Jiang Wu in a still from 'A Touch of Sin' (2013)
A Touch of Sin (2013)

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

A Touch of Sin


Jia Zhangke | China, Japan & France | 2013 | MA15+

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28 Oct – 3 Nov 2020

6.30pm (AEDT)

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Shocking. Stylish. Historic.

Little White Lies

Corrupt officials, abuses of power and social inequality push four regular citizens to mete out their own unique and violent forms of justice.

Shot by his regular collaborator, Yu Lik-wai, A Touch of Sin has a widescreen beauty that belies its gritty narrative. Coupled with the fine performances from professionals and newcomers alike, the film offers an exhilarating side to the director’s already impressive repertoire.

Winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, the film charts stories of contemporary life plucked straight from the headlines. Building on themes from Jia Zhangke's previous films, A Touch of Sin explores the wider societal narrative of modern China with an astoundingly action-packed twist.

– Reece Goodwin, Curator, TV & Special Events

Format: Digital
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese & English with English subtitles
Runtime: 125 min

Event duration

125 mins



Contains strong violence. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian


This film is free to stream via SBS on Demand.

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