PRODS Yeh Juhfeng, Tseng Chao-chien
SCR Chung Mong-hong
CAM Nagao Nakashima
ED Lo Shih-ching
PROD DES Chao Shih-hao
MUS Tseng Si-ming
PROD CO Cream Film
Each of Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong’s films (Parking, The Fourth Portrait) is an exquisitely crafted, gorgeously shot work of cinema art. But Soul is something completely new: Chung’s deep rich colours and mesmerizing compositions are mobilized to tell a shocking, bloody, occasionally gory thriller, a story about murder, ghostly possession, and the violence and dread that haunt the darkest corners of the soul.
A-Chuan (Joseph Chang) is a 30-year-old chef at a Japanese restaurant in Taipei. One day he blacks out. When he wakes up, numb, he feels possessed by another person. Sent to recuperate at the mountainside farm of his 70-year-old father, he regresses and commits a shocking, bloody act. His father (Shaw Brothers swordplay veteran Jimmy Wang Yu), who has dark secrets of his own, locks A-Chuan in a cabin. But A-Chuan seems possessed, and a sequence of visitors to the farm—some comic, some chilling—result in an accumulation of bloody bodies, as father and son together forge a bond through shared culpability.
Jimmy Wang’s superb performance grounds the film—his ice-cold, relentless fury masking subterranean emotions—and he’s matched by superb cameos by some of Taiwan’s finest actors (Chen Shiang-chyi, King Shih-chieh). This film packs an ambiguously emotional kick: you won’t be shaking off this film’s nightmares for a long time
— Shelly Kraicer