In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the color and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.
Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong ... Dalai Lama (Adult)
Gyurme Tethong ... Dalai Lama (Age 12)
Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin ... Dalai Lama (Age 5)
Tenzin Yeshi Paichang ... Dalai Lama (Aged 2)
Tencho Gyalpo ... Mother
Tenzin Topjar ... Lobsang (5-10)
Tsewang Migyur Khangsar ... Father
Tenzin Lodoe ... Takster
Geshi Yeshi Gyatso ... Lama of Sera
Losang Gyatso ... The Messenger (as Lobsang Gyatso)
Sonam Phuntsok ... Reting Rimpoche
Gyatso Lukhang ... Lord Chamberlain
I am uploading this in connection with the Olympics in Peking, China.
Hopefully more people will become aware of what China stands for.