Zen Noir

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Released 2008

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2008
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Zen Noir is a drama written and directed by Marc Rosenbush and released in 2004. A homage to the classic film noir detective films of the 1940s, Zen Noir focuses on a mysterious private investigator known only as "The Detective" (Duane Sharp). This surgical, logical, brilliant man is reeling from the recent death of his wife, and has begun to drink himself to death. His self-pity is interrupted when he is asked to solve a murder that recently took place in a community of Zen Buddhists. The Detective travels to the remote temple, but soon finds that he will have to move beyond western logic and linear thought patterns if he wants to uncover the truth. The Master (Kim Chan) is an enigmatic old man who regularly produces oranges seemingly out of thin air and answers The Detective's questions in riddles. His disciples also present many challenges for The Detective, such as their unfamiliarity with the concept of linear time. Zen Noir is a fascinating and unusual film that fans of mysteries will love.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A provocative, witty -- and admittedly esoteric -- experimental comedy that is serious, amusing and satisfying, in Rosenbush's words: "a Zen riddle designed more to be experienced ...

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Neva Chonin

    The biggest mystery of all is why director Marc Rosenbush, whose background is in theater, bothered putting this story on film when it's so obviously meant for a stage.

  • 25

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Rosenbush strives for a difficult blend of spoof and sincerity with Zen Noir. In the spirit of rebirth, let's assume that the next time he makes it, it'll turn out fine.

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    Dark Comedy, Crime