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A Touch of Sin (2013)

Tian zhu ding (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 11 December 2013 (France)
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Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia (screenplay)
18 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Wu Jiang ... Dahai
Baoqiang Wang ... Zhou San
Tao Zhao ... Xiao Yu
Lanshan Luo ... Xiao Hui
Jia-yi Zhang ... Zhang Youliang
Meng Li ... (as Vivien Li)
Lu Liu ... (Guest appearance)
Dong Han Dong Han ... (Guest appearance)
Hongwei Wang Hongwei Wang ... (Guest appearance)
Qiang Wang Qiang Wang ... (Guest appearance)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jiangcai Bai Jiangcai Bai
Ke Chen Ke Chen
Weifen Chen Weifen Chen
Yang Chen Yang Chen
Yulin Deng Yulin Deng
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Storyline

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

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Taglines:

Crossing the line between men and beasts

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Japan | France

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

11 December 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Touch of Sin See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,867, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$154,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$854,891
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lin Chong Ye Ben
(Shanxi Opera)
Performed by Hao Jianguo
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Puzzling
5 February 2016 | by matlabaraqueSee all my reviews

Do not focus on the rate. The film is worth watching even if it could have been much better and some of the details in the scenario are clearly a fail beginning with the lack of coherence of the characters. In clear, it's hard to follow them and to understand them. A Touch of Sin turns out to be a hell of a lot of sins, of violence, of crimes and of desperation. During the film I hesitated between skepticism, bewilders or admiration for this rough and tough portrait of China through different stories that are not necessarily linked together. A touch of sin is about four characters in four different regions in China who are going through hard times, because of globalization, corruption or a closed system. All these things will lead them to crime, suicide and the metaphor of the collapse of the system. It is always better to make a critic out of a movie you have fancied but not all of it is to throw away, and I would recommend to watch that movie for its originality and the ambitious scenario of the director. In short it was a great project and maybe some mistakes could have been avoided, but in the end it's indeed an interesting director to follow in the upcoming years.


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