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A Touch of Sin

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Four independent stories set in modern China about four outcasts on the edges of a rapidly changing China who channel their rage into a bloody rampage: an angry miner, a rootless migrant, a young receptionist and a young factory worker.
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The Film Stage
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June 22, 2016

The wuxia killings elevate A Touch of Sin into the territory of great revenge pictures, even as its ideology proves less than discernible.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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January 02, 2014

Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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November 22, 2013

Drawing on four news stories, writer-director Jia Zhangke portrays the plight of workers in the new China. Set in four provinces, A Touch of Sin is humanist critique of the country's turn to capitalism.
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Denver Post

January 03, 2014

This masterwork is set in contemporary China, where the gulf between those able to maneuver (or manipulate) the country's economies of change and those left behind or defeated by the seismic shifts widens.
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Washington Post
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November 22, 2013

Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool.
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Maclean's Magazine
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March 27, 2015

A kind of Chinese Pulp Fiction with a political pulse, it adds up to a powerful portrait of desperate individuals driven to extremes by official corruption and runaway commercial development.
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San Diego Union-Tribune
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August 07, 2014

It's a movie that's bitterly violent, both physically and emotionally, and a tremendous exploration of the have-nots in a society that is mostly known for its haves.
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EntertainmentTell
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May 05, 2015

A grueling experience. One that feels sadly necessary.
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In These Times
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April 12, 2016

Jia is one of those moviemakers who can tell a story in a single shot, and his eloquence is hard at work here ...
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Movie Metropolis
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August 03, 2014

It might be my least favorite of (Jia's) movies, but I still count it as one of the best films of 2013 which should tell you what I think of this extraordinary filmmaker.
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Boston Globe
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January 02, 2014

In two decades of moviemaking, China's Jia Zhangke has examined the damage of his country's explosive growth with a poetic sense of outrage. With his latest effort, the implied violence bubbles over.
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Chicago Reader
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November 21, 2013

Jia's primary concern here is the solitary suffering of his characters, punished to the point where they can't take anymore.
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