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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.

Director:

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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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

Qiao: Volcano ash is very pure, isn't it?
Bin: Maybe.
Bin: Anything that burns at high temperature is made pure.
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Connections

References Tragic Hero (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 epic Gangster tale by the Godfather of Chinese independent cinema
16 May 2018 | by tharun_mohanSee all my reviews

I felt privileged to watch this on its premier at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, with Zang-ke Jia and the cast. The film revolves around Qiao (Played by Tao Zhao) who is the girlfriend of Bin (Fan Liao) a mobster in a small town, who likes to believe he is a big fish in this small pond.

The film shows how the couple drift away along with their youth and optimism, captured in a three act structure, the undying love of Qiao for Bin and how it remains just as strong through the passing of time. Both Qiao and Bin are very well written characters and the cinematography is flawless, on a lighter note Carl and Biddu's 'Kung Fu Fighting' plays a vital role in this movie.

You should definitely watch this movie if you are a fan of Zhao and Liao, also watch this if you liked 'Mountains May Depart'.


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