• Kundun (1997)


Release Date: December 25th, 1997

DVD Release Date: October 14th, 1998

PG-13 |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama. Told through the eyes of His Holiness, "Kundun" brings to life the account of the Dalai Lama's early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.

Cast: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang, Tencho Gyalpo, Tsewang Migyur Khangsar, Sonam Phuntsok, Gyatso Lukhang

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Refuge Productions Inc., Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, De Fina-Cappa

Distributors: Touchstone Pictures

Keywords: 1940s, Growing up, 1950s, 1930s, Escape, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    Brilliant. [24 December 1997, p. 24]

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Whether Kundun is a perfect movie or not, it's an important and beautiful one. Scorsese's movie takes us into a world we've rarely seen with this kind of sympathy or detail: a magical-looking society built on Buddhism and centuries of art and tradition. show more

  • 100
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A great film about a good man. show more

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Art Direction