Zen Noir | Chicago Reader

Zen Noir

A hard-boiled detective (Duane Sharp) arrives at a Buddhist monastery to investigate the death of a monk, but a puckish Zen master (veteran character actor Kim Chan) gradually draws him into an investigation of inner mysteries. The cinematic debut of Chicago theater director Marc Rosenbush, this 2004 indie comedy is an irritating exercise in ham acting, metaphysical patter routines, and rim-shot-style comic editing. The shotgun marriage of pulp fiction and religious inquiry works better than you might expect, but the strident humor overwhelms everything else. 71 min.

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