Watch: Emrhys Cooper in First Trailer for Bhutanese Film 'Kushuthara'

January 18, 2017
Source: YouTube


"You don't seem happy. I'm just worried about you." A trailer has debuted for a charming new film titled Kushuthara, a rare romantic drama from the tiny Himalayan country Bhutan. Historically, the Bhutanese film industry has looked east for inspiration, modelling itself on the films of Bollywood. Kushuthara is one of the first films to be made in a more western style, with a storyline that draws on Buddhist spirituality. Emrhys Cooper, the first western actor to appear in a Bhutanese film, stars with Kezang Wangmo, and Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuck (who appeared in Seven Years in Tibet). The dialogue is very cheesy, but I must admit there's a charm to it that makes me want to see it anyway. Plus, I totally love the Himayalas.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Karma Deki's Kushuthara, direct from YouTube:

Kushuthara Poster

One single thread, as if lost in the woven cloth, weaves together the story of the past and present lives of two people. Two people, each born on opposite sides of the world, become destined to meet and experience their individual karma and share in its consequences. Kushurthara, which in Bhutanese means "love token woven in cloth", is the first film from Bhutan to star a western actor. The film is both written and directed by Bhutanese filmmaker Karma Deki, making her feature directorial debut after a short film previously. The film has played at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and Laughlin Film Festival. Kushuthara will be released in select theaters + on VOD starting this spring. An exact date is not set yet. Your thoughts?

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    Had to be a White guy...LOL.
    • shiboleth
      My thoughts exactly...
  • shiboleth
    Ok, there's a lot of space to see the cliche of the rich Westerner and beautiful Asian woman. But, how about poor Eastern European male and poor Asian lady, huh? Or some other combination. All of them look somehow fake on film, to be honest. Although, there seems to be some honest intentions weaved into this one ...
      For sure, it would be nice for those kinds of scenarios to be seen more on screen, but I have seen it time and time again, bogan/chavs running around with their little Asian dolls...Yes, it's a rude thing to say and no, not all Asian women get with bogans, but it just seems to stand out like a sore thumb when you see a muscle-head, singlet wearing chav, screaming at his partner and getting awkwardly physical. Seen this personally, in Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia (Bali). // Sorry, that reads rather ranty. Personally, I'll be waiting until the Asian guy gets the White girl...and yeah, I'll keep waiting.
      • shiboleth
        No worries David. Somehow, I hope to believe that we are on the same page here. I don't have much my own experience to add regarding this. It wouldn't be anything reliable. But your descriptions sound sad, to say at least. You obviously know more and are,probably, a bit affected by it. As anyone is with something else. But, as already said, a cliche is sensed and I could not skip it without reacting to it. Especially when films tend to help it ... Cheers and stay cool, David ...




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