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  • Summary: An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 3, 2013
    100
    A blistering fictionalized tale straight out of China, A Touch of Sin is at once monumental and human scale.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 4, 2013
    90
    A Touch of Sin is the most dramatic and even lurid of writer-director Jia Zhangke's movies. The film-festival star hasn't quite become a Chinese Tarantino, however.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    In A Touch of Sin, Jia is attuned to, and saddened by, the violence he sees creeping through his country, caused at least partly by the ever-widening disparity between rich and poor. He ends on a note that's more haunting than hopeful.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    May 21, 2014
    80
    It's been some time since a drama has tackled the moral complexities of revenge quite so brutally - and so well - with each character offering a different perspective on China's crippling corruption and ethical decay that's depressingly common, yet rarely reported.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    A Touch of Sin is by no means subtle, but it is composed with a passion and sinuous grace that makes it far more effective than many other sincere message movies.
  6. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jan 4, 2014
    75
    Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
  7. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 27, 2013
    40
    If the final effect is somewhat less nuanced than his previous work, it's a good deal more vigorous.

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  1. Apr 17, 2014
    10
    Must see film. After seeing it a week ago streaming on NetFlix I am still haunted by it. The director pulled the four stories that make up the film from the headlines of Chinese newspapers. Expand