A Touch of Sin
A Touch of Sin (2013)

A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 8, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its screenplay isn't as graceful as the choreography of its action sequences, but A Touch of Sin offers enough stylishly satisfying violence to muscle past its rough spots.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

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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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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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John DeFore
Washington Post

Jia offers a stark presentation (no music, few edits) that discourages vicarious thrills; the violence is startling, not cool.

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Anders Wright
San Diego Union-Tribune

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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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A solid film that intertwines four compelling stories loosed based on real events about the senselessness of violence, aggression and brutality, as well as… More
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'A Touch of Sin'. A cold, unnerving social critique across classes in China. The direction sets the tone damn well!
John Ballantine
Strong stories overpower the more mediocre ones in telling the tale of those left out of China's booming economy. The reactions are violent and jarring but… More