- Shangri-La in popular culture
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* In 1937,
Frank Capradirected "Lost Horizon", a film adaptation of Hilton's novel.
* In 1973, Charles Jarrott directed a musical film adaptation of the novel, also called "Lost Horizon."
* In the 1985 Terry Gilliam film "Brazil", the main character Sam Lowry lived in a building called "Shangri-La".
* In the 1992 film "
A Few Good Men", Col. Jessep references Guantanamo Bay, Cuba satirically as Shangri-La.
* In the 1992 movie "
White Men Can't Jump", Billy ( Woody Harrelson)and Gloria ( Rosie Perez) take residence in a Shangri-La hotel in Venice Beach.
* In the 1994 movie "
Natural Born Killers", Mickey ( Woody Harrelson) responds to Mallory's ( Juliette Lewis) comment about a "copless town" with: "That would be Shangi-La".
* In the 2003 film "
The Cooler", Shangri-La is the name of the Casino at the centre of the movie.
* Shangri-La is featured in the 2004
television movie"", where Flynn and Nicole find the third piece of the Spear of Destiny.
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the 2004 film "Spectres". Actress
Marina Sirtisuses the term when describing a summer home she is about to move into with her suicidal daughter.
* In the 2004 film "
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow", Joseph Sullivan and Polly Perkins discover Shangri-La in Nepal.
* The 2005 film "The Promise" was filmed in a location in China called Shangri-La. Also the protagonist is called Kunlun after the mountainous region where Shangri-La was said to exist.
* In the 2005 film "", the
Thule Societymistakes the nation of Amestris for Shambhala, the source of the Shangri-La legend.
* In the 2006 film "" the opening
street racingscene between Sean and Clay occurs in a planned suburb titled Shangri-La.
* In the 2007 movie "
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!", Shaggy and Scooby stumble across Shangri-La while escaping from the Yeti.
* In the 2008 film "", the Dragon Emperor journeys to Shangri-La in search of the pool of eternal life.
*In the American situation comedy "
Frasier", Shangri-La is the name of the apartment complexwhere Niles moved after his divorce from his wealthy wife Maris. This has a huge impact on the class-conscious Niles.
*The anime series "
Noein" depicts an alternate time-space to ours, known as Shangri-La, in which there is no suffering.
*In an episode of "
That 70's Show", Red refers to Hyde's rundown house as "Shangri-la on a cracker".
*Shangri-La was the name given to a space colony in the television series
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.
*In the TV show "
Boy Meets World" Shangri-La is the name of a bar in one of the last episodes, set in a black-and-white 1940s detective parody.
*In the anime series "
Outlaw Star", Ronald MacDougal's ship's name is the Shangri-La. EDIT: It is named the El Dorado.
*Shangri-La is used as its very meaning by Gouda in the show "" when
Motoko Kusanagibreaks into the external memory of Gouda with the help of the tachikomas.
*"Journey to Shangri-La", an episode of "Jem", is based around the premise of a visit to Shangri-La by Jem and the Holograms.
*In "Scrubs", Carla is advising Dr. Cox on a relationship that there is no Shangri-La in the episode
Atomic Betty", there is a race of warrior birds who live on clouds called the Shangri-La-Di-Das.
*Shangri-La is the name of the Holden's family home in British TV series 'Blackpool'.
The Simpsons" episode " Lisa's Date with Density", Homer attempts to steal candy from the Kwik-E-Martby pretending it is Sprinkleson a Doughnut. When Apudiscovers this he says: "A mounds baris not a sprinkle. A Twizzleris not a sprinkle. A Jolly Rancheris not a sprinkle sir. Perhaps in Shangri-la they are, but not here!"
*In the children's show "Clifford's Really Big Movie", the group of friends makes its way to "Shangri-large" for a talent contest.
*In the anime "Saiyuki",
Son Goku, the monkey king, and Genjo Sanzo, a high buddhist priestset out to protect Shangri-La from Demons, with help from Cho Hakkaiand Sha Gojyo, two demons themselves.
*On the TV series "Angel", Gunn calls the on the surface perfect world of the season four big bad, Jasmine, the "Shangri-la-la-land".
Seventh Doctorand Mel visit a holiday camp called Shangri-La in the BBC" Doctor Who" serial " Delta and the Bannermen".
*Shangri-La was parodied on the ' episode ' as Shangri-Llama that
Sheen Estevezand Carl Wheezervisit.
*An episode of the children's show "
Cyberchase" is set in Shangri La. The episode is about the mathematical concept of doubling.
*An episode of the TV series "
Law & Order" is named Shangri-La (Season 13, Episode 2). In the episode, the accused claims to suffer from an identity disorder, where she acts like a sixteen year-old, even though she actually is twenty-six.
*In an episode called "
The Paradise Syndrome" of the American Sci-fi series "", an away team beam down to a primitive planet and comment “it’s like discovering Atlantis or Shangri-la”.
*An episode of Disney's animated series "
TaleSpin" named "Last Horizons" depicts a plot where Baloo encounters a hidden city called "Panda-La". Anthropomorphic pandas (all the characters are anthropomorphic, in the series) rule the isolated city and the Emperor named Wan Lo (notably, Robert Ito is the voice) ultimately exploits the easy-going Baloo who leads them back to Cape Suzette where the Emperor launches an attack. Strangely, this episode was coined as controversial (though, it was definitely syndicated for a short time) and was temporarily banned and taken off the air. However, it can be found on the Vol. 2 DVD of the series.
*The documentry Killer at Thurston High in which 15 year old
Kip Kinklekills his mother and father, and instigates a school massacre; is completely juxtaposed with the fact he and his family lived in Shangri-La
*"Shangri-La" is a song written in 1946 by Carl Sigman, Matt Malneck, and Robert Maxwell. Maxwell had the first instrumental hit with his orchestra in 1964. It was also made popular in vocal recordings by
The Four Coinsand The Lettermen, and sung as a popular standard by many singers of the big band era. Jackie Gleasonalso used "Shangri-La" as his theme song.
Mark Knopflerreleased an album named "Shangri-La", also featuring a song entitled "Our Shangri-La".
*Shangri-La was the name of the song performed by Gerard Joling for the European Song contest of 1988 (ended on the 9th spot).
Insane Clown Possereleased an album entitled "The Wraith: Shangri-La" one of two albums, this one depicting a place meaning heaven. ICP also mentions Shangri-La in many songs on other albums.
Twelve Girls Bandhas a song called "Shangri-La" on their album Eastern Energy.
singer-songwriter Lee-Hom Wangreleased an album in December 2004 entitled "Shangri-La".
*Shangri-La is mentioned in
Elton John's song "The Trail We Blaze".
*Shangri-La is mentioned in
Led Zeppelin's song Kashmir.
*Shangri-La is also mentioned in
Patti Smith's song 1959.
Mother Love Bonewrote a song titled "This Is Shangri La"
*There is a song named Shangri-La in
Billy Idol's Cyberpunk album.
Clinic's self-titled album has a track named DJ Shangri-La (Domino Records 2000)
Don Henleyrecorded a song called Shangri-La as part of his album, The End of the Innocence
The Kinksrecorded a track titled Shangri-La on the 1969 album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).
*Punk rock band
The Adictsreleased a song titled Shangri-La on their album "Twenty-Seven"
Stevie Nicksreleased an album in 2001 entitled Trouble in Shangri-La; the first track sharing the same name as the album.
*The line "I found a way I could navigate my boat through these troubled waters to the shores of Shangri-la" was used in the song "Eggshells" by Plastic by Nature.
*There was a 1960s girl group called
*The alternative rock group
Stone Temple Pilotsreleased an album in 2001 entitled " Shangri-La Dee Da"
Electric Light Orchestrawrote a song titled "Shangri-La," which appeared on their album " A New World Record".
Rutleshad a song called "Shangri-La" on their album Archaeology. Originally written by Rutles member Neil Innesin the late 1970s.
*Shangri-La is mentioned on
AC/DC's track titled "Sin City"
*Shangri-La is mentioned in
Neurotic Outsiders's song "Story Of My Life"
*Shangri-La is referenced in
Ry Cooder's "Poor Man's Shangri-La" (Track 01 off of the album "Chavez Ravine")
*Shangri-La is the name of the recording studio of the 1960s
Americanagroup The Band.
*Shangri-La is the name of the opening theme to the
anime Soukyuu no Fafner, by the Japanese pop duo angela.
*Shangro-La is the name of the single by pop band
Teena Marierecorded a song named Shangri-La for her 1986 album Emerald City
*The British rock group Oasis released a B-side called "Idler's Dream" which contains the lines "You're an idler's dream and you're singing Shangri-La."
*Shangri-La is mentioned in
Gerard McManns' Cry Little Sister. The Theme from the film " The Lost Boys".
*Shangri-La is mentioned in the
Nightwishsong and album " Angels Fall First", with the line "Not relieved by thoughts of Shangri-La, nor enlightened by the lessons of Christ."
Dog Fashion Disco, originated from Baltimore, MD, mentions Shangri-La in their song "Valley Girl Ventriloquist", on the " Anarchists of Good Taste" Album. Todd Smith, the vocalist, sings "Follow me to Shangri-La".
*Shangri-La is mentioned in the track "Searching for Atlantis", by British heavy metal legends Saxon on their "Lionheart" album.
*Shangri-La is mentioned in the song "Gone Fishin'," a duet with
Louis Armstrongand Bing Crosby.
*Shangri-La is mentioned in the song "Nothing Can Compare With You" by
*Shangri-La is the title of a song Japanese singer Matsuoka Hideaki (松岡英明) debuted in his 20th anniversary special concert.
*Shangri-La is the title of an
*Shangri-La is the title of a
Grandaddytrack on the Just Like the Fambly Catalbum (the track covers the ending of the Electric Light Orchestra song with the same title, but with slightly changed lyrics).
*Shangri-La is mentioned in Mötley Crüe's Song. Dr Feelgood
*Shangri-La was the name of the disaster-ridden Malibu studio where
Skinny Puppyrecorded The Process.
*Shangri-La is the title of a single by Japanese singer Minako Honda, released on 1990.
*Shangri-La is the title of a single by J-Rock group
chatmonchy. It was also used as the ending theme of the 2006 anime, Hataraki-man.
*Shangri-La is mentioned in "The Promised Land" track on the Final Fantasy Pray CD. The song is a remake of the overworld theme from Final Fantasy II.
*Shangri-La is mentioned in The Good Life's song, "Some Bullshit Escape," from
Black Outwith the line: "Is it better where you are, in Xanaduor Shangri-La? Is it anything like Omaha?"
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the song "Dawn Of A Golden Age" from the RoadRunner United compilation released by RoadRunner Records to mark their 25th anniversary. The song is sung by Dani Filth of Cradle Of Filth: "Vermilion rivers slither past Racing roads to Shangri-La."
Project Shangri-Lais the title of a Lana Lanealbum.
* Shangri-La is also mentioned in the
Demis Roussos's song "Lovely lady of Arcadia", with the line "In your arms I found my Shangri-La."
* Toxic Rock group
Zug Izlandmentions Shangri-La in their cover of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall.
* Shangri-La is the title of a song of a Finnish musician/poet called Kauko Röyhkä
* Shangri-La mentioned on "The Lost Boys" Soundtrack
* In a Norwegian movie about Kaptein Sabeltann, Shangri-La is mentioned as Sabeltann's sacred place.
* Shangri-La is a song by J-Rock group
Siam Shadein the album SIAM SHADE VI
* Shangri-La is mentioned on the
Mötley Crüesong Dr. Feelgood
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the
Cyndi Lauper1994 song Come On Home
* Tougenkyou (Shangri-La in English) is a song by J-Pop group
Amasia Landscapein the album Goldenvine.
* Shangurira (Shangri-La) is a song by J-Rock group
GO!GO!7188included in their 5th album "parade"..
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the Oasis track Idler's Dream, a B-Side on The Hindu Times single.
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the
Ocean Colour Scenesong Huckleberry Grove.
* "Shangri-La" is the title of sixth track on
Martina Topley-Bird's second album, "The Blue God".
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the
Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku, (Absolute Destiny Apocalypse), song of the anime series Revolutionary Girl Utena
* Shangri-La is the title of one of
Kim Wilde's songs in the album "Teases & Dares (1984)".
* Shangri-la ("Bulgarian" Шангри Ла) is a Bulgarian pop band.
* Shangri-La is mentioned in
Raine Maida's song entitled Careful What You Wish For on the album The Hunters Lullaby.
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the lyrics of the
Bee Gees' 1979 album Spirits Having Flown, on the song Spirits (Having Flown). It says: "I'd like to take you to my shangri-la. Neither here or far away from home".
* Shangri-La is mentioned in the 'closing lullaby' of the
Janelle Monaesong 'Many Moons': "and when the world just treats you wrong/just come with me and i'll take you home/shan shan shan shangri-la/ na na na na na na na na na na na"
*Shangrila is a hidden level on Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, accessible after locating the appropriate Chaos Gate.
*Shangri-La was a [http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=5331]
pinballmachine made by Williams Mfg. Co in 1967.
*Shangri La is a
Casual gamedeveloped by [http://www.zylom.com Zylom] , a demo can be played [http://www.en.zylom.com/game/425/shangri-la.html here] .
*Shangri-La is the last level in the 2002 video game, "".
*Shangri-La is one of the Illuminati introduced in the
Y2Kexpansion of the Illuminati (game)card game by Steve Jackson (US), .
*Shangri-La appears in as an explorable environment, where one of the three pieces of the Sosiqui Legacy is protected.
*Shangri-La is the central theme of "
The Bridges of Shangri-La", a board gamedesigned by Leo Coloviniand currently published by Überplay. Previous editions were published by Kosmos and 999 Games.
*Shangri-La was the name of the city of the goblins in
*The quest for Shangri-La: Dark Carnival games. A boardgame designed by Robert "Jumpsteady" Bruce.
*In , when entering the last level, Spongebob thinks that he is in Shangri-La.
*In the SEGA game,
Yakuza (video game)(2005), there is a massage parlour called Shangri-La.
*In , Shangri-La is a "secret" town, devoid of enemies and offering some of the best shops and services in the game, that players will find if they can make it to the bottom of a
*Mentioned in Bye Bye Birdie
MUSHbased on a theme of BDSM fantasyrole-playing is called [http://www.shangrilamush.com/ Shangrila] .
*One of the cities in is named Xiangrala.
*Shangri-La is spoofed in
World of Warcraftin a zone called Ogri'la, an Ogre faction/city.
*Shangri-La is the name of a Deathmatch map in "
Unreal Tournament 3". The map is DM-ShangriLa.
*Shangri-La is a Floating City in the game
Tradewindsand is known as a PirateCity.
*In the Origin Systems game " [Privateer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing_Commander:_Privateer] ", Shangri-La is a planet which has been colonised by humans and serves as an idyllic holiday resort. It is one of several "pleasure planets" located in the Gemini Sector.
*Shangri-La is a very famous brand of whiskey distilled in Sikkim, (North-East India)
*Shangri-La is the name of one of the last songs in the play
*The United States navy named one of its aircraft carriers after the fictional location, "USS Shangri-La". The name was a reference to the recently lost "Hornet" (CV-8): after the
Doolittle Raid, launched from the "Hornet", President Roosevelt answered a reporter's question by saying that the raid had come from "Shangri-La".
*Shangri-La is a non-profit organization in Salem, Oregon that provides homes, jobs and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, economic disadvantages or other barriers to employment. Shangri-La delivers services in over 80 locations and operates 7 subsidiary businesses. Learn more at www.shangrilacorp.org.
*"Shangri La" is repeatedly alluded to in the
Kurt Vonnegutnovel " Deadeye Dick."
*The name and legend inspired
Carl Barkswhen he wrote and drew the Uncle Scroogecomic book "The Land of Tralla La" published in 1954. Half a century later, Don Rosalater wrote and drew "Return to Tralla La." Tralla La is shown as almost identical to Shangri-La.
Shangri La (Doris Duke)is a mansion outside Honolulu, Hawaiithat now houses the Islamic artcollection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Seth Robertsnamed his weight loss plan The Shangri-La Dietbecause the diet seemed to allow weight loss without suffering, and thus was a sort of dieter's paradise
*Shangri-La is the name of a popular strip club in Tampa, FL, located near the world famous Mons Venus and 2001 Space Odyssey.
*A version of Shangri-La called Nanda Parbat can be found in DC Comics. It was created by a deity called Rama Kushna, who also created
*Shangri-La is an international chain of luxury hotels.
Allan Quatermainand Mina Murraymeet Orlando during a visit to Shangri-la in " The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The New Traveller's Almanac"
*Shangri-La is the nickname for room MB2, also known as "The Newcombe Kingdom".
*Shangrila Furniture, Inc - Heshan, China based furniture manufacturer selling from warehouses located in Ontario, California and in Prusice, Southern Poland
*The characters of
Urusei Yatsuravisit a place claiming to be Shangri-La in one of the manga chapters.
*Shangri-La Healing Center is a healing practice for Reiki, massage and 5 tibetan rites located in Hyvinkaa Finland. [http://www.shangri-la.fi/]
*ShaneGrayLa is a play on words used by Shane Gray on his website www.shanegrayla.com : [http://www.shanegrayla.com] . Shane publishes content of urban adventures and television broadcasts covered by city, national and international news stations. Shane is best known for his mockery of the SARS virus scare and his proposal to Darce de la Roche on the 11th of September.
*Shangri-La is a private section of the Lords of Pain forums that is used for pure wrestling discussion.
*Shangri-La and the novel are spoofed in the
Goon Showepisode "Shangri-La Again". Script: [http://www.thegoonshow.net/scripts_show.asp?title=s06e08_shangri_la_again]
*Shangri-L.A. is a nickname for Los Angeles (L.A.) in the
Weetzie Batseries by Francesca Lia Block.
*'Lush Cosmetics' makes a facial moisturizer called 'Skin's Shangri-La'.
*Shangri-La is a soft drink brand distributed in Guatemala.
*Shangri-La is mentioned in [http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1813.html/ this]
Irregular Webcomic!strip, as the Yeti's casino, possibly alluding to the common concept of Las Vegas= Paradise
*Shangri-La was a major entertainment area at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. It featured music and exotic entertainment such as a 'tilted disco' and fighting midgets.
*Shangri-La was an infamous strip club and bar in Azusa, California in the 70's and 80's, which featured a black structure. Subsequently known as "Corky's Corner" after owners Corky and William Allen, in the 90's it fell into disrepair with the surrounding property used for the homeless, becoming a blighted spot for crime and prostitution. It was since condemned and demolished. In June 2008, the city purchased the property, and plans to erect a restaurant and small retail operation in its place.
*Shangri-La is heavily referenced in Australian author Melina Marchetta's novel "On the Jellicoe Road".
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