Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad…
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 5.8/10 (7,780 voted)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda, Ruocheng Ying
Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment.
Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Rudy Wurlitzer
(as Ying Ruocheng)
Greishma Makar Singh
Ven. Khyongla Rato Rinpoche
Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyelsen
Release Date: 25 May 1994
Filming Locations: Bhutan
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $873,983
(27 May 1994)
Did You Know?
For the scene in the forest with the ascetics where Siddartha becomes emaciated from lack of food, Keanu Reeves went on a crash diet of oranges and water.
Errors in geography:
Early in the movie, when Kenpo and the 3 other Tibetan monks are driving north on the top level of WA-99 the movie cuts to a separate shot of the same group now traveling north on Interstate-5 and then again south on the lower level of the WA-99 viaduct. However, as the scene continues, the group ends up atop the Queen Anne neighborhood, which is a northern part of Seattle.
One day Siddhartha heard an old musician on a passing boat speaking to his people.
If you tighten the string too much it will snap and if you leave it too slack, it won't play.
Suddenly, Siddhartha realized that these simple words held the great truth, and that in all these years he had been following the wrong path.
Nothing wrong with slow.
I certainly disagree with the commentary that calls this movie plotless. I
agree that it's slow, but what's wrong with slow?
Roger Ebert put the movie down by calling it 'Buddhist Sunday School.'
True, the Buddha parts are simplistic, but then so is the original Buddha
story. Slow, thoughtful, peaceful, subtly stimulating, and with a plot to
end all plots– the one-ness of all individuality.
I much prefer this to the more recent Kundun, which tries to tell
essentially the same story. In fact, Scorsese rips this movie off
dreadfully, even to the same wiping out of the sand pattern at the