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A Touch of Sin

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Jia Zhang-Ke

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About the Movie

This daring, poetic and grand-scale film by master filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke was inspired by shocking and true events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. 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 is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. A young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 70
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sin, more stylized than the director's previous work, is also more detached. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 4, 2013

Fresh: A corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 10, 2013

Fresh: The most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Oct 4, 2013

Fresh: In Jia's methodically furious vision, the ambient violence of unchecked power erupts among the insulted and injured with a horrific yet liberating sense of destruction and self-destruction. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Oct 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

A Touch of Sin

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4.99 to rent, no subtitles provided.

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Not for the animal lovers or squeamish. Tough lower class and migrant workers world of today in the third and fourth tier cities and villages.

Comparable to our worst ghetto and white trash world environment where hard working people lose their bearings and strike out in violence against the conditions surrounding them.

Very naturalistic, extreme, and headlines we see and read when only the worst of China is sent our way. Never a sign of normal life, the middle class, a day of happiness, or even the possibility of joy and success.

It is very well done filmmaking, however the photography framing of action seems to have sacrificed the lower third sometimes when there are objects and action that should or could be composed in the frame. It could be an imposition of aspect ration post-prodcution, but it is annoying that you can't see what is important to many scenes.

Give it a whirl. It's their next generation best director (sixth gen, I think). After this, I'd like to see him do something of the upper class or middle class.

He'll make a great film if he doesn't get lost trying to send a message.

Very interesting but no discernable plot line

Enjoyed but kept wondering when things would lie together. They never did.

Also, had to take with a grain of salt whether scenes are representative of life in China. Some scenes seemed plausible, others not so much.

But still had a good time watching it.

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