Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, A Touch of Sin charts stories of contemporary life plucked straight from the headlines.
Master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), builds on his previous films' themes exploring the wider societal narrative of modern China but this time with an astoundingly action-packed twist.
Drawing inspiration from legendary director King Hu, Jia sees A Touch of Sin as a "wuxia pian (martial arts film) about contemporary China. Many wuxia pian have a political thrust. One basic theme is repeated: an individual struggle against oppression in a harsh social environment."
Four regular citizens in various regions are all pushed to meter out their own unique and violent forms of justice. Corrupt officials, social inequality and abuse of power are all triggers for these protagonists to take matters into their own hands.
Shot by his regular collaborator, Yu Lik-Wai, the film has a widescreen beauty that belies the gritty narrative. Coupled with the fine performances from professionals and newcomers alike, A Touch of Sin offers an exhilarating new side to the director's already impressive film repertoire.
"Jia is simply one of the best and most important directors in the world." - The New Yorker
A Touch of Sin is accompanied by the talk Raising the Bamboo Curtain.