Ash is Purest White
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Festival in Media
Section: Horizons
Country: China France, Japan
Year: 2018

Ash is Purest White

141 minutes/color



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

Director: Jia Zhang-Ke

Screenplay: Jia Zhang-Ke

Cinematographer: Éric Gauthier



Zhao Tao, Liao Fan



mk2 films, ARTE France Cinéma, Xstream Pictures (CN), Shanghai Film Group Corporation (CN), Huanxi Media Group Limited (CN), Office Kitano (JP)

World sales:

mk2 films



Jia Zhang-Ke

Jia Zhang-Ke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi, in 1970 and graduated from Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature XIAO WU won prizes in Berlin, Vancouver and elsewhere. Since then, his films have routinely premiered in the major European festivals. STILL LIFE won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2006, A TOUCH OF SIN won the Best Screenplay prize in Cannes in 2013.




1995 Xiaoshan Going Home

1997 Xiao Wu

2000 Platform

2004 The World

2006 Still Life

2008 24 City

2013 A Touch of Sin

2015 Mountains May Depart

2018 Ash Is Purest White