Old Dog

  • 88'
  • China
  • 2011
The writer and director Pema Tseden is regarded as the inventor of Tibetan cinema. His third feature is both a humorous and tragic allegory in which he manages to record in a pure and naturalistic way the extensive cultural changes in the Buddhist mountain state, with non-professional actors and grainy shots of the majestic Himalayas.
The story is told from the perspective of a Tibetan mastiff. This race of dogs is very popular among rich Chinese. That’s why so many get stolen in a village that is hemmed in between the mountaintops. In order to beat the thieves to it, Gonpo decides to sell his mastiff. His father is not happy about this and decides to buy the animal back. This leads to a bizarre series of events that ends in a sad apotheosis. The mastiff keeps changing owner, time and again, and the father-son relationship is put to the test. But Tseden uses the story to show how Tibetans are becoming increasingly assimilated into the dominant Han culture.

Director
Pema Tseden
Country of production
China
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
88'
Medium
Betacam Digi PAL
Original title
Khyi rgan
Language
Tibetan
Producer
Pema Tseden
Sales
Marion Bonnet
Screenplay
Pema Tseden
Cinematography
Sonthar Gyal
Editor
Sangye Bhum, Guo Kang
Production Design
Sonthar Gyal
Sound Design
Dukar Tserang
Music
Dukar Tserang
Cast
Lochey, Drolma Kyab
Website
http://dgeneratefilms.com/catalog/old-dog-lao-gou-khyi-rgan