Soul on a String

  • Directed by Zhang Yang
  • China, 2016, 142 mins., Tibetan

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission: to bring it back to the holy Mountain of Buddha’s Handprint. Pursued by traders who seek the priceless artifact for themselves, as well as two brothers seeking vengeance for the 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. With sweeping cinematography of Tibet’s majestic steppes and sprawling deserts, Yang’s unconventional Asian Western pairs swordfights with the Buddhist philosophy of letting go. “. . . visually stunning. It shares a high elevation and the spirit of revenge with The Revenant.”—Screen International.

Reviews: Screen Daily

Filmography: Paths of the Soul (2015), Full Circle (2012), Getting Home (2007), Sunflower (2005), Quitting (2001)