故事开始于2001年的山西大同，巧巧（赵涛 饰）和斌斌（廖凡 饰）相恋多年，巧巧一心希望能够和斌斌成家过安稳的生活，但斌斌身为当地的大佬，有着自己更高远的志向。一场意外中，斌斌遭人暗算危在旦夕，巧巧拿着斌斌私藏的手枪挺身而出救了斌斌，自己却因为非法持枪而被判处了五年的监禁。
Ash Is Purest White
The story begins in 2001 in Datong, Shanxi. Qiaoqiao (played by Zhao Tao) and Binbin (played by Liao Fan) have been in love for many years. Qiaoqiao hopes to have a peaceful and stable life with Binbin, but Binbin is a local gang leader. A guy with big ambition. During an incident, Bin Bin was trapped by conspiracy, and Qiaoqiao cleverly took Bin Bin’s private pistol stood up to protect him, however she was charged for illegally holding a gun and been sentenced to five years in prison.
Five years have passed, after being released from the prison, Qiaoqiao discovered that the whole world has undergone a tremendous changes. The only thing that hasn’t changed is her feelings for Bin Bin. Qiaoqiao waded through the mountains to seek for Bin Bin’s location, however Bin Bin had already lost his former edge and already had a new girlfriend by his side. Penniless Qiaoqiao relied on her own wisdom to fumble, and finally earned a piece of world for herself.
The film tells the story of Qiaoqiao and Bin’s love and betrayal, separation and reunion over the spam of 17 years.
The 54th Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Hugo Award for Best Director Jia Zhangke
Best Actress Silver Hugo Award Zhao Tao
Director: Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke, the representative of the sixth generation of directors in China, graduated from the Literature Department of Beijing Film Academy. During his time at school, he organized the “Youth Film Experimental Group”, which started his film practice. In 1995, the first 57-minute short film “The Hill Go Home” won the grand prize of the Hong Kong Film Festival. Since then, his work has won many awards, “Xiao Wu” won the 48th Berlin International Film Festival Asian Film Promotion League Award and Wolfgang Stode Award, the 3rd Pusan International Film Festival New Wave Award; “Platform” won The 57th Venice International Film Festival Asian Film Promotion League Award; “The Good Man in Three Gorges” won the Best Director Award at the 1st Asian Film Awards and the Golden Lion Award at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival; “Wuyou” won the 64th Venice International Film Festival Best Documentary Award in the Horizon Section of the Festival; “Destiny” won the Best Screenplay Award at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival and so on.
His films have their own world, exploring the meaning of how the world itself gradually changed over time. At a time when Chinese films collectively sink into illusory and unrealistic themes, Jia Zhangke’s strong humanistic attention to Chinese reality is particularly valuable. From the beginning of “Xiao Wu” to the rave reviews of “The Good Man in Three Gorges”, Jia Zhangke’s video world is gradually becoming a special way of understanding China and reinterpreting the realism of Chinese movies.
The French “Cinema Manual” commented: “Xiao Wu got rid of the conventions of Chinese cinema and is a film that marked the revival and vitality of Chinese cinema.” German film critic Ulrich Greger called him “Asian Film Lightning” Such a dazzling light of hope”.
“The Children of the Rivers and Lakes” inherits Jia Zhangke’s film’s consistent focus on reality and the growth of ordinary people and changes in circumstances in real life. But in terms of the style of storytelling, the film pays more attention to the “glossy” and “beautiful” elements of the screen, and introduces the element of gangster movies. Previously, Jia Zhangke’s films emphasized more on the documentary style and the downplay of plot. The film has achieved a fascinating plot, greatly enhanced drama, and the screen presentation method is more suitable for the audience. This is also a big step for Jia Zhangke Film to the market. (Xi’an Daily-Pei Yali Comment)