Recent review buzz on Jia Zhangke’s new film, Ash Is Purest White, partly highlights its nod to various musical gems from Hong Kong cinema history – most notably Sally Yeh’s Cantopop classic, Drunk For Life, as prolifically heard on the soundtrack of John Woo’s 1989 bullet ballet hit, The Killer; Granted Jia’s film doesn’t necessarily look that stylish but certainly garners its own appeal as a crime drama that resonates.
At any rate, the acclaimed director’s new film also didn’t exactly go home empty handed following its in-competition premiere at this month 2018 festival at Cannes. The film is slated for a release in China on September 21 from MK2 and for this, we now have some trailer footage to share while cinephiles in the U.S. can look toward a small theatrical rollout from Cohen Media Group further on.
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.
Jia directs from his own script with actress Zhao Tao and actor Liao Fan starring. Check out the trailer!