A Touch of Sin

天注定 | Tian zhu ding

131 mins
8 / 10 (3692)


Four people in different provinces are driven to violent ends: An angry miner is enraged by corruption in his village. A migrant discovers the possibilities of owning a firearm. A receptionist is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. A young factory worker goes from one job to the next.

MUBI's take

Famed for his elegant portraits of modern China, Jia Zhangke made a sudden switch, combining arthouse neorealism and kung-fu vengeance into an angry political firebomb. This highly controversial look at unchecked power—the Chinese government tried to suppress it—won Best Screenplay at Cannes.

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