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Soul (2013)

Shi hun (original title)
An unsettling thriller which takes an unflinching look at demonic possession.

Director:

Mong-Hong Chung

Writer:

Mong-Hong Chung
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jimmy Wang Yu ... Wang (as Yu Wang)
Hsiao-chuan Chang ... A-chuan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shiang-chyi Chen ... Yun
Leon Dai ... Son-in-law
Shih-Chieh King ... Messenger
Vincent Liang ... Little Wu
Na-Dou Lin ... A-Chuan's workmate
Pong Fong Wu
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Storyline

A-Chuan, a quiet 30-year-old man working as a chef in a Japanese restaurant, collapses suddenly and is rushed to a hospital. His colleagues send him to his father, who resides in the mountains. While there, A-Chuan becomes immobile: he won't speak, eat or even go to the toilet on his own. One day his father returns from work only to find A-Chuan sitting in the corner with his daughter lying dead in a pool of blood. In an unfamiliar, eerily calm voice, A-Chuan says, "I saw this body was empty, so I moved in.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

30 August 2013 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Taiwan to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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A-chuan: I saw this body was empty, so I moved in
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A brooding nightmare.
17 April 2014 | by shaolinjim-603-669227See all my reviews

I'm only reviewing this here as there are no other reviews and I'd hate a fantasy/horror lover to miss this. So please don't expect a well written review.

No spoilers.

Our protagonist works as a chief in the city. He collapses mysteriously at work and ends up stuck in some kind of waking coma. Baffled doctors leave him to his friends/family who take him to his father in the middle of god-only-knows-where. And then the journey begins.. With a genuine 'wait, did that just happen?' moment.

It's a dreamy, brooding film, with a tiny cast, shot around a massively isolated and elevated farm in the middle of a wet, steamy jungle. I don't remember much about the score but the ambient jungle noises work perfectly with the mysterious, menacing and unpredictable setting. It seems like the perfect place to film such a story.

Dialogue is at times minimal, which is going to irritate some, with a few 'just please have a conversation about what just happened' moments. And this would usually annoy me, BUT it somehow works. It slowly makes sense as you begin to understand what might be going on in the heads of the two main characters - who are coming to terms with both what's going on and the world around them. And when a third party turns up with a lot to say it's both jarring and a joy to watch.

The actions of one of the leads is also, initially, a little hard to fathom. But considering his age, the setting and a few plot developments you should eventually swallow it. This is a completely different world we're dealing with here, and these characters have issues to say the least.

The violence is handled well and carries the same sense of bizarre wonder the rest of the film drags along with it. One of the final scenes is genuinely tense and compelling.

It forces you to fill in a lot of gaps as it very slowly unravels, so patience and imagination is required. It does thankfully wrap up well I thought.

If, like me, you're on a world-wide quest to find all as many random, thought-provoking films as you can - and you're not overly critical about low budget experimentation - I recommend this. It's a dark, sometimes sleepy film that I'm glad I watched alone. It's not one for a room full of chatty people and a bottle of wine. Unless you're all wired up identically. Enjoy!


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