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The Horse Thief (1986)

Dao ma zei (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 January 1988 (USA)
A Tibetan man struggles to provide for his family.

Directors:

Zhuangzhuang Tian, Peicheng Pan (co-director)

Writer:

Rui Zhang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daiba Daiba ... Granny
Jiji Dan Jiji Dan ... Dolma, wife
Drashi Drashi ... Grandfather
Gaoba Gaoba ... Nowre
Jamco Jayang Jamco Jayang ... Tashi, son
Rigzin Tseshang Rigzin Tseshang ... Norbu
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The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth of a second son. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

International Film Circuit

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Tibetan

Release Date:

6 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horse Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Xian Province, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(after the censorship)

Sound Mix:

Mono | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (2018 remix)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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A feast for Visual Lovers
5 December 2000 | by trisha-2See all my reviews

Big screen is the only place to see this masterpiece. As the last of the films viewed @ the Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Film Theatre's Monday Night Series, Horse Thief was fitting to be viewed last: truly the best was saved till last.

A Detroit Free Press reviewer gave the film only 2 stars because of a "sorely needed script". The beauty of this film is exactly that lack of dialogue which leaves room to enjoy the visual feast that the director intended.

I am grateful that the film was allowed out of China at all and privileged to view the beauty of Tibetan culture and Buddhist monk rituals, the inside of a Tibetan temple with rows and rows of flickering candles, the tortured beauty of the mountainous region in summer, spring and winter and the painful, poignant and ultimately tragic tale of a man, his wife and children and their lives in a region of the world that some Americans might only see in the pages of National Geographic.


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