Mon 20 May 7:00pm
Wed 22 May 8:30pm
Director: Jia Zhangke
Cast: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Zheng Xu
A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, Ash Is The Purest White is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. With a three-part structure, it begins by following the quick-witted Qiao (Tao Zhao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 postindustrial Datong before expanding out into an epic narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives, and continues Jia Zhangke‘s body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.
In Chinese and Mandarin with English subtitles.