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A Touch of Sin (2013)
"Tian zhu ding" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  21 November 2013 (Italy)
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

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Wu Jiang ...
Dahai
Lanshan Luo ...
Xiao Hui
Li Meng ...
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Zhou San
Jia-yi Zhang
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Xiao Yu
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

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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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Although highly praised by media, this film by Chinese director Jia Zhangke is predictable and does not offer anything new.
10 January 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Nobody can deny that like all economic systems, "Capitalism" too is condemned time and again by filmmakers. What is important to note is that "A Touch of Sin" is the first serious attempt by a Chinese director to berate capitalism which is causing irreparable damages to Chinese nation especially to its ordinary population which is unable to figure out how to deal with money and its implications on a person's life. In all frankness, calling "A Touch of Sin" a feature-film would be a travesty of cinema as it is merely a well stitched collection of four different short films about ordinary people in China who have succumbed to pressures. Although it has been highly praised by media all over the world,this new film by Chinese director Jia Zhangke is utterly predictable and does not offer anything new. One wonders on what grounds was it selected for best screenplay prize at Cannes Film Festival 2013 ? When one leaves an independent form of filmmaking for more commercial style of filmmaking, weaknesses in the film are clearly evident. For example-There is an exaggerated scene involving a business man with a wad of currency notes who continually pummels a woman to prove his point that capitalism has not left any scope for human feelings.This scene could have used less violence but Jia Zhangke chose to dramatize it to such an extent that it became almost unbearable to watch.Lastly,this film is replete with numerous scenes of this type where "too much" is done in the name of sophistication at a time when "too little" could also have easily eased things for the film,the director and the viewers.


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