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  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARG2RI
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bardo Boy on 4 Feb. 2013
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This is Bhutan's first ever feature film and is astoundingly well produced, edited and shot. Especially considering that none of the infrastructure of a film industry was in place. As the interesting 'extras' explain part of the project was to give local Bhutanese people skills and understanding about how international films are made. The other information that amazed me given some of the mature performances, particularly by the actress playing Deki (who features on the sleeve artwork), is that (almost) all the actors were first-timers.

Aside from supporting the fledgling Bhutanese film industry if, like me, you're unlikely to visit Bhutan then the film shows some of it's beauty and spirit and is worth watching for that alone. Although most of it is shot from the mountainous main road the story within the story is shot in the contrasting forest areas of Bhutan. It captures village life and festivals and the Bhutanese love of archery as well as telling some of its stories and capturing some of its magic. From the script it is easy to see Kyentse Norbu's wit from his earlier film The Cup (1999)(Eng Subs) DVD although the production and accomplishment here is in a different league. So this is a film worth watching on it's own merits.

It has a clear didactic message for the Bhutanese audience 'the grass is not always greener on the other side' as the first film in Dzongkha (the official language of Government) it's a message that will reach a wide audience. The narrative follows a newly appointed Government Official to a small village who receives an offer of help with a visa to the U.S.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By niels kragelund on 11 Jan. 2006
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Framed by the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and culture a story, maybe of the past?, enfolds itself within a story of the present in the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan.
A young man shaped by traditions rooted in the past have this longing to travel to the land of his dreams far away across The Pacific and finally gets on his way. By the "magic" of a storytelling Buddhist monk, who for a while becomes his travelling companion, the striving youngster realizes that the land of your dreams can be a complex goal. And he understands how the magic he's searching for is already there, but is only recognized with an open mind and heart.
Enjoy the enchanting pictures, the charming characters and the almost naive beauty of it all, - a cinematic gift in times of overwhelming computer animation or clichés in the fast lane.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. Maia on 20 Aug. 2008
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I'm not good at commenting and analysing stories that are brilliantly simple. There's just not much to say. Watch it!
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
"A Blossom Is Only Beautiful Because It Is Temporary" ~ Monks And Drunks On The Road To Dreamland 19 Nov. 2005
By Brian E. Erland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Note: Dzonghka with English subtitles.

Expertly written and directed by Khyentse Norbu, 'Traveller & Magicians' is an enchanting tale of self-discovery and the realization that ones' hopes and dreams are not always as far off as one might think.

Dondup (Tsewang Dandup) hates the life he leads in a remote Himalayan village. Even though he holds an important position he dreams of a life in America with a high paying job and an attractive, sexy wife. He constantly reminds his friends that there are no pretty girls in their small community.

He finally receives a letter from a close friend already in America who has arrainged Dondup's passage to the U.S.A. The only problem is he has only two days to get to the point of departure. Not an easy task considering the isolated, mountainous region of his village and the lack of modern transportation. He is forced to hitchhike the distance.

On the way Dondup is joined by a monk (Sonam Kinga), a drunk, an old man on his way to market to sell apples and another elderly man from Dondup's village traveling with his young and beautiful daughter Sonam (Sonam Lhamo) who has just returned from school to help her recently widowed Father with his rice paper business.

During the two day journey the intuitive monk discerns the inner turmoil within Dondup and his growing affection for Sonam. He cleverly weaves a wonderful tale about an imaginary young man named Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji) and his love affair with the lovely and married Deki (Deki Yangzom) in an effort to help the confused fellow traveller decide what path in life is right for him. By the end of the journey Dondrup has come to realize the truth of the monks statement, "What we hoped for yesterday, we dread today."

This is storytelling at its finest against the backdrop of the enchanting Bhutan countryside. A bittersweet look at life in transition. Very highly recommended!!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
a powerful and beautiful journey through self-realization.... 23 Sept. 2005
By D. Pawl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I reccomend that everyone see this, if not for the fact that it is a beautifully told story, but that, I believe, this is one of the few (if not the only) Bhutanese film released in the United States.

"Travellers & Magicians" doesn't rely on loud, boisterous special effects, airbrushed superstars or computer-generated chase sequences. What it does rely on is a believable plot line, an exasperated lead character, Dondup (Tshewang Dendup), who wants nothing more but to leave his tired Bhutanese village, go into the big city, and, ultimately leave for the United States. Dondup is dissatisfied with his government job, the fact that there are few (if any) cute girls for him to acquaint himself with, no movie theatres or restaurants. This is a universal plight that anyone from a small town (or village) can relate to, be they in Bhutan or in a small town in the flatlands of the United States. As he attempts to leave, during one of the village festivals, he encounters a monk, a fruit vendor, an elderly man and his daughter. They are all trying to hitch a ride, for various reasons. Although, the self-absorbed Dondup is, at first, rather annoyed at his unsolicited companions, he eventually becomes drawn into the monk's storytelling. In fact, he is so compelled to hear the conclusion of the story (parallel to his plight), that he allows the fruit vendor to leave on the next tour bus out, just to stay behind and listen to the conclusion.

This film examines "the grass is greener" view that we all share, regardless of culture. Is it really the environment with which we surround ourselves (the outer), or our own general outlook on life (the inner), that determines our ultimate satisfaction with life? Just something to ponder......
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful film that never quite realizes its ambitions 23 July 2007
By Daiho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It's obvious that director/writer Khyentse Norbu had a statement to make - about his country Bhutan, about the Bhutanese film industry, and about finding happiness right where you are. Unfortunately, he can't deliver on all counts.

From the opening scenes the film is testament to the beauty of the Himalayan mini-state of Bhutan. Any film maker watching this movie must be running through his head all manner of scenarios to exploit the country's natural beauty. That Travelers and Magicians was made with local crew and cast speaks admirably to the abilities of the Bhutanese to create world-class film.

But the script reveals that Khyentse Norbu, while perhaps a great scholar of Buddhism, is not always a great writer of stories. His debut film, The Cup, was a charming tale built on an ensemble cast of mostly children, a simple story about monks infatuated with soccer who go to comedic lengths to watch live broadcasts of the World Cup.

Travelers and Magicians is a bit more complex. It's a story within a story, requiring the director to not only deliver on two fronts but to seamlessly weave from the two a unified whole. The film begins in modern Bhutan with Dondup, a young man infatuated with the USA and eager to escape the simple rural life of Bhutan. On the road to the capital of Thimphu, he meets up with a monk, who in Dondup is reminded of Tashi, a young lad restless for adventure. To while away the long hours of travel, the monk begins his story of long, long ago and throughout the film we cut back and forth between Dondup and the monk, and the tale of Tashi.

The fable is for all its soft tones, titled camera angles, and vivid colors, the more realistic of the two stories. We see how Tashi and his supporting cast develop over the course of the story, how they change through their interactions with each other.. The same can't be said for the characters in the framing story, who come off as devices, stereotypical, one dimensional stand-ups - the disillusioned youth seeking escape, the wise monk who reminds him of the verities of life, the innocent girl whose charm and beauty softens the hero's heart, and the country bumpkins who tag along for comic relief. By the end of the film, we hardly know them at all. While Dondup comes to realize that happiness is not something to seek from without but from within, it's a last minute conversion that leaves a hollow, empty feeling.

Travelers and Magicians is an obvious labor of love from cast and crew and where effort and earnestness are concerned there is no doubt the film is deserving of the highest honors. If only the magicians had spun a spell over the script, it would be perfect.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting Movie 30 May 2006
By Paul L. McKaskle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I echo the views of the most of the reviewers--this is an enchanting movie (and I disagree entirely with the one reviewer who found it not to his liking). I have just returned from Bhutan and the movie captures quite well the spectacular scenery of the country. But, even more, it captures the spririt and ethos of the Bhutanese people. It is a rewarding movie.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful satisfying tale set in a magical realm!! 24 Feb. 2006
By Snowbrocade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
My first thought when I saw the gorgeous landscape was "where is Bhutan?" It is a small country between India and China that has regulated foreign influence to maintain its traditional Buddhist culture.

It was beautiful to see the interations between people as this simple story unfolded. I enjoyed the glimpses of traditional culture and the way of life. Most of the tale takes place along a road in the Himalayas where people who have a vehicle stop give people along the road a ride.

It was a refreshing visit to a gentle, magical realm. This movie makes me want to visit this country.
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