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A Touch of Sin (2013)



Critic Consensus: Its screenplay isn't as graceful as the choreography of its action sequences, but A Touch of Sin offers enough stylishly satisfying violence to muscle past its rough spots.

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A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.(c) Kinomore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Zhangke Jia
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On DVD: Apr 8, 2014
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Tao Zhao
as Xiao Yu
Wang Baoqiang
as Zhao San
Lanshan Luo
as Xiao Hui
Jiang Wu
as Dahai
Zhang Jiayi
as Xiaoyu“s Lover
Li Meng
as San Pei Nu
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Critic Reviews for A Touch of Sin

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (22)

Jia is one of those moviemakers who can tell a story in a single shot, and his eloquence is hard at work here ...

Full Review… | April 12, 2016
In These Times

A grueling experience. One that feels sadly necessary.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015

A kind of Chinese Pulp Fiction with a political pulse, it adds up to a powerful portrait of desperate individuals driven to extremes by official corruption and runaway commercial development.

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Maclean's Magazine

It's a movie that's bitterly violent, both physically and emotionally, and a tremendous exploration of the have-nots in a society that is mostly known for its haves.

Full Review… | August 7, 2014
San Diego Union-Tribune

It might be my least favorite of (Jia's) movies, but I still count it as one of the best films of 2013 which should tell you what I think of this extraordinary filmmaker.

Full Review… | August 3, 2014
Movie Metropolis

It's a brilliant lyrical film, shot on a grand-scale.

Full Review… | May 26, 2014
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Audience Reviews for A Touch of Sin


A solid film that intertwines four compelling stories loosed based on real events about the senselessness of violence, aggression and brutality, as well as people's obsession with it - which, as the film suggests, makes us not so different from animals, only perhaps worse.

Carlos Magalhćes

Super Reviewer

'A Touch of Sin'. A cold, unnerving social critique across classes in China. The direction sets the tone damn well!


Super Reviewer

Strong stories overpower the more mediocre ones in telling the tale of those left out of China's booming economy. The reactions are violent and jarring but nonetheless noteworthy

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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