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Legend comes alive

A film on the rebirth of a renowned warrior from the annals of Bhutanese history
Review: Pemi Tshewang Tashi, the most loyal chamberlain of Dzongpon Angdruk Nyim of Wangdue, and a great historical warrior of the late 1800s, comes to life in Talop Wangchuk’s film Lok sho – The undying love of Pemi Tshewang Tashi.
In the vast golden fields of Aum Kazhi Zam, Kuenga (played by Sonam Tenzin-Sergyal) is the rebirth of Pemi Tshewang Tashi.
As much as the film is about a historical character, it is also about love, romance and hurt that play out richly between young lovers.  His obsession with poetry does not go down well with his parents.  At the same time, Kuenga is repeatedly troubled by visions, in which he sees  as a warrior in some distant, nameless time.
Kuenga meets Sherab (played by Sherab Lhamo), who in her past life had been Phurchung Zam, Pemi Tshewang Tashi’s wife.  One night in her sleep, Sherab sees the whole life of Pemi Tshewang Tashi, more vividly than Kuenga is able to.
The film recreates the legend beautifully with breathtaking cinematography.  There are a few segments in the film that could have been comfortably short and less laborious.
The film, produced by Pema Tshering, is being screened at Gadhen Cinema in Paro.  It will soon be screened in Phuentsholing.  In Thimphu, the film is being screened at City Cinema.
By Dechen Tshomo

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