Kundun (1997)

The destiny of a people lies in the heart of a boy.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1997-12-25
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 425 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 14min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Touchstone Pictures
  • Production Country: France, Morocco, United States of America, United Kingdom
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
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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

    as Dalai Lama (Adult)
  • Tencho Gyalpo

    as Mother
  • Tsewang Migyur Khangsar

    as Father
  • Gyurme Tethong

    as Dalai Lama (Age 12)
  • Robert Lin

    as Chairman Mao
  • Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin

    as Dalai Lama (Age 5)
  • Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

    as Dalai Lama (Aged 2)
  • Tenzin Topjar

    as Lobsang (5-10)
  • Tenzin Lodoe

    as Takster
  • Geshi Yeshi Gyatso

    as Lama of Sera
  • Losang Gyatso

    as The messenger
  • Sonam Phuntsok

    as Reting Rinpoche
  • Gyatso Lukhang

    as Lord Chamberlain
  • Lobsang Samten

    as Master of the Kitchen
  • Jigme Tsarong

    as Taktra Rimpoche
  • Tenzin Trinley

    as Ling Rimpoche
  • Namgay Dorjee

    as Kashag/Nobleman #1
  • Phintso Thonden

    as Kashag/Nobleman #2
  • Chewang Tsering Ngokhang

    as Layman #1
  • Jamyang Tenzin

    as Norbu Thundrup
  • Tashi Dhondup

    as Lobsang (Adult)
  • Jampa Lungtok

    as Nechung Oracle
  • Karma Wangchuk

    as Deformed Face Bodyguard
  • Kim Chan

    as Second Chinese General
  • Henry Yuk

    as General Tan
  • Ngawang Kaldan

    as Prime Minister Lobsang Tashi
  • Jurme Wangda

    as Prime Minister Lukhangwa
  • Salden Kunga

    as Tibetan Doctor
  • John Wong

    as Chinese Comrade
  • Gawa Youngdung

    as Old Woman
  • Tenzin Rampa

    as Tenzin Chonegyl (Age 12)
  • Vyas Ananthakrishnan

    as Indian Soldier
  • Stanley Ipkiss

  • Ken Leung

    as (voice)
  • Yoon C. Joyce

    as Chinese soldier (uncredited)
  • R. Gern Trowbridge

    as Monk (uncredited)
  • Ben Wang

    as General Chang Ching-Wu (uncredited)
Writing Melissa Mathison Screenplay
Production Barbara De Fina Producer
Directing Martin Scorsese Director
Editing Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Art Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration
Art Dante Ferretti Production Design
Production Ellen Lewis Casting
Editing Nicholas Renbeck Dialogue Editor
Camera Roger Deakins Director of Photography
Sound Clive Winter Sound mixer
Sound Suzana Peric Music Editor
Production Melissa Mathison Co-Producer
Camera Pete Cavaciuti Steadicam Operator
Sound Philip Stockton Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Philip Glass Original Music Composer
Production Laura Fattori Executive Producer
Directing James Ellis Script Supervisor
Sound Tom Fleischman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Dante Ferretti Costume Design
Production Ahmed Abounouom Casting
Art Franco Ceraolo Art Direction
Art Massimo Razzi Art Direction
Art Alan Tomkins Supervising Art Director
Costume & Make-Up Hayat Ouled Dahhou Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Siham Ouled Dahhou Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Elisabetta De Leonardis Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Mirella Ginnoto Key Hair Stylist
Costume & Make-Up Giorgio Gregorini Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Fabrizio Sforza Key Makeup Artist
Directing Bernard Bellew Second Assistant Director
Directing Norman Berns Second Assistant Director
Directing E. J. Foerster Second Unit Director
Directing Abraham Fraser Second Assistant Director
Directing Rachid Gaidi Assistant Director
Directing Scott Harris First Assistant Director
Directing Ahmed Hatimi First Assistant Director
Directing Alberto Mangiante Second Assistant Director
Directing Phil Marco Second Unit Director
Directing Barbara Pastrovich Second Second Assistant Director
Directing Philip C. Pfeiffer Second Unit Director
Directing Jacki Phipps First Assistant Director
Sound Steven J. Rogers Sound Mixer
Crew Giovanni Antonini Special Effects
Crew Conor Coughlan Special Effects Technician
Crew Massimo Cristofanelli Special Effects
Crew Kevin Hannigan Special Effects Coordinator
Crew Stefano Maria Mioni Stunts
Production Adil Abdelwahab Casting
Editing Tom Foligno First Assistant Editor
Editing Sara Thorson Assistant Editor