Review: Ash Is Purest White

Director: Jia Zhang-ke Actor: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng For as long as there have been gangster pictures there has been the trope of the gangster's moll; the beautiful dame as trophy appendage with smart retorts but virtually no agency of her own. The latest film from Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke inspects this trope, … Continue reading Review: Ash Is Purest White

Review: A Touch Of Sin

Jia Zhangke's latest film, A Touch Of Sin, has caused something of a stir in his native China, where censors refused the film's screening. It seems generally believed that this is not only because of the film's violence (which is considerable at times, but far from boundary-breaking), but also thanks to the greater depiction of a … Continue reading Review: A Touch Of Sin