In this thread of the film we follow Xiao Hui (Luo Lanshan), a young man trying to find his place in the Chinese Capitalist machine.
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My handle's fish seeks water
Forever whipped down
Xiao's first job is in a clothing factory where he distracts a co-worker, causing the man to cut his own hand. Rather than paying for his co-worker's medical expenses & missed salary, he skips town & lines up a job at a high end men's club as an attendant. There he meets a sweet young hostess, San Pei Nu (Li Meng) from the same area of Shanxi.
San: What's your handle?
Xiao: On QQ, I'm little bird.
For a moment, it looks like the film will move into the brighter territory of a youthful romance, but the reality of their situation makes any kind of romantic relationship impossible.
A Touch of Sin is a true horror film, the horror of life without hope, scrambling to survive by fighting for the drips that trickle down from the top 5%. I know director, Jia Zhangke was commenting on specific social problems in China, but this movie is how Capitalism makes me feel, regardless of the country I'm living in.
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