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Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Jiang hu er nü (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 September 2018 (China)
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A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

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Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao Zhao ... Qiao
Fan Liao ... Bin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi'nan Diao ... Lin Jiadong
Jiali Ding ... Woman on boat
Zijian Dong ... Policeman in Fengjie
Jiamei Feng Jiamei Feng
Xiaogang Feng
Kang Kang Kang Kang
Xuan Li Xuan Li ... Li Xuan
Casper Liang Casper Liang ... Lin Jiayan
Zheng Xu ... Man from Karamay (man on train)
Yi Zhang ... Second man in Fengjie restaurant
Yibai Zhang Yibai Zhang ... First man in Fengjie restaurant
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A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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China | France | Japan

Language:

Chinese | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Ash Is Purest White See more »

Filming Locations:

Datong, Shanxi, China See more »

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$412,800, 16 May 2019
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film premiered at the Festival de Cannes in May 2018. See more »

Quotes

Bin: Armed men always die first.
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Connections

References Ying hung ho hon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
from "The Killer"
Music by Lowell Lo
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung by Sally Yeh
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An interesting main character
12 May 2019 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Qiao (Zhao Tao) lives in a mining town in the Chinese province of Shanxi. Her boyfriend Bin (Liao Fan) is a mob boss. As years go by, crime life brings consequences to their lives - individually and as a couple.

Though the film is long at two and a quarter hours, it is rarely dull. The two lead performers, especially Zhao, are engaging as are the occasional rural landscapes especially the ones captured by train travel.

The middle sequence is the most fascinating. When Qiao is on a mission in a strange place, she might act in terrible ways but it is still tempting to root for her; she's not much different from the corruption that surrounds her.

Overall, "Ash Is Purest White" is a fascinating journey albeit a cynical one that begins in 2001 and finishes seventeen years later. Whether it's taking place in a corrupt small town, a prison, or a chaotic travel experience, it is always intriguing in a mostly quiet way. - dbamateurcritic


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