Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ads Assignment Bhutan Film Class

First class assignment for summer media workshop in Thimphu. Each group made a food advertisement.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Chorten Kora II

Story, Director and Producer: Wangchuck Director of Photography: Chencho Dorji Assistant Director: Rinchen Namgay Cast: Chencho Dorji, Pema Yanki, Nguldrup Dorjiks, Rinchen Namgay and Jalab Lakey
120 mins, color, 2009

There is good news for Bhutanese movie fans who did not have enough of Chorten Kora. The sequel to the film, Chorten Kora II, has been released at the Trowa Theatre in Changjiji in Thimphu.

The sequel is not a continuation of the first part. The lead characters are rebirths of the characters of the first part but the story is different from the first part.

E xcept for Wangchuk, who dreams of his past life, the other characters are oblivious of their past lives. Besides romance, the film also depicts the strong bond of friendship and trust. The film shows glimpses of activities during the Gomphu kora and Chorten kora tshechus. The film has two songs and was shot in two places in Tashiyangtse within a month.

Read full review at Bhutan Observer

Thursday, October 22, 2009

City of Dreamz

Directed by Chungdra Gyeltshen

"city of dreamz" is a new feature film from Bhutan, written and directed by Chungdra Gyeltshen. Drama/comedy/romance. Trailer speaks for itself. Hope you enjoy, and get a chance to watch it. Will play in Trowa theater in Thimphu in September. Music by Dechen Pem and Namgay Jigs.

Read Review here @ Bhutan Observer

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wake up Jigs

Trailer for short film from Bhutan written and directed by first-time director 'Acho' Karma Wangchhuk.

The film is about a young boy who is on the threshold of drug addiction. It follows a slow day in his life, as he is forced to reflect on the words of his mentor, a former drug addict.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Height of Happiness

Long thought of as a secluded paradise hidden deep in the Himalayas, and renowned for its pursuit of happiness over economic prosperity, Bhutan now struggles to accommodate the invasion of tourists, new media and western materialism in the twenty first century.

As monks play with condoms, clowns offer advice on AIDS and farmers feed cannabis to pigs, we hear the thoughts of Government officials, Buddhist monks, tourists and ordinary Bhutanese themselves, as they face up to the challenge to the underlying spiritualism of this mystical country and its rapidly changing identity in an internet shrunk world.

- Journeyman Pictures, April 2008, 52 mins

Watch full feature here

Monday, October 12, 2009

Rashomon - Akira Kurosawa Classic

(1950) - B&W - 88 min
With English Subtitle
Starring - Toshirô Mifune as Tanjomaru -the bandit, Machiko Kyô as Masako - the woman, Masayuki Mori as Takehiro, Takashi Shamura as the firewood dealer, Minoru Chiaki as the Priest, Kichijro Ueda as the Commoner, Fumiko Honma as the Spiritual Medium
Directed by - Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon is a tale about murder and rape - and a look at truth, justice and lies.

We witness four separate accounts of the crime, each different than the other. The film explores perception and reality. If you have read any Existential works by Jean Paul Satre, Soren Kierkegaard, or Martin Heidegger - this film will really get you thinking about man's search for TRUTH.

Rashomon is one his best films, and listed in most lists as one of the top 20 films ever made.

In case you are unfamiliar with Kurosawa's remarkable talent, he is the director of Seven Samurai - which is the inspiration for The Magnificent Seven, Yojimbo, which inspired Clint Eastwood's A Fistful of Dollars, and Hidden Fortress, which inspired George Lucas to make the Star Wars Trilogy.

So, here it goes. The full feature! So, happy viewing! (Sorry, not available for downloads)
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