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JI HUN / THE SOUL (2021) Movie review, plot, rating

Another rather intricate mix of almost all possible genres except porn and horror is coming to us from the Far East. Taiwanese filmmaker Cheng Wei Hao has shot a futuristic thriller in a Chinese-Taiwanese production – a melodrama that has a bit of a neo-Neir flair, and it’s a bit of a classic investigative procedural crime that is so typically Eastern complicated that at times it was really hard to follow. Investigator Liang Wen-Chao (Chang Chen), who is dying of cancer, is in the spotlight, but he will still take on the task of investigating the murder of tycoon, innovator and owner of a company that is allegedly on the verge of finding a cure for the cancer he suffers from. The murdered tycoon himself was suffering from brain cancer and it was only a matter of time before he died, so it is even more unclear why someone would even want to kill him.

There are countless suspects in the murder of the tycoon, from his new wife, through an estranged son who acts as if he is occupied by something, to his business partner, the scientist Wan, to whom he previously left the running of the corporation. But the murder of the tycoon is not the only one connected with this case, because we will soon find out that his ex-wife was killed a year earlier, and a sick investigator whose first collaborator is his wife, will soon conclude that it could be somehow connected. The already complicated, intricate and tense story will be further complicated with some somewhat mystical clues that could lead to some sort of cult. There is, let’s not forget, the personal story of an investigator whose wife is pregnant, and he hopes to live long enough not only to solve this case, but also to see his child.

Clearly, it’s no coincidence that the investigator is almost in the terminal stage of cancer, and the corporation he’s investigating is just on the trail of a revolutionary drug discovery. It is worth mentioning that the action takes place ten years in the future, in the early thirties. Cheng, who became famous a few years ago with the horror film “The Tag-Along”, and then the neo-Neir thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin”, really has it all. engage and throw them into one movie. The result of all this is a bit of a bizarre, dark whodunit that needs to be followed with extreme care and concentration, and it might not be a bad idea to have a notepad with the film so you don’t get completely executed. Rating 6.5 / 10.


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