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  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History | War
  • Release Date: 25 December 1997 (USA)
  • Runtime: 134 min
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  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 17,979 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History | War
  • Release Date: 25 December 1997 (USA)
  • Runtime: 134 min
  • Filming Location: Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Morocco
  • Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: £157,451 (UK) (10 April 1998)
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Philip Glass   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Tibet | Chinese | Dalai Lama | Lama | China

Kundun (1997) Writing Credits By:

  • Melissa Mathison (written by)

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  • Director Martin Scorsese, writer Melissa Mathison and her then husband Harrison Ford were added to the list of over 50 people banned from entering Tibet because of this film. Kundun 1997 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Filming in Tibet was not possible; Morocco was used instead. Kundun 1997 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Features only non-professional actors. Kundun 1997 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The The Dalai Lama and his family were portrayed by actual relatives of the Dalai Lama himself, now living in refugee in Dalamsala as well as abroad. Kundun 1997 Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong who played the adult Dalai Lama is his grand nephew. Kundun 1997 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Martin Scorsese dedicated this film to his mother Catherine Scorsese who had died during the pre-production of this film, because “the Dalai Lama represents unconditional love, and to me my mother was the closest person with that kind of love”. Kundun 1997 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • This film is Martin Scorsese’s first to earn a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. Kundun 1997 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The screenplay went through 14 drafts. Kundun 1997 Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

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Goofs: Continuity: When the young boy is first being tested, he is presented with several pairs of objects to choose between. Kundun 1997 When it comes to choosing between two bowls, he picks up the bowl on the right and examines it. Kundun 1997 When he places the bowl back on the table, he has the bowl on the left in his hand.

Kundun (1997) Plot: From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems. Kundun 1997 Full summary » |  »

Kundun (1997) Story: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as ‘Kundun’, which means ‘The Presence’. Kundun 1997 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. Kundun 1997 The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. Kundun 1997 Written byDeki

FullCast & Crew


Produced By: Kundun (1997) Movie Free HD

  • Barbara De Fina known as producer
  • Laura Fattori known as executive producer
  • Scott Harris known as associate producer
  • Melissa Mathison known as co-producer
  • Perry Santos known as associate producer
  • Jeanne Stack known as producer: Canada

Kundun (1997) Movie Streaming HD FullCast & Crew:

  • Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong known as Dalai Lama (Adult)
  • Gyurme Tethong known as Dalai Lama (Age 12)
  • Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin known as Dalai Lama (Age 5)
  • Tenzin Yeshi Paichang known as Dalai Lama (Aged 2)
  • Tencho Gyalpo known as Mother
  • Tenzin Topjar known as Lobsang (5-10)
  • Tsewang Migyur Khangsar known as Father
  • Tenzin Lodoe known as Takster
  • Geshi Yeshi Gyatso known as Lama of Sera
  • Losang Gyatso known as The Messenger (as Lobsang Gyatso)
  • Sonam Phuntsok known as Reting Rinpoche
  • Gyatso Lukhang known as Lord Chamberlain
  • Lobsang Samten known as Master of the Kitchen
  • Jigme Tsarong known as Taktra Rimpoche (as Tsewang Jigme Tsarong)
  • Tenzin Trinley known as Ling Rimpoche
  • Namgay Dorjee known as Kashag / Nobleman #1 (as Ngawang Dorjee)
  • Phintso Thonden known as Kashag / Nobleman #2
  • Chewang Tsering Ngokhang known as Layman #1
  • Jamyang Tenzin known as Norbu Thundrup
  • Tashi Dhondup known as Lobsang (Adult)
  • Jampa Lungtok known as Nechung Oracle
  • Karma Wangchuk known as Deformed Face Bodyguard
  • Kim Chan known as Second Chinese General
  • Henry Yuk known as General Tan
  • Ngawang Kaldan known as Prime Minister Lobsang Tashi
  • Jurme Wangda known as Prime Minister Lukhangwa
  • Robert Lin known as Chairman Mao
  • Salden Kunga known as Tibetan Doctor (as Selden Kunga)
  • John Wong known as Chinese Comrade
  • Gawa Youngdung known as Old Woman
  • Tenzin Rampa known as Tenzin Chonegyl (Age 12)
  • Vyas Ananthakrishnan known as Indian Soldier
  • Ken Leung known as (voice)
  • Yoon C. Kundun 1997 Joyce known as Chinese soldier (uncredited)
  • R. Kundun 1997 Gern Trowbridge known as Monk (uncredited)
  • Ben Wang known as General Chang Ching-Wu (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department: Kundun (1997)
  • Hayat Ouled Dahhou known as hair stylist
  • Elisabetta De Leonardis known as hair stylist
  • Mirella Ginnoto known as key hair stylist
  • Giorgio Gregorini known as hair stylist
  • Fabrizio Sforza known as key makeup artist

Kundun (1997) Art Department:

  • Elio Altamura known as dressing props
  • Alice Baker known as assistant set decorator
  • Brian Bishop known as scenic painter
  • Doug Bishop known as scenic painter
  • Mike Fowlie known as property master
  • Abdenabi Izlaguen known as props
  • Byron K. Kundun 1997 Lovelace known as property master
  • Byron K. Kundun 1997 Lovelace known as property master: New York second unit
  • Byron K. Kundun 1997 Lovelace known as props: New York
  • Roberto Magagnini known as dressing props
  • Darryl Paterson known as stand-by prop
  • Rachid Quiat known as assistant art director
  • Luigi Sergianni known as construction manager
  • Domenico Sica known as assistant art director
  • Ivano Todeschi known as scenic painter
  • Gary Wiffen known as dressing props

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Company

Kundun (1997) Movie Streaming HD Production Companies:

  • De Fina-Cappa
  • Dune Films
  • Refuge Productions Inc.
  • Touchstone Pictures (presents)

Kundun (1997) Movie Free HD Other Companies:

  • C5  post-production sound services
  • Nonesuch Records  soundtrack
  • Redman Movies and Stories  electrical equipment

Kundun (1997) Distributors:

  • Buena Vista Pictures (1997) (USA) (theatrical)
  • AMLF (1998) (France) (theatrical)
  • Atlantis Entertainment (1998) (Czechoslovakia) (theatrical)
  • Filmes Lusomundo (1998) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Focus Film AG (1998) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (1998) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Laurenfilm (1998) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (1998) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Tohokushinsha Film (1999) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Gativideo (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2010) (Taiwan) (DVD)
  • NTV-PROFIT
  • Panorama Distributions (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paris Vídeo (199?) (Brazil) (VHS)
  • RCV Film Distribution (Belgium)
  • RCV Film Distribution (Luxembourg)
  • RCV Film Distribution (Netherlands)
  • U.G.C. Kundun 1997 Worldwide Distribution

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Other Stuff

Kundun (1997) Movie Free HD Special Effects:

  • Digital Domain
  • Dream Quest Images
  • Matte World Digital

Kundun (1997) Movie Streaming HD Visual Effects by:

  • Craig Barron known as visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
  • Jennifer Basnyat known as visual effects
  • Jeff Burks known as visual effects supervisor
  • Doug Delaney known as scanning and recording
  • Krystyna Demkowicz known as executive in charge of production: Matte World Digital
  • Rick Dunn known as compositor: Digital Domain
  • Mark O. Kundun 1997 Forker known as digital compositing supervisor
  • Karl Formander known as digital compositor
  • Simon Haslett known as digital effects artist
  • Claas Henke known as compositor: Digital Domain
  • Dennis Hoffman known as visual effects executive producer: DQI
  • Christopher Holsey known as scan record supervisor
  • Brian Leach known as compositor
  • Joe Mandia known as digital artist
  • John McCunn known as pipeline engineer
  • Matt McDonald known as digital compositor
  • Kelvin McIlwain known as matte artist: illusion arts
  • Brandon McNaughton known as digital compositor
  • Craig Mullins known as digital matte painter
  • John Murrah known as technical director
  • Howie Muzika known as rotoscope artist
  • Erik Nash known as visual effects director of photography
  • Tony Noel known as digital compositor
  • Brian Peyatt known as technical coordinator
  • Linda Renaud known as assistant visual effects editor
  • Paul Rivera known as digital composite supervisor: Mate World Digital
  • Carl Seibert known as visual effects producer
  • Lisa Spence known as digital effects coordinator
  • Melissa Taylor known as visual effects producer
  • Cari Thomas known as visual effects producer
  • Morgan Trotter known as CG artist
  • R. Kundun 1997 Gern Trowbridge known as best boy electric: visual effects unit
  • Michael Ventresco known as title designer
  • Michael Ventresco known as visual effects
  • Grant Viklund known as digital technical assistant
  • Kieran Woo known as production controller: pre-production, Digital Domain
  • Jason Dost known as digital imaging operator (uncredited)
  • Kyle J. Kundun 1997 Healey known as digital effects technician (uncredited)
  • James Healy known as digital systems administrator (uncredited)
  • Rick Lopez known as scanning and recording technician (uncredited)
  • Geoff Richardson known as digital compositor: Matte World Digital (uncredited)

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10 Comments

  1. joelally (ilikesoad@prodigy.net) from nashua, nh - usa
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    I rented Kundun to further my quest to see all the Scorsese movies I can.Inever expected such an incredible movie. I didn’t want this movie to end.It’s really difficult to describe how I feel about this movie since I haveonly viewed it once and was completely blown away, it left me in completeawe.

    Like most when I first started watching Scorsese I thought that he didbrilliant gangster films and that was his thing, but I have recentlydiscovered that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Fist seeing TheLast Temptation of Christ and now Kundun I wouldn’t care if Scorsese evermade another gangster film. It is easy to see that he is an artisticgenius, the acting in the film was great, but I could have watched it onmute and still have been amazed.

    If, like I was, you are unfamiliar with the Buddhist religion and theChinese takeover of Tibet this film has even more to offer. Scorsese’sriskof using real Buddhists to do all of the acting payed off better than Ieverexpected it would, the fact that we are hearing the story through thepeopleit affected adds another level to this movie.

    I cannot believe that this film only has a rating of 7 on this site. Ifyouare a fan of Scorsese and are not sure you are going to like this just giveit a chance, it deserves at least one viewing, if you give it that I amsureyou will be amazed as I was. Scorsese’s vision’s in this movie are unlikeany of his films, not to mention a great score by PhillipGlass.

  2. David (davidals@msn.com) from Chapel Hill, NC, USA
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    I was rendered speechless by KUNDUN when I first saw it, and subsequentviewing have only confirmed my impression that this is one ofScorsese's finest films. Yeah – it's slow and elegant. So what.

    I've long held an admittedly superficial interest in Buddhism, and alsobeen a fan of Scorsese, liking most of his films quite a bit, so I wentinto this with some biases, but with every viewing this seems like aricher film. I also think that Scorsese was in some ways far more athome with this material than he was given credit for being. Thecinematography and performances are excellent – the cast of mostlynon-actors is surprisingly good, and much of KUNDUN is staggeringlybeautiful to watch.

    It has also struck me that this film isn't as much of a departure forScorsese as it first may seem – this film works well as something of acompanion to LAST TEMPTATION OF Christ in that both pictures examinegreat faiths through spiritual figures in a way that personalizes thedivine. This simply literalizes undercurrents running through a numberof Scorsese's other films, which often turn on themes of loyalty,conviction and ethics (like the self-assurance, against massiveobstacles, shown by Alice Hyatt in ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE).All evidence a worldview where some form of redemption or transcendanceis possible. In their own ways, several memorable Scorsese characters -Sam Rothstein (CASINO), Henry Hill (GOODFELLAS), Rupert Pupkin (KING OFCOMEDY), Paul Hackett (AFTER HOURS) and Alice Hyatt attempt this, somein ways that are desperate, comically misguided or just plain wrong,but they're all human, driven by some redemptive impulse nonetheless.

    The Catholicism of Scorsese's youth places great value on theimportance of ritual, which is also true of Buddhism, which is depictedin a detailed and respectful fashion here, and the rhythm of KUNDUN -where the chronology of events isn't (or at least doesn't seem) forced,but are instead allowed to unfold in a more naturalistic and lifelikefashion also seems to mirror Buddhist ideas admirably.

    This is a far more complex film than it first might appear to be – farfrom being a simple biopic, KUNDUN is much much more. Definitely one ofMartin Scorsese's least appreciated films.

  3. Ben Johnson (bcj001@ns1.wmdc.edu) from Baltimore, Marylan
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    "Kundun" is one of those rare masterpieces that unfortunately might be runover by more Hollywood acceptable films like "Titanic" and "Seven Years inTibet" (both films that I still admire). While these films were great,their primary purpose seemed to be entertainment alone. Scorsese creates awork out of the bounds of traditional films; "Kundun" is at once aspiritual journey, a compelling story despite its downplayed action, and adelight for the eyes and ears. It is both entertainment and art. Theaudience isn’t captivated by dramatic action, but simply because it is sobeautiful. At the same time, it doesn’t produce the slightly sleepysensation other artistic works like "The Last Emperor of China" can, despitetheir beauty (I personally loved "Last Emperor"). Not once was I tempted toturn away from the screen.

    Scorsese mixes symbolic images and a subtle yet emotionally stirringsoundtrack into a non-traditional plot structure, creating an exotic andspiritual vision meeting the demands of its eastern inspiration.

    I am not a historian, so I cannot speak about its accuracy, though fromwhat I can tell, Scorsese did his homework. Even if that were not true,this film is not meant as a documentary. It has the same emotional power ofthe finest art, with a simplicity and directness which keeps it from beingpretentious. If you add to this historical accuracy, all the better. Butit is not meant to influence via facts but via emotion.

    Even those viewers who don’t normally sit through credits will most likelydo so, simply for the chance to let the film soak in. You need the time todigest everything you’ve been shown and to sit in contemplative peace. Thisis a film that inspires and delights. It is the film I wish I could havecreated. Scorsese has certainly produced the best film of the year, if notmore.

  4. victorsargeant from United States BOULDER COUNTY COLORADO
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    I have reviewed this film several times, and find new details I missed.How did they film this, and using non-professional actors, as well?Mysterious, magical, educational, and dazzling to the eye and ear.Seems much careful planning went into this production, a labor of Love.The Dali Lama, must be grateful his story, can now reach the world andhis personal mission, may be recognized and possible fulfilled in hislifetime?

    Like the "Last Emperor" and "Little Buddha" this "slice of themetaphysical river", is breathtaking in its visual beauty. A story thatgrabs your heart and soul, and you find yourself, thinking about itweeks later.

    Now I have a "Free Tibet" sticker on my Pathfinder, out of reverencefor this tiny country, raped by the political powers in control ofChina.

    Bravo to the cast, and film crews.

  5. Sean Gallagher (seankgallagher@yahoo.com) from Brooklyn, NY
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    As "The Last Temptation of Christ" showed, Martin Scorsese is not a filmmakerinterested in playing it safe when it comes to religion. Instead, he wantsto get into the heart and soul of it. While that film was obviously closerto his heart, since he was raised Catholic, this one burns with the sameconviction and passion. The difference is he and writer Melissa Mathisonadjust themselves to the way of storytelling needed to tell the life of theDalai Lama. Unlike say, "Little Buddha", though, where Bertolucci seemed tohave no sense of distance from his subject, Scorsese does, so we are allowedto come to our own conclusions rather than having them shoved down ourthroats.

    Visually and aurally, this is also a real treat, with the images being morepowerful than anything Scorsese has done before. And while the music hereis old territory for Philip Glass, he produces a stunning score which shouldhave won the Oscar. The mostly non-professional cast(I did see a familiarface here and there, but I can’t remember them) also does goodwork.

  6. Rovin from Vancouver, Canada
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    I was very pleased to discover that this film wasnt the Scorcese dud someofthe user comments and critics had suggested it to be. While I am no experton Buddhism, I know enough about it to see how brilliantly Martin Scorceseand Melissa Mathison weaved the core philosophy into this tale of theDalaiLama’s formative years. They did it without succumbing to ostentation,sentimentality, or populist good vs evil film dramatics. And yet it showedus how human the child was–laughing as the monks meditated while a ratdrank the ritual offerings; being frightened in the dark monastery; takingon the very great responsibility of leading a truly wise, noble andcompassionate religion while being confronted by the threats of the modernworld. I appreciated how they didnt portray the Chinese as simplevillians–by including the scene where he dreams the army personnel areexplaining to him why they embrace Mao’s communism. And they also presentedenough of the Buddhist ritual and way of life to show us how alien it is towestern religions(the scene where they cut up the body for the vulturescomes to mind), though they dont gloss it over by excluding comments aboutthe Lama’s isolation and loss of childhood or the corruption surroundinghisfirst 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 masterstoryteller. I wholeheartedly concur with the commentator that comparedthisfilm to the Last Emperor–despite similar story frames and lengths, thismotion picture doesnt drag at all. If this had been say, Steven Spielberg’sproject you would have expected to see some manipulative melodramatics andinsincerity. And how can one not be impressed by the performances he gotoutof mostly non actors! That alone was amazing. The film maintained its pacefrom the early years to the Lama as an adult. From what little of the man Ihave seen on tv, his humor, and wisdom was conveyed remarkably well byMathison’s script and the actors chosen for the role.

    Finally, his comment to the Indian guard near the end after being asked ifhe was the Lord Buddha–encapsulates the wisdom and the humility of itsspiritual leader perfectly.

  7. kys079 from Daejeon, South Korea
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    I live in South Korea, so I didn’t think I would get some insightsabout buddhism from a Western movie. But this movie shocked me a lot.Very beautiful and meaningful visuals, quiet but spiritually forcefulatmosphere every single moments are in the movie, I could hardly breathduring playing. This movie is not just about one man, but about thepain of all mankind and the way to transcend the pain and sin of oursin a very buddhist direction. China in this movie got a bad part.Ironically they were also victims of imperialism but learned the exactway to extort, destroy the property and beliefs of others by the powerof machines. It was just sad to watch. But as Kundun implied, thoseviolence’s are in the shadow of our minds which should be overcame bythe power of spirit. For me, this movie tells that.

  8. David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    "Kundun" is Martin Scorsese's most underrated film. It's somethingquite fantastic to watch such an amazing film about the early years ofthe Dalai Lama and the plight of Tibetan Buddhists knowing that itcomes from a man who has long wrestled with his own religious ghosts(witness the still hotly debated conundrum that is his "Last Temptationof Christ"). With probably only "The Age of Innocence" to compare to inScorsese's now hallowed canon, "Kundun" is a breathtaking work ofart–visually sumptuous (with beautiful work from cinematographer RogerDeakins), hauntingly transcendental, and deeply symbolic.

    As an outsider looking in, Scorsese manages to create an intimate levelof detail that someone who lives and breathes Buddhism might haveoverlooked. Many rituals and practices are presented exactly as theyare with no attempts to explain their purpose or translate theirmeaning to Western culture. This allows them to keep their richsymbolism, which translates perfectly to Scorsese's visual palette.From the rich colors of meditative sand art to the bright red bloodspilled during China's unlawful occupation of Tibet, everything takeson a deeper meaning that leaves much to the imagination and highermind.

    Wisely, Scorsese follows the same template of Richard Attenborough'sequally resonating Oscar winning epic "Ghandi" by adapting a straightforward approach to his presentation of the Dalai Lama's mosttumultuous years. Except for a few dreamlike vision sequences, he staysmostly out of the man's head, and instead shows his power through hisactions and dedication to his people and the practice of non-violence."Kundun" is as near perfect a biopic as one can make.

  9. abundanz from Canada
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to Martin Scorsese for making thisextraordinary film. Especially in light of it’s controversial content.Here is a story that must be told and is so remarkably entertainingwhile being so deeply informative that I hesitate to make any commentsat all. Why why why has this director NOT received the recognition heso richly deserves for his work, especially with this epic that out"performs" any epic extant, including the likes of "Cleopatra" "TheGodfather" and so on. Are awards for honest brilliant work politicallymotivated? This film may be the watermark for all ambitious film makersin the future. Keep it real.

  10. OttoVonB from Switzerland
    08 Dec 2013, 11:33 pm

    Tibet. The young boy who shall become the 14th Dailai Lama isdiscovered and trained. At an early age he has to deal with hiscountry's invasion by the Chinese and is ultimately forced into exile.

    Those expecting a Martin Scorsese film will be disappointed. This isnot his typical kind of story and – fittingly – neither does it bearhis typical direction. Using a cast of non-actors for the most part andopting for a more artful photographic style (kudos to DP Roger Deakins,veteran Coen collaborator, for his mesmerizing work here), Scorsesegives a truly spiritual film revolving around one of History's greattragedies. It is a feast of sights and sounds that succeeds in makingTibet alluring and makes for even more of a heartbreak for the viewerwhen this country is violated and destroyed. Perhaps as important asany other collaboration – if not more so – is the score by Philip Glassproviding unusual but haunting melodies and depth.

    Kundun is regarded by many as a misstep. It does wander a long way fromthe gangster territory and the familiar NYC surroundings Scorseseusually plays with. In truth, that such a comfortable veteran directormight take such an artistic and financial risk is both surprising andinspiring. This will never gain the popularity of "Raging Bull" or"Goodfellas", because it speaks of a world that disappeared.Nevertheless, it might just be, with "Last Temptation of Christ",Scorsese's deepest and most important film.

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