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Synopsis

In 2001, in a small northern town, Bin (Liao Fan) lords over the local mahjong parlor like a John Woo gangster. Elaborate rituals and displays of loyalty govern the world constructed by this big fish in a small pond that he’s modeled after the jianghu, the mythical realm of wuxia warriors and Triad underworld alike. Completing this picture is Bin’s loyal moll, Qiao (Zhao Tao), who hangs on his arm when she isn’t tending to her alcoholic father. A shootout with a rival gang and a prison term for Qiao drives them apart and sets them adrift in unfamiliar terrain.

“Ash is Purest White” finds Jia making a deeper turn into genre territory. Once there, he finds familiar themes, particularly the personal and social turmoil left in the wake of China’s rapid economic transformation, tracked over two decades.

Director
Jia Zhang-ke

(b. 1970) studied painting as a teenager and wrote a novel at the age of twenty-one. He entered the Beijing Film Academy in 1993 and founded the Youth Experimental Film Group two years later. After graduating from film school in 1997, he made his feature directorial debut with „Pickpocket”. Most of his last features have been screened at PÖFF.

Filmography
  • Zhantai (2000, Tribüün, PÖFF 2001)
  • Ren xiao yao (Tundmata rõõmud, PÖFF 2002)
  • Shi Jie (Maailm, PÖFF 2004)
  • Sanxia Haroen (Vaikelu, PÖFF 2006)
  • Wu yong (Kasutu, PÖFF 2007)
  • Er Shi Si Cheng Ji (24 City, PÖFF 2008)
  • Tian zhu ding (Patu puudutus, PÖFF 2013)
  • Shan he gu ren (Mäed võivad variseda, PÖFF 2015)
  • Jiang Hu Er Nü (Ash is Purest White, 2018)
Sat, 17.11.2018
6:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 5
020507
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 020507
Wed, 28.11.2018
7:15 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
131207
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 131207
Film info
Countries: China, France
Year: 2018
Duration: 141 minutes
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
Producer: Shozo Ichiyama
Writer: Jia Zhang-ke
DOP: Eric Gautier
Montage: Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
Composer: Lim Giong
Cast: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Casper Liang
Productions: Xstream Pictures (Beijing), Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Huanxi Media Group Limited, Huayi Brothers Pictures Ltd, MK Productions, Beijing Runjin Investment, Enchant (Shanghai) Film and Television Culture Co. Ltd., Wishart Media Co. Ltd.
Festivals: Cannes, Toronto, Busan, London
Supported by the China Onscreen Biennial:
Synopsis

In 2001, in a small northern town, Bin (Liao Fan) lords over the local mahjong parlor like a John Woo gangster. Elaborate rituals and displays of loyalty govern the world constructed by this big fish in a small pond that he’s modeled after the jianghu, the mythical realm of wuxia warriors and Triad underworld alike. Completing this picture is Bin’s loyal moll, Qiao (Zhao Tao), who hangs on his arm when she isn’t tending to her alcoholic father. A shootout with a rival gang and a prison term for Qiao drives them apart and sets them adrift in unfamiliar terrain.

“Ash is Purest White” finds Jia making a deeper turn into genre territory. Once there, he finds familiar themes, particularly the personal and social turmoil left in the wake of China’s rapid economic transformation, tracked over two decades.

Director
Jia Zhang-ke

(b. 1970) studied painting as a teenager and wrote a novel at the age of twenty-one. He entered the Beijing Film Academy in 1993 and founded the Youth Experimental Film Group two years later. After graduating from film school in 1997, he made his feature directorial debut with „Pickpocket”. Most of his last features have been screened at PÖFF.

Filmography
  • Zhantai (2000, Tribüün, PÖFF 2001)
  • Ren xiao yao (Tundmata rõõmud, PÖFF 2002)
  • Shi Jie (Maailm, PÖFF 2004)
  • Sanxia Haroen (Vaikelu, PÖFF 2006)
  • Wu yong (Kasutu, PÖFF 2007)
  • Er Shi Si Cheng Ji (24 City, PÖFF 2008)
  • Tian zhu ding (Patu puudutus, PÖFF 2013)
  • Shan he gu ren (Mäed võivad variseda, PÖFF 2015)
  • Jiang Hu Er Nü (Ash is Purest White, 2018)