Certificate 15. Running time: 2hr 16min. Crime,Drama, Romance. Doors open at 7pm
Story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.
Qiao (Zhao Tao) lives in a depressed mining town. Her boyfriend, Bin (Liao Fan) is a dashing gangster. After his boss is murdered, Bin ascends in rank within the criminal brotherhood but finds himself vulnerable to rivals. When they are both arrested, Qiao makes a fateful decision, she takes the blame top save Bin. After five years in prison she emerges to find her world has transformed. Her former associates have moved into legitimate businesses, while Bin has found another woman. Qiao seeks revenge and searches for a new identity in a changing China – a search that will take her to Three Gorges Dam and towards a powerful revelation.
Ash Is Purest White finds writer-director Zhangke Jia revisiting familiar themes while continuing to observe modern Chinese society with an urgent, empathetic eye.
“Epic outlaw romance in a changing China……a riveting performance by Zhao Tao”
“A masterpiece about 21st century China…… boasts a richly novelistic plot and a stellar performance from Zhao Tao”
“A bittersweet tale from China’s boldest director….. Zhao transformation, and the whole arc of her performance, are remarkable to behold”
A 15 certificate means… “Suitable only for 15 years and over. No one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema” – British Board of Film Classification