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A Touch of Sin

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Raising the Bamboo Curtain

MA 15+
Strong Violence

China Up Close

16 Feb

Exploring the redefined Chinese modernity present in Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin this talk will examine the global context of an emerging capitalist economy and the impact on the changing world of the middle class in contemporary China.

Featuring Dr Ying Qian, Mike Walsh and Professor Kerry Brown. Includes screening of A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013).

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  • A Touch of Sin
    Master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World) returns to the screen with his award-winning exploration of contemporary Chinese life. Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, A Touch of Sin charts stories of contemporary life plucked straight from the headlines.

    Master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), builds on his previous films' themes exploring the wider societal narrative of modern China but this time with an astoundingly action-packed twist.

    Drawing inspiration from legendary director King Hu, Jia sees A Touch of Sin as a "wuxia pian (martial arts film) about contemporary China. Many wuxia pian have a political thrust. One basic theme is repeated: an individual struggle against oppression in a harsh social environment."

    Four regular citizens in various regions are all pushed to meter out their own unique and violent forms of justice. Corrupt officials, social inequality and abuse of power are all triggers for these protagonists to take matters into their own hands.

    Shot by his regular collaborator, Yu Lik-Wai, the film has a widescreen beauty that belies the gritty narrative. Coupled with the fine performances from professionals and newcomers alike, A Touch of Sin offers an exhilarating new side to the director's already impressive film repertoire.

    "Jia is simply one of the best and most important directors in the world." - The New Yorker