Ash Is Purest White

(Jiang Hu Er Nv) Features
Director: Jia Zhangke 2018 136 Minutes Ages 18+
Ash Is Purest White Fri 12 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 08:30pm 136mins Event Cinemas | Brisbane City Myer Centre
Ash Is Purest White Sat 20 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 01:00pm 136mins New Farm Six Cinemas

Ash Is Purest White is a sprawling tale of crime and troubled romance in China from Jia Zhangke, one of the masters of modern urban cinema.

The film orbits the stunning central performance from Zhao Tao (the director’s partner and long-time collaborator), who plays Qiao, the girlfriend of small-time mobster Bin (Liao Fan). When Qiao is jailed for committing a crime to save Bin, she longs to leave prison and be reunited with her lover. But she soon discovers that time does not stand still on the outside. Punctuated by a bloody street brawl and a fantastically surprising use of the Village People’s ‘YMCA’, this is a mesmerising noir on an enormous canvas.

BIFF 2018 will screen the newly edited director’s cut of Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White.


Classification:Ages 18+
Language:Mandarin, with English subtitles
Director:Jia Zhangke
Producer:Shôzô Ichiyama, Nathanaël Karmitz
Cast:Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Yi’nan Diao, Xiaogang Feng
Script:Jia Zhangke
Program strand:Features
Rights:mk2 Films