Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun in the air 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. From filmmaker Jia Zhangke, Ash Is Purest White is a story of love, betrayal and loyalty set in China’s underworld.


In Mandarin with English subtitles


Director: Zhangke Jia
Writer: Zhangke Jia
Producers: Shôzô Ichiyama, Nathanaël Karmitz
Cast: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Xu Zheng
Cinematographer: Eric Gautier
Editor: Matthieu Laclau    
Countries: China, France, Japan
Runtime: 150 minutes