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    Arrow Academy Releasing Three Films By Jia Zhangke

    Coming January 2018.

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    Jia Zhangke has become widely regarded as one of world cinema’s most accomplished filmmakers and a leading figure of the Sixth Generation movement of Chinese cinema. This collection presents three of Jia’s most compelling works together on DVD and Blu-ray.

    In 24 City (2008) Jia skilfully combines documentary and fiction film as he charts the transformation of a military hardware factory into a complex of luxury flats, and the social impact this has.

    The Cannes prize-winner A Touch of Sin (2013) focuses on four people living across China who are driven to acts of violence. An angry miner, enraged by corruption in his village; a migrant who discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm; a receptionist at a sauna who is pushed to the limit by a client, and a young factory worker drifting through the foreign-owned factories and nightclubs of the south.

    Jia’s eighth feature film, Mountains May Depart (2015) is an intimate and moving drama spanning several decades which charts the impact of China’s capitalist experiment on the lives of one family.

    • Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [2000 copies]
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of each film
    • Original 5.1 surround sound audio (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-rays) for each film
    • Three interviews with director Jia Zhangke on each film, by critics including Scott Foundas and Tony Rayns
    • Introductions to each film by Tony Rayns
    • From Fenyang to the World: a visual essay on Jia Zhangke, looking in particular at his style and evolution as a filmmaker, by author Michael Berry
    • Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (2014, 105 mins), a feature length documentary on the life and work of the director by celebrated filmmaker Walter Salles [Limited Edition Exclusive]
    • Trailers
    • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow for all films
    • Booklet featuring new writing on the films by Chris Berry, Geoffrey Macnab, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Tony Rayns [Limited Edition Exclusive]

    Director: Jia Zhangke
    Cast: Jianbin Chen, Joan Chen, Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang

    UK RRP: £59.99
    Region: B/2
    Rating: TBC
    Genre: Drama
    Duration: 112 / 125 / 126 mins
    Language: Mandarin
    Subtitles: English / English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 1.37:1
    Audio: 5.1 Surround
    Colour: Colour
    Discs: 8

    UK Cat No: FCD1666
    UK Barcode: 5027035018355
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    Hmmm? I have the standalone BD release of A TOUCH OF SIN & was considering getting MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART on blu ray soon but might hold off and pick up this box set instead. I have 24 CITY on dvd and wasn't a fan of that film. The deciding factor might be that documentary by Salles. I'll wait for the reviews to trickle in before committing. Also, a run of 2000 copies seems a bit optimistic as I doubt this set will sell out anytime soon. Although, it's up for pre-order for 50 USD and that's a tempting price considering the standalone BDs of MOUNTAINS MY DEPART & A TOUCH OF SIN are going to set you back $40 alone.

    "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex"

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    Nice looking set, I own A touch of sin but may buy this to get the other two.


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