A Touch of Sin
A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

Director Jia Zhangke

Production year 2013

Length 133min.

Country China/Japan


An angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders. A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her. A young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life. Four people, four different provinces. A reflection on contemporary China: that of an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence.


Best Screenplay | Cannes FF, France, 2013


Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke



Shozo Ichiyama


Jia Zhangke

Director of Photography

Yu Likwai

Production designer

Weixin Liu

Music by

Lim Giong


Yang Zhang


Matthieu Laclau, Xudong Lin


Jiang Wu, Meng LI, Lanshan Luo, Baoqiang Wang, Jiayi Zhang, Zhao Tao

Production company(ies)

Xstream Pictures, Shanghai Film Group Office Kitano

Jia Zhangke

Born 1970, Fengyang, China. Zhangke studied painting, developed an interest in fiction, and in 1995 founded the Youth Experimental Film Group, for which he directed two award-winning videos. He graduated in 1997 from the Beijing Film Academy, and his first feature, Xiao Wu (1998) was very successful at the Berlin, Nantes and Vancouver festivals. The following films Zhantai (Platform, 2000), and Ren xiao yao (Unknown Pleasures, 2002) were selected in competition respectively at Venice and Cannes. He established Xstream Pictures in 2003 in order to promote young talented directors from all over China. He directed Shijie (The World) in 2004 and his latest film Sanxia haoren (Still Life) received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival 2006.


Xiaoshan huijia (1995), Pickpocket (1997), Platform (2000), In Public (2001, short), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Dong (2006, doc.), Still Life (2006), Our Ten Years (2007, short), Wuyong (2007, doc.), Stories on Human Rights (2008), 24 City (2008), I Wish I Knew (2010, doc.), Yulu (2011, doc.), A Touch of Sin (2013),

FILMS 2013