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Milarepa

4.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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In his directorial debut, Buddhist lama Neten Chokling vividly presents the captivating story of Milarepa, the man who would become Tibet s greatest yogi and saint. In the dramatic setting of 11th century Tibet- a time of roaming sorcerers and yogis, according to Buddhist legend- a young Milarepa falls into a world of betrayal and hardships. The greed of others upturns his privileged life, dropping him into a void of despair, humiliation, pain and anger. He sets out to learn black magic- and exact revenge on his enemies- encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confronting the consequence of his quest for vengeance that he learns the most. Filmed on the breathtaking scenic Indo-Tibetan border, with Tibetan monks serving as most of the cast and crew, Milarepa glows with a unique visual and spiritual charge.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethong
  • Directors: Neten Chokling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cinequest Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EAV3R4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Charles Miller on February 20, 2009
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Let me start with what others have said with regards to the film's one drawback... it is part one of two. As enthralling and far better than expected as this film is, it disappointingly terminates midway through the story. The end of this movie is a logical breaking point, however, a breaking point all the same, leaving you wanting more.

That said, there is no reason to give this DVD anything less than 5 stars, because it could not be better than it is. Interestingly, most of the cast and crew are from a Buddhist monastery. You would never know until you read the credits at the end because there is nothing provincial or pedestrian about it. The acting, dialogue, special effects... everything for that matter, comes across as a very professional production.

There is considerable Buddhist "morality" conveyed as well, which is perfectly handled by the monks who made this film, but not in a heavy-handed way. In fact, one would need a Buddhist background to recognize the point-blank Dharma lessons contained within. This is something that could be viewed and enjoyed by anyone, including non-Buddhists. Finally, there is a most excellent documentary about the historical Milarepa as bonus material. Herein the viewer will get the full picture with regards to who the main character is as well clear and well-explained Buddhist thought on the same.

Highly recommended to everyone and of special interest to those with a leaning towards Buddhist thought.

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SEQUEL UPDATE: The sequel is to be released in late 2009 (although somehow I feel it will be more like 2010).
The working title is THE MEETING WITH MAIPA.
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Filmed in the Spiti Valley on the Indian-Tibetan border, this award winning film tells the story of the first half of Milarepa's life (1052-1135), whose path to enlightenment began with revenge. A second movie is planned to complete the story.

When his well-to-do merchant father died, Milarepa's uncle and aunt took all the family's wealth, suddenly thrusting Milarepa and his mother into poverty. His mother plots revenge by sending Milarepa away to study sorcery. Milarepa comes back to the village and causes a violent lightning storm to kill many people.

When the villagers chase him, Milarepa causes large rocks to fall from a ridge blocking their way. As he escapes Milarepa meets an old monk, and learns of Buddha's teachings. Milarepa returns to his sorcery teacher, who advises him to study with Marpa. The film ends with Milarepa seeking Marpa.

The landscape is stark and beautiful. The special effects are quite well done - I especially liked the scene where Milarepa gains mastery in sorcery, a bit like a Pink Floyd psychedelic trip from the 60s. My favourite scene was when Milarepa meets an old monk while escaping from the villagers, and sits quietly with old Buddhist paintings all around him on the wall. You can feel that his redemption is at hand.

As companions to this movie, I highly recommend reading a book about his life such as The Magnificent Trickster - The Story Of Milarepa by Molly MacGregor, and some of his teachings like in the book Milarepa: Songs On The Spot by Nicole Riggs.
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I also read the book and it was nice to put a visual to the book. It is difficult to make a movie from a book and to provide detail that would please all. The film would have to be 5 or more hours long it seems in order to cover most content (just a guess:).

Back to the film:
The scenery is breathtaking, and the actors and acting, oh my, wonderful! So refreshing! A wonderful message as a reminder to all especially during these crazy times.

I like others was left yearning for Part 2 and searched all over the net. Well I contacted Cinequest Inc. via their website contact on June 16, 2014 and their response:

"Thank you for your email. We are glad that you enjoyed the movie! A lot of people have inquired about the sequel and unfortunately the news is still the same. The producers had full intentions on creating a second film, but have not been able to get past pre-production yet. We are not sure what the status of the sequel is. Sorry for the bad news. We are looking forward to seeing the sequel as well!"

Have a great day!
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By Red on June 2, 2011
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great film. however, where is the part 2 of this movie? i thought it was released 2009 but still nothing!
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To start off, I'll mention what many others already have: the story is split in two and this is only the first part. The frustrating thing about this is not that you have to wait but that a specific year was given (2009) for its release and yet one cannot find Any information about it anywhere - unless you count dozens of people asking where it is as information. I don't hold this against the first half but it is annoying that there is no way to predict when or if the director will finish the story.

That said, I must admit that this movie was extraordinarily well done. It is not incredible by Hollywood standards and it has the distinctive feel of a heavy foreign film, so if you are expecting something different then look elsewhere. However, it is great for what it is: a subtle story that is meant to reflect elements of human nature and Tibetan culture. The movie does not rely heavily on special effects, violence, or even music, rather it is interaction between actors and the natural background that allow the movie to express its messages. There are periods of silence throughout many scenes, something that I appreciated because I felt it added a necessary depth to the dialogue - at the same time, if you do not care for silence based conversations it could be a downside to the film. There are a few scenes that people often criticized for taking away the naturalness of the movie by using special effects but I did not feel that they worsened the film: they were kept to a minimum, weren't focused on, and personally I cannot imagine the film without them. The thing I liked most about the movie was the film location and the authenticity that it had.
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