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Little Buddha (1993)

 -  Drama  -  25 May 1994 (USA)
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Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ruocheng Ying ...
Lama Norbu (as Ying Ruocheng)
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Alex Wiesendanger ...
Jesse Conrad
Raju Lal ...
Raju
Greishma Makar Singh ...
Gita
Sogyal Rinpoche ...
Kenpo Tenzin
Ven. Khyongla Rato Rinpoche ...
Abbot
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Lisa Conrad
Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyelsen ...
Lama Dorje
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Maria
Jigme Kunsang ...
Champa
Thubtem Jampa ...
Punzo
Surekha Sikri ...
Sonali (as Surehka Sikri)
T.K. Lama ...
Sangay
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Storyline

Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment. Written by Samantha Santa Maria <TE7441667@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lille Buddha  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,858,139 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film in director Bernardo Bertolucci's "oriental trilogy", following The Last Emperor (1987) and The Sheltering Sky (1990). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, when Kenpo and the 3 other Tibetan monks are driving north on the top level of WA-99 the movie cuts to a separate shot of the same group now traveling north on Interstate-5 and then again south on the lower level of the WA-99 viaduct. However, as the scene continues, the group ends up atop the Queen Anne neighborhood, which is a northern part of Seattle. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Car broken, sir?
Young Monk: Yah.
Old Man: Very bad karma!
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Crazy Credits

(Opening disclaimer) This film is inspired by the true life stories of several children and their extraordinary voyage of discovery. See more »

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Referenced in Perché Buddha? (1993) See more »

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Buddha like you never saw him before
16 August 2002 | by (Cologne, Germany) – See all my reviews

There can be no doubt that Bertolucci made a beautiful and very stylistic portrayal of Siddartha (yes, Keanu does and looks very well in this part). There can be doubt though if these mystical and captivating scenes that play in the ancient (not necessarily historical!) India and the Far Orient are succesfully intermingled with the present day search for a reincarnated soul. I have seen the film several times and I am still not sure. Would this film have been better if it had only focused on the life and times of Siddartha / Buddha? Or would this just have made the film look "easier"? Present and past, reality and legend, magical scenery and modern city life continuously interchange. Each time the film shifted from Siddartha's "world" to Seattle I felt a little sorry. I wanted more and more of these silent, magic world. Bertolucci keeps us awake by going the other way. The things Siddartha learned can be applied, by us, the viewers, in what happens next. Let's just say Bertolucci's choice for dialectic film making was the right one. Final remark: the video / DVD cover is absolutely ridiculous. Surely the film company also wanted to attract young female Keanu fans by portraying him in a slightly romantic, counteropposing posture to Bridget Fonda. The two never meet in the film at all!


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