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I watched Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin in a film festival. This was his first film which I saw. But, as I have read and researched about him, and watched his other films, I saw a similarity between his method of filming and the methods used by Edward Yang and Hou Hsien Hsao. 3,225 more words

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Watch This Haunting Seven-Minute Film About China's Insane Air Pollution

Greenpeace East Asia today released a seven-minute film by director Jia Zhangke about China’s toxic air. The impressionistic piece, Smog Journeys, follows two families — one rural, one urban — as they live, play, and work in the country’s polluted northeast. 80 more words

city air

When I look out of my window, this time of year, it’s way too often a grey haze. So Jia Zhangke‘s short video hits home. 769 more words

Society

A short film on the poetic sadness of China's air pollution, by a censored director

Jia Zhangke renowned film A Touch of Sin, which was banned by Chinese censors, examined the human toll of the country’s economic expansion. Now Jia is taking another bracing look at another side effect of China’s growth: Its horrific air pollution.  1,053 more words

A Touch of Sin (2013)

★★★★★

Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin is a shockingly bleak and sad tale of ordinary Chinese lives blighted by catastrophe in a rapidly changing modern world, giving the audience a good drubbing and with only a glimmer of hope at the end. 1,458 more words

What I've Been Watching

Alasdair Connell reblogged this on F O E C and commented:

a-touch-of-sin-medal-FOEC-Over the Christmas break I helped my Dad begin his own blog, A Touch of Film, as an outlet for the reams of film reviews that he turns out each month. I've reposted his first published review, a semi-collaborative effort between both of us that was written up from our extensive discussions of Jia Zhangke's direct and exquisitely composed Cannes prize-winner. Enjoy!

A Touch of Sin (2013)

★★★★★

Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin is a shockingly bleak and sad tale of ordinary Chinese lives blighted by catastrophe in a rapidly changing modern world, giving the audience a good drubbing and with only a glimmer of hope at the end. 1,458 more words

What I've Been Watching

Guest post: Garrett Dee on Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin'

This is a guest post from blogger Garrett Dee which offers a different perspective on a film I reviewed a little while ago, Jia Zhangke’s… 866 more words

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