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Acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-Hong (The Fourth Portrait) delivers a fascinating and chilling meditation on spiritual migration and reincarnation in this stylish psychological thriller about a man who develops an unsettling bond with the transient spirit that comes to inhabit his body.
A fascinating yet chilling meditation on
demonic possession and the mysterious
happenings surrounding it, Soul is the work
of Chung Mong-Hong, one of Taiwan's best
and most stylish filmmakers, whose previous
films Parking and The Fourth Portrait
have won him critical acclaim.
Toying with the ideas of reincarnation
and soul migration after death, Chung's
eerie tale is about a man who has lost his
soul and establishes an unsettling symbiotic
bond with the stranger who comes to
inhabit his abandoned body.
A-Chuan (Joseph Chang), is a quiet
thirty-year-old who works as a chef in a
Japanese restaurant in Taiwan. One day,
without apparent reason, he falls into a
weird mental state. As if under a spell, he
doesn't respond to any external stimulus,
and doesn't speak or eat.
His colleagues at the restaurant take him
to the mountains, back to the place where
his father, Wang (Jimmy Wong), lives and
grows orchids. Wang and A-Chuan's sister
are puzzled — then violence explodes within
and around A-Chuan, setting off a series of
totally unexpected occurrences.
A unique psychological thriller, Soul
investigates the complex mind of its protagonist,
and probes what happens to the relationship between a father and his son
when the bond once made of layers of days
spent together, of comfortable memories
and unspoken family secrets, is shattered
by a foreign presence.
The film's unsettling aura is heightened
through the impressive performances of
Chang and Wong, while Chung's lush aesthetic
imbues each and every frame with
- Chung Mong-Hong
- Chung Mong-Hong was born in Ping-
Tong, Taiwan. He studied computer
engineering at National Chao Tung
University in Taiwan and filmmaking
at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago. His films include the documentary
Doctor (06), and the fiction
features Parking (08), The Fourth
Portrait (10), which screened at the
Festival, and Soul (13).