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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 »

Director:

Khyentse Norbu

Writer:

Khyentse Norbu
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orgyen Tobgyal Orgyen Tobgyal ... Geko
Neten Chokling Neten Chokling ... Lodo
Jamyang Lodro Jamyang Lodro ... Orgyen
Lama Chonjor Lama Chonjor ... Abbot
Lama Godhi Lama Godhi ... Old Lama
Thinley Nudi Thinley Nudi ... Tibetan Layman
Kunsang Kunsang ... Cook Monk
Kunsang Nyima Kunsang Nyima ... Palden
Pema Tshundup Pema Tshundup ... Nyima
Dzigar Kongtrul Dzigar Kongtrul ... Vajra Master
Dhan Pat Singh Dhan Pat Singh ... TV Shop Owner
Oga Oga ... Abbot's Attendant
Raj Baboon Raj Baboon ... Taxi Driver
Jamyang Nyima Jamyang Nyima ... The hypersomniaque
Pema Wamgchen Pema Wamgchen ... Storytelling Monk
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Bhutan | Australia

Language:

Hindi | Tibetan

Release Date:

20 April 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cup See more »

Filming Locations:

Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,179, 30 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,067,773, 23 April 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The soccer games featured in the movie is from the World Cup 1998 in France. The first game is the quarterfinal between France and Italy (France won on penalties), and the second is the final in Paris where France beat Brazil 3-0. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mongolian Overtone (Hoomii)
Singers: Taravjab Gareltsog and Chamba
Live recording at Wembley Stadium, August 5 1993
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worth watching again
30 July 2003 | by macbethpSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in a theater several years ago, not knowing what to expect. I remember that the children's singing at the beginning of the movie sounded a little harsh (unlike anything I'd heard before) but, by the end, the same singing enchanted me, I heard its sweetness, and I left knowing I had to see the movie again to take it all in. Since then I've bought the movie and I'm delighted that my young soccer-loving nieces and nephews (from different countries) love the movie as well, and want to see it whenever they visit--a tiny little contribution towards cross-cultural awareness. Great movie for kids and adults.


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