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The Kite Runner (2007)

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The Kite Runner is a American drama film directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by David Benioff and based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.

Though most of the film is set in Afghanistan, these parts were mostly shot in Kashgar, China, due to the dangers of filming in Afghanistan at the time. The majority of the film’s dialogue is in Dari, with the remainder spoken in English and a few short scenes in Urdu. The child actors are native speakers, but several adult actors had to learn Dari. Filming wrapped up on December 21, 2006, and the film was expected to be released on November 2, 2007.

Setting: San Francisco, 2000

The film opens with an Afghan-American writer Amir Qadiri and his wife, Soraya, who are watching children flying kites at a bayside park. When they arrive home, Amir finds waiting for him packages of his new novel, A Season for Ashes, which has just been published.

Flashback: Kabul, 1978–79

Ten-year-old Amir is the son of a wealthy man, known locally by the honorific title “Agha Sahib.” (Amir refers to him as “Baba,” meaning “father.”) Agha Sahib, a philanthropist and iconoclast, is a Pashtun living in Kabul. Amir’s best friend Hassan is the son of the Agha Sahib’s Hazara servant, Ali. Amir participates in the sport of kite fighting, popular among the boys of Kabul.

Flash Forward: Fremont, California, 1988

Baba runs a service station and operates a stall at a weekly flea market. Amir earns a degree at a local community college, and Baba, though disappointed that Amir wants to be a writer rather than a physician, says that Amir can earn money by working with him. One day at the flea market, Amir’s father introduces him to General Taheri, another Pashtun and a former officer in the Afghan army.

Flash Forward, 2000

Rahim Khan persuades Amir to visit him in Pakistan. He tells Amir that the situation is bad, but that Amir has an opportunity to “be good again.” Amir cancels his book tour and goes to Peshawar. Rahim Khan, who is dying, tells Amir that after several unsuccessful stints with caretakers at Baba and Amir’s home, which Rahim Khan had been looking after, he had asked Hassan to return, which Hassan did, with his wife and son.

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: David Benioff (screenplay), Khaled Hosseini (novel)

Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub

Cast:

Khalid AbdallaAmir
Atossa LeoniSoraya
Shaun ToubRahim Khan
Sayed Jafar Masihullah GharibzadaOmar
Zekeria EbrahimiYoung Amir
Ahmad Khan MahmoodzadaYoung Hassan
Mir Mahmood Shah HashimiBusiness Man in Baba’s Study
Homayoun ErshadiBaba
Nabi TanhaAli
Elham EhsasYoung Assef
Bahram EhsasWali
Tamim NawabiKamal
Mohamad Nabi AttaiUncle Saifo the Kite Seller
Mohamad Nadir SarwariSpice Merchant
Mustafa HaidariParty Worker
Ahmad Yasar Shir AghaBirthday Singer
Mohammad Aman JoyaMahmood
Abdul Azim WahabzadaKarim
Vsevolod SevanchosSoviet Union Soldier
Murina AbudukelimuYoung Wife in Truck
Igor RadchenkoSoviet Union Officer
Larry BrownGas Station Customer
L. Peter CallenderDean of Students
Josh ChamberlainPool Player
Marco MazariegosPool Player
Shaan PricePool Player
Abdul Qadir FarookhGeneral Taheri (as Qadir Farookh)
Peg McKibbinFlea Market Customer
Chris VerrillDr. Starobin
Amar KureishiDr. Amani
Maimoona GhizalJamila Taheri
Ehsan AmanWedding Singer (as Mohammad Ehsan Aman)
Yunus OsmanCemetery Mullah
Mehboob AliPakistan Taxi Driver
Saïd TaghmaouiFarid
Nasser MemarziaZaman the Orphanage Director
Abdul Salam YusoufzaiAssef
Mohamad Amin RahimiTaliban Stadium Speaker
Aziz RaxidiAssef Guard
Khalil Ahmad NooryanAssef Guard
Ali Danish BakhtyariSohrab
Hameeda HamrazRahim Khan’s Neighbor
Kaiser Doulat-BeekMan at Mosque
Ahmad Shah AlamMan in the Park
Khaled HosseiniDoctor in the Park
Habib ZargiPark Kite Seller
Houshmand HabibKite Flyer Kid
Lukas FerreiraKite Spooler Kid
Saeed Meeran FarhadStout man in truck (as Sayed Miran Farhad)
Anita ArgentParent of Graduate (uncredited)
Harmony BlossomYoung Woman in Park (uncredited)
Cabran E. ChamberlainGraduation Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
John de LancieBarman (uncredited)
Emmy FareseLittle Girl Flying Kite in Park (uncredited)
Susan FareseWoman in Park (uncredited)
Tim HalpinSoviet Tank Commander (uncredited)
Katrina-Jovan HowardCollege Graduate (uncredited)
Larry KitagawaProfessor at Graduation (uncredited)
Charles Lewis IIIGraduate (uncredited)
Kenny Santiago MarreroRussian Soldier (uncredited)
Jeff RedlickParent at Graduation (uncredited)
Germaine Mozel SimsCollege Graduating Senior (uncredited)
Yvonne TruongGraduate (uncredited)
Brian VowellCollege Graduate (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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