• A Touch of Sin

    2013. China/Japan. 133 min.

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • A Touch of Sin

    2013. China/Japan. Directed by Jia Zhangke. The incomparable Jia Zhang-ke (the subject of a MoMA retrospective in 2010) shocked audiences at this year's Cannes Film Festival with this violent, deeply angry film, in which his typical concern for society's marginalized and oppressed is pushed into genre territory. Four overlapping stories, each inspired by actual incidents of violence, take on the style of popular Chinese wuxia action films, with their sole avenging warrior. This trenchant critique of China's modern economic miracle—and the increasingly violent reactions to its frustrations—links stories from country to city, men and women, young and old. Jia uses the potent martial arts aesthetic to slyly expose the dangerous underbelly of contemporary Chinese society. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 133 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders 2013

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