The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since.Written by
The Dalai Lama and his family were portrayed by actual relatives of the Dalai Lama himself, now living in refugee in Dalamsala as well as abroad. Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong who played the adult Dalai Lama is his grand nephew. See more »
(at around 54 mins) The Dalai Lama asks Phalu if they can seek India's help, and Phalu says that India is a new independent country still struggling. In the next shot, it is 5 years later, 1949. This means that the previous shot took place in 1944, while India was still under British rule. India got its independence on August 15, 1947, three years after Dalai Lama asks for India's help. See more »
Thus by the virtue that has collected through all that I have done may the pain of every living creature be completely cleared away.
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The Touchstone Pictures logo shown after the end credits is red. See more »
"Kundun" I think is one of Martin Scorsese's less appreciated films. Probably because it is such a departure from most of his other pictures. Like "The Age of Innocence", it is a quieter more reflective film that encourages and challenges the audience to dig deeper into the film than just the visuals.
"Kundun" is a very spiritual film without being religious. This may not make sense to most people, but after viewing the film, even if like me, you are not a very religious person, you cannot help but be moved by the selflessness and love that these characters experience.
Cinematic ally, it is also one of Scorsese's most beautiful films as well.
8 out of 10
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