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Sop-mai-ngeap (2011)

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An ex-cop Buddhist monk investigates a murder in his monastery in Bangkok.

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Apichart Chusakul ...
Inspector Somchai (as Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul)
Prinya Intachai ...
Kitsada Hongsakrai ...
Brother Suchinno
Sunon Wachirawarakarn ...
Brother Kittisaro
Chaiwat Sadindum ...
Brother Khantiphalo
Pakapong Sangkasi ...
Jak
Pak Pattarapong ...
Police Maj. Gen. Chao
Kiat Punpiputt ...
Superintendant Pricha
Porntip Papanai ...
Pricha's daughter
Sin Kaewpakpin ...
Gossiping Monk
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Wipawee Charoenpura ...
Joom
Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen ...
Wannasak Sirilar
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When a homeless youth is murdered in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery in Bangkok, the Police do little to investigate, leaving Father Ananda - a former homicide detective - to try and solve the crime. With the help of an orphaned boy named Jak, Ananda travels the canals of the city to unravel the clues and catch the killer. Written by Anonymous

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6 April 2011 (Thailand)  »

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Mindfulness and Murder  »

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Thailand's "Name of The Rose"?
2 January 2015 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Some new blood was indeed transfused into the vast body of Thailand's movie-making. This film tries to do something different, and different it is. It is a murder mystery in a monastic Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The motives range from drugs to homosexual behaviour. As a Thai and a Buddhist, I found the first 30 minutes slightly too offensive to my taste. As time goes by, it is quite clear that offending Buddhism is not at all the intent, and a Buddhist like myself can truly enjoy this film till the end credit. It is beautifully shot, surprisingly because there is no attempt to avoid the blemishes you can find in a Thai temple or just anywhere in Thailand. The portrayal is honest while not passing a judgment. The characters of monks and temple kids are believable. I assume that the director does not really speak Thai, thus the use of Thai language in this film suffers slightly. For example, the police ranks of a police major general and a police colonel are pronounced quite similarly, but the mistake is rather great. "Mindfulness and Murder" is a film to entertain and to relax the viewers with a Thai temple's serenity. The only missed opportunity is for the movie makers' failure to apply some Buddhist philosophies to the plot line. If that was added, they would be making a much better use of a Buddhist temple than simply as a nice backdrop.


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