Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Happy New Year! and Welcome to ThingsAsian Dinner & a Movie for January 2005!

The film I have chosen for this chilly winter season is Jean-Jacques Annaud's 'Seven Years in Tibet', and a hearty menu of traditional Tibetan dishes to go with.

Based on a true story, the 1997 film stars Brad Pitt as Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who escapes from a World War II POW camp and flees to Tibet. There he enters the forbidden city of Lhasa, where he meets the young Dalai Lama, and eventually becomes his lifelong friend and confidant.

Heinrich Harrer wrote an account of his adventures, also titled Seven Years in Tibet, and later starred as himself in the 1956 version of the film, directed by Hans Nieter.