Friday, December 20, 2013

100 Words On … A Touch of Sin

Where most films by the great Jia Zhangke unfurl tales of everyday people cast adrift by the massive upheavals in China’s economy and social structure with a languor that almost masks their ferocity, A Touch of Sin burns like a comet.

Maybe Zia just couldn’t be this direct until China’s microblogs started telling stories like the shocking ones he re-imagines here, all of which were reported widely enough before he started filming to protect him from censorship.

Written for The L Magazine

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