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Ash Is Purest White

Jiānghú érnǚ
CN/FR, 2018, 136mins, Cert.15
Showtimes and location

Film description

In his new feature, masterful Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin, Still Life) extends his critique of rapid globalisation that radically changed China, and deepens his exploration of complex characters positioned on the margins of society – lost but rebellious. 

One night in 2001, young dancer Qiao (Zhao Tao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Liao Fan) become involved in a gang fight that forces Qiao to cover and take the blame. After five years in prison, she emerges to find her world has been transformed. Her former associates have moved into legitimate businesses and Bin has found another woman. Qiao seeks revenge, but, more importantly, she searches for a new identity in a changing China. 

Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


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