With the social tension of Do the Right Thing, the ferocious isolation of Taxi Driver & the meditative expansiveness of Magnolia, writer/director Jia Zhangke (贾樟柯) confronts China's socio-economic ills. Drawing inspiration from real-life events, his portrait of China unfolds in four chapters, presenting the tragic destiny of four sinners from four different provinces.
HAIKU Film Review: Touch of Sin
My handle's fish seeks water
forever whipped down
The first episode focuses on mine manager, Dahai (Jiang Wu) who takes brutal revenge on a corrupt village chief & all those around him. This is based on Hu Wenhai (胡文海) who, with a friend killed 14 people with a rifle & an ax.
On June 19, 1999 in the town of Wujinshan (Shanxi Province), Hu Wenhai, was quarreling with two fellow villagers when they attacked & wounded him with a knife. As revenge, Hu Wenhai and Liu Haiwang, killed village cadre Hu Gensheng, who Wenhai claimed to have masterminded the incident, and 13 innocent people he considered his personal enemies with a hunting rifle and ax, on October 26, 2001. The local court sentenced both men to death.
Source: English People China
Born November 4, 1967 in Tangshan, Hebei.
Mine manager turned brutal vigilante, Dahai is played by Jiang Wu (姜武) the younger brother of celebrated actor, writer, director Jiang Wen (姜文) best known for Devils on the Doorstep & Gone with the Bullets.
Jiang Wu (姜武) has appeared in such films as Wu Xia & To Live.
Man: Where are you off to?
Dahai: Hunting animals.
Internationally acclaimed Chinese master Jia Zhangke won Best Screenplay for A Touch of Sin at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The English title is a reference to King Hu's 1971 action epic A Touch of Zen, one of the most influential wu xia films.
"China is now changing so fast. I think film is the best way for me to look for freedom." - Jia Zhangke
Written & directed by - JIA ZHANGKE
Producer - SHOZO ICHIYAMA
Executive producers - JIA ZHANGKE, MASAYUKI MORI & REN ZHONGLUNDirector of photography - YU LIKWAI
Editors - MATTHIEU LACLAU & LIN XUDONG
Music - LIM GIONG
Sound design - HANG YANG
Release date - 17 May 2013 (Cannes)
Running time - 135 minutes
Country - China
Language - Mandarin
I love how the horse actually bows, thanking Dahai :)
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