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The Cup (Phorpa)

Rating:G
Genre:Drama, Comedy
Release Date:January 28, 2000
Running time:94 minutes
Cast:Jamyang Lodro, Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling
Director:Khyentse Norbu
Producer:Malcolm Watson, Raymond Steiner
Writer:Denis O'Neill, Robert Duvall
Distributor:Fine Line Features

Description: Based on true events, two boys are sent, with much hardship and danger, to a monastery in exile in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas. As they receive their ordination and orientation into a monastic life, a whirlwind of events not usually associated with the austere atmosphere of the monastery intrudes on their routine - how can they get to watch the World Cup Finals? Soon the chants of the young monks are a vehicle for soccer scores instead of prayers. Caught while sneaking out to watch a semi-final match, they are afraid of expulsion, but they are even more afraid that they'll miss a match. A brazen plan is hatched that pits tradition against technology as the boys try to get a television and satellite dish into the monastery.

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