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Jinpa (2018)

Zhuang si le yi zhi yang (original title)
On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver, who has accidentally run over a sheep, chances upon a young man, who is hitching a ride. As they drive ... See full summary »

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Pema Tseden

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Pema Tseden
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Jinpa Jinpa
Genden Phuntsok Genden Phuntsok
Sonam Wangmo Sonam Wangmo
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On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver, who has accidentally run over a sheep, chances upon a young man, who is hitching a ride. As they drive and chat, the truck driver notices that his new friend has a silver dagger strapped to his leg. He comes to understand that his man is out to kill someone, who wronged him earlier in life. As he drops the hitchhiker off at a fork in the road, little does the truck driver realize that their short time together has changed everything, and that their destinies are inexorably intertwined.

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China

Language:

Tibetan

Release Date:

11 July 2019 (Hong Kong) See more »

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$1,555,460
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Jet Tone Production See more »
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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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1.33 : 1
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Karma, Luck & Parallel Universes
7 November 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Strange things happen to a jovial truck driver named Jinpa on a desolate road in the high plains of Tibet. After accidently running over a sheep, Jinpa picks up a hitchhiker who is bent on revenge for the murder of his father. The man does not look like the killing type to Jinpa, so he decides to follow the man to see how things turn out. Karma, luck and parallel universes combine along the way to guide Jinpa, along with the sheep he hit, to the next stages of life.

The soft natural light, gentle pace and exotic locations of the film are alluring and soothing to experience. The simple appearance of the film and straightforward performances by the actors, obscure a more complex and sophisticated narrative. It is a fascinating glimpse of a remote corner of the world with vibrant, happy and colorfully dressed people with intriguing and vastly different customs than are own. Tea/gambling/alcohol houses are centers of town life, for instance, and people are free to carry on intimate relationships with whomever they please (such things are not the focus of the film, just aspects of it). Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


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