MUN Cinema Series: Ash is Purest White
Thursday, March 21, 7-9:20 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
Ash is Purest White (China, France, Japan 2018) 137 min. Directed by Zhangke Jia. With Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao, Xiaogang Feng et al. Chinese Mandarin with English subtitles. Yet another Cannes favourite, this feature by well-known and important director Jia is set at first in his Northern coal-mining hometown of Datong. The specifics of locale soon open us up to an epic sweep of millennium Chinese culture with all its pop references and nods to Western themes. The story centres on the feisty, ambitious Qiao who falls in love with small-time gangster Bin, the operator of a dubious club. One thing leads to another and the romance takes some dramatic turns against the backdrop of the emerging superpower. Jia is interested in examining the codes of masculinity that enable some pretty regressive behaviour in his culture. However, attempts to transgress those codes can also lead to catastrophic effects. You won’t get a more incisive study of current challenges of change in China than this, all wrapped in lush cinematography driven by a stunning narrative arc.
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