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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 byAn 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] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  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 theMust 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
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    8
    4/5★ There is an undercurrent of something shifting in China as the country moves forward into a sometimes fighting future. Four very4/5★ There is an undercurrent of something shifting in China as the country moves forward into a sometimes fighting future. Four very different tales of people experiencing and reacting to the vast changes happening around them, to them and with little control over any of it.
    The violence is shocking and graphic, with little to soften the blow. Zhang Ke Jia is making a statement and he isn't sugarcoating it.
    Verdict: Watch.
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