• Dylan Tang

《緝魂》系列報導 專訪程偉豪導演/ A dive into ‘The Soul’ with Director Cheng Wei-Hao

當一部電影挾帶著強大的氣勢,總會不免俗地會讓人用放大鏡檢視電影裡的任何一個鏡頭,角色的一舉一動,甚至一句台詞都容易成為大家討論的焦點。因此,不管是單純的創作,還是背後行銷的方法,都是導致電影是否成為雋永人心的關鍵。

2021年首部成為發燒話題的就是導演程偉豪的第四部長篇電影《緝魂》,這部犯罪、懸疑類型的電影,在上映前因為強大的卡司以及導演獨特的執導手法,自然地成為大家討論的焦點。


似遠非近的故事背景

《緝魂》的時空背景設定在10年後的台北,對於具有科幻元素的電影來說,程偉豪導演認為這並不是典型的科幻片,而是可以被稱為「輕科幻」或「軟科幻」的類型。導演解釋「這部電影的時空背景是建立在有點熟悉,又有點陌生狀態下的一部犯罪懸疑故事。雖然這部電影看似有許多元素,但是最重要的還是在訴說『人性與愛』的故事。」


程偉豪導演的第四部長篇電影作品《緝魂》,是改編自江波的短篇小說《移魂有術》這也是程導第一次嘗試改編劇本。「這部小說最吸引我的原因是:『在真實的科學論調下,大腦RNA的粉末可以造成靈魂轉移。』」不過與原著相比改編的過程中導演仍然加入了自己想要強調的重要元素。

東西方的靈魂觀點

關於靈魂轉移,東方與西方的論述自古以來都有不同的見解,程導透過分析研究,將兩個不同元素雜揉成一部令人一刻都不容分心的電影。「東方人對靈魂有很多不同的觀點,那跟西方的結合最大的不同就是,西方這次的故事裡透過RNA讓靈魂可以保存下來,但是東方也有一些巫術或是特定方式來把靈魂保留。用這樣的方式去做一個混類型還有雜揉東西方的觀點。」程導繼續說明「但真正更重要的是,在過程中剛好遇到家人的生命走到盡頭,所以更深刻讓我去思考靈魂跟軀殼亦存的關係,以及病患與家屬間的身心理狀態。這反而成為我最後改編最主要的來源之一。」

能為愛犧牲多少

導演先前提到,這部電影最重要還還是在訴說 “人性與愛”,或許是製作電影過程中導演經歷的人生歷程,又或者是許多我們不知道的背後原因,但程偉豪導演的確將人們性格的轉變和心態上的變化,完整地放在這部電影裡。


「當你遇到生死關頭時,一定會做出人生不一樣的抉擇。」-程偉豪

常聽人家說 “愛的力量可以無限大” 但是為愛犧牲卻又是另一件事。在電影《緝魂》裡,每一個角色的一舉一動都影響著接下來的故事發展;每一個角色的內心都有著對愛自己最獨特的見解。但是,你能為愛犧牲多少?或許是程偉豪導演要讓每個人看完電影後在心中慢慢思考的一件事。


When a movie carries a strong momentum, people will inevitably examine or criticise in every detail. Every action of the character and even a line can easily become the focus of discussion.

In 2021, the film industry's first hot topic is 'The Soul' directed by director Cheng Wei-Hao. The film has a strong cast, and the director's unique directing skill, this crime and suspense genre film naturally became a discussion before it was released.


Far or Near

The background of 'The Soul' set in 2038, Taipei. For movies with science fiction elements, Director Cheng Wei-Hao believes that this is not a typical science fiction film, but can be called "soft science fiction" type. The director explained, "The background of this movie is base on a period that we can feel either familiar and a bit unfamiliar. Although this movie seems to have many suspenseful and crime elements, the most important thing is "humanity and love."


'The Soul' is the fourth feature film directed by Cheng Wei-Hao, and it's adapted from Jiang Bo's short story 'Transferring Souls'. This is also the first time Director Cheng has tried to adapt the script. "The reason why this novel attracts me the most is: "Under the true scientific theory, brain RNA powder can cause soul transfer." However, the director added another important element that he wanted to emphasise during the process of adapting compared with the original.


Things to the Soul

Regarding soul transfer, both the East and the West have different perspectives since ancient times. Director Cheng has mixed the two different elements into a movie through research and development that cause you can not be distracted for a moment. "The Eastern people have many different views on the soul. In this film, the biggest difference between preserves the soul is that Wester through RNA and Eastern via witchcraft or specific methods. That's the way I used to mixed Eastern and Western perspectives." Director Cheng continued to explain, "But what's more important is that my family member happened to rest in peace while I was work in progress. Hence, it made me think about the connection between the soul and the body deeply. Also, the physical and psychological state between the patient and the family. These have become one of the main sources of my final adaptation."


How much can you sacrifice for love?

The director mentioned earlier that the most important thing in this film is "humanity and love". Perhaps it is the director's life journey during the production of the film, or it is the reason behind many things we don't know. However, we can certainly confirm that Director Cheng really emphasises the change in each character in 'The Soul'.

"When you encounter life and death, you will definitely make a different choice in your life." Cheng Wei-Hao

People often say that "The Power of Infinite Love", but sacrifice for love is another matter. In 'The Soul', every action of each character affects the development of the following story; each character has a unique insight into loving another person. But how much can you sacrifice for love? Perhaps it is something that Director Cheng wants everyone to think significantly after watching the movie.


Photos courtesy of 威視電影


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