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Samsara (2001)

A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »

Director:

Pan Nalin

Writers:

Pan Nalin (story), Pan Nalin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Indian Movies #191 | 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shawn Ku ... Tashi / Husband
Christy Chung ... Pema / Wife
Neelesha Barthel Neelesha Barthel ... Sujata / Migrant farm worker (as Neelesha BaVora)
Lhakpa Tsering Lhakpa Tsering ... Dawa / Local merchant
Tenzin Tashi Tenzin Tashi ... Karma / Tashi and Pema's son
Jamayang Jinpa Jamayang Jinpa ... Sonam / Monk
Sherab Sangey Sherab Sangey ... Apo / Monastery mentor
Kelsang Tashi Kelsang Tashi ... Jamayang / Pema's former fiance
Tsepak Tsangpo Tsepak Tsangpo ... Chen Tulku / Head Lama
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norbu Dolma Norbu Dolma ... Dolma
Sonam Gyatso Sonam Gyatso ... Tenzim
Jampa Kalsang Tamang Jampa Kalsang Tamang ... Wedding Singer
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A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending... Written by Monsoon Films

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What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kelly Dorji was offered the lead role but declined. See more »

Goofs

Tashi blows up a stick of wood he is using to light butterlamps. Tibetan people don't blow on flames, since this is regarded as damaging to your health. See more »

Quotes

Apo: [his last letter to Tashi] I realize now that my task is not over, and so I will be returning to Samsara. I know that we shall meet again. Perhaps when we do you will be able to tell me what is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one.
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Crazy Credits

Credits scroll from the top to bottom of the screen. See more »

Connections

Featured in Remember Me, My Love (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bumblebee
Written by Dadon
Lyrics by H.H. 6th Dalai Lama
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First Best thing that happened to me in the year 2006
1 January 2006 | by satorithemovie-1See all my reviews

Normally I would be with hundreds celebrating the arrival of the new year. Last night I decided to be alone with SAMSARA. When the film ended at 1h40am, I was in year 2006 -transformed. A masterpiece about choices that we all have to make sooner or later. I've spent hours surfing net on SAMSARA, reading reactions of people from Brazil to Bombay to Bucharest to Bangladesh. How wonderful so many people are united by SAMSARA. The film opens up your heart and soul. I am normally too much an intellectual when it comes to liking a film. But this one just took me like a storm -mesmerizing cinematography, soothing sound track (one of the best sound design ever!), soul-stirring landscapes and above all masterly written and directed by Pan Nalin -whoever he maybe. It is one of the most powerful first feature I have ever seen. I now eagerly await Nalin's next feature VALLEY OF FLOWERS. Meanwhile for anyone who has not yet seen this movie I say to them just go for it with open mind, leave your issues behind and just dive into SAMSARA...


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Country:

India | Germany | France | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

Tibetan | Ladakhi

Release Date:

30 April 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Самсара See more »

Filming Locations:

Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,278,767
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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