A Touch of Sin Reviews

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January 3, 2014
This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens.
January 2, 2014
In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over.
January 2, 2014
Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
November 22, 2013
Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism.
November 22, 2013
Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool.
November 21, 2013
Jia's primary concern here is the solitary suffering of his characters, punished to the point where they can't take anymore.
March 21, 2019
It's been some time since a drama has tackled the moral complexities of revenge quite so brutally -- and so well.
January 30, 2019
A Touch of Sin puts together a picture of social unrest, class injustices and violent response bubbling just beneath the surface. Each story is loosely connected but the real link is a brewing anger levelled at an unfair social system.
August 31, 2018
[Director Jia Zhangke] proves himself here a master of pacing.
August 31, 2018
Has a propulsion that may slow down during its two-hour running time, but it never falters.
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