Ash Is Purest White

  • 141'
  • China
  • 2018

Young dancer Qiao falls for powerful mob boss Bin. After protecting him during a rival gang’s ambush, she ends up in prison. Upon release, some five years later, she seeks out Bin to restart their old life. But is that still possible? Their violent relationship develops from 2001 to 2017, which allows director Jia Zhangke to chronicle contemporary China – from mining ghost towns to entire villages sacrificed for new dams.

Maestro Jia Zhangke’s latest film was inspired by scenes cut from his previous works Unknown Pleasures (2002) and Still Life (2006). Those films also featured Jia's muse and wife Zhao Tao in the lead and, in the director’s mind, the two roles she played in those films melded into one. Ash Is Purest White completes her story.

Also see Masterclass Jia Zhangke.

Director
Jia Zhangke
Countries of production
China, France
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
141'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Jiang hu er nv
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Jia Zhangke, Ren Zhonglun, Dong Ping, Nathanaël Karmitz, Elisha Karmitz, Liu Shiyu, Zhu Weijie, Ichiyama Shozo, Yang Jinsong
Production Companies
Xstream Pictures, Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Huanxi Media Group Limited, Huayi Brothers Pictures Ltd, MK2 Productions, Beijing Runjin Investment, Enchant Film and Television Culture Co. Ltd., Wishart Media Co. Ltd.
Sales
mk2 Films
Screenplay
Jia Zhangke
Cinematography
Eric Gautier
Editor
Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
Production Design
Liu Weixin
Sound Design
Zhang Yang
Music
Lim Giong
Cast
Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Diao Yi'nan, Casper Liang, Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Yibai
Local Distributor
Cherry Pickers