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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] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
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  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: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 2, 2013
    91
    The bloodshed is fast and brutal — the flash of a knife, a splash of crimson in a backseat, an opening robbery gone horrifically awry. There’s even a little Tarantino in the staging, as when a blood-splattered wallflower unleashes her Kill Bill-style vengeance straight into the camera lens.
  3. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Sep 23, 2013
    90
    Part of what’s so invigorating about A Touch of Sin is its refusal to betray the depth of its intellectual ambition, deferring when needed to generic convention and relishing the entertainment which follows.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    There’s a sense that all the thematic messiness is intentional, a way for Jia to diagnose the ills of a country whose economic and social fabric is wilting under the effects of rapid modernization.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jan 4, 2014
    75
    Jia is passionate about his characters, but that never compromises his considerable artistic control.
  6. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Oct 4, 2013
    75
    It's not a pretty picture, but it's a compelling one.
  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