Travelers and Magicians

Critics Consensus

Interwined tales of spiritual discovery are set against a gorgeous, evocative landscape in this pleasant, engaging import.



Total Count: 61


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Written and directed by Khyentse Norbu, Chang Hup The Gi Tril Nung (Travellers and Magicians) chronicles two parallel stories. The first belongs to Dondup (Tshewang Dendup), a bored mountain villager determined to move to the United States, and Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), another restless soul whose journey led him to an affair and eventual conspiracy to murder. Tashi's story was related to Dondup by one of the fellow travelers trekking through the mountains on their way to an airplane headed for America. The traveler suggests that Tashi's story may contain an important message for Dondup -- namely, to consider being satisfied with what life has dealt him before setting off to parts unknown.


Sonam Kinga
as The Monk
Dasho Adab Sangye
as Sonam's Father
Jigme Drukpa
as Phunsok
Ap Dochu
as Apple Seller
Dorji Budha
as Villager of Chendebaji
Sanga Budha
as Villager of Chendebaji
Sumcho Budha
as Kinzang Wangchuk
Nim Buthri
as Villager of Chendebaji
Aum Chenzom
as Girl in Field
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Audience Reviews for Travelers and Magicians

  • Oct 05, 2009
    This is one of the best movies which shows that Holywood has lost the plot and the art of making good movies! The Cup was the first great hit of this director but this one is much better... a story of live, a real live in Bhutan and all the challenges that live brings! Perfect for watching with a family!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Travellers and Magicians", Dondup(Tsewang Dandup) has had enough of a being a government officer in a small town in Bhutan after only a month, so he plots his escape to America, using a religious festival as cover. A friend of his has a contact who can get him an American visa. Now, all he has to do is to get to Thimphu in two days time but he misses the daily bus. While waiting, he encounters an old apple vendor(Ap Dochu) and a monk(Sonam Kinga). To pass the time, the monk tells a story...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Travellers and Magicians" is a beautiful movie that has all the resonance of a public service announcement, arguing against free will and for constrained duty. Yes, children should care for their parents in their old age(but no extended families or government safety net in Bhutan?) but the younger generation need to live their own lives, finding a balance in the bargain. Worst of all, the character of the monk lends a dogmatic feel to the themes. But the movie does make a great case for patience when using mass transit.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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