Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 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
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
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
(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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