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  • Actors: Tian Zhu Ding
  • Directors: Jia Zhangke
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H91LWBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China; (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.
Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life);one of the best and most important directors in the world; (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.
An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

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A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, A Touch of Sin is at once monumental and human scale. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Jia s film remains a troubling, exhilarating epic of pugnacious surreality that s filled with jabbing questions and no simple answers. --Film Journal International

A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China. --Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

Jia s film remains a troubling, exhilarating epic of pugnacious surreality that s filled with jabbing questions and no simple answers. --Film Journal International

A bitter, brutal, often brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China. --Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

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One of the Best movie recently watched.
Roland
If you liked the episodic structure of Pulp Fiction, Chungking Express or Amores Perros, you'll be right at home here.
J. Pudwill
As of this date, it's my understanding that 'A Touch of Sin' has not been shown in China, due to censorship.
Turfseer

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Turfseer on January 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The title of 'A Touch of Sin', Jia Zhangke's latest commentary on crime and corruption in Chinese society today, appears to have a double meaning. First the 'sins' in the title, refer to either the violent actions of the four protagonists Zhangke has culled from the headlines in modern day China today, or the ruling forces that led them to commit such violent acts. The word 'touch', of course is meant to be wholly ironic; as the violent acts themselves are way more than just a 'touch', and the level of violence (as Zhangke suggests) permeates the entire society.

But the title also refers to the 1971 Chinese epic action film, 'A Touch of Zen'. The 'Zen' narrative is written in the style of a Wuxia story, which roughly translates as 'Martial Hero'. Wuxia heroes often came from the lower social classes in ancient China and were bound by a code of chivalry that required them, according to Wikipedia, "to right wrongs, fight for righteousness, remove an oppressor, redress wrongs and bring retribution for past misdeeds."

The first of the four stories in 'A Touch of Sin', focuses on Dahai, a coal mining company employee, who is the former classmate of the corporate boss in a provincial town. Dahai, like a Wuxia hero, seeks to right wrongs and fight for righteousness, but ends up becoming unhinged, after confronting the boss, as he arrives at the local airport in his private jet. Dahai's main complaint is that the boss reneged on his offer of profit sharing to his employees. After suffering a humiliating public beat down by the boss' thugs and an attempt to buy him off after he's hospitalized, Dahai goes on a rampage and murders the boss' underlings as well as the boss himself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By li yan on March 18, 2014
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Four stories depict the violence embedded in normal life, reflecting how societal changes influence individuals.
How penetrating!
I love the movie and the characters.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Pudwill on April 14, 2014
Format: DVD
A strong condemnation of what's become of China – capitalistically greedy and corrupt; industrialized, polluted, and insensitive to the needs of the working class.

Mao would have a really bad time relating to Chinese corporate executives with private jets. Not quite the people's revolution he had in mind.

Social commentary with a lethal dose of violence – not some empty-headed actioner.

You can only bend people so far before they snap.

Based on true events. Winner of the best screenplay at Cannes.

If you liked the episodic structure of Pulp Fiction, Chungking Express or Amores Perros, you'll be right at home here.

Fans of No Country For Old Men will undoubtedly enjoy the first of the film's four slightly interrelated episodes.

Excellent editing and direction, compelling stories, complex characters, good acting.

Adult drama. Definitely not for the Transformers, Twilight, chop-socky or rom/com set. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2015
Format: DVD
“A Touch of Sin” (2013 release from China; 130 min.) is intended to bring a critical look at modern day China. As the movie opens, we see three young guys who attempt to rob a motorbike riders. Unbeknownst to the three, that biker happens to be a “bad dude” carrying a gun. The bike rider ends up shooting two of the robbers-wannabe’s dead before the third one flees. Later, we get to know Dahai, a guy who challenges the Village Chief of Chongqing (a major city in SW China) for selling the public coal mine for an Audi A6, and other cronies of the Village Chief. Eventually Dahai is pushed over the edge. After this, three more stories follow, and to tell you much more about them would do you a disservice, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, I didn’t realize going in that, as it turns out, the movie is really a collection of 4 independent stories, all of which have one common thread: the protagonist is at a certain point pushed over the (mental) edge, and we get to see how each of these protagonists deals with that. Second, I also didn’t know going in that, as it turns out, all four of these stories are “based on true events”, at least that is what the trailer of the movie says (the trailer is one of the bonus materials which I watched after seeing the movie). Third, there is no such thing as “independent’ movie making in China, as any and all movies are vetted and approved by the relevant Chinese authorities. Doesn’t mean that one cannot produce a movie that offers a critical look at China’s current society, as is the case with “A Touch of Sin”. But do understand that it is done in a way that gets (tacit) approval from the authorities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2014
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This is a film about modern China. It is essentially four stories told one after the other that are linked, but they are not inextricably linked like say the plot of `Amores Perros'. Also they are all about acts of violence - that being the common denominator. The portmanteau approach is one that needs careful crafting and to a great extent there is evidence of that here from director Zhangke Jia - who brought us `Still Life'.

The first story for me was possibly the strongest involving localised corruption, naked greed and all the trappings of needing to `save face'. We also have a nice dose of righteous retribution. Other stories involve a drifter, a brothel and also a fair bit of animal cruelty. There is not a lot on show here to advertise modern China as a must go to destination. That said it is very well acted, beautifully shot and clearly well directed. It runs to 130 minutes and I did feel it could have been shorter, but that might be just me. It is Cantonese, Mandarin and a bit of English with ok sub titles.

Hard to say I liked this ne, there was so much nastiness and cruelty, but that was the point of the film and at time the observational quality of the film(s) makes it feel like a documentary and at others it is clearly contrived. So a mixed bag on offer here but still a worthy effort and if you like modern Chinese films then you could do a lot worse than this.
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