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Travelers and Magicians (2003)

Travellers & Magicians (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 21 April 2004 (France)
The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »

Director:

Khyentse Norbu

Writer:

Khyentse Norbu
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tshewang Dendup Tshewang Dendup ... Dondup
Gup Kado Duba Gup Kado Duba ... Squinting Man (as Kado Duba)
Dasho Kado Dasho Kado ... Village Head
Sonam Lhamo Sonam Lhamo ... Sonam
Lhakpa Dorji Lhakpa Dorji ... Tashi
Pemba Tshering Pemba Tshering ... Archer
Mani Dorji Mani Dorji ... Archer
Deki Yangzom Deki Yangzom ... Deki
Sonam Kinga Sonam Kinga ... The Monk
Nim Gyeltshen Nim Gyeltshen ... Archer (as Nim Gyaltshey)
Nobu Nobu ... Archer
Pemba Pemba ... Archer
Nim Tashi Nim Tashi ... Archer
Pem Dorji Pem Dorji ... Archer / Villager of Chendebji
Wangchuk Wangchuk ... Archer
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Storyline

The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to hitchhike through the beautiful wild countryside of Bhutan to reach his goal. He shares the road with a monk, an apple seller, a papermaker and his beautiful young daughter, Sonam. Throughout the journey, the perceptive yet mischievous monk relates the story of Tashi. It is a mystical fable of lust, jealousy and murder, that holds up a mirror to the restless Dondup, and his blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam. The cataclysmic conclusion of the monk's tale leaves Dondup with a dilemma--is the grass truly greener on the other side? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

The bitter and the sweet of temporary things

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

Australia | Bhutan | UK

Language:

Dzongkha

Release Date:

21 April 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Travelers and Magicians See more »

Filming Locations:

Bhutan

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,793, 9 January 2005

Gross USA:

$506,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$696,253
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First film to be shot in Bhutan, the Himalayan nation/kingdom that was prototype for Lost Horizon (1937). See more »

Quotes

Dondup: Monks and drunks - who can take them seriously?
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Featured in Getaway: Episode #15.37 (2006) See more »

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not preachy, just excellent
15 October 2005 | by nanciwithaniSee all my reviews

I did not find this film preachy or disappointing. You're seeing a Bhutanese film. What exactly did you expect?? I thought it was hilarious, the characters were fantastic, the story is a classic in any culture. It is particularly poignant, however, in a culture that has so far been largely untouched by the 'advances' of the outside world. The scenery was beautiful, of course, but the shots, the cinematography was also outstanding. The humour was subtle and clever. Having a real story, and a good secondary story, does not make it preachy in my opinion. It's a coming of age story, it's a love story. 'Foreign' does not necessarily mean it's a great film, but in this case, I think it works.


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