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2h 14m
Drama, History
The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since.
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Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong
Dalai Lama (Adult)
Gyurme Tethong
Dalai Lama (Age 12)
Robert Lin
Chairman Mao
Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
Dalai Lama (Age 5)
Tenzin Yeshi Paichang
Dalai Lama (Aged 2)
Tenzin Topjar
Lobsang (5-10)
Geshi Yeshi Gyatso
Lama of Sera
Losang Gyatso
The messenger
Sonam Phuntsok
Reting Rinpoche
Gyatso Lukhang
Lord Chamberlain
Lobsang Samten
Master of the Kitchen
Jigme Tsarong
Taktra Rimpoche
Tenzin Trinley
Ling Rimpoche
Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Written By: Melissa Mathison (Screenplay)

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nmahoney416 says...
5 years ago
I thought this was kind of a bore, the story never really grabbed me. Technically it looks pretty good. I would probably never of watched this if Scorsese didn't direct it.
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Beatrice Aliné says...
6 years ago
What a masterpiece!!! Love Scorsese, amazing job on this film! Cinematography is great, and the story is just beautifly told. <3
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saundrew says...
7 years ago
If you had just told me that this was a Martin Scorsese film, I don't think I'd have believed you. I think I hated just about everything in this. The primary issue, is that you really need to have done your Tibet history homework before turning this on. I went into it hoping to get a deeper understanding of the Dali Lama backstory and culture. What I got instead was constant confusion about what the hell was going on. Who are all these people? What is their relationship? Why are they acting this way? I don't know. Outside of the plot, the tech side of this sucks too. Nothing about the cinematography stands out as interesting. In fact, there is one shot through a telescope that looks terrible to me. I guess that is technically interesting. Then the score bores the hell out of me. It gets sooooo redundant. Good thing this was over 2 hours of great entertainment.
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11 months ago
If anyone were ever to question the undoubted skill of cinematographer Roger Deakins, then they need only watch this beautifully crafted story of the youth of the 14th Dalai Lama. Filmed in the Moroccan Atlas mountains, for obvious reasons, Martin Scorsese provides us with a lavish, colourful and th More
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