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Ash is Purest White

Jiang hu er nü

2018, Jia Zhang-ke, China/France, 136 min.
With Zhao Tao, Liao Fan

Show Times

  • Fri, May 17th 3:30pm
  • Fri, May 17th 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 18th 3:00pm
  • Sat, May 18th 7:30pm
  • Sun, May 19th 4:45pm
  • Mon, May 20th 7:30pm
  • Tue, May 21st 6:00pm
  • Wed, May 22nd 7:45pm
  • Thu, May 23rd 6:00pm

"**** Exquisite...quietly spellbinding"—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“Tremendous, funny, heartbreaking, sprawling.”—Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage

Set against the great panorama of a changing China, this sixteen-year saga of a woman’s selfless love for a callow smalltime gangster moves from a dusty provincial mining town (the director’s home town) to the spectacular Three Gorges region, prime inspirational territory for Jia (STILL LIFE, 24 CITY). Qiao (Zhao, in the best performance of her career), resourceful gang moll to swaggering poseur mobster Bin (Liao), saves his life and takes the fall for possession of his gun. Back after a five-year prison term, living by a series of small cons, Qiao has authentically absorbed the outlaw’s moral code copped from Hong Kong gangster movies, while her erstwhile lover slides into an emasculating spiral of failure and evasion. From majestic landscapes to dizzying pop-culture set pieces, Jia sweeps a great swath of new China in all its bold tackiness into the story of Qiao’s passionate bid to survive love. In Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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