SOUL ON A STRING was written and directed by Zhang Yang and stars Quni Ciren, Siano Dudiom Zahi, Choenyi Tsering and Kimba. The score is by Zhang Jian.

A young Tibetan wanderer confronts a series of mystical events and earthly adversity in director Zhang Yang’s acclaimed SOUL ON A STRING.  After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a slain deer, Tabei, a young Tibetan wanderer, embarks on a mission of redemption in order to bring the divine artifact back to its rightful home, the holy mountain of Buddha. Danger and treachery await at every step, as black market traders and two brothers in search of vengeance stand in his path. Along the way, however, Tabei encounters a motley band of followers that help him on his strange and mystical journey.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie and some liner notes. The DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Soul on a String ended up being a really good movie that includes something for everyone. There’s action and adventure, a little humor, a hint of faith, and even some emotional moments that make Soul on a String a near epic journey and an interesting slice of cinema. I really liked the story about this outcast loner who tasks himself to go on this personal mission and will see it through to its end no matter what the cost. The thing is, there’s so much more to his journey than just this sacred stone and all of this is revealed as the movie plays out.

Even though Tabei is an extreme loner, there’s a few people close to him who care about him but it takes him a while to finally see this. Or maybe he was just in denial? There’s also the ones who are after him but they all want something different from Tabei and all of this is also ultimately revealed. It’s all about these characters who are just so much fun to follow and each one brings something a little different to the story. Zhang Yang did a fantastic job directing this movie and there’s some beautiful cinematography to go with it. The landscapes and scenery are absolutely breathtaking and something to be witnessed. This Chinese-Tibetan adventure releases on DVD on September 12th from Film Movement and is worth checking out. Soul on a String is a stunning cinematic wonder!

Distributor: Film Movement

Run Time: 142 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: Tibetan 5.1 and 2.0 Surround Sound

Subtitles: English

Bonus Feature:

  • Bonus Short Film: THE RIFLE, THE JACKAL, THE WOLF, AND THE BOY (directed by Oualid Mouaness, Arabic with English subtitles) – When two brothers use a household rifle without their father’s consent, they get more than they bargained for.


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