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639 Ratings

Ash Is Purest White

Jiang hu er nü | 江湖儿女

Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, France, 2018
Drama, Romance


Qiao is in love with local mobster Bin. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets 5 years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off. A story of love, betrayal and loyalty set in China’s underworld.

Ash Is Purest White Directed by Jia Zhangke
If this is a genre story in some ways, just as Long Day’s Journey into Night is, it’s a more tragic one, with bitter, unromantic repercussions. There is fatalism and then there is stoicism.
August 06, 2019
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The gun-toting heroine of Zhao’s action moment is just one fleeting persona: beyond it is a core of tenacity and integrity strengthened and purified, ash-like, in the white-hot crucible of solitude and adversity.
April 26, 2019
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The two leads (but especially Zhao, who’s incredible throughout) manage these physical changes expertly, making sure not to let them overwhelm the headstrong confidence that defined their characters at the start of the film.
April 05, 2019
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