A Touch of Sin

  • 129'
  • China
  • 2013
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.
Director
Jia Zhangke
Country of production
China
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
129'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Tian zhu ding
Languages
Mandarin, Cantonese
Producer
Ichiyama Shozo
Production Company
Office Kitano Inc
Sales
MK2
Screenplay
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
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands
Website
http://cineart.nl/films/a-touch-of-sin