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This Martin Scorsese film drama detailing the Dalai Lama's life story was in development for seven years, with the Dalai Lama having input into the 14 screenplay drafts by Melissa Mathison (The Black Stallion, E.T.). With four actors portraying the Dalai Lama at different ages, Scorsese's chronicle begins in 1933 with the death of the 13th Dalai Lama. Born in a remote area, the new Dalai Lama (seen at ages two and five in early sequences) is observed by monks who determine that he is the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. In 1944 the Dalai Lama uses newsreels and Western magazines to study WWII events, and as the war ends, he is forced to deal with Chinese Communist aggression. Protests from the Dalai Lama in 1949 are ignored as Mao (Robert Lin) maintains a military stranglehold on Tibet, eventually forcing the Dalai Lama to flee to Dharmsala, India. With a $28 million budget, Scorsese re-created Tibet's tragedy by filming in south-central Morocco with a cast of nonprofessional Tibetan actors. Second unit work took place at locations in Idaho and British Columbia. Avant-garde composer Philip Glass contributed a score with hypnotic, ritualistic overtones.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2019
UPC: 0738329229757
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 4,629

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian and critic Peter Tonguette; Interview with Director Martin Scorsese (32:20); EPK extras with cast and crew (38:52); Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong Dalai Lama (adult)
Gyurme Tethong Dalai Lama (age 12)
Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin Dalai Lama (age 5)
Tenzin Yeshi Paichang Dalai Lama (age 2)
Tencho Gyalpo Mother
Tsewang Migyur Khangsar Father
Sonam Phunstok Reting Rinpoche
Gyatso Lukhang Lord Chamberlain
Robert Lin Chairman Mao

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Jeffrey Burks Special Effects Supervisor
Franco Ceraolo Art Director
Barbara de Fina Producer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Laura Fattori Executive Producer
Dante Ferretti Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Philip Glass Score Composer
Scott Harris Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Ellen Lewis Casting
Melissa Mathison Co-producer,Screenwriter
Massimo Razzi Art Director
Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration/Design
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kundun
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [2:02]
2. Chapter 2 [2:13]
3. Chapter 3 [:52]
4. Chapter 4 [2:12]
5. Chapter 5 [1:15]
6. Chapter 6 [1:31]
7. Chapter 7 [1:25]
8. Chapter 8 [9:57]
9. Chapter 9 [5:41]
10. Chapter 10 [1:55]
11. Chapter 11 [:38]
12. Chapter 12 [10:29]
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [14:24]
2. Chapter 2 [14:30]
3. Chapter 3 [10:22]
4. Chapter 4 [21:00]
5. Chapter 5 [15:28]
6. Chapter 6 [21:08]
7. Chapter 7 [19:36]
8. Chapter 8 [17:28]

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Kundun 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both visually and musically hypnotic. A beautiful tapestry of history and entertainment. A movie with real soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Martin Scorcese wrote, the main point of this movie is how does a non-violent, peaceful man and his country deal with the threats and violence surrounding them. The struggle for inner peace, forgiveness and tolerance is tested every day - especially in our fast-paced anonymous society. This movie makes you want to strive for that kind of acceptance and resolve. The scenery and cinematography itself is beautiful enough to hold your attention.
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