Jiang Wu
Website
http://cineart.nl/films/a-touch-of-sin