Jinpa (Zhuang Si Le Yi Zhi Yang)

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On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hitching a ride. As they drive and chat, the truck driver notices that his new friend has a silver dagger strapped to his leg. He comes to understand that this man is out to kill someone who wronged him earlier in life. As he drops the hitchhiker off at a fork in the road, little does the truck driver realize that their short time together has changed everything, and that their destinies are inexorably intertwined.


  • Jinpa
  • Genden Phuntsok
  • Sonam Wangmo

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  • The film premiered at TIFF in Toronto in 2018.
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Feb 25, 2020

The movie is a dreamily austere shaggy-dog story that recalls the matter-of-fact absurdism of early Jim Jarmusch, yet at the same time generates a fair amount of suspense by repeatedly hinting at a potential for melodramatic upheaval. Ultimately, however, Tseden finds an audaciously different way to pull the rug out from under us.

Metacritic review by Joe Leydon
Joe Leydon
Feb 20, 2020

This is an intriguing if austere art house item that should please lovers of slow cinema with a more mystical edge.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 20, 2020

Tibetan road movie Jinpa is a playful, gently perplexing and distinctly stylish fifth feature from director Pema Tseden.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily