Described as a reflection of “an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence”, A Touch of Sin weaves together four strands, spanning the bustling southern metropolis of Guangzhou to rural townships.
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incredible depiction of corruption in undemocratic countries like China, Russia and Turkey. shows how "things work". Besides its admirable direction, the thing that struck me the most is the realism depicted in murder scenes. usually characters say some last words or some overly-dramatic action take place, whereas here, he just pulls the trigger. no dramatization, no last lines, just doing what you came to do.
A history of violence shaped by popular culture. Jia carefully contrasts the past with the future, the traditional with the modern, only to find that the nature of revenge has always been the same. Cultural wuxia heroes share the same stage as the petty thieves of 21st century China. His greatest film since Platform.
Nope, this is not a good film. It rarely happens, but I actually turned it off, because it wasn't convincing at all. Bad actors, unconvincing acting and surprisingly terrible for Jia. Too much mainstream perhaps.
Certainly one of the most important films I have watched from this millennium. Alienation, poverty, misery, corruption, all flows to an inevitable explosion of violence, reflecting the enormous social gaps of China. A complex expression of Marxism in cinema, "A Touch of Sin" is one of the most despairing films, reminding one of such subversive directors such as Fassbinder or John Carpenter. Everyone should watch it.
Daring in execution this four-part meditation on violence, wealth, dignity and identity is slightly uneven but never dull. Each thread weaves together seamlessly and pitched against the cold detachment of news today, Jia Zhangke demonstrates through an emotional, immersive and personal approach that arthouse film as social critique is potent and far from dead. 3.5 stars
dense reassuring cinema that never ceases to amaze / zhangke reinvents himself inserting his recurrent motives and symbols into completely new narrative patterns changing the rhythm and pace of his previous movies, expanding his visual geography but preserving the core - his sharp gaze of a documentarian, contemplative sensibility and queen of understatement zhao tao / in 4 words cinema of the future