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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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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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

India | Germany | France | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

Tibetan | Ladakhi | Hindi

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)

Opening Weekend:

€68,026 (Italy), 9 June 2002, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,560,500, 2 October 2007
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

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

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Bumblebee
Written by Dadon
Lyrics by H.H. 6th Dalai Lama
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User Reviews

Tibetan Aesthetic. Sensual Women. Sex vs Monkhood
6 June 2004 | by dennisyoonSee all my reviews

I was directed to this film after reading a review of "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Again", directed by Ki Duk Kim which is highly recommended as well.

The love scenes in Samsara are gorgeous to behold and the female love/sex interests are very seductive. Monk Tashi is very well portrayed as so human and fallible as he leaves the monastery to pursue sex or worldly life. He was raised in the monastery so as his sexuality awakened he had to find out for himself. He rationalized that even Buddha was married before he was enlightened and so Tashi felt he should be able to know this too before he devoted himself to monkhood. Little does he know what is in store for this desire he has to experience...

The tale is more of the excursion of a Monk and his experience of marriage, sex and emotions that arise than of his enlightenment. He found out what he had to know and paid the price. The film is lush with Tibetan style dress, architecture and landscapes. The love scenes are a treat for the eyes and the lead actors are very convincing yet more subtle than raw.

Check out "Kundun" and "Razor's Edge"(Bill Murray)and "Master of Zen" as well if you are interested in drama as well as spirituality.


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