Ash Is Purest White – Sydney Exclusive Screening

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Half Symbolic Films presents Jia Zhang-Ke’s latest film, Ash Is Purest White, at a special one-off screening on 13 April, 2:30pm at Event Cinemas George Street. Tickets are now on sale, with early bird pricing available for a limited time.

Ash Is Purest White starts in 2001 and ends in 2018, chronicling the broken romance of two lovers in the jianghu (underworld mob). It features masterful performances by Zhao Tao (Still Life), Jia’s muse and off-screen partner, and Liao Fan (Black Coal Thin Ice) as troubled lovers Qiao and Bin.

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018, the film premiered in Australia at Melbourne International Film Festival before winning Best Performance by an Actress at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018.

“The story of this film spans the years between 2001 and 2018, years of enormous social upheaval. People’s traditional values and the ways they live have changed beyond recognition in these years. And yet the jianghu clings to its own values and codes of conduct and functions in its own way.”

– Jia Zhang-Ke in conversation with Tony Rayns

A regular at international film festivals, including at Sydney Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival, Jia has been lauded by many as one of the most important Chinese directors of the century. The auteur’s filmography includes A Touch of Sin, winner of Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2013; Still Life, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 2006; and, The Pickpocket (Xiao Wu), winner of the Wolfgang Staudte Award at Berlin International Film Festival 1998. His films have also competed for the Palme d’Or multiple times in the past.

Ash Is Purest White

Screening on 13 April only, 2:30pm at Event Cinemas George Street. Tickets on sale now, advance booking recommended.

Director and Writer: Jia Zhang-Ke
Cast: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan
Language: In Mandarin (and various Chinese dialects) with English subtitles.
150 mins
Classification: Unclassified 15+

Fierce, gripping and emotional. Jia Zhang-Ke’s latest masterpiece is a soulful tale of romance and betrayal in the jianghu underworld—where people neither fear hate nor love.

Qiao is in love with Bin, a big time mobster in a small provincial town. Despite the dangers of the criminal underworld, Qiao rests easy with the protection provided by the mob’s brotherhood. However, when a rival gang attacks, Qiao steps up to protect Bin. Her act of loyalty sends her to prison for five years.

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