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The Overture (2004)
"Hom rong" (original title)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  2004 (Thailand)
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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 ... 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 ...
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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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$825 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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$2,054 (USA) (21 October 2005)
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Narongrit Tosa-Nga, playing the part of Kun-In is a famous ranad-ek player in Thailand. When he and Sorn first meet, the music that Khun-In is playing is actually from a tape recording of Narongrit performing on television when he was eight years old. See more »

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Hom rong and Amadeus / Luang Pradit and Mozart ?
14 July 2004 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Actually i am not interested in Thai Traditional music.I was born in the north of Thailand and the music similar to my ear is the performance in funeral (through Cassette tape !!).Thai traditional music seemed to me very boring staff , like the new generation who then was crazy in Bon Jovi , Skid Row ,Mettalica and so on.But when i grow up , i come to realize its beauty and profoundness through (sorry not this movie) the classical music.Thai traditional music has its own complexity and the liveliness , similar to classical music.

Could we compare Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Luang Pradit ?- Perhaps.Mozart was the child prodigy and could create the music that was too brand new for his generation in Vienna (actually he was not quite successful in his career), while Luang Pradit (in the movie) was groundbreaking , intolerable for the conservative -minded.

Both of two men were similar in characters when they were young ; bold and arrogant ,but when Luang pradit grew old , he was the prudent sage.Some says this is the weakest point of the movie that fails to connect the self of young and old Luang Pradit.

Both of these men were under the threats which were different : Mozart's life collapsed because of his own indiscretion and the overridden debt , eventually leading to the decline of his health and death when he was just 36 years old.Old Luangpradit was threatened by the decree of Nationalism of Field Marshal Phibul ,who wanted to civilize his country during world war 2.

I can not compare this movie to Amadeus.The latter conveys the audience with the historical error and boldly accused Salieri of the guilty that he had never made.But Amadeus was very strong and charming in every aspect of the production.Hom rong tried to be honest to historical fact but weak in the acting and especially the choreography.The director of Hom rong was inspired by many movies.The first scene was of his childhood stumbling upon Ranart just because of innocently chasing the butterfly (which appeared again after his death) , it seemed like he combined the last emperor and Forrest Gumps together.Many people would say that the influence of the legend of 1900 emerged when the duel between Luang pradit and Khun-In.But i think it was nearly the sort of plagiarism.

While Amadeus could meticulously imply the political idea , Homrong fails to do it.Hom rong uses the flat conversation to criticize so-called Nationalism but Amadeus wittingly resorted the political idea to drive the plot(the emperor Joseph 2 was blank-minded and pretended to be musical snob or the conflict between the Archibshop and the emperor).

The tragedy happening to Luang Pradit's follower who was deprived of the right to be professional in Thai music and eventually committed suicide , combining with the death of Luang Pradit himself could not depress the audience as much as when Mozart learnt about the death of his father and put this into (almost) final scene of Don Giovanni (as the commendatore's statue burst the wall in to pieces and dragged Giovanni in to the hell).

After all Hom rong is the groundbreaking movie , thrashing its rival Thawiphob (spending 100 million bath in production)into the crap. It could draw the new generation's interest to their oblivious legacy of the past.However one point i think that exactly similar to Amadues is the one- sided accusation against Luang Phibul of the forever villain like Amadeus cursed Antonio Salieri to hell.


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