Lost HorizonDVD - 1999
Romantic adventures of a group of people kidnapped in India and taken to an idyllic civilization in the mountains surrounding China.
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Robert Conway: "By the way, what religion do you follow here?" Chang: "To put it simply, I should say that our general belief was in, uh, moderation. We preach the virtue... of avoiding excesses of every kind. Even including... excessive virtue itself." Robert Conway: "Well that's intelligent." Chang: "We find in the valley it makes for greater happiness among the natives. We rule... with moderate strictness, and in return we are satisfied with moderate obedience. As a result, our people are... moderately honest, moderately, uh, chaste, and um, somewhat more than moderately happy."
Robert Conway: "...How 'bout law...and order -- you have no soldiers or police?" Chang: "Ho, ho, ho... Oh good heavens, no." Robert Conway: "How do you deal with incorrigibles... Criminals?" Chang: "We have no crime here... What makes a criminal? Lack, usually. A voraciousness... Envy. The desire... to possess, something owned by another. There can be no crime where there is a sufficiency of everything."
Chang: "...It is quite common here to live to a very ripe old age. Climate, diet -- the mountain water you might say. But we like to believe it is the absence of struggle in the way we live. In your countries, on the other hand, how often do you hear the expression, "He worried himself to death", or "This thing or that killed him". Robert Conway: "Oh, very often." Chang: "And very true. Your lives are therefore, as a rule, shorter. Not so much by natural death, as by... indirect suicide."
High Lama (to Robert Conway): "...It is the entire meaning and purpose of Shangri-La. It came to me in a vision, long, long ago. I saw all the nations strengthening, not in wisdom, but in the vulgar passions and the will to destroy. I saw the machine power multiplying, until a single weaponed man might match a whole army. I foresaw a time when man, exalting in the technique of murder, would rage so hotly over the world, that every book, every treasure, would be doomed to destruction. This vision was so vivid and so moving, that I determined to gather together all things of beauty and of culture that I could, and preserve them here, against the doom toward which the world is rushing." (cont'd)
High Lama: "Look at the world today -- Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! What unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity, crashing headlong against each other, propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality. A time must come my friend, when this orgy will spend itself. When brutality and the lust for power must perish by its own sword. Against that time, is why I avoided death, and am here. And why you were brought here. For when that day comes, the world must begin to look for a new life. And it is our hope that they may find it here. For here, we shall be with their books and their music, and a way of life based on one simple rule: Be Kind! When that day comes, it is our hope that the brotherly love of Shangri-La will spread throughout the world. Yes, my son; When the strong have devoured each other, the Christian ethic may at last be fulfilled, and the meek shall inherit the Earth." Robert Conway: "I understand you father."
Robert Conway: "Chang... how old... are you?" Chang: "Age is a limit we impose upon ourselves. You know, each time you Westerners celebrate your birthday, you... build another fence around your minds."
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