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Director:
Writer:
Zhangke Jia (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 November 2013 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A brave, but uneven film See more (13 total) »

Cast

 

Zhangke Jia
Wu Jiang ... Dahai
Lanshan Luo ... Xiao Hui
Li Meng (as Vivien Li)

Baoqiang Wang ... Zhou San
Jia-yi Zhang

Tao Zhao ... Xiao Yu

Directed by
Zhangke Jia 
 
Writing credits
Zhangke Jia (screenplay)

Produced by
Xiaojiang Gao .... co-producer
Shôzô Ichiyama .... producer (as Shozo Ichiyama)
Bin Jia .... associate producer
Zhangke Jia .... executive producer
Kazumi Kawashiro .... associate producer
Eva Lam .... co-producer
Shiyu Liu .... associate producer
Masayuki Mori .... executive producer
Jianping Qian .... co-producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... executive producer
Yuji Sadai .... associate producer
Dong Zhang .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Giong Lim 
 
Cinematography by
Nelson Yu Lik-wai  (as Yu Likwai)
 
Film Editing by
Matthieu Laclau 
Xudong Lin 
 
Art Direction by
Weixin Liu 
 
Sound Department
Yang Zhang .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick Jarvis .... Digital Paint Dept. Supervisor: BaseFX
Fan Zhang .... compositor
 
Other crew
Jason Gray .... script translator: english (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Tian zhu ding" - China (original title)
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133 min
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Cameo: [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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10 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A brave, but uneven film, 18 December 2013
Author: Ruben Mooijman from Ghent, Belgium

A lone gunman, fighting for justice in a world full of corruption, intent upon killing the main culprit and not backing down until he has done so. It sounds like something out of a John Ford western, but in fact it's the first of four stories in 'A Touch Of Sin'. This Chinese movie borrows quite a few themes from the classic westerns. Male dominance, for example, and a society lacking morality, but above all: violence as the ultimate solution.

For a Chinese film maker, this is a brave movie. It paints a very bleak picture of Chinese society, by tackling issues like corruption, crime, prostitution and the exploitation of workers in enormous factories. These are very sensitive issues in modern day China, but still this movie got the green light from the authorities and wasn't banned from Chinese cinemas.

But not every brave movie is a good one. The problem with 'A Touch Of Sin' is that it consists of four independent stories which differ a good deal in quality. The first one, with the lone gunman, is the best because it is a clear, focused story. Others are sometimes difficult to understand because they are too expansive and too long.

The common feature in each of the four stories is the violence. Director Zhangke Jia shows it in a very graphic way, reminiscent of crime movies from Hong Kong or Japan. The bullet holes and blood splattering seem a bit out of place in a film appealing to an art-house audience, but at the same time it gives this movie a nice nihilistic touch.

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