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Ash is Purest White Rated 15

Ash is Purest White

Dir. Jia Zhang-ke. China, 2018. 2h 16m. Mandarin/subs. Starring Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao, Xiaogang Feng, Casper Liang, Zheng Xu.

In post-millennial China, two gangs are entangled in a bloody war culminating in a vicious battle in which young woman takes the rap in place of her boyfriend. When she finally emerges from jail, she discovered that she's been abandoned and sets her sight on revenge. Writer-director Zhangke Jia combines gangster film and social critique in this gripping epic thriller.

‘Hits its stride somewhere in the middle, bounding confidently towards its hopeless, poetic conclusion.’ ★★★★★ Simran Hans, The Observer

‘Fascinating in its balance between microcosm and aerial view, but the performances definitely raise more emotional heat.’ ★★★★ Trevor Johnston, Little White Lies