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A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

2013 / 133min / DCP

DIRECTOR: JIA ZHANGKE

CAST: WU JIANG, BAOQIANG WANG, TAO ZHAO

Jia’s jarringly to-the-moment film, based on scandalous stories from around Mainland China circulated via Weibo posts and focused on four individuals in four provinces pushed towards violence by rampant injustice, might not seem at first to have much to do with the martial arts movie—but Jia borrows from the vernacular of the wuxia in depicting violence, his film’s English-language title invites an explicit comparison to a King Hu’s classic, and sauna employee Xiao Yu’s transformation to woman warrior channels the spirit of Hsu Feng in the Hu film.