One of the most critically acclaimed film directors in China is off limits to its press.
The Central Propaganda Department of China instructed members of the media that film director Jia Zhannkse and his film, A Touch of Sin, are taboo. The government wants no mention of the award-winning film or the filmmaker in the news.
A Touch of Sin focuses on the outliers of China’s society. Like other films by the director, the story is about the human costs of the nation’s growth, which the government wants suppressed instead of revealed. The film won Best Screenplay at the Cannes International Film Festival.
World-acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese is a fan of Jia Zhangke’s work. A prominent Chinese film critic said that Jia Zhannkse cares about the nation’s society and, in particular, the people without a voice.
…. Speaking to The New York Times earlier this year, Jia said that by depicting "dark situations" and "unfortunate events" he hoped to give viewers "life experience and an affirmation of life."