Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief)
Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief) (1986)

Norbu and Dolma are banished tribal Tibetans who desperately struggle against the harsh terrain and the elements to preserve their young son's life.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 20, 1991
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Derek Adams
Time Out

It offers the most awesomely plausible account of Tibetan life and culture ever seen in the west. It's one of the few films whose images show you things you've never seen before.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Famously, Martin Scorsese chose this film as the best he'd seen in the 1990s.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

An intoxicating masterpiece, and the very best film to come from China's Fifth Generation.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film's tribal drama of theft, ostracism and terrible retribution unfolds, although the director, Tian Zhuangzhuang (an iconoclastic graduate of the Beijing Film Academy), uses few conventional means of bringing these dramatic events to the forefront.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A truly amazing film that takes a western audience to mystical places they have never seen before.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Tian had said that he made this for the 21st century, yet even today it's a film of the future.

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Austin Chronicle

[It's] blessed with some of the most unbearably beautiful images of Nineties cinema.

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