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A Touch of Sin (2013)A Touch of Sin (2013)

A Touch of Sin (2013)

An exploration of violence in capitalist China

Action, Crime, Drama

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THE VERY BEST

8.2

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China, France
Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Action-packed, Discussion-sparking, Smart
2013
Jia Zhangke
Baoqiang Wang, Jiang Wu, Li Meng
131 min

Synopsis

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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Our Take

8.2
Gerald Cajayon

“It is better to live miserable than to die happy,” or so says one of the characters in Jia Zhangke’s anthology film A Touch of Sin. On its surface, the “sin” referenced in the title might pertain to the acts of murder that the four protagonists commit, but in the context of China’s rapidly changing capitalist landscape (a theme explored in the director’s other pictures), it reveals itself as a malady shared by Chinese laborers treated as dispensable resources by the powers-that-be. Murder, then, is explored as an extremity, the effectual breaking point of people no longer able to contain the injustice within themselves. Beneath the splatters of blood is a plea for empathy and understanding, at once remorseful and full of conviction.

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