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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

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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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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

Jesse Conrad: Were you sleeping lama?
Lama Norbu: No, I was meditating.
Jesse Conrad: What's meditating?
Lama Norbu: It is being totally quiet and relaxed, separating yourself from everything around you, setting your mind free like a bird, and you can then see your thoughts as if they were passing clouds
[looks out the window of a flying plane]
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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 Hagan Reviews: Eat the Schoolgirl (2012) See more »

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Simplistic, but not bad and educationally useful.
8 January 2000 | by (Kelowna, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Simplistic, and of more value to young people than serious adults, but a more "realistic" dramatization of the subject might be too subtle for many viewers. This is perhaps the only movie I know of that deals directly with Buddhism from a western point of view, as opposed to Asian movies like those of Kurosawa, or such recent films as "Seven Years in Tibet" which deal more with the political and social aspects of Tibetan culture rather than Buddhism itself. Because Buddhism is drawing increasing interest in the West, a dramatization of the classic story of the Buddha is useful and entertaining. As a high school teacher, I have seriously recommended this film to students a number of times. The movie is well filmed, and, besides the traditional story of the Buddha,in its ancient Indian setting and with all of the mythical elements, it does gives insight into Tibetan culture, and can be linked to "Kundun" and "Seven Years in Tibet" which are excellent, sympathetic films about this Asian country that has received so much undeserved harassment.


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