A Touch of Sin

Chinese title 天注定 (Tian zhu ding)

   a touch of sin 2  a touch of sin 1  a touch of sin 3

Director Jia Zhangke

Year 2013

Length 135′

Screenplay Jia Zhangke

Cinematography Yu Lik-wa

Art Direction Weixin Liu

Music Giong Li

Editing Matthieu Laclau, Xudong Lin

Cast Jiang Wu, Zhao Tao, Wang Baoqiang

Production Company  Xstream Pictures, Shanghai Film Group, Bandai Visual Company, Bitters End. MK2, Office Kitano (presents), Shanxi Film & Television Group

Language Chinese Mandarin

Subtitle Chinese & English

Genre Fiction



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.

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), “one of the best and most important directors in the world” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.

Bio-filmography of Director

Jia Zhangke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi Province of China. He studied painting, developed an interest in fiction and in 1995 founded the Youth Experiemental Film Group, for which he directed two awarded videos. He was graduated from Beijing Film Academy and made his first feature film “Xiao Wu” in 1998 which received a great success. The following “Zhan Tai” (“Platform”, 2000) and “Ren xiao yao” (“Unknown Pleasures”, 2002) has been selected in Competition respectively at Venice and Cannes. His film “Still Life” won the Golden Lion Award in the Venice Film Festival in 2006 and his latest film “A Touch of Sin”, selected in Competition at the Festival de Cannes 2013 won the Best Screenwriter Award. Jia Zhangke is now settled in Beijing and actively involved in filmmaking over China.

1994 One Day in Beijing 有一天,在北京

1995 Xiao Shan Going Home 小山回家

1996 Du Du 嘟嘟

1997 Xiao Wu 小武

2000 Platform 站台

2001 In Public 公共场所

2001 The Condition of Dogs 狗的状况

2002 Unknown Pleasures 任逍遙

2004 The World 世界

2006 Still Life 三峡好人

2006 Dong 东

2007 Useless 无用

2007 Our Ten Years 我们的十年

2008 24 City 二十四城

2008 Cry Me a River 河上的爱情

2008 Black Breakfast N/A Segment in the anthology film, Stories On Human Rights

2010 I Wish I Knew 海上传奇

2013 A Touch of Sin