Cannes Film Fest 2018: Jia Zhang-ke’s Ash Is the Purest White

Tradition Vs. Modernity has been a consistent theme in the work of the highly acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, a staple presence in all the major world festivals, especially Venice and Cannes.

His new work, Ash Is Purest White represents a point of departure in some ways: It is a genre work, jianghu underworld movie, though it has the filmmaker’s signature all over the film. 

The muse for the film, per Jia, is his wife-actress, the beautiful Zhao Tao, who holds the center of a tale that covers close to two decades, during which there are significant changes in the socio-economic-political conditions.

Essentially it’s a romantic drama between Zhao, a woman hailing from a small coal-mining town, who falls in love with a local mobster ILia Fan).


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