The Soul Investigator

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At last: an émigré Chinese movie which goes beyond the templates Wayne Wang designed all those years ago in Chan Is Missing and Dim Sum. Kal Ng's dark psychodrama, shot mostly in steely, psychedelic shades of grey but with spasms of luscious colour, sends a downcast man on a spiritual quest to discover why he has a perpetually bleeding wound which no one else can see. Guidance comes from the title character Chide the Wind (played by Ng himself), who tells him three anti-Confucian parables designed to help him out of his personal prison. Wonderfully idiosyncratic, it plays rather like Doctor Strange stories directed by Bresson.

By: TR

Release details

Duration: 82 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kal Ng
Screenwriter: Kal Ng
Cast: Patrick Cho
Edwin Cheung
Alice Ng
Edmond Chu
Kal Ng