Zen Noir (2004)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Release Date - Sep 15, 2006 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A death has occurred in a Buddhist temple, but in order to solve the crime, the nameless detective in charge of the investigation must let go of his logic and rely on the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen in director Marc Rosenbush's abstruse comic mystery. Still in mourning from the recent loss of his wife, the detective must first question Ed; a secretive monk whose bad attitude immediately raises a red flag. When subsequent discussions with chrome domed femme fatale Jane and the frustratingly obscure Zen teacher known as The Master appear to lead the detective in circles, he quickly realizes that he will not be able to rely on his usual investigatory procedures and must alter his line of thinking to better reflect his surroundings. But the murder isn't the only mystery here, and as the disheartened detective feels the presence of his deceased wife hanging thick in the monastery air, he soon realizes that there is a much deeper and intensely personal mystery to be solved.



death, detective, investigation, monk, murder, mystery [enigma], teacher, temple, Zen-Buddhism