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Hollywood Buddha (2003)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  5 April 2003 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Bryan 'Wacko' Black ...
Architects's assistant (as Bryan Black)
Brandi Michelle Bourgon ...
Nancie Boykiss ...
Charley Mae Caland ...
Hugette Caland ...
Huguette (Mom)
Huguette Caland ...
Philippe Caland ...
Pierre Caland ...
Theo Cardan ...
Para Kapur
Victor Castorena ...
Betsy Clark ...
Phillip Dixon ...
Master Atchoum
Fouad El Khoury ...
Marlo (as Marlo Gazali)
Susan Knego ...


"Kissing Metal" is the story of Philippe, a down and out European film producer, who lives in a tent in the shadow of his unfinished house in Brentwood. Philippe is struggling to sell a film he made five years ago to foreign distributors. Nearly broke, and on the verge of eviction, he seeks spiritual help from Master Atchoum, a Buddhist Guru. Master Atchoum pushes him into practicing Buddhism and convinces him to buy an expensive metal sculpture of Buddha. Empowered by the support of his new-found "religion," Philippe starts turning things around. Through a series of serendipitous events...and some very unorthodox maneuvering, he becomes a success. But, he soon discovers that all is not what it appears to be... Written by Anonymous

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It's all a state of mind


Drama | Comedy



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Release Date:

5 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kissing Metal  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,774 (USA) (24 September 2004)


$67,862 (USA) (15 October 2004)

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1.66 : 1
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In september 2004 the poster of the film, depicting director/star Philippe Caland sitting on the head of a giant Buddha statue, caused a public outcry in Thailand and a request from Thai Buddhist leaders to Thai consul in Los Angeles to lodge a formal protest. See more »


Avis Perso
Composed and Performed by Patrick Lalandec
Published by ©Poe Rava Music (ASCAP) World
Courtesy ©Solitude Records
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Fun movie - odd memoirish smart self-mocking in a weird way
24 August 2006 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it came out a couple years ago at the Laemle Sunset theater ... there weren't many people in the audience. I fully enjoyed the movie, as did my meta-new-age-self- proclaimed-psychic female companion, as did everyone in attendance.

It's partially a story of Mr. Calande's attempt to sell a weird movie he had already made and could not let go of ... and he's in the middle of building a house ... and runs out of money ... rents a Buddha's head for $2000 a month and his luck changes ... floating around Hollywood ...

As we left the theater that evening, Mr. Calande was standing in the back. We stopped and talked for a moment. He was very charming, and clearly intelligent. My friend was swooning for him.

I'd love to see the movie again. I hope it comes out on DVD.

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