Kumal is miserable in his new circus home. Much to the chagrin of the animal tamer Zerbino (VINCENT SCARITO) and the circus performer Saladin (MOUSSA MAASKRI), he refuses to eat and begins wasting away. While Zerbino is sympathetic towards Kumal, Saladin resorts to using harsh measures to make the tiger perform. Robbed of his spirit, Kumal lifelessly goes through the motions—growling, roaring and jumping through hoops of fire.
The Prince’s hunting party is full of surprises when the Tigress, believed to be shot dead by the Prince, escapes with only a shot through the ear, while Normandin’s son, Raoul (FREDDIE HIGHMORE) finds Sangha hiding in a cave. When Normandin and his wife Mathilde (PHILLIPINE LeROY-BEAULIEU) agree to bring the cub home, Raoul is delighted with his new playmate. But their pet dog is not happy about sharing his turf and relentlessly provokes the cub. When Sangha finally fights back, the results are disastrous, and the family is forced to give him up to the Prince’s royal menagerie. There, the prince’s animal trainer resolves to break the cub’s gentle nature and turn him into a fighter for sport.
Months later, to entertain the Prince and his new fiance Paulette (STEPHANIE LAGARDE), a fight is held in the royal arena between the Prince’s tiger and the star tiger from a nearby travelling circus. Now fully-grown, Kumal and Sangha face off in a battle to the death, but when the two brothers recognize each other, they are soon rolling around, playing leapfrog, turning somersaults, and rediscovering their other childhood games. Fleeing the arena, they celebrate their freedom by engaging in a variety of pranks—wreaking havoc in the marketplace, invading homes and riding atop a bus.
Offering a reward for the capture of the “outlaw” tigers, the governor persuades Aidan to lead the locals in hunting them down. Closing in on Sangha and Kumal, they start a series of brushfires to keep the tigers from escaping. As the two tigers arrive within sight of their birthplace and their beloved temple, they are trapped by a wall of fire. Kumal, now an expert at leaping through flames, shows his brother the only way out.
Raoul and Aidan bid goodbye to Kumal and Sangha. The two brothers return to their kingdom, reunited with the Tigress, to be free forever among the splendor of the jungle and the forgotten temple.
TWO BROTHERS will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland by Path on July 23rd 2004
Certificate & Running time: U (“contains mild peril”) – 104mins