Jiang hu er nü (OmeU)

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Jiang hu er nü (OmeU)

Asche ist reines Weiß

Jia Zhangke
China/F/Japan, 2018
Features, 136min, OmeU

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Jiang hu er nü (OmeU)

Jia Zhangke
China/F/Japan, 2018
Features, 136min, OmeU

Cast: 
Tao Zhao
(Qiao)
Fan Liao
(Bin)
Yi’nan Diao
Screenplay: 
Jia Zhangke
Sound: 
Ton Nikolas Javelle
Gwennolé Le Borgne
Camera: 
Eric Gautier
Editor: 
Matthieu Laclau
Composer: 
Giong Lim

Production: 
Xstream Pictures
Huanxi Media
MK2 Productions
Beijing Runjin
Office Kitano
Shanghai Film Group
World Sales: 
MK2 Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Spanning the 21st century so far, the story follows the low-level criminal Bin and his girlfriend Qiao as, in various cities across China, they are separated by unequal prison sentences, distance and estrangement. As their destinies and fortunes change, their paths uneasily align again. Jia’s latest film is, above all, the study of a complex female character, brilliantly incarnated by Tao Zhao. When we first see her in 2001, Qiao is not a stereotypical “gangster’s moll”: she is mature, resourceful, part of the daily activities of Bin’s criminal mob. When set adrift, alone and penniless, she intuitively scams her way across the country, like the rogue hero of a road movie. Qiao also embraces the criminal code of loyalty and righteousness – sometimes to her own detriment. In ASH IS PUREST WHITE, Jia once again explores his well-developed taste for sudden temporal ellipsis, naturalistic staging, understated expressive effects, sidelong stories, gaudy pop music, and the occasional burst of special-effects fantasy. Focused on both the historical big picture and the individual emotional plane, he gravitates to characters who cling to “values” in a world that steadily erodes all value. (Adrian Martin)

Jia Zhangke: XIAO SHAN GOING HOME (1995), PICK POCKET (1997), PLATFORM (2000), UNKNOWN PLEASURES (2002), THE WORLD (2004), STILL LIFE (2006), USELESS (2007), 24 CITY (2008), I WISH I KNEW (2010), A TOUCH OF SIN (2013), MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (2015)