Soul on a String
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After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a solitary Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission: to bring it back to the holy Mountain of Buddha's Handprint. Pursued by black market traders who seek the priceless artifact for themselves, as well as two brothers seeking vengeance for the long-ago death of their father, Taibei's journey will be a long and difficult one - even before it is thrown off course by strange, mystical events.
Bonus feature includes short film The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf, and the Boy.
Package includes: Directors' statement, Why-We-Selected statement, and chapter breaks.
WINNER - Best Cinematography - Shanghai Int'l Film Festival
NOMINATED for 6 Golden Horse Awards
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Toronto International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Shanghai International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Busan International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Chicago International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Seattle International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - CinemAsia Film Festival
Visually stunning...Tibet has rarely looked so striking. - David D'Arcy, Screen Daily Breathtaking in its sweep and beauty. --Hey U Guys
Picturesque visuals, highland dry-humor, and karmic plot twists. - Maggie Lee, Variety In this panoramic masterpiece, Director Zhang Yang weaves a tale of revenge and destiny across the diverse lands of Tibet, creating a Buddhist Western of epic proportions... --Walker MacMurdo, Willamette Week
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Filmed on expansive, wide open landscapes, “Soul on a String” has the look of an American Western in which characters must struggle against the elements as well as other human beings. Broadsword confrontations are reminiscent of gunfight stand-offs and take the place of traditional Chinese martial arts duels. Guo Daming’s widescreen cinematography captures Tibet’s varied terrain of lakes, deserts and mountains with dynamic aerial shots. The electric rock score is based on Tibetan folk melodies.
At close to two and a half hours, the film is epic in scope, providing a thoughtful adventure that balances Eastern philosophies with Western conventions. The cast is large, and it’s often difficult to keep track of characters, but as an ensemble piece, the movie provides an overview of the country and its people.
Bonus materials on the unrated, widescreen DVD release include the short film “The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf, and the Boy.” The film is in Tibetan, with English subtitles.