Soul on a String

Zhang Yang


After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer he just killed, Taibei, a young lonesome Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a long and difficult mission: to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha’s handprint. His journey turns sour as an obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic yet dumb elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. Not to mention the two violent brothers on his tale, who are on a revenge quest.

Tashi Dawa, Zhang Yang

Director of Photography
Guo Daming

Film Editing
Yang Hongyu

Li Li, Zhang Yang

 Production Company
Helichenguang International Culture Media (Beijing) Co.,Ltd.,
Le Shi Internet Information & Technology Corp., Beijing,
Yunnan Shang Li Culture Communication Co.,Ltd.,
Horgos Helichenguang Film Produce Co.,Ltd.,
Shanghai He Li Television Media Co.,Ltd.,
LeTV Pictures (Tianjin) Co.,Ltd.

Kimba,  Quni Ciren,  Siano Dudiom Zahi,  Solange Nima


Zhang Yang
Director's Biography
Zhang Yang

Zhang Yang is a Chinese film director, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He studied Chinese literature in Beijing, and later transferred to the Central Academy of Drama where he graduated in 1992. His first film Spicy Love Soup opened in Competition at Tokyo International Film Festival. It was followed by Shower, a realistic gaze at contemporary Beijing, which achieved great recognition internationally as well as in China, where it was successfully distributed. His next film was Quitting, where Zhang Yang got even closer to reality: the film fictionalises and re-enacts the real life of the main actor Jia Hongsheng, his struggle with drug addiction, his parents, fellow inmates in a mental institution, and Zhang Yang himself. His subsequent films, Sunflower, Getting Home, Full Circle, travelled internationally to numerous festivals and where distributed with great recognition in China. Paths of the Soul premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2015, screening with great success in many international festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Black Nights, Goteborg and Hong Kong. The film was released in North America and Japan during the summer 2016. Soul on a String, his latest film, premiered in competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2016 and received the Best Cinematography award.