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21 November 2013 (Italy) See more »
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. | Add synopsis »
7 wins & 10 nominations 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. See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)
Wu Jiang ... Dahai

Baoqiang Wang ... Zhou San

Tao Zhao ... Xiao Yu
Lanshan Luo ... Xiao Hui
Jia-yi Zhang
Li Meng (as Vivien Li)
Lu Liu
Dong Han
Hongwei Wang
Qiang Wang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Zhangke Jia ... (uncredited)

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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9 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Although highly praised by media, this film by Chinese director Jia Zhangke is predictable and does not offer anything new., 10 January 2014
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

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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