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Three Films by Jia Zhangke Blu Ray

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Three Films By Jia Zhangke Jia Zhangke has become widely regarded as one of world cinema's most accomplished filmmakers and a leading figure of the Sixth Generation movement of Chinese cinema. This collection presents three of Jia's most compelling works together on DVD and Bluray. In 24 City (2008) Jia skilfully combines documentary and fiction film as he charts the transformation of a military hardware factory into a complex of luxury flats, and the social impact this has. The Cannes prize-winner A Touch of Sin (2013) focuses on four people living across China who are driven to acts of violence. An angry miner, enraged by corruption in his village; a migrant who discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm; a receptionist at a sauna who is pushed to the limit by a client, and a young factory worker drifting through the foreign-owned factories and nightclubs of the south. Jia's eighth feature film, Mountains May Depart (2015) is an intimate and moving drama spanning several decades which charts the impact of China's capitalist experiment on the lives of one family.

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  • 29 January 2018
  • Jia Zhangke
  • Blu Ray
  • Arrow Academy
  • 15
  • 353 minutes

Collection of three films written and directed by Zhangke Jia. '24 City' (2008) is based on the closure of a factory in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Scenes of the factory in operation and subsequently being dismantled and demolished are intercut with interviews with its workers: some real, some played by actors. The result is an intimate and emotional portrait of ordinary Chinese people - young, middle-aged and old - living in an evolving economy and rapidly changing society. 'A Touch of Sin' (2013) follows four stories which share the theme of violence: coal miner Dahai (Wu Jiang) goes on a murderous rampage after being humiliated by his boss; migrant Zhou San (Baoqiang Wang) kills and robs his victims in order to earn a living; sauna employee Xiao Yu (Tao Zhao) defends herself from a brutal attack; and young worker Xiao Hui (Lanshan Luo) is punished for breaking his employer's rules and ends up contemplating suicide. Finally, 'Mountains May Depart' (2015) follows Tao (Zhao), a young Chinese woman in a relationship with local coal miner Liang (Jing Dong Liang). Before long Tao also begins to attract the attention of arrogant entrepreneur Jingsheng (Yi Zhang), who buys the coal mine in a bid to force Liang out of the picture and take Tao for himself. With Liang gone, Tao and Jingsheng marry and start a family, only for a twist of fate to reunite the trio years later.

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