Kundun

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Released 1997

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Kundun

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Director:
Martin Scorsese
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
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.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It's all very beautiful, not to mentioned high-minded. But the loftiness comes at a sacrifice.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A stunningly beautiful object offered in tribute to a holy man, a gorgeous film that is nevertheless burdened by the defects of its virtues. Careful and respectful, it is everythin...

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Ultimately Kundun emerges as a movie that's hypnotic without being truly compelling, sensuously stunning but not illuminating.

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