Ash is Purest White
24 June 2019 7:30pm
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 133 mins
Director: Jia Zhang-ke
Cast: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao
Language: Chinese with English subtitles
Director Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart) brings astonishing visuals to stories of modern China, from aspirational gangsters to coal miners.
In his latest, Ash is Purest White, Qiao (Tao Shao) romantically sacrifices herself when her boyfriend is facing a prison term. Emerging to find her beau otherwise engaged and the country she knew transformed by capitalism, she heads out, bent on revenge and self-discovery.
Full of amazing set pieces and emblematic moments of modern Chinese life, as well as deadpan humour, this is glorious and wicked satire.
“Mesmerisingly played by Jia’s regular star Zhao Tao, Qiao is not just one woman, but passes through multiple guises.” – Sight & Sound
“Few film-makers are as observant or as poetic as Jia is about the passing of time.” ★★★★ – BBC
“Ash Is Purest White finds China’s most prominent filmmaker wistfully replaying the hits in order to further romanticize some of the fixations that have always dominated his work.” – indieWire