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The Cup (1999)

Phörpa (original title)
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While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Orgyen Tobgyal ... Geko
Neten Chokling ... Lodo
Jamyang Lodro ... Orgyen
Lama Chonjor ... Abbot
Lama Godhi ... Old Lama
Thinley Nudi ... Tibetan Layman
Kunsang ... Cook Monk
Kunsang Nyima ... Palden
Pema Tshundup ... Nyima
Dzigar Kongtrul ... Vajra Master
Dhan Pat Singh ... TV Shop Owner
Oga ... Abbot's Attendant
Raj Baboon ... Taxi Driver
Jamyang Nyima ... The hypersomniaque
Pema Wamgchen ... Storytelling Monk
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While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the Cup finals on television in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to organize the rental of a TV set for the monastery. The enterprise becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness and friendship for the students, while the Lama, head of the monastery, contemplates the challenges of teaching the word of Buddha in a rapidly changing world. Written by <achrya@spray.se>

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Buddhism is their philosophy. Soccer is their religion.

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Comedy | Sport

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20 April 2000 (Australia)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$35,179, 30 January 2000, Limited Release

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$1,067,773, 23 April 2000
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Abbot: Can we cover the earth in leather so it's soft wherever we go?
Cook Monk: No.
Abbot: So what can we do?
Lodo: Wear leather sandals?
Abbot: Yes, wearing leather sandals is equal to covering the earth with leather.
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Mongolian Overtone (Hoomii)
Singers: Taravjab Gareltsog and Chamba
Live recording at Wembley Stadium, August 5 1993
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One Of The Best Foreign Movies I Have Ever Seen!
6 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Phorpe or The Cup is probably the best foreign film I have ever seen, no kidding. It excels beyond a limit in every area, the acting from the young Budhist children are excellent, while the screenplay is brilliant and original. Phorpe (The Cup) is simply one of the best, most intriguing, and most original films I have seen in a long time.

In short, it is exactly the sort of movie New Zealand should be making. A funny, touching and exquisite picture that should be cherished.

Rating: 9


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