Set in China’s underworld, this tale of love and betrayal follows Qiao, a dancer who fires a few warning shots during a fight and then, after lying to protect her gangster lover Bin from a long prison sentence, ends up in jail herself. When she’s released five years later into a changed world, she goes in search of Bin, who has been mysteriously silent during her imprisonment…
Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune wrote:
The exquisite Ash Is Purest White owes some of its richness to the movies, particularly crime and gangster movies in various languages.The rest of it comes from the poetic eye of writer-director Jia Zhangke, who shows us what he feels about the real world as represented by contemporary China — its telling details, creased faces and panoramic visions of progress bulldozing its way into the future, at a great many people’s expense. This is one of Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you’ve seen before…Some films present a feast for the eye with great flourish and extravagance. This one is a different kind of feast. If there’s a director alive whose compositions breathe more easily and move a story forward with a more stimulating variety of visual strategies, let me know.
6.25GB | 2 h 15 min | 1280×694 | mkv
Subtitles: English (srt, default); Simplified Chinese (PGS/sup); Traditional Chinese (PGS/sup); Indonesian (srt); Brazilian Portuguese (srt).