Tian zhu ding

天注定 = A touch of sin - Tian zhu ding

A touch of sin

DVD - 2013 | Chinese
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Inspired by four shocking and true events, the film focuses on four characters who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. A young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.
Publisher: New York : distributed by Kino Lorber Incorporated, 2013
Branch Call Number: CHI DVD TIA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Touch of sin


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Apr 18, 2019

China is a huge enigma-one of if not the oldest civilization on earth and they allowed themselves to become a mockery of a society led by a hugely corrupt government. Mao set the tone and this very sad society is the result. Amazed the Congress allowed this picture to be produced. All Americans should visit Big China once just to see the contrast between the past and the present. To this society the Great Wall actually makes sense-Our dim president must have some Chinese in his scrambled genes.

Sep 18, 2018

Tour de force by a great and very current director

LPL_KevinC Jul 24, 2017

A Touch of Sin wasn’t on my radar until I read the New York Times 25 Best Films of the 21st Century and I’m glad I was finally exposed to it. The four stories in this anthology are told back to back and aren’t connected besides the shared theme of struggling to cope with the modernization and growing gaps in social classes in China. Director Zhangke Jia does a wonderful job of slowly building up tension in each of these cautionary tales before they all come to sudden, reactionary and violent ends.

Aug 18, 2015

Nursebob' s comment was right on and eloquently. Tales that followed four diverse young Chinese (coal worker, armed robber, hospitality hostess and foxconn worker) who were driven to extreme violence due to moral corruption from "unbearable" social and economical inequality conditions.

PoMoLibrary Jul 15, 2015

From our #80DayRead 2015 Summer Reading Club traveler Nicole: True and sad stories of four different characters in contemporary China. Very shocking and eye opening about violence and corruption.

Jul 08, 2015

compelling enough to keep me watching through the violence.

the final question: "do you know your sin?" there was more than enough to go around.

Jun 08, 2015

verrrrrry slooooooow. 4 stories helps the pace but it just seems a long time to get to the point. Shot beautifully, and acting is spot on. Not a gorey picture but it has its violent moments.
Interesting on how human behaviour is sometimes dealt with and culturally fascinating

Feb 27, 2015

Interesting and well done movie about the human condition.

Jan 28, 2015

I haven't watched a Chinese movie for years. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Besides showing people reaching their breaking point, I learned a lot about contemporary China.

Jan 05, 2015

Well made, just mostly kind of slow. Lots of build up for little pay off in terms of on screen action. Conversely, pretty draining emotionally. Maybe just too high-brow for me.

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