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The Song of Spirits

Posted under Chinese Movies by admin on Tuesday 24 February 2009 at 13:07

Aka: Xin ling zhi ge, Sin ling jhih ge
Year: 2006
Directed: Hung-hsiang Wu
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 95m 9s
Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Cast: Chun-Ning Chang, Kai-wei Chiu, Chia-jung Hsu, Mei-Hsiu Lin


Audio recordist Li Tong-Je happened to work in a remote mountain area in central Taiwan among the Bunung tribes people. It was Tong-Je’s plan to do a special program on care in the aftermath of the strong earthquake that jolted the central part of Taiwan on Sept. 21st, 1999. However, little by little, he found his ideas changed by the locas. The so-called care, merely based on an outsider’s perspective, could be dispensed as the tribes people lived in their own lives at their own paces.

Tong-Je was hosted by Pastor Chuan, who adopted a ten-year-old boy, Quisuel. With his parents lost in the earthquake, Quisuel had his heart closed and rejected communication. The kid’s mentor, Zu-Hui, a primary school teacher who would add singing of the traditional Bunung songs to the curriculum, tried in vain to open his heart by encouraging him to participate in the singing contest.


  • English subtitle: none
  • CD

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