A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

(Tian zhu ding)
(2013)

Best Screenplay at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (and nominated for the Palme d’Or), this pessimistic Chinese drama takes its inspiration from true crime events as it examines the country's everyday violence via four interlinked tales. From writer/director Zhangke Jia (Still Life).... More

A fired miner seeks revenge on the corporate stooges that put him out of work; a migrant worker returning home for a family birthday discovers a gun and new possibilities; a massage parlour hostess is pushed to breaking point by a client; and a young man seeks a desperate solution when unable to successfully start a new life.Hide

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  • This is a bitter, jagged, disaffected drama, pessimistic about China, pessimistic about the whole world. Full Review

  • Impassioned admirers of maverick Chinese writer-director Jia Zhang-ke's work may get on board, but new converts seem unlikely. Full Review

  • A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China... at once monumental and human scale. Full Review

  • In Jia's methodically furious vision, the ambient violence of unchecked power erupts among the insulted and injured with a horrific yet liberating sense of destruction and self-destruction. Full Review

  • Unquestionably Jia's most mainstream-friendly work, if also his most schematic and, blades aside, least penetrating Full Review