January 31, 2015

FILM: A Touch of Sin (天注定) - Part 1 "Hu Wenhai Incident"

A Touch of Sin (天注定) - Part 1
 The Hu Wenhai (胡文海) Incident
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   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.
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
HAIKU Film Review: Touch of Sin
Cap-hell-ist China
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.

See Touch of Sin - Part 2 & Part 3
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   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  
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   Dahai - JIANG WU (姜武)
   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.
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   Jiang Wu (姜武) has appeared in such films as Wu Xia & To Live.
     Man: Where are you off to?
   Dahai: Hunting animals.
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   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.
Photo: AFP
Jia Zhangke - 2013 Cannes Film Festival
   "China is now changing so fast. I think film is the best way for me to look for freedom."      - Jia Zhangke
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   Written & directed by - JIA ZHANGKE
   Producer - SHOZO ICHIYAMA
   Executive producers - JIA ZHANGKE, MASAYUKI MORI & REN ZHONGLUN
   Director 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
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
  I love how the horse actually bows, thanking Dahai :)
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
   It's easy to see why this was banned in China (not released & press not allowed to promote it). It's like Jia got a list of forbidden topics from the Chinese film board then wrote the script based on those things (sex work, corrupt officials, broken families, poor working conditions, religion, suicide).
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
A Touch of Sin (天注定) - http://goo.gl/YDemCj
Watch It Now on Amazon Instant
See Touch of Sin - Part 2 & Part 3
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