The Kite Runner details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Zekeria Ebrahimi, Shaun Toub, Nabi Tanha, Atossa Leoni, Khalid Abdalla, Said Tashimaoui, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Homayon Ershadi|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, Top Foreign Films, Top World Cinema|
The Kite Runner
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Jun 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Afghani family values and an eye on their problemsBy PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 01 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]The story of boyhood friends from each side of the caste system in Afghanistan, this brings home the actual significance of personal tragedies war, disputes and caste systems (in fact bias of any kind) cause, and the vile atrocities and nastiness of all regimes who prey on the easily influenced, weak and displaced. As it is concentrated mainly on one family it brings home the whole reality of suffering such armed disputes of this nature cause. After the fall of Afghanistan to the Russians, those who could afford it fled, and the ones left behind faced hardships that if anything worstened after the Russian withdrawal and the new 'regime' of the Taliban started their own sort of pogrom. There is no hollywood glitz glamour or hype here, just an accurate (slightly watered down for various reasons) following of an a book. If you have any interest in recent history, or world affairs as not thrown at you by some media rag or biased TV news reporting, this will be worthwhile, almost essential, viewing.
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In two minds ..By Katya1 (52 reviews) , 02 Dec 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Having not read the book, I was in two minds about this film, & had a look at the rave reviews most people wrote. So when I read one that said it was difficult to engage with the main character, Amir, I had to agree. It was of course Hassan who was the more interesting of the two and the 'hero' of the film, but the film did not centre on his life at all. So a bit disappointing, albeit tear-jerking.
Fab MovieBy WonderGuy (1 review) , 20 Oct 2013Fantastic movie,liked the chinese area where film was shot. superb acting by person playing role of Amir's father. movie does show the impact of invasion on Afghan society and the discrimination faced by Hazara community which unfortunately still persists.
the kite runner afghan storyBy a customer , 18 Oct 2013well acted and thought provoking too a film that you will always remember the kite sequences are very well done
Emotional reflection on the beauty & horror of life in AfghanistanBy ChrisW8 (50 reviews) , 30 Aug 2013Beautifully shot and incredibly well acted. A story of morals and secrets kept for pride and honour that we too often take for granted. It is an emotional story and I am not ashamed to admit that it had me in tears at times. I had not read the book beforehand, but I don't think this detracted from the story - it certainly did not prevent me from following the plot as it switched back and forth between languages (subtitled). I think this may be one of those screen adaptations which makes reading the book afterwards all the better ..... now all I need is a copy.
A very good film adaptation of a wonderful bookBy samarnold1975 (10 reviews) from Ashford, Kent , 30 Mar 2013The book remains one of my favourite books of all times. The film is good and true to the book in many aspects. As in all these things parts have been left out of the book to allow it to fit cinema times but these parts to not distract from the story as a stand alone film. My main criticism of the film is the large amount of subtitled action which occurs as this is most certainly over 50%. Without the knowledge of reading the book I wonder whether I would have enjoyed the film so much. Generally a good film adaptation but I strongly recommend reading the book before watching the film.
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