Ash Is Purest White

Jia Zhangke (2018)

Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng Rated 15 Run time 136 mins

“Set in 21st century China, this superb gangster drama from Zhangke (Still Life 2006, A Touch of Sin 2013) picks up his favourite themes of globalisation, consumerism and their alienating effect on Chinese society. In a bleak industrial city dancer Qiao (Tao) falls in love with mobster Bin (Fan). When he takes on the leadership of the ‘Jianghu’ brotherhood Qiao is forced to make a seismic choice. A fascinating glimpse of life in rapidly modernising China and the director’s best film so far!

99% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.1/10 – IMDB

“This is one of Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before.”

“Gorgeous to look at and spectacularly well-acted.”

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