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A Touch of Sin Reviews

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½ September 2, 2017
Not really about anything (that interested me)
½ July 5, 2017
One of the series of pointless characters in "A Touch of Sin" says, "Shooting guns isn't boring," and that's apparently the mistaken theory of writer-director Jia Zhangke, as he portrays a succession of gratuitously violent scenes, which also include knifings, fist-fights, train collisions, a saw accident, and a jumping from a balcony. Even horses and ducks suffer needlessly. This is yet another data point, as if any were necessary, that a critical consensus in favor of a film can be drastically wrong.
½ June 17, 2017
Four beautifully shot stories but the narrative drive is never there for me. After learning what inspired the film, it makes sense.
March 5, 2017
This is a portmanteau movie with four tales more or less welded together. Anyone thinking of watching should know it is extremely violent with very realistic portrayals. It also includes scenes of animal cruelty. It is not a consciously artist film but a sort of state of the nation report by someone shocked at the greed, corruption, exploitation and violence accompanying modernisation. The stories portrayed would have been known to a contemporary Chinese audience and each represents events which symbolise the experience of many Chinese people. The film was made just before the change of leadership of the country and many of the issues underpin current approaches to policy. The irony is the accompanying clampdown on freedom of expression means this type of film cannot now be made.
½ May 7, 2016
"A Touch of Sin" is a touch too bitter, bleak, and lengthy to be truly compelling, but the message Zhangke showcases here is a powerful one and a necessary one.
½ August 22, 2015
Beautifully shot bloody drama that doesn't gloss over tough lives of the Chinese people.
½ July 26, 2015
Harrowing and beautifully done. Some shots make you shiver, some make you cringe, most make you marvel at the mystery and complexity that is China.
April 23, 2015
breathtaking on every level. must watch!!
April 9, 2015
the culture barrier is hard to breach on this one.
April 7, 2015
A beautifully shot Chinese film about four people that kill due to either paranoia, boredom, self-defense, or poor working conditions. Each character is intriguing and makes the audience understand the character before he/she starts killing. Sometimes slow, particularly in the second story, it's the films character development and cinematography that keeps interest. The social commentary is thinly veiled, but veiled enough that it doesn't distract from the stories. The social commentary reaches its peak with the brilliant last shot before the credits roll.
March 17, 2015
½ February 22, 2015
The film could be perceived as communist agitprop for a Chinese demographic (not letting you in because of this.) But it is well honed agitprop nonetheless.

Well made, and despite this slow coach finding the 4-story-structure a tad confusing/jarring initially, the film is involving.
½ February 19, 2015
Too violent to see it on the screen and too scared to know that is the truth.
Super Reviewer
½ December 6, 2014
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.
½ November 21, 2014
Zhang Ke Jia is a Chinese Quentin Tarantino!
November 1, 2014
Ele fornece uma brutal visão de em uma nação conturbada, o sofrimento solitário de seus personagens, punidos ao ponto em que não aguentar mais.
½ October 19, 2014
A brilliant look at class struggles brimming to the point of violence and sin
October 15, 2014
The four vignettes are too depressing and loosely told. There is no continuity between the stories. The overall feel is boredom interspersed with nasty violence.
½ October 3, 2014
why masterpiece? many short stories about violence...but thats all
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