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Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Jiang hu er nü (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, 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
Min Liu Min Liu ... Er Yong
Yuan Wenqian Yuan Wenqian
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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Storyline

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,150, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$422,814

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,813,509
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song playing during the drinking toast scene is the title song from John Woo's the Killer (1989). Both stories are similar in that both involve lives being ruined from gunshots. See more »

Goofs

When Bin arrives at the "Datong station," the Chinese characters read "Middle Cloud" as opposed to "Datong." See more »

Quotes

Bin: I've left.
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Connections

References Tragic Hero (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man Should Better Himself
from "Once upon a time in China"
Adapted by Romeo Díaz and James Wong
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Ash Is Off Colour!
18 July 2019 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

"A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017" according to its tagline. Well technically speaking it was 2018 in the movie but who's really keeping score. Violent love? Not that I necessarily wanted to see any graphic depictions, but when did anything remotely related to love occur in this 136 minute snoozefest. More accurately speaking,Ash Is Purest White is a long, drawn out tale of (greatly) unrewarded loyalty on the part of an industrious gangster's girlfriend; on her rise, fall and moderate rise again over the course of 17 years or so, noting the changes across Chinese society in the background.

Yes, I do admit there was something compellingly attractive about Tao Zhao's performance as Qiao, the much taken for granted moll. But anyone hoping for some sort of sweeping, oriental, love story set against a Godfather-like background of underworld intrigue will be sorely disappointed. Many of the elements which might add stimulus to this snail trail of a story happen off screen. Instead viewers have to sit through interminably long periods of various characters casting shady looks at one another, whilst undertaking bus, train or boat trips or alternatively karaoke or exhibitions of dance performed by minor characters completely unrelated to the main storyline. The one solitary action set piece in the movie, admittedly crucial to the narrative, is underwhelmingly choreographed, whilst being laughingly over-hyped by many a critic for its exhilarating originality. LOL! Surely they jest?

Ash is Purest White is like a delicate soup. Some may appreciate its light body and discerning palate. Me, I like the stock to have been derived by a source with a little more meat on its bones. This is one seriously overrated movie.


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