Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 02 Jul 2006
Little Buddha marked the first return to the East of producer/director team Jeremy Thomas (Sexy Beast, Fast Food Nation) and Bernardo Bertolucci (The Dreamers, Last Tango in Paris) since their Oscar-winning epic The Last Emperor. The breathtaking locations for the film included the Kathmandu Valley, the Terrai lowlands of Nepal and the remote mountain kingdom of Bhutan, all brought vividly to life on film by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor). Little Buddha was extensively and meticulously researched, receiving the blessing of his holiness the Dalai Lama. Little Buddha tells the story of a small town American boy and an old, old man. One day a deputation of Buddhist monks arrives on the doorstep of Dean (Chris Isaak, Silence of the Lambs) and Lisa (Bridget Fonda, Jackie Brown, Single White Female) to inform them that they believe their eight year old son Jesse is the reincarnation of one of their most respected lamas. Jesse, accompanied by his father, is given the opportunity to accompany the monks on an extraordinary journey. They travel not only to a vastly different world but also back in time two thousand five hundred years, to the dawn of Buddhism and the colourful and magical court of Prince Siddhartha (Keanu Reeves, The Matrix, A Scanner Darkly, Speed) whose remarkable experience would lead to his personification as the Buddha. Little Buddha is a fable for the child in us all, and opens a window to the West on the unique experience of Buddhism.