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Kundun 1997

  • Martin Scorsese
  • December 25, 1997
  • 134 mins
  • English
  • Drama
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 of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since.


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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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