A TOUCH OF SIN (Tian Zhu Ding, 天注定) is an upcoming Chinese drama film from Gold Lion-winning filmmaker, Jia Zhangke (贾樟柯) of Still Life (三峡好人). It has been selected to compete at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and marks the first Chinese entrant for Palme d’Or in three years.
The film follows four separate people navigating their lives across four Chinese provinces. An angry miner revolts against the corruption of his village leaders. A migrant worker at home for the New Year discovers the infinite possibilities a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist at a sauna is pushed to the limit when a rich client assaults her. A young factory worker goes from job to job trying to improve his lot in life. Four people, four different provinces. A reflection on contemporary China: an economic giant slowly being eroded by violence.
Starring Jia’s muse (and wife) Zhao Tao (赵涛), Jiang Wu (姜武), Wang Baoqiang (王宝强), Zhang Jia-yi (张嘉译), Vivien Li (李梦), and Luo Lanshan (罗蓝山), the film commenting on the violence, economic struggles and dissatisfaction with everyday life through the eyes of common people.