Ash Is Purest White

Opens Apr 19, 2019

April 19-25 Only!

A tragicomedy initially set in 2001 post-industrial Datong in the jianghu-criminal underworld, Ash Is Purest White is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. Qiao (Zhao Tao) is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

The film's three-part structure eventually expands out into an epic narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives, continuing writer/director Jia Zhangke's body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.

"[Jia Zhangke is] China's most essential modern filmmaker." (Abby Sun, Film Comment)