Dahai, a labor leader whose attempts to curb corruption at the local mine has failed, he takes action in his own hands and walks to a planned celebration to greet these leaders with a shotgun. Another worker, Santer, who travels the countryside on his motorcycle in search of work, discovers that his most powerful bargaining tool is a gun. A young spa receptionist spends endless hours fending off a rich client until - to her amazement - she discovers the ability to kill. Elsewhere, a village boy, humiliated wherever he finds work (which includes working at a Foxconn type factory), cannot take it anymore and opts for an extreme solution. Four characters, four stories based on real events ripped from the headlines. A TOUCH OF SIN depicts social inequalities in contemporary China and looks at the growing tensions arising from the utter failure to stamp out corruption.
Inspired by King Hu’s wuxia classic A TOUCH OF ZEN, where director Jia Zhangke argues that martial arts films are about individuals who deal with political oppression, what is even more eye-opening is the fact that the film has been approved by the Chinese censors and is slated for a November release in China.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le
贾樟柯说：“社会问题前所未有的激化了. 贫富差距日益加剧. 差距越大，那些潜在的不满情绪越强烈。普通百姓也愈发意识到社会的不公，他们的容忍力在缩减。近年来，一些人开始选择暴力非正常地解决他们的个人危机。”
Synopsis written by: China Daily