Ti­betan-lan­guage films light up China’s big screen

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE -

The Ti­betan-lan­guage film Soul on a String will be re­leased on Aug 18, two months af­ter the de­but of an­other Ti­betan-lan­guage hit film. With box of­fice sales near­ing 100 mil­lion yuan ($15 mil­lion) since its re­lease on June 20, Path of The Soul, di­rected by Zhang Yang, traces the story of a Ti­betan fam­ily’s pil­grim­age from Chamdo to Lhasa and the holy Mount Kan­grin­boqe.

Also di­rected by Zhang, Soul on a String tells the story of a Ti­betan wan­derer from a dis­tant time who dis­cov­ers a sa­cred stone, and the quest to re­turn it to its right­ful home on a holy moun­tain.

Film com­men­ta­tor Lu Jinbo said the film is a thought-pro­vok­ing philo­soph­i­cal work and a thor­ough demon­stra­tion of Ti­betan cul­ture.

Zhang says that com­pared to the plain and re­al­is­tic nar­ra­tive style of Path of The Soul, Soul on a String fea­tures mag­i­cal el­e­ments and splendid scenery. Ma­jor scenes in the film were shot at an­cient cul­tural sites and nat­u­ral land­scapes in Ti­bet’s Ngari pre­fec­ture.

The film al­lowed me to have a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the life­style and re­li­gious be­liefs of the Ti­betan peo­ple.”

Fang, a Shang­hai res­i­dent who was a fan of

“The film al­lowed me to have a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the life­style and re­li­gious be­liefs of the Ti­betan peo­ple, which is very in­spir­ing,” says a Shang­hai res­i­dent sur­named Fang, who was a fan of Path of The Soul.

Zhang Yang says that the box of­fice suc­cess of Path of The Soul shows that Chi­nese movie­go­ers are ma­tur­ing as thought­ful lit­er­ary films are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

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