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Prince of the Himalayas

Set in ancient Tibet, this Chinese Shakespearen film explores the story of the young Prince Lhamoklodan.

November 9, 2007 12:00am to November 10, 2007 12:00am

World Cinema

China, 2007, 108 min, 35 MM
In Tibetan with English subtitles
North American Premiere

DIR: Sherwood Hu
SCR: Sherwood Hu,
Dorje Tsering
PROD: Sherwood Hu, Jianhua Yin
EXEC PROD: Zhi Cai, Suming Dong, Deng Hong, Pengle Xu
DP: Hou Yong
ED: Mu Yu
PROD DES: Suyalatu
MUS: Xuntian He
CAST: Purba Rgyal, Zomskyid, Dobrgyal, Sonamdolgar, Trashi, Lobzangchopel, Dechendolma, Lobden, Ciringdongrub, Oma

In attendance: Sherwood Hu, Pu Bajia

Almost every country in the world at one time or another has displayed and defined its cultural identity by offering up its own interpretation of the plays of Shakespeare. Now that China has again become a global cultural force, especially in cinema, it’s not surprising that we’re starting to see Chinese Shakespeare on film. Sherwood Hu sets the young Prince Lhamoklodan’s story in ancient Tibet under the shadow of the Himalayas. The results are lavish and exciting. (Hu discovered his lead actor, Purba Rgyal, a 21-year old aspiring Tibetan singer, while scouting locations. Purba has since gone on to win first place in HAO NAN ER, a Chinese version of AMERICAN IDOL.) China's culture is obsessed with patriarchal authority, and Hu chooses to give the ghost of Hamlet’s father an exceptionally important role to play in his update of the story. As grandiose as the landscapes and backgrounds of the film are, it remains first and foremost a family tragedy.

 - Rose Kuo


Friday, November 9th 7:00pm
ArcLight Theatre 12 $11.00
Saturday, November 10th 10:00pm
ArcLight Theatre 14

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