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thumbnail Ash is the Purest White (2018 China)

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Director: Zhangke Jia
Starring:  Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao
Genre: Drama
Duration: 141 mins

In his 13th collaboration with wife and muse Tao, director Jia Zhangke crafts an emotionally propulsive drama that doubles as a damning state of the nation. Brandishing the director’s usual penchant for kinetic action, Ash is the Purest White examines the choices that not only make, shape and break relationships, but also lives – not to mention an increasingly changing China. It’s 2001, and Qiao’s existence revolves around gangster Bin, but she steers clear of his underworld antics. When they’re attacked in the street, she fires the gun that saves him and then lands in prison for having an unlicensed weapon. Released five years later, Qiao expects to pick up where their romance left off, only to discover that love and loyalty have become elusive concepts.

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