• Ash Is Purest White

    Directed by Jia Zhangke
    China/France | 141 minutes | Modern Masters

Set in the Chinese underworld, this latest offering from director Jia Zhangke is more of an epic tale of love, crime and punishment than a gangster movie. The film was made in collaboration with Jia’s wife and muse Zhao Tao, who gives one of her best performances to date.


January 8, 2019 6:30 PM   Tickets not available
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January 10, 2019 9:00 AM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Although set in the Chinese underworld, Ash Is Purest White seems more of a crime and punishment drama than a gangster movie. Bin (Liao Fan) is a nightclub owner and small-time gangster who lords over his men in a depressed, rural coal-mining town. But Bin’s cocky leadership ends when a rival gang comes after his territory. To save him from being beaten to death, Bin’s resourceful girlfriend Qiao (Zhao Tao) fires a gun and gets five years in prison for refusing to reveal Bin’s ownership of the illegal weapon. When she is released, she hopes to find her old love and pick up where they left off, but times have changed. Qiao is surprised to find a China she barely recognizes, changed irrevocably by the country’s embrace of a fast-growing new society and capitalism. In the role of Qiao, Zhao Tao (director Jia Zhangke's wife and muse) shows her immense talent as she portrays one of Jia’s most mature and complex characters.

In competition for the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema award.

film details

Original Language Title: Jiang Hu Er Nü
Country: China/France
Year: 2018
Running Time: 141 minutes
Language: in Mandarin with English subtitles (deaf-friendly)
Director: Jia Zhangke
Producers: Shozo Ichiyama
Principal Cast: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Casper Liang
Primary Company: Cohen Media Group
Cinematographers: Éric Gautier
Editor: Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
Music: Lim Giong
Screenwriter: Jia Zhangke

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