Ash Is Purest White

Jia Zhangke (2018)

Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu ZhengRated15

“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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