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Kundun January 20, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

This is probably one of the lesser known movies of Martin Scorsese. More so because it is quite a departure in terms of content from his other movies – a biopic of the 14th Dalai Lama.

The film traces the life of the Dalai Lama (addressed as Kundun) right from his early years through the post war communist invasion from China. Though I did not find it fascinating as some critics did it still was fairly interesting because of the beautiful imagery used – something you’d always find in a film set around China. Also, the esoteric cultural practices from this part of the world are always intriguing to see. While watching this one I was constantly reminded of another Chinese biopic I had seen…Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor – when you compare these two as films The Last Emperor wins hands down though.

In any case, this movie showcases Scorsese’s range as a director. He is one filmmaker who has successfully attempted different genres and employed different styles. Hence I always find it tough to figure out if a given film was directed by him or not unless I read about the same. For Scorsese’s fans this should be a nice addition but an average viewer would not find anything interesting here.


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