Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief) (1986)



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Norbu and Dolma are banished tribal Tibetans who desperately struggle against the harsh terrain and the elements to preserve their young son's life.


Critic Reviews for Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It offers the most awesomely plausible account of Tibetan life and culture ever seen in the west. It's one of the few films whose images show you things you've never seen before.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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The film's tribal drama of theft, ostracism and terrible retribution unfolds, although the director, Tian Zhuangzhuang (an iconoclastic graduate of the Beijing Film Academy), uses few conventional means of bringing these dramatic events to the forefront.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Tian had said that he made this for the 21st century, yet even today it's a film of the future.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Famously, Martin Scorsese chose this film as the best he'd seen in the 1990s.

May 13, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A truly amazing film that takes a western audience to mystical places they have never seen before.

Apr 29, 2004 | Rating: A | Full Review…

[It's] blessed with some of the most unbearably beautiful images of Nineties cinema.

Oct 1, 2003 | Full Review…

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