Ash Is Purest White Reviews

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August 15, 2019
Zhao is one of the greatest actresses in cinema, and her journey in Ash Is Purest White is hardboiled and subtly melodramatic.
August 7, 2019
Led be immensely pained performances from Tao Zhao and Fan Liao, who carry the weight of guilt, betrayal and a rapidly changing society on their shoulders, the film brings in to focus the ways in which forces larger than ourselves end up molding our lives
August 6, 2019
'Ash Is Purest White' forces audiences to stop, stand still, and question what's lost in the wake of China's fast march forward.
August 2, 2019
Cinephiles craving something more substantial than Hollywood's fast and furious follies would do well to spare a couple of hours for Ash Is The Purest White this weekend.
August 2, 2019
An intimate story of romance, betrayal and loss gets framed against the sweeping, epic backdrop of radical, socio-economic changes in China.
July 19, 2019
Jia Zhangke creates atmospheres and images of great poetic breath that are full of suggestive power and meaning. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 17, 2019
Another valuable film with a true Jiang Zhang-Ke seal. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 17, 2019
A film with unquestionable vivacity. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 17, 2019
An exemplary film about unconditional love. [Full review in Spanish]
July 11, 2019
Performed by Zhao Tao... Qiao is a compendium of resistance and sacrifice, in an environment in which capitalism is taking over everything. [Full review in Spanish]
July 8, 2019
Gorgeous to look at and spectacularly well-acted.
June 21, 2019
As a gangster morality tale "Ash" is pretty mild; as a picture of China and Qiao's struggle it's much better.
June 17, 2019
Zhao's performance is built out of fleeting gestures, and she expresses a lifetime of pain with a lightness of touch.
June 3, 2019
[Ash is Purest White has] a particularly physical, almost palpable staging.
June 3, 2019
The physical landscape ends up affecting the human landscape, of undeniable desolation, but strangely beautiful in its grayness. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 29, 2019
A satisfying story of love, loss and retribution, Ash is Purest White is not in any way comparable to its Western counterparts and feels more nuanced and unexpected for that reason.
May 28, 2019
Reflects the transition that [director Jia Zhang- Ke's] cinema has experienced over the years... And, despite this, it's different: more unpredictable... more fun, more strange, more disturbing and, perhaps, more transcendent. [Full review in Spanish]
May 23, 2019
A fascinating chapter in Jia's ongoing chronicle of ordinary lives affected by unprecedented change in China. The background is often as important as the story, with the locations dramatically changing as time goes by.
May 21, 2019
Jia's storytelling and his deep-feeling, ever-resourceful actors radiate a compassion for these characters that gets the blood running in nearly every frame of Ash Is Purest White.
May 9, 2019
Love and determination are a dynamic combination, and no more so than in Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke's slow-burn gangster drama "Ash Is Purest White."
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