Soul on a String (2017)



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After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long and difficult mission: to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha's handprint. His journey turns sour as an obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic yet dumb elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. Not to mention the two violent brothers on his tale, who are on a revenge quest.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Soul on a String has a modern Chinese epic feel, but has a quirky individuality that harks back to a time when Chinese and Hong Kong films had their own style, and not the mass-produced feel of so many of today's Hollywood tentpole films.

Jul 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Chinese director Zhang Yang eschews the thrill of propulsive duels for a discursive allegorical approach, serving up picturesque visuals, highland-dry humor, and karmic plot twists.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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...undeniably ambitious...

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

When you're given so much time to look at the scenery, it helps when it's worth looking at.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Zhang Yang's follow-up to last year's amazing SIFF entry Paths of the Soul is a thoroughly gorgeous, intriguingly metaphysical take on the western.

Jul 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Striking widescreen shots of ochre deserts and verdant landscapes help blend the lines between magic realism and classic man-on-the-run format, if you have patience for the two-and-a-half-hour viewing to take it in.

Mar 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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