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Little Buddha (1993)

PG | | 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 ...
Raju Lal ...
Greishma Makar Singh ...
Sogyal Rinpoche ...
Ven. Khyongla Rato Rinpoche ...
Abbot
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Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyelsen ...
Lama Dorje
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Maria
Jigme Kunsang ...
Thubtem Jampa ...
Punzo
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A magical journey to a place where the past and the present meet.

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$873,983, 27 May 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Francis Bouygues, a French industrialist who was to produce this film before he died in 1993. 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

[first lines]
Lama Norbu: Once upon a time, in a village in ancient India, there was a little goat and a priest. The priest wanted to sacrifice the goat to the gods. He raised him arm to cut the goat's throat, when suddenly the goat began to laugh. The priest stopped, amazed, and asked the goat, "why do you laugh? Don't you know I'm about to cut your throat?" "Oh yes," said the goat. "After 499 times dying and being reborn as a goat, I will be reborn as a human being." Then the little goat began to cry. The...
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, there is a shot of a hand wiping away the sand of the mandala. (Mandalas are brushed away at some point after completion to symbolize Impermanence, one of the tenets of Buddhism). See more »

Connections

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Beautifully filmed
11 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Outstanding for its cinematography. Bertolucci makes a clear distinction between the coolly modern Seattle (by giving it a blue tint) and the older, earthier India and Nepal (shot with an orange and red theme). Chris Isaak turns in a subtle and tender performance as the conflicted Dean Conrad.

Ruocheng Ying's performance as Lama Norbu is superb. And Keanu Reeves looks beautifully serene as Prince Siddhartha and later the Buddha.


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