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Zhangke Jia (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 November 2013 (Italy) See more »
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. | Add synopsis »
10 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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a brutal approach from Jia yet pertaining that meditative & reflective tone See more (20 total) »


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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
Yûji Sadai .... associate producer
Dong Zhang .... co-producer
Original Music by
Giong Lim 
Cinematography by
Nelson Lik-wai Yu  (as Yu Likwai)
Film Editing by
Matthieu Laclau 
Xudong Lin 
Art Direction by
Weixin Liu 
Set Decoration by
Daiyu He 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tian Lin .... assistant director
Qiang Liu .... assistant director
Jing Wang .... first assistant director
Tie Wei .... assistant director
Qinan Xiao .... first assistant director
Li Xiu .... assistant director
Art Department
Zhiyong Bai .... property assistant
Guoxin Chen .... set dresser
Zeyan Chen .... stylist assistant
Qingliang Cheng .... property assistant
Zhen Cheng .... property assistant
Jufeng Fang .... set dresser
Mengyong Fang .... property assistant
Dejian Gong .... set dresser
Chengji Guo .... set dresser
Cheng Han .... stylist assistant
Zhujing He .... set dresser
Wenhua Hou .... stylist assistant
Hua Li .... stylist assistant
Mengru Huo .... stylist assistant
Yanqing Huo .... set dresser
Dongyang Li .... property assistant
Jun Li .... art director executive
Xiaokui Li .... property assistant
Hengcun Lin .... set dresser
Guanjun Lu .... set dresser
Yanyou Ma .... set dresser
Juyan Nan .... stylist assistant
Xiaowei Shi .... property assistant
Rui Sun .... property assistant
Dong Wang .... stylist assistant
Linan Wang .... stylist assistant
Tao Wang .... stylist
Yong Wang .... property assistant
Zhenzhong Wang .... property master
Qiang Wu .... property assistant
Meng Yan .... property assistant
Xiaojun Yan .... stylist assistant
Feng Yu .... property assistant
Guijiang Zhang .... set dresser
Kaiqi Zhang .... stylist assistant
Sound Department
Huijun Cao .... boom operator
Tao Liu .... boom operator
Xueli Si .... boom operator
Zhaoyang Si .... boom operator
Zhonglin Si .... location sound
Yang Zhang .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Fei Qin .... pyrotechnician
Yanquan Xie .... pyrotechnician
Yunshui Xie .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Patrick Jarvis .... Digital Paint Dept. Supervisor: BaseFX
Fan Zhang .... compositor
Jason Zhao .... visual effects artist
Jie Cao .... stunts
Apple Chau .... action choreographer assistant (as Suk Wai Chau)
Shu Chen .... stunts
Lin Du .... stunts
Hui Guo .... wire technician
Jin Ke .... wire technician
Kwok-Wah Keung .... wire technician
Chi Kit Lee .... wire technician
Song Li .... stunts
Chi-Hung Ling .... action choreographer assistant
Tianlong Ma .... stunts
Zhenlong Shi .... stunts
Zhijie Tu .... stunts
Kun Wang .... stunts
Weitao Wang .... stunts
Yinming Wang .... stunts
Yong Wu .... stunts
Ou Yang .... stunts
Xiaoyong Yang .... wire technician
Tin Hung Yee .... action choreographer
Jian Zeng .... stunts
Shunyi Zhao .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Liguo Bai .... focus puller
Hailong Cheng .... assistant camera
Hailong Cui .... assistant camera
Bin Diao .... lighting assistant
Yinghan Ge .... focus puller
Xiaofei Huang .... lighting assistant
Siu Ching Ip .... steadicam operator (as Jai Ip)
Xianga Kong .... lighting assistant
Chunjie Li .... assistant camera
Ruimin Liu .... assistant camera
Hang Lu .... assistant camera
Deben Qian .... lighting assistant
Linhong Qian .... lighting assistant
Zhenglin Qian .... lighting assistant
Yiming Song .... assistant camera
Jianhua Tang .... lighting assistant
Li Tian .... camera operator
Min-Han Tsai .... steadicam assistant
Jianjun Wang .... focus puller
Ying Wang .... assistant camera
Chi Ming Wong .... lighting design
Tao Xie .... lighting assistant
Xiaoping Yin .... lighting assistant
Guangyu Zhang .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Yanjia Zhang .... casting assistant
Other crew
Yingying Dai .... publicist
Marie-Pierre Duhamel .... subtitles: French
Suai Jing .... assistant to the director
Yusheng Lin .... amourer
Hanxiao Peng .... amourer
Tony Rayns .... subtitles: English
Qinan Xiao .... production coordinator
Jun Xu .... continuity
Jason Gray .... script translator: english (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tian zhu ding" - China (original title)
"A Touch of the Sin" - Europe (English title) (Cannes festival title)
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133 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
a brutal approach from Jia yet pertaining that meditative & reflective tone, 25 February 2014
Author: d-JCB from Melbourne, Australia

after finally watching A Touch Of Sin this evening at ACMI with some friends, it's left me stuck in 2 worlds - missing Jia Zhang-Ke's meditative & lyrical work of the past & liking the new approach to these social wrongs in a more brutal / violent / cynical manner...

first thoughts were quite similar to when i watched another master film maker Kim Ki-Duk's "Pieta" which after further digestion, thought & reading became my fave film of 2013 - both films show violence in a heavy way but still portray it in a meditative & profound manner, using symbolic moments to remind the audience about these issues...

in hindsight i really like this film and where Jia is going with his approach... considering this is a narrative driven film over his powerful and thought provoking documentaries, all the killings were based on real events the director read in blogs... the film is a vessel to show these separate events as one about alienation, the varying classes in china & corruption / political flaws...

here's a good article from Slant which covers a lot of how i feel towards the films - 8/10

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