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Ash is Purest White

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS 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.

"the always surprising, habitually envelope-pushing film-maker Jia Zhang-ke gives us a complex romantic tragedy from China's aspirational gangster-classes."

Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"There's a timeless quality to Qiao and Bin's relationship, to its elemental cycles of loyalty, power, and humiliation."

Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

"This is a movie about how time and circumstance conspire to make dazed, restless wanderers of us all."

Justing Chang, Los Angeles Times

Movie Info

Directed by JIA ZHANGKE
141 minutes
In Mandarin with English Subtitles

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