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Hollywood Buddha (2003)

"Kissing Metal" is the story of Philippe, a down and out European film producer, who lives in a tent in the shadow of his unfinished house in Brentwood. Philippe is struggling to sell a ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Bryan 'Wacko' Black Bryan 'Wacko' Black ... Architects's assistant (as Bryan Black)
Brandi Michelle Bourgon Brandi Michelle Bourgon ... Shiva
Nancie Boykiss Nancie Boykiss ... Nancie
Charley Mae Caland Charley Mae Caland ... Charley
Hugette Caland Hugette Caland ... Huguette (Mom)
Huguette Caland Huguette Caland ... Huguette
Philippe Caland Philippe Caland ... Philippe
Pierre Caland Pierre Caland ... Pierre
Theo Cardan Theo Cardan ... Para Kapur
Victor Castorena Victor Castorena ... Victor
Betsy Clark Betsy Clark ... Betsy
Phillip Dixon Phillip Dixon ... Master Atchoum
Fouad El Khoury Fouad El Khoury ... Prince
MJ Gazali ... Marlo (as Marlo Gazali)
Susan Knego Susan Knego ... Susan


"Kissing Metal" is the story of Philippe, a down and out European film producer, who lives in a tent in the shadow of his unfinished house in Brentwood. Philippe is struggling to sell a film he made five years ago to foreign distributors. Nearly broke, and on the verge of eviction, he seeks spiritual help from Master Atchoum, a Buddhist Guru. Master Atchoum pushes him into practicing Buddhism and convinces him to buy an expensive metal sculpture of Buddha. Empowered by the support of his new-found "religion," Philippe starts turning things around. Through a series of serendipitous events...and some very unorthodox maneuvering, he becomes a success. But, he soon discovers that all is not what it appears to be... Written by Anonymous

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It's all a state of mind


Drama | Comedy



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Release Date:

5 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kissing Metal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,774, 26 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,862, 17 October 2004
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Production Co:

YBG Productions See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


In september 2004 the poster of the film, depicting director/star Philippe Caland sitting on the head of a giant Buddha statue, caused a public outcry in Thailand and a request from Thai Buddhist leaders to Thai consul in Los Angeles to lodge a formal protest. See more »


Tu vereda es de flores
Composed and Arranged by Gerardo Guitierrez Bernal
Performed by La Calaca
Enregistrés Auprès De La Sacem (Paris, France)
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Fun movie - odd memoirish smart self-mocking in a weird way
24 August 2006 | by atombeeSee all my reviews

I saw this when it came out a couple years ago at the Laemle Sunset theater ... there weren't many people in the audience. I fully enjoyed the movie, as did my meta-new-age-self- proclaimed-psychic female companion, as did everyone in attendance.

It's partially a story of Mr. Calande's attempt to sell a weird movie he had already made and could not let go of ... and he's in the middle of building a house ... and runs out of money ... rents a Buddha's head for $2000 a month and his luck changes ... floating around Hollywood ...

As we left the theater that evening, Mr. Calande was standing in the back. We stopped and talked for a moment. He was very charming, and clearly intelligent. My friend was swooning for him.

I'd love to see the movie again. I hope it comes out on DVD.

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