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Ash Is Purest White (15)

30 May

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


In a bleak industrial city, young dancer Qiao (played by Zhangke’s long-time collaborator, Zhao Tao) falls in love with mobster Bin (Liao Fan). When Bin’s ballroom dancing-obsessed boss is killed, he takes on leadership of the ‘Jianghu’, a brotherhood of honourable criminals. But the old codes of honour are out of fashion, and when Bin is attacked by a new generation of gangsters, Qiao is forced to make a seismic choice. Invoking tragicomedy, melodrama, cosmic enquiry and references to Zhangke’s previous films, ravishingly photographed and utterly transporting, Ash Is Purest White is a magisterial work of epic scope, a fitting addition to Zhangke’s record of 21st century China and its continuing transformations.

£6 TicketsTue 28 May (20.05)  
  • Director Jia Zhangke
  • Cast Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng
  • Running time 2h16m
  • Certificate 15
  • Country China/France/Japan
  • Year of production 2018
  • Language subtitles
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