A Touch of Sin
Jia Zhangke Jia / CN, 2013 / 133 min.
The title of this stylized ensemble film A Touch of Sin is a playful and meaningful reference to King Hu’s masterpiece A Touch of Zen. EYE currently devotes a special programme to King Hu.
A Touch of Sin is social drama, martial arts film and fable rolled into one. The film shows a world that is adrift, a world in which economic superpower China is slowly eroded by violence. The film has an equally hybrid style, alternating lyrically filmed landscapes with escalations of violence, humour and tenderness. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the Film Festival of Cannes.Jia Zhangke (Unknown Pleasures, The World, Still Life) was probably inspired by true stories from all over China for his stylized and dark ensemble film. Dahai, a miner, is mocked by everyone as he tries to denounce the corruption of his superiors in a northern mining village. At the other end of the country a sauna receptionist will no longer be pressured into having sex. A migrant worker discovers the endless possibilities of his gun, while in yet another province a young factory worker tries to make the best of his life. All four characters, captured by the filmmaker in panoramic shots, rebel and wreak havoc like avenging angels. The escalations of violence are all the more startling because of the film”s calm pace.
Jia Zhangke Jia
Tian zhu ding