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On hearing the news of the death of his sister, a Buddhist monk leaves the temple where he has lived since childhood and struggles to adjust to life on the outside as an uncle to a young niece and as a businessman running a hair salon in a small Thai town in a southern province. He even must learn to ride a bicycle and zip up his trousers without injuring himself. He is confronted by a flood of feelings - sexual, for a woman and family friend across the street; as well as fear and hatred for the Muslims, who he believes is responsible for his sister's death and other sorrows in his life. Written by Wise Kwai

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True-to-life tale of inner religious conflict. Funny, too.
11 June 2004 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

You really get a feel of daily life in Thailand. Even the bathroom is traditional. Great mix of humor, tragedy and a great examination of the lead character's religious conflict. Some interesting portrayals of Muslim life in the far South; the terrorist attack was Muslim, and occurred in the southern city of Yala. Ultimately (minor spoiler ahead), our disrobed monk figures out how to be a good Buddhist in everyday life. NOTE: Baythong is how you spell "gold leaf," as in the stuff you rub on shrines. This film is named after a town in Thailand that should be spelled Betong.


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