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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Kundun [DVD] [1998]
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on 12 June 2017
Amazing film, absolutely beautiful, a Martin Scorsese masterpiece. The only issue is that your TV screen is not going to do it justice. An affinity with Tibet or Buddhism is going to help but is not essential to enjoy this film
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on 17 November 2017
I'm surprised that Martin Scorsese shold make such an awful film.
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on 23 April 2011
I watched this film with great interest.I thought it was really well done and kept your attention. I am not good at sitting through a whole movie. I like the fact that it makes a strong point about the Chinese takeover without showing violence just for the sake of showing it.
Shame it wasn't actually filmed in Tibet very much though. The mountain back drop is apprently the Atlas in Morrocco!
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on 31 August 2017
Sad film but insightful.
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on 14 August 2017
Marty boy!.
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on 19 March 2014
Great film and full of historical content. This is a paticluar favourite of mine and will always remain in my DVD library forever.
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on 3 July 2017
Perfect. Thanks, Jose
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on 26 March 2017
A Great Movie that goes beyond the '7 years in Tibet' Movie with the full life of his Great and Noble Holiness Dalai Lama forced to leave Tibet. Painfully upsetting as with the latter with the Cruelness brutality forced on the Tibetan people. All spoken in English with Traditional Tibetan words used for realization and customs etc....Fantastic Cultural Movie that will stand as its legacy as well. Truly a masterful piece of work that Should be shown in Every World History class Everywhere it is very entertaining for all !
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on 7 April 2012
In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the colour and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.
Outstanding From Start To Finish
This is a true film masterpiece, the action, drama, and conflict of which take place and evolve in the viewer's *mind and consciousness* -- Scorsese evokes a time, a culture, a sense of identity of a people and a place that no longer exists as they did and does it with images rather than explication or dialogue.
.You can tell that "Kundun" was a Martin Scorsese pet project A Film from the Heart, a story he really wanted to bring to the big screen.
A film about a holy man and peaceful resistance is not your standard commercial fare, but this film visually stunning and emotionally poignant. With the artful production and fashion design by Dante Ferretti that goes hand in hand with the photography of Roger Deakins, that goes hand in hand with Philip Glass' music, that goes hand in hand with Thelma Schoonmaker's editing,All combines into a great film with a sensory experience like no other !!!
wow A really beautiful treat for the eye, mind, and spirit.
this film will make you totally engrossed and captivated .
it does all by capturing such a vast and complex culture and way of life via the cinematic lens.
When they couldn't film in Tibet, they filmed in Morocco. it more than made up for real locations you will definitely fell as if you are on the highest plateau of the world.
the use of colour and movement is stunning. The cinematography is beautiful, the awards this film received for this are well deserved...
. Scorsese took a brilliant approach to this film in many ways: -- Casting unknown actors: the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people are unpretentious themselves, casting any names in the part would not only be ethnically sacrilegious, but would have missed the point.
the essence of that film simply goes deeper than most of our members of mankind are able or willing to follow.
This is the tragedy of Tibet - without any unnecessary outrage or false intellectualism.
'Kundun' goes a peaceful way that leads not to victory, but to the hearts of men.
I'm glad Scorsese sacrificed popularity for art's sake in this case. So the ones, that are ready for the journey may have a path.
.see it for yourself, and remain open to all the possibilities.......
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on 25 November 2008
I was very pleased to discover that this film wasnt the Scorcese dud some of the user comments and critics had suggested it to be. While I am no expert on Buddhism, I know enough about it to see how brilliantly Martin Scorcese and Melissa Mathison weaved the core philosophy into this tale of the Dalai Lama's formative years. They did it without succumbing to ostentation, sentimentality, or populist good vs evil film dramatics. And yet it showed us how human the child was--laughing as the monks meditated while a rat drank the ritual offerings; being frightened in the dark monastery; taking on the very great responsibility of leading a truly wise, noble and compassionate religion while being confronted by the threats of the modern world. I appreciated how they didnt portray the Chinese as simple villians--by including the scene where he dreams the army personnel are explaining to him why they embrace Mao's communism. And they also presented enough of the Buddhist ritual and way of life to show us how alien it is to western religions(the scene where they cut up the body for the vultures comes to mind), though they dont gloss it over by excluding comments about the Lama's isolation and loss of childhood or the corruption surrounding his first Regent. It was also quite moving to observe the devotion of his monks and people.

Scorcese really demonstrates here that he is a true film artist and master storyteller. I wholeheartedly concur with the commentator that compared this film to the Last Emperor--despite similar story frames and lengths, this motion picture doesnt drag at all. If this had been say, Steven Spielberg's project you would have expected to see some manipulative melodramatics and insincerity. And how can one not be impressed by the performances he got out of mostly non actors! That alone was amazing. The film maintained its pace from the early years to the Lama as an adult. From what little of the man I have seen on tv, his humor, and wisdom was conveyed remarkably well by Mathison's script and the actors chosen for the role.

Finally, his comment to the Indian guard near the end after being asked if he was the Lord Buddha--encapsulates the wisdom and the humility of its spiritual leader perfectly.
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