Ash is Purest White

(China/France/2018—directed by Jia Zhangke) 

Immediately plunging us into 21st century China’s criminal underworld, or jianghu, this remarkable new movie from Jia Zhangke (Mountains May Depart, A Touch of Sin) follows a young woman (the indomitable Zhao Tao) and her mobster boyfriend as they stake out their turf against criminal rivals and upstarts.

Gripping, funny, tragic and always surprising, Ash is Purest White ultimately transforms itself into an epic narrative about the way in which abstract forces come together to shape individual lives, often at warp-speed. Cannes (Palme d’Or nominee), Toronto and New York Film Festivals. In Chinese and Mandarin with English subtitles. (142 min.) 

 

“Critics’ Pick! An enthralling new feature from one of the most inventive directors of the 21st century.” –A.O. Scott, The New York Times  

 

 

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