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Three young Tibetans struggle for freedom against the Chinese communist regime. Windhorse was filmed clandestinely inside Tibet and in Nepal. It was the first digital feature film, shot in ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wagner

Writers:

Julia Elliot, Thupten Tsering Mukhimsar (as Thupten Tsering) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dadon Dadon ... Dolkar
Jampa Kelsang Jampa Kelsang ... Dorjee
Richard Chang ... Duan-Ping
Yu Lu Yu Lu ... Du Han-Shen
Taije Silverman Taije Silverman ... Amy
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Three young Tibetans struggle for freedom against the Chinese communist regime. Windhorse was filmed clandestinely inside Tibet and in Nepal. It was the first digital feature film, shot in 1996 on a Sony DVW-700WS and a consumer Sony DCR-VX1000 and edited on avid with digital finishing and color correction at RolandHouse in Washington, DC.

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

Mandarin | Tibetan | English

Release Date:

9 September 1999 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Széllovas See more »

Filming Locations:

Himalayas, Nepal See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,718, 14 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$278,161, 21 November 1999
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Harshly revealing, a strong political statement.
9 September 1999 | by nz manSee all my reviews

After reading several external reviews for this film, I decided to see this film with three friends (age 35 - 50s). We agreed that it was well acted and filmed. However, we felt somewhat shattered afterwards. The brutal beating of the Buddhist nun is not pleasant. This is not a feel-good happy film. The Chinese are certainly the villains, and the story line is fairly predictable. If you are attracted to political films, or want to bolster your feelings about the terrible plight of the Tibetan people, or just want an insight into a slice of Tibetan life, then go see this film. It is a powerful film with a strong message.

One small criticism is that we did not believe that in 1997 a Chinese government-sponsered pop singer would be singing about Chairman Mao; Mao was given up long ago, right?

The film begins and ends with a lovely spiritual message about 'windhorse prayers'. This seems to be the only hope that the film gives for Tibet.


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