A nameless 'noir' detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple, but his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen.

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A nameless 'noir' detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple, but his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen.

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For the Truly Light Hearted...Buddha meets David Lynch with some Python thrown in
1 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

At the Moondance Festival in Boulder, CO. the small Chataqua community house was packed to the rafters as the movie that won the Sand Castle award for "best feature film" played. The questions people ask is how did he set the orange on fire (and there were lots of oranges) and where did he get the idea to make a farce about a comical noir detective using ancient Chinese Buddhist humor? And at the same time, he raises existential questions (not answering every one of them for us) to leave us with a movie koan to watch over and over again. It was the easiest meditation I sat through (yes you had to sit for 71 minutes) but the pythonesque humor gets you through it...theater that lives on and on. Kim Chan fans should try to stay until the end of the credits, if they want to see him having fun, too. Beautiful imagery, fine performances.


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