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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Actually, a perfect movie
23 May 2016 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

It's weird to say, especially for a (by Hollywood standards) sort of second-string production like Zen Noir (ZN), but it's arguably a perfect movie.

Just watched it again, and it's a sterling depiction of the "lure" of Zen: That a person in the throes of bewilderment goes within.

It's as close as you're going to get to squaring a certain circle: The circle of bending the existential question to a framing suitable to filmic exposition; the exposition of... East Meets West: A Twain Collision?

It's really as simple as that.

Check it out.


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