Ash is Purest White [江湖儿女]


Directed By: Zhangke Jia

October 24, 2018 / Mandarin / 136 min

This noir-esque feature narrates human struggle against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming China: a staple theme of Jia’s signature style. Ash overflows with references to classic Chinese action cinema but is set in an aggressively contemporary China where fiction and nonfiction both contain parts of the truth.

For a preview of the film with IC directors Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson, listen to the IC Podcast “From the Booth” Fall 2019 episode 8. 

Dr. Steven Riep gave a lecture about this film on Oct. 23rd, 2019.

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Screened Semesters:

  • 2019 Fall