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Seven Years in Tibet, 2h16
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Mako Iwamatsu, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong

Austrian mountaineers Heinrich Harrer (Pitt) and Peter Aufschnaiter (Thewlis) are part of a team attempting to summit Nanga Parbat in British India (present-day Pakistan). When World War II begins in 1939, they are arrested by British Indian authorities and imprisoned in a POW camp in Dehradun in the Himalayan foothills, in the present-day Indian state of Uttarakhand. Harrer's pregnant wife, Ingrid, sends him divorce papers from Austria.
The Golden Child, 1h35
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong, James Hong, Pons Maar

In a temple in an unknown location in northeastern Nepal, a young boy with mystical abilities — the Golden Child — receives badges of station and demonstrates his power to the monks of the temple by reviving a dead eastern rosella, which becomes a constant companion. However, a band of villains led by a mysterious man, Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance), breaks into the hidden temple, slaughters the monks and abducts the boy.
Aśoka
Aśoka (2001)
, 2h51
Directed by Santosh Sivan
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Films about religion, Sports films, Martial arts films, Musical films, Political films, Films about Buddhism, Bollywood, Films about royalty
Actors Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa, Milind Soman, Rahul Dev, Hrishitaa Bhatt

The film chronicles the early part of the life of Emperor Asoka. It begins with his career as a General in Takshashila (modern-day Punjab) and ends with the bloody conquest of the Kalinga country (modern day Odisha State)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, 1h43
Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Buddhism
Actors Kim Ki-duk, Park Ji-a

The film is divided into five segments (the titular seasons), each segment depicting a different stage in the life of a novice Buddhist monk and his older teacher. The segments are roughly ten to twenty years apart, and the action of each takes place during the season of its title. The story unfolds rather simply, but the implications of the characters' actions are silently commented upon by the presence of various Buddhist symbols and iconography.
Kundun
Kundun (1998)
, 2h14
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about children, Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Kim Chan, Ken Leung

The film has a straightforward chronology with events spanning from 1937 to 1959; the setting is Tibet, except for brief sequences in China and India. It begins with the search for the 14th mindstream emanation of the Dalai Lama. After a vision by Reting Rinpoche (the regent of Tibet) several lamas disguised as servants discover a promising candidate: a child born to a farming family in the province of Amdo, near the Chinese border.
Little Buddha, 2h3
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda, Chris Isaak, Jo Champa, Bhisham Sahni, Anupam Shyam Saikia

Tibetan Buddhist monks from a monastery in Bhutan, led by Lama Norbu (Ruocheng Ying), are searching for a child who is the rebirth of a great Buddhist teacher, Lama Dorje (Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen). Lama Norbu and his fellow monks believe they have found a candidate for the child in whom Lama Dorje is reborn: an American boy named Jesse Conrad (Alex Wiesendanger), the young son of an architect and a teacher who live in Seattle. The monks come to Seattle in order to meet the boy.
Zen
Zen (2009)

Directed by Banmei Takahashi
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Films about Buddhism
Actors Yuki Uchida, Nakamura Kankurō VI, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kengo Kora, Jun Murakami, Keiko Takahashi

Le film raconte l'histoire vraie du jeune moine japonais Dōgen qui s'initia au bouddhisme zen en Chine au XIII siècle et l'importa au Japon.
God Is Great and I'm Not, 1h40
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Buddhism, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Audrey Tautou, Édouard Baer, Mathieu Demy, Julie Depardieu, Catherine Jacob, Philippe Laudenbach

The film begins with Michèle's first journal entry, "I am 20 years old, and I have ruined my life!" This is just one of the many journal entry titles that are flashed before every particular scene in the film. Michèle had just recently broken up with her boyfriend so she meets up with some of her friends at a café. It is there that she meets the charming veterinarian François. Though Michèle has a promising modeling career, she feels that something, or someone, is missing in her life. François quickly fills this void, and Michèle feels partially whole. She first claims that she is Catholic but is dissatisfied with the results of praying and worshipping. By recommendation, she begins to follow Buddhism through meditation and use of elaborate costume jewelry. Eventually, she discovers that François is Jewish; however, he does not practice his faith. Throughout the film, she immerses herself in Judaism, following traditions such as the Sabbath. François breaks up with her by telling her "your touch sickens me", after accusing her of lying. He then engages in several other affairs but fails to ever marry. She attempts to date a few men but does not create any true connections. Finally, at a wedding of their friend Valérie, Francois has broken up with yet another woman and claims to desire her. The movie ends with the famous line, "...to be continued" leaving viewers curious about their future.
Demon Warriors, 1h40
Origin Thailande
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Films about Buddhism
Actors Shahkrit Yamnam, Ray MacDonald, Nirut Sirijanya, Khemupsorn Sirisukha, Pongpat Wachirabunjong

A narrator explains that according to Buddhist belief the evolution of birth can be divided into three forms:
The Holy Man, 1h47
Origin Thailande
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about Buddhism
Actors Savika Chaiyadej, Petchtai Wongkamlao

A monk comes to a small city and takes up residence at a small Buddhist temple. With his no-nonsense advice and humble ways, a new monk builds a following that starts to rival a flashy scam temple across town, making an enemy of its operator (Somlek Sakdikul).
Running on Karma, 1h33
Directed by Sammo Hung, Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Films about religion, Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about Buddhism, Kung fu films
Actors Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Cheung Siu-fai

Big (Andy Lau) was a Buddhist Monk, but he gave up this occupation when he realized he could see a person's past life, which would mean he would be able to predict what would happen to that person because of Karma. Big then became a bodybuilder and worked in a strip bar when he ran into Lee Fung-yee (Cecilia Cheung). Lee was working as an undercover cop in the CID which busted Big in his strip show, but Big became entangled in another police case to catch a murderer when he tried to escape.
Unmistaken Child, 1h42
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Documentary films about religion, Films about Buddhism

Octobre 2001. Au monastère de Kopan, au Népal, on procède à l'incinération du lama Geshe Konchog, révéré comme un maître spirituel par les bouddhistes tibétains. Au cours de la cérémonie, plusieurs signes - perles réchappées des flammes, trace dans les cendres... - indiquent qu'il n'aurait pas définitivement quitté ce monde. Son fidèle disciple Tenzin Zopa est bouleversé. À son chagrin s'ajoute le poids d'une lourde responsabilité. C'est à lui qu'incombe la mission de trouver l'enfant en qui son maître spirituel s'est réincarné.
Youth Without Youth, 2h5
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Seafaring films, Films about religion, Transport films, Political films, Films about Buddhism, Films about language and translation
Actors Tim Roth, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara Claudia Paolina, André Hennicke, Marcel Iureș, Matt Damon

The film opens in 1938. Dominic Matei (Tim Roth), is a 70-year-old professor of linguistics. On the eve of World War II, Dominic attempts to visit the Café Select but is denied access due to wearing his pyjamas. Dominic realises that he is getting no younger, and has essentially failed his aim in life – to fully discover the origin of human language. His tireless labours have condemned him to a solitary existence, often spent pining after Laura (Alexandra Maria Lara), the love of his youth. Intent on committing suicide, Dominic travels to Bucharest, the city where he and Laura met at university. He is struck by lightning. In hospital, he is initially diagnosed by Professor Stanciulescu (Bruno Ganz) to be dying of his burns. However, Stanciulescu is startled when his patient regenerates into a much younger man. The Professor helps Dominic out of the hospital so as to continue studying him. Shortly afterwards, Romania is occupied by the Nazis, whose interests are aroused by Stanciulescu’s miracle patient.
Valley of Flowers, 2h35
Origin German
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Milind Soman, Mylène Jampanoï, Naseeruddin Shah, Jampa Kalsang Tamang, Go Ayano, Masayoshi Haneda

A gang of bandits with their leader Jalan (Milind Soman) who have chosen to live an independent life free from oppression amid the wilderness live by plundering the travelers of the Silk Route of their merchandise. They have their own rules and sense of self-righteousness. While divesting victims of their valuables one day, they come across a demonic mask which intrigues Jalan. There amid the chaos, the bandits are suddenly caught unaware by the approach of a woman who calls herself Ushna (Mylene Jampanoi) who claims to know Jalan, having seen him in her dreams and asks him to let her come along. Jalan, in spite of his companions' warnings includes the woman in their band as he is already mesmerized by her unearthly beauty and mysterious and uncanny aura.
A Month of Hungry Ghosts, 1h39
Directed by Tony Kern
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Films about Buddhism

In parts of Asia each year, during the seventh lunar month, it is believed that the gates of Hell are opened and all the souls are set free to wander the Earth. At this time, many spirits roam around trying to fulfill their past needs, wants and desires. These are the "hungry ghosts". Numerous religious rituals and folk performances, like street operas, take place during the seventh lunar month to try to appease the spirits.