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Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Jiang hu er nü (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 21 September 2018 (China)
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A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director:

Zhangke Jia

Writer:

Zhangke Jia
21 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao Zhao ... Qiao
Fan Liao ... Bin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi'nan Diao ... Lin Jiadong
Jiali Ding ... Woman on boat
Zijian Dong ... Policeman in Fengjie
Jiamei Feng Jiamei Feng
Xiaogang Feng
Kang Kang Kang Kang
Xuan Li Xuan Li ... Li Xuan
Casper Liang Casper Liang ... Lin Jiayan
Min Liu Min Liu ... Er Yong
Yuan Wenqian Yuan Wenqian
Zheng Xu ... Man from Karamay (man on train)
Yi Zhang ... Second man in Fengjie restaurant
Yibai Zhang Yibai Zhang ... First man in Fengjie restaurant
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Storyline

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | France | Japan

Language:

Chinese | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Ash Is Purest White See more »

Filming Locations:

Datong, Shanxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,150, 17 March 2019

Gross USA:

$422,814

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,813,509
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song playing during the drinking toast scene is the title song from John Woo's the Killer (1989). Both stories are similar in that both involve lives being ruined from gunshots. See more »

Goofs

When Bin arrives at the "Datong station," the Chinese characters read "Middle Cloud" as opposed to "Datong." See more »

Quotes

Qiao: Volcano ash is very pure, isn't it?
Bin: Maybe.
Bin: Anything that burns at high temperature is made pure.
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Connections

References Tragic Hero (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
from "The Killer"
Music by Lowell Lo
Lyrics by James Wong
Sung by Sally Yeh
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Yes, but...
26 March 2019 | by jramalhoSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the Directors "Still Life" (2006), but all his other movies I saw were a disappointment. I always learn a lot about Chinese society and how it evolved (for example, how western elements, from disco to ballroom dancing are blended in). But there needs to be a movie in there as well somewhere, and the (slow) story here did not transcend its obvious starting (and ending) points, and didn't even built up the characters well enough to make me care. There were some great scenes, the best of which was the strategy the lead character uses to get money at a family restaurant. It says a LOT about society in that very simple scene, but more of those moments of true brilliance were needed.


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