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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 #176 | 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...


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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

Written on Stone: How can one prevent a drop of water from ever drying up?
Written on Stone: By throwing it into the sea...
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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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Self-Realization goes beyond gender & occupation !!
15 January 2004 | by carlosyrigoyenSee all my reviews

Very rarely one can find such a well balanced movie with a full commitment from the whole staff: Director (Nalin Pan), all the Actors & the total Crew. Shooting a film like this is not an easy task. The beauty of the locations is just breathless (at several thousands miles of altitude!)... And if the hall has a good air conditioning system, for sure you will really feel the freezing winds that blows at the Himalayas by watching this outstanding film. It is not only the performance of the actors (animals included!... a smart dog called Kala -"Time" in Sanskrit- by instance or some impressive eagle!) but the quality of the script. There are some passages of the film that just tastes like a short documentary. And immediately it is softly engaged with the story. No matter how high could be your achievement, if it is not on balance with the Life Flow, you will face the even... unavoidably? Perhaps... Tashi (Shawn Ku)is a consecrated Lama that has been in the yoghi experience of Samadhi Meditation (Fullest Consciousness) during three years, three months, three weeks, three days... A little bit to much for his Master's criteria but the Disciple wanted to test himself till the very limits of his own potential. Recognized as a Khenpo (a title of tibetan scholastic mastery), some further and higher Initiation will be bestowed on him by the Highest Rimpocheh nearby. However, there is some other experience he has never faced till then: the awakening of his own sexuality and the relationship with the key of human gender, the woman! Therefore this new step will be postponed and replaced by his own decision's sake. As a layman, the Lama he used to be is almost gone. As a husband, he shows the main aspect of any other man of his condition. As a father, he forgets to be the one closest to his own child and... once more: he ran away. Finally, Tashi has to face the reality of Maya & Samsara, the value of the Teachings inside the Dharma from his Master and the higher spiritual level of his wife, the beautiful & convincing Pema (Christy Chung). After listening to her, there are very few subsisting doubts concerning the equal rights for both women & men to obtain the Buddhahood. This is the kind of movie one can see and watch time after time, just to check oneself's evolving... And to enjoy a very nice soundtrack with the exotic melodies of the dialogues in Tibetan Languages. Please, don't loose it!!


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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,278,767
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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