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Directed by Jia Zhangke

2013, in Mandarin with English subtitles


125 minutes



A Touch of Sin

Tian zhu ding

Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. – Introduced by Jing Sharon Dolphin, president of the Rice Ethnographic Film Society, Rice University

Saturday, February 1, 7 p.m. – Introduced by Aynne Kokas, PhD, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University

"A brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China."
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)called "one of the best and most important directors in the world" by the New Yorkerthis daring, poetic, and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violence. 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.

Community partner: Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University