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The Kite Runner is a 2007 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, Xinjiang, China, due to the dangers of filming in Afghanistan at the time. The majority of the film s dialogue is in Persian Dari, with the remainder spoken in English and a few short scenes in Pashto and 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. However, after concern for the safety of the young actors in the film due to fears of violent reprisals to the sexual nature of some scenes in which they appear, its release date was pushed back six weeks to December 14, 2007. The controversial scenes also resulted in the film being banned from cinemas and distribution in Afghanistan itself.
Made on a budget of $20 million, the film earned $73.2 million worldwide. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. The film s score by Alberto Iglesias was nominated for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
This article s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (February 2021)
In San Francisco in 2000, Afghan-American writer Amir Qadiri and his wife Soraya watch children flying kites at a bayside park. Arriving home, Amir receives a call from his father s old friend and business associate, Rahim Khan, who lives in Peshawar, Pakistan.
In 1978 in Kabul, 10-year-old Amir is the son of a wealthy philanthropist and iconoclast, known locally by the honorific title Agha Sahib, whom Amir refers to as Baba , meaning father . Amir s best friend Hassan is the son of Baba s longtime servant, Ali. Amir participates in kite fighting, and Hassan serves as Amir s spool-holder and kite runner . Hassan has a preternatural ability to predict where loose kites will land as well as deadly aim with his slingshot, and on Hassan s birthday, Amir gifts Hassan a slingshot made in the United States.
Amir enters the citywide kite-fighting contest, where he breaks his father s record of 14 kills , and Hassan sprints off to run for the last defeated kite. After some time, Amir goes to look for Hassan, and finds him trapped in a dead end by Assef and his gang. Assef demands Amir s kite as a payment for letting Hassan go but Hassan refuses, asserting that the kite rightfully belongs to Amir. Assef then beats and rapes Hassan in retaliation. Amir watches unseen, unable to help Hassan and too afraid to intervene. He is wracked with guilt over the next few weeks and avoids Hassan, who privately teaches himself to read and write. Ali and Baba question Amir on Hassan s strange behavior, but Amir feigns ignorance. Amir asks his father if he has ever considered replacing Ali and Hassan, in response to which Baba angrily rebukes Amir.
Baba then throws a party for Amir s 11th birthday, but Amir, still upset by what happened to Hassan, cannot enjoy it. The next day, Amir plants his new wristwatch, a birthday present from his father, under Hassan s pillow, and tells everyone that Hassan stole it. Hassan is confronted by Baba, and instead of professing innocence, he takes the blame. Although Hassan is quickly forgiven, Ali tells Baba that he and his son can no longer work for him and are leaving immediately, much to Baba s distress.
In June 1979, the Soviet Union militarily intervenes. Baba leaves his house in the care of Rahim and flees to Pakistan with his son and other refugees across the border on an oil truck. Amir is frightened by their circumstances. Baba comforts Amir by having him recite poems.
In Fremont, California in 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 allows Amir to work with him at the station. One day, at the flea market, Baba introduces him to General Taheri, a Pashtun who is a former officer in the Afghan army. Amir meets Taheri s daughter, Soraya, whom he finds attractive. Later, Amir gives Soraya a copy of one of his stories, but the General confiscates it.
Soon after, Baba is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Amir asks his father to ask General Taheri’s for Amir to marry Soraya and Taheri gives his consent, but on a chaperoned stroll, Soraya tells Amir that when the Taheris lived in Virginia, she had run away with a Pashtun man and lived with him until her father came to retrieve her. Soon after, the Taheris moved to California to escape the gossip about this. Amir is shocked by Soraya’s revelation, but still pledges his love, and they marry. Baba dies soon afterward.
The story then returns to the phone call in 2000: Rahim persuades Amir to visit him in Pakistan, offering him an opportunity to make amends. In Peshawar, Rahim, who is dying, tells Amir that he had asked Hassan to return, which he did-with his wife and his son Sohrab. Later, Rahim had fled to Pakistan and had left the home to Hassan and his family. Meanwhile, after the civil war, the Taliban had taken power. When the Taliban demanded that Hassan vacate the home, and Hassan refused, the Taliban had murdered him and his wife and Sohrab had been taken to an orphanage. After telling Amir of these events, Rahim urges Amir to return to Kabul to find Sohrab and give him a letter written by Hassan, who had taught himself to read and write. Amir declines until Rahim reveals that Amir and Hassan are biological half-brothers: Amir s father had had an affair with Ali s wife and had fathered Hassan.
Amir travels to a Kabul orphanage to seek Sohrab but learns that he had been taken away by a Taliban official. Amir arranges to get an appointment at the Taliban official s house, where he is surprised to find that the official s assistant is actually Assef, who recognizes Amir immediately. Assef introduces Sohrab as his dance boy and begins to beat Amir as payback for having let Sohrab leave. In the confusion, Sohrab pulls out the same slingshot that Amir had given to Hassan long ago and shoots Assef in the eye. Sohrab and an injured Amir then flee to Peshawar, where they find that Rahim has died, leaving behind a letter for Amir.
Back in San Francisco, Amir introduces Sohrab to Soraya, and the couple welcomes Sohrab into their home. Amir teaches Sohrab how to fly kites and volunteers to act as Sohrab s runner . As Amir runs off to fetch a defeated kite, he repeats to Sohrab the words Hassan had said to Amir when they were boys: For you, a thousand times over.
- Khalid Abdalla as Amir Qadiri, a young novelist who fled to the U.S. as a boy during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan Zekeria Ebrahimi as Young Amir
- Zekeria Ebrahimi as Young Amir
- Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada as Hassan, Amir s childhood friend who was the victim of brutal torment. It s later revealed Hassan was Amir s brother
- Homayoun Ershadi as the Agha Sahib (Baba)
- Atossa Leoni as Soraya, the daughter of General Taheri and Amir s spouse
- Shaun Toub as Rahim Khan
- Saïd Taghmaoui as Farid
- Abdul Salaam Yusoufzai as Assef, Amir and Hassan s childhood tormenter who became a Taliban official as an adult Elham Ehsas as Young Assef
- Elham Ehsas as Young Assef
- Ali Danish Bakhtyari as Sohrab
- Maimoona Ghezal as Jamila Taheri
- Abdul Qadir Farookh as General Taheri
- Khaled Hosseini (cameo) as Doctor in the park
- Camilo Cuervo as a Taliban Soldier
- Nasser Memarzia as Zaman, an orphanage director
- Mohamad Amin Rahimi as a Taliban official who made speeches in Ghazi Stadium
- Chris Verrill as Dr. Starobin, a Russian-American doctor
- Amar Kureishi as Dr. Amani, an Iranian doctor
- Nabi Tanha as Ali, Agha Sahib s house servant
- Ehsan Aman (cameo) as a singer at Amir s and Soraya s wedding
- Mehboob Ali as Amir s taxi driver in Pakistan
The two child actors were aged 11 and 12 at the time of the filming.
Due to dangers of filming in Afghanistan, much of the film was recorded instead in the western Chinese city of Kashgar, which is located about 500 miles from Kabul and shares many visual similarities.
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The film received generally positive reviews. As of January 2022, the film holds a 65% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 178 reviews, with an average rating of 6.40/10. The site s critics consensus states: Despite some fine performances, The Kite Runner is just shy of rendering the magic of the novel on to the big screen. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 61 out of 100, based on 34 reviews.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times named it the 5th best film of 2007.
Though the child actors enjoyed making the film, they and their families expressed worries about their situation after the film s release. Regarding one scene, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada (young Hassan) said, I want to continue making films and be an actor but the rape scene upset me because my friends will watch it and I won t be able to go outside any more. They will think I was raped. The scene was depicted in a less harrowing manner than originally planned; it contained no nudity, and the sexual aspect of the attack was suggested only very briefly at the end of the scene (also, a body double was used). There were also fears of intertribal reprisals, as the character Hassan was a Hazara and the boys who bullied and raped him were Pashtun.
The government of Afghanistan at the time, led by President Hamid Karzai, decided to ban the film from theaters and DVD shops, both because of the rape scene and the ethnic tensions. The deputy Information and Culture minister said: It showed the ethnic groups of Afghanistan in a bad light. We respect freedom of speech, we support freedom of speech, but unfortunately we have difficulties in Afghan society, and if this film is shown in the cinemas, it is humiliating for one of our ethnic groups.
For their work on the movie, Zekeria Ebrahimi (young Amir) and Mahmoodzada were initially paid $17,500 (£9,000) each, and Ali Danish $13,700 (£7,000). Arguments were later made that the boys were underpaid. Additionally, Ebrahimi has said, We want to study in the United States. It s a modern country and more safe than here in Kabul. If I became rich here I would be worried about security. It s dangerous to have money because of the kidnapping. Paramount relocated the two child actors, as well M. Ali Danish Bakhtyari (Sohrab) and another child actor with a minor role as Omar, to the United Arab Emirates. The studio reportedly accepted responsibility for the boys living expenses until they reached adulthood, a cost some estimated at up to $500,000.
After four months in Dubai, Ebrahimi and his aunt returned to Kabul in March 2008. After receiving threats on his life, Ebrahimi was forced to remain indoors and be home-schooled by an uncle. He has since claimed that he wishes he had never appeared in the movie. Mahmoodzada stayed in Dubai for two years but returned to Kabul because his other family members could not get a visa to join him. Back home, he was continuously targeted by both the Hazara Shia s (for portraying them as a weak community) and by Pashtun Sunni (for portraying them as bad and cruel). The repeated humiliation resulted in Mahmoodzada—with the help of human smugglers—moving to Sweden; as of 2017, he was living in Borlänge.
Awards and nominations
|2008||80th Academy Awards||Best Original Score – Alberto Iglesias||Nominated|
|2008||Golden Globe Awards||Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Alberto Iglesias||Nominated|
|2008||Golden Globe Awards||Best Foreign Language Film USA||Nominated|
|2008||BAFTA Awards||Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music – Alberto Iglesias||Nominated|
|2008||BAFTA Awards||Best Screenplay – Adapted: David Benioff||Nominated|
|2008||BAFTA Awards||Best Film Not in the English Language||Nominated|
|2008||AARP Movies for Grownups Awards||Best Supporting Actor – Homayoun Ershadi||Nominated|
|2008||AARP Movies for Grownups Awards||Best Movie for Grownups||Nominated|
|2008||Art Directors Guild||Contemporary Film||Nominated|
|2008||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Young Actor – Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada||Won|
|2008||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Picture||Nominated|
|2008||Christopher Awards||Feature Films||Won|
|2007||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Picture||Nominated|
|2008||Hollywood Post Alliance||Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a DI Process||Nominated|
|2008||Houston Film Critics Society Awards||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|2007||International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)||Best Original Score for a Drama Film – Alberto Iglesias||Nominated|
|2009||International Online Film Critics Poll||Best Original Score – Alberto Iglesias||Won|
|2007||National Board of Review||Top Ten Films||Won|
|2008||North Texas Film Critics Association||Best Foreign Language Film||Won|
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Original Score – Alberto Iglesias||Won|
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Screenplay, Adapted – David Benioff||Nominated|
|2007||St. Louis Film Critics Association||Best Film||Nominated|
|2007||St. Louis Film Critics Association||Best Foreign Language Film (Afghanistan)||Nominated|
|2007||St. Louis Film Critics Association||Best Cinematography – Roberto Schaefer||Nominated|
|2008||Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2008||World Soundtrack Awards||Soundtrack Composer of the Year – Alberto Iglesias||Nominated|
|2008||World Soundtrack Awards||Best Original Soundtrack of the Year – Alberto Iglesias||Nominated|
|2008||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performer: Zekeria Ebrahimi||Nominated|
|2008||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performer: Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada||Nominated|
|Plot||After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.|
|Awards||Nominated for 1 Oscar, 6 wins & 25 nominations total|
|Writers||David Benioff, Khaled Hosseini|
|Stars||Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni|
|Produced by||William Horberg,Sidney Kimmel,Leslie Lerman,Laurie MacDonald,Sam Mendes,Kwame Parker,Walter F. Parkes,Jeff Skoll,Bruce Toll,E. Bennett Walsh,Rebecca Yeldham|
|Music by||Alberto Iglesias|
|Cinematography by||Roberto Schaefer|
|Film Editing by||Matt Chesse|
|Casting By||Kate Dowd|
|Production Design by||Carlos Conti|
|Art Direction by||Karen Murphy|
|Set Decoration by||Maria Nay,Caroline Smith|
|Costume Design by||Frank L. Fleming|
|Makeup Department||Yu Che,Gretchen Davis,Leslie Devlin,Yong Jie ‘Er Ge’ Fan,Xiu Mei Ge,Xiaolan Guo,Teresa Hinton,Rei Hu,Ping Huang,Cun Jiang,Hai Man Liang,Shu Hong Liu,Yanxia Liu,Yvette Rivas,Marc Tarasco,Jennifer Tremont,Kristina Vogel,Christie Wang,Shuping Zhang,Sarah Ault,Marcelo Donari|
|Production Management||Henry Dray,Nina Huang Fan,Zheng Qiang Ma,Ada Shen,Carey Len Smith,E. Bennett Walsh,Ty Warren,Akbar Yiming,Mark Graziano|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Abuduli Aizize,Yan Ba,Abu Douli,Banjiang Kuer,Sharon Lam,Alyson Latz,Michael Lerman,Kai Li,Stephanie Pan Ying,Hepin Qiao,Hao Qi Su,Peter Thorell,Yimigjan Trdi,Rebecca Yeldham,Jinzhan Zhang,Sean Vawter|
|Art Department||César Baez,Jeremy Ball,Sue Bowcott,James Burke,Richard Crowe,Douglas Cumming,Maud Gircourt,Leighanne Haddock,Dale Haugo,Mike Helbig,Yi Ho,Lawrence Hornbeck,Yanwu Hu,Peter Hudson,Michele Maria Kitagawa,Gang Li,Ming-Shan Li,Patrick Ludden,Daniel Mauvignier,John Micheletos,Dan Molnar,Robert Moxham,Annie Mueller,Ben Nichols,Maya Owings,Tom Richardson,Gretchen Scharfenberg,Oleh Sokolovsky,Michael Turner,Louis Visco,Yanrong Xing,Wei Chao Zhang,Baosheng Zhu,Guang Tai Zhu,Doreen Austria,Sherrie Dai,Michael Voelker,Wendy Wang Wei,Mark Warren|
|Sound Department||James Austin,Stephen Balliet,Christopher Barron,Steve Boeddeker,Lisa Chino,Brian Copenhagen,John Countryman,Sean England,Frank E. Eulner,Andre Fenley,Steve Finn,Doug Ford,Sandro Galluzzo,Jonathan Greber,Howie Hammermann,Ellen Heuer,Lora Hirschberg,David Hunter,Greg LaPlante,Leff Lefferts,Marilyn McCoppen,Michael Miller,Danilo Moroni,Chris Munro,Nathan Nance,Jordan O’Neill,Frank Rinella,Kevin Sellers,Michael Semanick,Tony Sereno,Karen Spangenberg,Nelson Stoll,Rachael Tate,Dennie Thorpe,Jana Vance,Zadran Wali,Marshall Winn,Ling Wu,Fan Yang,Gwendolyn Yates Whittle,Courtney Bishop,Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher,Peter Gleaves,Matt Kent,Zach Martin,Ronald G. Roumas,Clint Smith,Gwendolyn Yates Whittle|
|Special Effects by||Ken Durey,Dagan Jurd,Hong Hai Liu,Shaochun Liu,Joel Rosen,Tom Sindicich,Rei Xiang Xu,Jason Durey|
|Visual Effects by||Tim Alexander,Steve Arguello,Jeffrey Arnold,Chris Ball,Jeff Barnes,Andrew Byrne,Dylan Cole,Sean Coonce,Vincent DeLay,Steve Dellerson,Mick Ebeling,David Ebner,Leif Einarsson,Mike Fischer,Alex Friderici,Ron Friedman,Vicki Galloway-Weimer,Robin Scott Graham,Kevin Tod Haug,Jotham Herzon,Joseph Hoback,Marty Holthaus,Kevin Hoppe,Lindsay M. Hoppe,Steve Hutchins,Lei Jin,Les G. Jones,Brandon Kachel,Caleb Kirby,Shannon Krueger,Kevin LaNeave,Tim LeDoux,Neil Lim Sang,Olek Lyzwanski,Ed Mendez,Omrah Menkes,Mk12,Fatima Mojaddidy,C. Andrew Nelson,Brian Openshaw,Desi Ortiz,Todd Sheridan Perry,Chris Pinto,Mary Poplin,Richard R. Reed,Cong Ren,Saysana Rintharamy,Parker Sellers,Eddie Soria,Jason Thielen,Gabriel Vargas,Alexander Vegh,O.D. Welch,Patrick Wolf,Libor Zednicek,David Aughenbaugh,Nicholas Cerniglia,John Cornejo,Jordan Freda,Lisa Garner,Stephen George Jr.,Glenn Hiramatsu,Daniel Lahr,Leslie Lerman,Bruce Mann,Travis Moore,Phillip Moses,Ruben Rodas,Robert Rowles,David Santoyo,Mai Suzuki,Radley Teruel,Robert Tesdahl,Shuichi Yoshida|
|Stunts||Lu Jin Chao,Jun Ning,M. Emmet Walsh,Hai Wang|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Joseph J. Allen,Hailiang Ang,Marc Asmode,Dustin Ault,Herb Ault,Ken Bazal,Hong Qun Bia,J. Chuck Biagio,Richard Bowen,Phil Bray,Dawei Cao,Wei Dong Cao,Wu Tong Cao,Yong Jie Cao,Zhongxue Cao,Kai Chen,Kang Jian Chen,Gregory M. Childers,Sze Kwan Chong,Ian Chriss,Tim Christie,Yita Fan,Dan C. Ferreira,Jeff Gilliam,Mark Gilmer,Mark Hadland,Cao Hangan,Courtney Harrell,Don L. Henderson,Simon Jayes,Brook Johnson,Deng Qing Jun,Hai Liang Kang,Xiaotian Kang,Zak Katz,Ian Kincaid,Kim Kono,Raymond Lam,Toby Lawrence,Cong Li Li,Si Guang Li,Xiang Li,Yang Liu,Yanxia Liu,Zachary Love,Weiqin Mao,Lee Mariano,Brad Martinez,Brett Matthews,Jim McConkey,Rowena Mollica,Spencer Mulcahy,Mark Nakahara,Man-Yin Ngai,Fiona Qi,Yue Qi,Sanlang,Chris Shellenberger,Xue Wen Si,Don Steinberg,Bing Rui Sun,Chenyang Sun,Gen Shang Sun,Hong Yang Sun,Jun Yang Sun,Michael Taylor,Skyler Tegland,John Trunk,Zoran Veselic,Matthew Wakai,Jun Xi Wang,Lesley Watson,Yong Bo Wu,Hong Bin Xin,Quan Zhang,Tao Zhang,Yanlin Zhu,Paul Armbruster,Michael Ryan Burns,Kai Chen,Chris Cotterman,Dhamarata Dhiensuwana,Jonathan Hall,Jeroen Hendriks,Roberto Schaefer|
|Casting Department||Abliz Abdirixit,Xireli Abudurexiti,Maridel Aisam,Muhamd Ali,Niyat Ullah Baig,Dan Rui ‘Zoe’ Fang,Leslee Feldman,Mustafa Haidari,Timor Hakimyar,Nina Henninger,Kirsty Kinnear,Sarah Kliban,Dali Miatuxia,Eriko Miyagawa,Lan Mo,Akemusulitan Sulaimanxia,Zoe Thompson,Mischa van der Klei,Yukesaike Xijaet,Jeanne Boisineau,Michael Hogh|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Lu Bai,Sawut Chawar,Caroline Eselin,Lisa R. Frucht,Lili Gai,Kathleen Giordano,Juan Guan,Lei Guo,Abdullah Hapiz,Fengmei Jiang,Anna Munro,Hilary Niederer,Xu Dong Qi,Jin Fang Qiao,Deirdre Scully,Lin Wei Song,Jack Tung,Valerie White,Susan J. Wright,Yin Hao Wu,Meng Xie,Dan Yang,Fangzheng Yang,Julie Yrjanson|
|Editorial Department||Nabila Aslai,Mike Brosius,Michael Castillo,Jeff Charles,Valance Eisleben,Nancy Fuller,Robin Gonsalves,Bruce Goodman,Paul Grenville,Leilani Gushiken,Doug Jaqua,Nancy Jundi,Vincent Lavares,Carl McKay,Harry Muller,Alex Olivares,Carrie Oliver,Jake Rice,Mike Sowa,Chad Sustin,Stacy Underhill,Linda Williams,Robert Grigsby Wilson|
|Location Management||Ablimit,Ernest Belding,Douglas Dresser,Yingchun Fang,Felix Gehm,Peter Moody,Rong Peng,Matthew Riutta,Matthew Wersinger,Kamil Zunun|
|Music Department||Alex Acuna,Diego Balduque,Chris Bleth,David Cerrejón,Javier Crespo,José Luis Crespo,Ángel Crespo,Sandy DeCrescent,Sussan Deyhim,Majid Javadi,Jorge Magaz,Ara Malikian,Julia Malkova,Víctor Merlo,Mike Nowak,John Parsons,Javier Paxariño,Heitor Pereira,Bryan Pezzone,Dimitri Psonis,Raúl Quilez,Satnam Ramgotra,Jay B. Richardson,Ryan Robinson,Geri Rotella,Peter Rotter,Rubén Suárez,James Thatcher,Martin Tillman,Joann Turovsky,José Villalobos,Greg Vines,Sami Yusuf,Julie Butchko,Jacob Ceelasler,The Hollywood Studio Symphony,José Villalobos,Vincent A. Villanueva,Booker White|
|Script and Continuity Department||Massoumeh Emami,Hekmat Sadat|
|Transportation Department||Abdukadir,A. Arkin,E. Arkin,Robert Barbosa,John Bradley,Willie Brock,John Bromstead,Xing Jiang Chen,Lonnie Craig,Chris Deguzman,Xiao Hong Di,Tony Dingman,Henry Dray,Don Feeney,Zheng Qi Feng,Scotty Goudreau,Yun Feng Guo,David Harris,Albimit Kader,Yong Qi Li,Zhi Qiang Lin,John R. Lopez,Yu Lu,Jian Min Ma,Jian Tao Ma,Mijit Mahmut,Tony Pontecorvo,Derek Raser,Tommy Rizzo,Frank Rocha,Franklin J. Rocha,William J. Rogers,Hai Qiang Tian,Abdusattar Turde,Tursun,Bin Wang,Hui Wang,Robert A. Wood,Xian Zhong Wu,Zhen Yuan Wu,Zhong Zhi Yang,Guang Sheng You,Lei Zhang,Lian Yi Zhang,Sheng Xi Zhang,Sheng Xiang Zhao,Young Zhong Zhi|
|Additional Crew||Xirlaji Alijan,Amwer,Sophia Barry,Adam Bayless,Christopher Bennett,Dave Bennett,Basir Beria,Kristine Bochum,Kerry Boe,Xiaokui Cai,Xu Chen,Yi Song ‘Scarlet’ Chen,Shauna Cho,Dilinuoer,Natascha Dimitrijevic,Sharlene Duale,Mikey Eberle,Jan Eiham,Mohammed Eiham,Ekhbar,Troy Evans,Masoud Farand,Wong Fei,Aaron C. Fitzgerald,Jamie L. Gaines,Rachael Lin Gallaghan,Retha Geldenhuys,Chuan Yong Gou,Shahrukh Gran,Antonio Graña,Tian He Guo,Mustafa Haidari,Cindy Hamilton,David Hickey,Ilham Hosseini,Bonnie Hudson,’Rebecca’ Qin Jiang,Karsym Jiang,Jilijiang,Kyle GuYue Johnson,Tish Johnson,Jennifer Jourdan,Mohammad Aman Joya,Damiana Kamishin,Maijino Kasimu,Kayum,Muriel Kintzinger,S. Dylan Kirkland,Richard Klein,Min Kong,Jeff Kramer,Jillian Kugler,Matt Lake,Xiao Wang Li,Pei Pei Lin,Dian Jun Liu,Yongtao Liu,Dionne Lotivio,Lu Lu,Qing Long Lu,Roman Luo,Shan ‘Kate’ Luo,Abudu Lusuli,Xin Lin Ma,Mariam Mahmoud,Abdukader Mamat,Meg Mathisen,Sudeep Mathur,Lauren McClard,Patrick McDonald,Carla Mete,Marco Mete,Mijiti,Miradel,Jahid Mohseni,Saad Mohseni,Zaid Mophseni,Andy Mora,Blaise Noto,Omar Otkur,Sabrina Pourchasse,Emmanuel Prévinaire,Fiona Zi Ying Qi,Yama Rahimi,Moshref Javid Rameen,Sandy Reed,Abudu Reyimu,Sekander Saleh,Donna Sammander,Jim Serchak,Laura Sevier,Amir Shamil,Wen Bin Sheng,Adele Sparks,Dongming Sui,Riyoko Tanaka,Iqbal Theba,Tudaji,Kasem Tursun,Chantal Nong Vo,Xu Juan ‘Jo’ Wan,Xiang Wang,Jeffrey Weil,Abudu Weili,Ryan Whan,Laura Wilcox,Ramsay Williams,Wen Ping Xiong,Salah Yaftali,Ricky Yama,Hai Bing Yang,Lu Ye,Xiao Ming Yu,Xiu Jin ‘Candy’ Zhang,Xiao ‘Michelle’ Zhen,Yuan Zhou,Ami Zins,Deirdre Ashby,Cassandra Barbour,Jaclyn Chessen,Fahim Fazli,John Kiriakou,Katherine Kohler,Jeffrey E. Kramer,Mike Lane,Rick Mischke,Valerie Morris,Hekmat Sadat,Maggie Tang,Tim Bob Thunderhorse,Virginia Travers,Daniel Villagomez|
|Thanks||Siddiq Barmak,Suzanne Bauman,Adrian Belic,Jim Burroughs,Renée Chabria,Nazi Etemadi,Dana Kohler,Ahmed Latif,Mohsen Makhmalbaf,Bahaudin Mujtaba,Lorraine Sakata,Hans Zimmer|
|Companies||Dreamworks Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Participant|
|Countries||USA, China, UK|
|Languages||Arabic, Dari, English, Pashtu, Russian, Urdu|