Hyperallergic interviews Jia about Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue and finding people to testify about their experiences in rural villages over the past seven decades.
The Underrated Nonfiction Films of Jia Zhangke
While the Chinese director has won acclaim for movies like A Touch of Sin and Ash Is Purest White, his documentaries are an equally vital part of his oeuvre.
Jia Zhangke Looks at the Drastically Different Past and Present of Shanxi Province
Hyperallergic has the exclusive premiere of the poster and trailer for Jia’s upcoming documentary Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue.
A Chance to Watch Stellar Films From Asia and the Asian Diaspora
The San Diego Asian Film Festival has the strongest online festival program yet.
A Comedic Look at How Capitalism Has Warped Chinese History and Culture
In Jia Zhangke’s short film The Hedonists, finally available to stream, laid-off miners become theme park reenactors.
Ash Is Purest White Is a Gangland China Love Story
The writer-director’s latest feature film chronicles China’s socioeconomic transformation through the eyes of a couple caught up in the criminal underworld.
‘A Touch of Sin’ Explores Violence and Corruption in Contemporary China
A “brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China” (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A Touch of Sin was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world’s fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.
A Touch of Sin opens Friday, Oct 4, at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in NYC.