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Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Jiang hu er nü (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 21 September 2018 (China)
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A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao Zhao ... Qiao
Fan Liao ... Bin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi'nan Diao ... Lin Jiadong
Jiali Ding ... Woman on boat
Zijian Dong ... Policeman in Fengjie
Jiamei Feng Jiamei Feng
Xiaogang Feng
Kang Kang Kang Kang
Xuan Li Xuan Li ... Li Xuan
Casper Liang Casper Liang ... Lin Jiayan
Min Liu Min Liu ... Er Yong
Zheng Xu ... Man from Karamay (man on train)
Yi Zhang ... Second man in Fengjie restaurant
Yibai Zhang Yibai Zhang ... First man in Fengjie restaurant
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Storyline

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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China | France | Japan

Language:

Chinese | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Ash Is Purest White See more »

Filming Locations:

Datong, Shanxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,150, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$422,814

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,813,509
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song playing during the drinking toast scene is the title song from John Woo's the Killer (1989). Both stories are similar in that both involve lives being ruined from gunshots. See more »

Goofs

When Bin arrives at the "Datong station," the Chinese characters read "Middle Cloud" as opposed to "Datong." See more »

Quotes

Bin: Armed men always die first.
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Connections

References Ying hung ho hon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
from "The Killer"
Music by Lowell Lo
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung by Sally Yeh
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Slightly mediocre
21 September 2018 | by e-70733See all my reviews

Positively, the expressive power of the lens language in Zhangke Jia's works has been steadily rising. This more refined detail and the high-level performance that Zhao Tao has been maintaining recently constitute the biggest attraction of this film. However, the combination of the era restoration and the theme of the drama in the past works have not been realized. Therefore, the narrative ambition to break the dimension wall seems to be more like a gimmick, and eventually leads to the disconnection of the middle part of the film.


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