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

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 4, 2013
DVD 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.

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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Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

Although [director Jia Zhangke] makes a great deal in interviews of how the four stories are drawn from reported cases in recent years across the nation... A Touch of Sin plays contrary to a torn-from-the-headlines dramatization.

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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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Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage

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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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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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

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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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
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
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
'A Touch of Sin'. A cold, unnerving social critique across classes in China. The direction sets the tone damn well!
Jesse Ortega
This films is certainly going to be more of an acquired taste than a lot of films, but I thought it was a damn good film about 4 vastly different people from… More