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Kundun (1997)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 25, 1997
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 13, 1998

Budget $28,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for violent images.

Running Time
2 hours, 8 minutes

Country USA

Studio Buena Vista, Cappa Productions, Touchstone Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Religion, Biography, True Story, Coming Of Age, Political, Epic

Tagline: The destiny of a people lies in the heart of a boy.

Plot: Martin Scorsese’s telling of the life story of the 14th Dalai Lama is a spiritual and deeply moving event. Barely able to walk, the young Tenzin Gyatso (played respectively by Tulku Jamyang Kung Tenzin, Gyurme Tethong, and Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong) is identified as the newly reincarnated form of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Leaving his family behind in order to live in a monastery, he grows to manhood in spiritual isolation, sheltered from the influences of Western worldliness and the dangerous encroachment of the Chinese army, which invaded Tibet in 1950 and forced the Buddhist leaders into exile. Preaching peace and understanding among all people, the Dalai Lama eventually travels to China to meet Chairman Mao Tse Tung, to no avail. In a heartbreaking decision, the Dalai Lama must choose whether to remain in Tibet and fight for his people or flee his homeland and avert almost certain death.

Scorsese’s obvious affection and dedication to the Tibetan leader shines through in every frame of the picture, which features stellar performances by its mostly nonprofessional cast. Adding infinite depth to the story are Roger Deakins’s cinematography and Philip Glass’s score, which earned both men Oscar nominations. Politics and religion aside, KUNDUN is filmmaking at its most profound

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 Directed by
Martin Scorsese
Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, Taxi Driver
 Written by
Melissa Mathison
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Black Stallion, The Indian in the Cupboard
Ken Leung
Saw, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Red Dragon
 Music By
Philip Glass
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