Zhao Tao (right) stars as a woman from the criminal underworld in Ash Is Purest White (category IIA, Mandarin), directed by Jia Zhangke.

Ash Is Purest White film review: Jia Zhangke’s epic drama blends gangland violence with romantic heartbreak

  • This complex gangster epic spanning 17 years takes its time to unfold, with a mood that swings from violence to humour to melancholy
  • Zhao Tao is magnetic and irrepressible in the lead role
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Zhao Tao (right) stars as a woman from the criminal underworld in Ash Is Purest White (category IIA, Mandarin), directed by Jia Zhangke.
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