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Travelers and Magicians (2003)

Travellers & Magicians (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 21 April 2004 (France)
The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »


Khyentse Norbu


Khyentse Norbu
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tshewang Dendup Tshewang Dendup ... Dondup
Gup Kado Duba Gup Kado Duba ... Squinting Man (as Kado Duba)
Dasho Kado Dasho Kado ... Village Head
Sonam Lhamo Sonam Lhamo ... Sonam
Lhakpa Dorji Lhakpa Dorji ... Tashi
Pemba Tshering Pemba Tshering ... Archer
Mani Dorji Mani Dorji ... Archer
Deki Yangzom Deki Yangzom ... Deki
Sonam Kinga Sonam Kinga ... The Monk
Nim Gyeltshen Nim Gyeltshen ... Archer (as Nim Gyaltshey)
Nobu Nobu ... Archer
Pemba Pemba ... Archer
Nim Tashi Nim Tashi ... Archer
Pem Dorji Pem Dorji ... Archer / Villager of Chendebji
Wangchuk Wangchuk ... Archer


The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to hitchhike through the beautiful wild countryside of Bhutan to reach his goal. He shares the road with a monk, an apple seller, a papermaker and his beautiful young daughter, Sonam. Throughout the journey, the perceptive yet mischievous monk relates the story of Tashi. It is a mystical fable of lust, jealousy and murder, that holds up a mirror to the restless Dondup, and his blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam. The cataclysmic conclusion of the monk's tale leaves Dondup with a dilemma--is the grass truly greener on the other side? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The bitter and the sweet of temporary things


Adventure | Drama


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Did You Know?


First film to be shot in Bhutan, the Himalayan nation/kingdom that was prototype for Lost Horizon (1937). See more »


Agay: [Talking to Tashi] We men... we may grow old, but our minds don't age. Our jealousy stays young.
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Featured in Getaway: Episode #15.37 (2006) See more »

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I'm going very, very far away. To the land of my dreams.
11 May 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Khyentse Norbu gives us a simple film that is done with common people. It is the message that is important, not the stars.

Two men go on a journey. They are both after the same thing - dreaming of a better life. One, unfortunately feels that his better life can be had with another man's wife, and the result is tragic. The other dreams of going to America, where he can make more money picking apples that he can as a Government official in Bhutan.

We all search and dream for a better life, and while we are dreaming, we miss the life that is going on all around us at the moment. We focus so much on what could be, we do not appreciate what is.

Norbu's message is a simple Buddhist one. Live for the moment. This story is a perfect illustration and a joy to see.

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Release Date:

21 April 2004 (France) See more »

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Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,793, 9 January 2005

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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