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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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Taglines:

Buddhism is their philosophy. Soccer is their religion.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Khyentse Norbu learned his trade by being an assistant to Bernardo Bertolucci on Little Buddha (1993). 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

Mahakala
(freedom chants from the roof of the world)
Performed by The Gyuto Monks
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Pure enjoyable fun
7 June 2000 | by smakawhatSee all my reviews

Being that two of my many passions in life are soccer and movies I was very interested in seeing this film.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes a little slow but more than makes up for it. Besides having some VERY funny moments and wonderful characters (that kid was just a scream) the movie really de-mystefies the budhist monks that Westerners seem to sterotype as extremely devoted and mystical.

In reality they are just like us. They have their passions, and joke about everything just like everyone else. They are shown in this film for what the truly are, 'human'. Sure the movie shows the practices which is interesting to see, but it then shows scenes of the devotees, talking about girls, fascinated by the outside world (soccer), not practing their studies, being lazy, and acting just like everyday people.

Great fun film.

Rating 8 out of 10

PS - Yes I'd try my darndest too to not miss the World Cup final.


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