Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anuchit Sapanpong ...
Sorn
Adul Dulyarat ...
Elderly Sorn
Pongpat Wachirabunjong ...
Lieutenant Colonel Veera
Narongrit Tosa-nga ...
Kun In
Phoovarit Phumpuang ...
Terd
Sompob Benjathikul ...
His Royal Highness
Kiat Punpiputt ...
Master Sin
Arratee Tanmahapran ...
Chote (1880s)
Sumeth Ong-ard ...
Prasit
Somlek Sakdikul ...
Master Tian (as Somchai Sakdikul)
Lookpoo Doksedeo ...
Piak
Supaluk Uttamawetin ...
Chote (older)
Aunnop Anawat ...
Tew
Chumphorn Thepphithak ...
Tew
Krit Suwannapaph ...
Second Lieutenant
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Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets as a small child and played all his life. The backdrop to Sorn's life tale is the story of Thailand's classical music from its golden age during the reign of King Rama V to near extinction after the end of the absolute monarchy when the government banned it as uncivilised in the 1930s -- a time when Field Marshall Plaek Pibulsongkram tried to push the Kingdom into the modern era. The film shifts back and forth from the time when Sorn was a young man, playing in a xylophone duel with the intense Kun In, to the 1940s, when Thailand was under Japanese occupation and Sorn's playing would provide some inspiration to the oppressed citizenry of the time. Written by Wise Kwai

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2004 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$825 (USA) (7 October 2005)

Gross:

$2,054 (USA) (21 October 2005)
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Was Thailand's submission for foreign picture Oscar in 2004. See more »

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Although set in the 1930s and 40s, the young people all have modern hairstyles. See more »

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Referenced in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaek bor-ra-tes
traditional
performed by Chaibhuk Bhutrachinda, Korphai and Narongrit Tosa-nga
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An Insight Rarely Seen
15 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Overture" certainly had a number of flaws, not least of which was for the audience to figure what was when. I had very little sense of time and place for any of it, and, at first, the flashbacks and flash-forwards were unanticipated and difficult to differentiate from the previous scene.

Nonetheless, such movies provide a rare insight into foreign cultures, and this one did just fine in that regard. The strongest element of "Overture" was the acting. I thought the cast did a generally wonderful job in bringing substance to the disparate collection of characters who populated this story.

While, to be frank, much of the music of southeast Asia is difficult to listen to for extended periods, this film did manage to demonstrate the subtlety and beauty of some Thai music. And is the competitiveness shown in this film part of the reality of traditional Thai music? If so, it seems the Thais have also made music, at some level, into nearly a blood sport.

By the way, some have written here of this film in relation to "Amadeus". To me, it is more like "Drumline".


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