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202 Ratings

The Horse Thief

Dao ma zei

China, 1986


The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son.

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The Horse Thief Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang, Pan Peicheng

Critics reviews

A starkly hypnotic portrait of life in the Tibetan mountains, The Horse Thief (Dao ma zei) is the resplendent centrepiece in Tian Zhuangzhuang’s loose trilogy on the subject of ethnic minorities that began with On the Hunting Ground (1985) and belatedly concluded with his documentary Delamu (2004).
May 01, 2015
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