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A Touch of Sin (2013)

Tian zhu ding (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 11 December 2013 (France)
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia (screenplay)
18 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Taglines:

Crossing the line between men and beasts

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Japan | France

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

11 December 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Touch of Sin See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,867, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$154,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$854,891
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Yu Tang Chun
(Shanxi Opera)
Performed by Zhang Yongai and Ren Cailing
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a brutal approach from Jia yet pertaining that meditative & reflective tone
25 February 2014 | by d-JCBSee all my reviews

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

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/a-touch-of-sin


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