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22 January 2003 (France) See more »
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Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
Refn, Coppola on Cannes jury
 (From ScreenDaily. 28 April 2014, 3:35 AM, PDT)

Cannes 2013. Consistency In a Filmmaker's World: Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin"
 (From MUBI. 16 May 2013, 12:45 PM, PDT)

Locarno fest honors Jia Zhang-ke
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 8 June 2010, 5:00 AM, PDT)

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Artistic, Compelling, & Existential See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Wei Wei Zhao ... Bin Bin
Qiong Wu ... Xiao Ji

Tao Zhao ... Qiao Qiao
Qing Feng Zhou ... Yuan Yuan
Hongwei Wang ... Xiao Wu
Ru Bai ... Bin Bin's mother
Xi An Liu ... Xiao Ji's father
Shou Lin Xu ... Sister Zhu
Ren Ai Jun ... Hairdresser
Dao Xiao ... Mr. Ren
Zi Ying ... Concubine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zhubin Li ... Qiao San
Ai Jun Ren ... The Hairdresser
Limin Wang ... The Karaoke Customer (as Wang Li Min)

Zhangke Jia ... Man singing in street (uncredited)
Juan Antonio Samaranch ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Zhangke Jia  (as ZhangKe Jia)
 
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Zhangke Jia 

Produced by
Keung Chow .... associate producer
Shôzô Ichiyama .... producer (as Shozo Ichiyama)
Kit Ming Li .... producer
Masayuki Mori .... executive producer
Fumiko Osaka .... associate producer
Hengameh Panahi .... executive producer
Yuji Sadai .... co-producer
Paul Yi .... executive producer
Nelson Yu Lik-wai .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Nelson Yu Lik-wai  (as Lik Wai Yu)
 
Film Editing by
Keung Chow 
 
Production Design by
Jing Dong Liang 
 
Art Direction by
Jing Dong Liang 
 
Sound Department
Bing Han .... sound editor
Yang Zhang .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... color grader
 

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Also Known As:
"Ren xiao yao" - South Korea (original title)
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France:113 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Japan:112 min
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Mandarin title refers to a song by Richie RenSee more »
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References The Mirror (1975)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Artistic, Compelling, & Existential, 1 September 2004
Author: J. M. Verville from Seoul, Republic of Korea

The story begins with an outline of the mundaneness of the lives and future of two Chinese youths, and progresses into showing in a short amount of time just how much their lives and personal situations change; dealing with unemployment, troublesome love lives and coming into their own a beautiful story unfolds.

With allusions to the film Pulp Fiction throughout and a recurring song that touches the heart, with solid performances by all of the actors (especially Zhao Tao) it was a very good film. My only criticism is at times the story can be slow, though overall the story is far more interesting than one sees in normal cinema.

The film was particularly strong in the simplistic nature of the film-making itself, with nothing ever over-the-top. It aimed to tell the situation as how it really is, and to tell life like how it really is, not some sort of Hollywoodized conception of life. The artistic reflection that was put into the film shows a great and amazing depth to it that is often hard to find.

Overall, a great film my Jia Zhang-ke. The feelings of hopelessness that he is able to make oneself feel make this a must-see for anyone who enjoys sad cinema and existentialism, and is interested in the struggles of youth and issues of modernization and globalization.

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