ASIAN FILM - News
11:00 - 10th May 2014, by David West

A Touch Of Sin

Jia Zhangke has a history of blending reality and fiction in his work, from the drama Still Life about people searching for their families displaced by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, to his documentary Dong about the artist Liu Xiaodong painting portraits of the dam workers. His latest film, A Touch Of Sin, was inspired by news stories in China of ordinary people driven to commit acts of violence. The film is composed of four stories set in different areas of the country, including a miner in Shanxi angry at his boss for hoarding their mine's profits, and a young woman working in a sauna having an affair with a married man. The film won the award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival but fell afoul of censors at home due to its violence and scathing critique of the state of China, with corruption rife amongst officials and anger simmering in the citizens. A Touch Of Sin comes to cinemas on 16 May from Arrow Films.

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