Kundun (1997)

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

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1997-12-25
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 387 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 14min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Touchstone Pictures
  • Production Country: Morocco, United States of America
  • 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
Camera Roger Deakins Director of Photography
Directing Martin Scorsese Director
Sound Philip Glass Original Music Composer
Production Ellen Lewis Casting
Art Dante Ferretti Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Dante Ferretti Costume Design
Editing Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Production Barbara De Fina Producer
Writing Melissa Mathison Screenplay
Production Melissa Mathison Co-Producer
Art Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration
Production Laura Fattori Executive Producer
Editing Nicholas Renbeck Dialogue Editor
Sound Suzana Peric Music Editor
Sound Philip Stockton Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Tom Fleischman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Camera Pete Cavaciuti Steadicam Operator
Directing James Ellis Script Supervisor
Sound Clive Winter Sound mixer