Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Dahai
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Zhou San
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Xiao Yu
Lanshan Luo ...
Xiao Hui
Jia-yi Zhang ...
Zhang Youliang
Li Meng ...
(as Vivien Li)
Lu Liu ...
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Dong Han ...
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Hongwei Wang ...
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Qiang Wang ...
(Guest appearance)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jiangcai Bai
Ke Chen
Weifen Chen
Yang Chen
Yulin Deng
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

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11 December 2013 (France)  »

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A Touch of Sin  »

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$1,514 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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$91,714 (USA) (22 November 2013)
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Zhangke Jia: in the third story as a patron of the brothel. He is shown walking down a hallway from behind talking on his cell phone and smoking a cigar. At the end of the shot he turns to survey the line of girls in the hallway. See more »

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Features Green Snake (1993) See more »

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Another great piece of contemporary cinema from Direcoter Jia
11 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Since I viewed 'The World' and 'Still Life' from director Jia ZK a few years back, I have become a fan of this 6th generation film director from China. In this film he explored the ugly side of China, amid its prosperity (at least for some), GDP growth and blatant capitalism. It is about the contrast between the average person trying to make a decent living, and the corrupt officials and bandits that got rich quick. The film contains 4 stories, loosely linked together. Corruption, prostitution, social injustice, stressful lives of migrant workers in the World's Factories in the southern part of the country are all the issues explored and exposed here. Gosh, I am glad this film was allowed to be made by the Chinese government. I bet Jia's international fame has something to do with it.

All in all, I enjoyed the film greatly. I once worked and lived in China for a number of years so the stories relate to me quite easily. For now, I hope Jia can continue to do his work, with the freedom and liberty that he has so far enjoyed. I look forward to more of his work.


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