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The Outrage -- In this worthy adaptation of the Japanese film "Rashomon," a young monk is left to determine the truth behind three competing perspectives after a bandit's disturbing murder trial.

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September 2011 (Thailand) See more »
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In this worthy adaptation of the Japanese film "Rashomon," a young monk is left to determine the truth behind three competing perspectives after a bandit's disturbing murder trial. | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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The Truth Lies "At The Gate Of The Ghost"
 (From JustPressPlay. 29 April 2013, 6:29 PM, PDT)

Thai eye candy The Outrage hits U.S DVD
 (From 24FramesPerSecond. 25 March 2013, 11:40 AM, PDT)

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Competent remake of "Rashomon" but with a few WTF flaws See more (3 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Mario Maurer ... Monk

Petchtai Wongkamlao ... Woodcutter (as Phettai Wongkamlao)
Pongpat Wachirabunjong ... Undertaker (as Phongpat Wachirabanjhong)
Ananda Everingham ... Warlord (as Ananda Mathew Everingham)
Laila Boonyasak ... Warlord's Wife (as Chermarn Boonyasak)
Dom Hetrakul ... Bandit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thanya Wachirabunjong

Directed by
M.L. Pundhevanop Dhewakul 
 
Original Music by
Chatchai Pongprapaphan 
 
Cinematography by
Panom Promchard 
 
Production Design by
Patrix Meesaiyaat 
 
Art Direction by
Niti Samittasing  (as Niti Samithtasing)
 
Costume Design by
Noppadon Techo 
 
Makeup Department
Montri Wadia-Iad .... makeup department head
 
Art Department
Suwan Boodchan .... swing gang
Charkrit Boontham .... assistant property master (as Chakhrit Boontham)
Sakda Buapan .... sculpture
Navy Gunmithee .... stand-by property
Chumpol Immhen .... swing gang (as Chumpol Immen)
Utid Kadboonsoom .... swing gang
Jaric Kerdpathum .... painter
Somprasong Kongnasom .... swing gang (as Somprasong Kongnasorn)
Verapol Leammookda .... art runner (as Verapol Leammukda)
Chartchai Nimitjindawong .... sculpture (as Chatchai Nimitjindawong)
Jarimitr Nuchprapa .... property master (as Jarimith Nuchprapa)
Santi Piratson .... assistant art director (as Santi Piratsao)
Narongsak Prarin .... sculpture (as Narongsak Prapin)
Sakit Seekiew .... set buyer
Sukhon Thangporncharoen .... art coordinator (as Sukhon Tangphoncharoen)
Chawalit Thongnarin .... swing gang
Teerachai Yuyen .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound designer
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound re-recording mixer
Nopawat Likitwong .... supervising sound editor
Kaikangwol Rungsakorn .... sound effects editor
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound post-production supervisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aphinya Banchongsap .... costumer
Thirapat Khongchaiphiphat .... costume assistant
Thinnakon Sonfan .... costume assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"U mong pa meung" - Thailand (original title)
"At the Gate of the Ghost" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for some violence and sexuality
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Competent remake of "Rashomon" but with a few WTF flaws, 15 February 2015
Author: rooprect from New York City

"At the Gate of the Ghost" (2011) is an ambitious remake of Kurosawa's incomparable classic "Rashomon" (1950) which itself is an adaptation of 2 short stories "In a Grove" and "Rashomon" published in 1922. If you haven't seen the original "Rashomon", just take my word for it: it's the Japanese equivalent of the American "Citizen Kane". Like Kane, Rashomon jump started a new breed of film exploring the fractured narrative where a story is told from different, often conflicting, points of view. The ultimate question being raised: is there such thing as absolute truth? Or is the entire universe itself a subjective experience which each individual must define?

That said, let's get back to "At the Gate of the Ghost". Deliberately, this film is presented from a very overt, biased, Buddhist perspective. The opening titles say so. That sort of shatters the objective lens through which we perceive the characters' subjective nature. And for the first 20 minutes (which I hated so much I almost ejected this DVD into the trash), we get a ton of bizarre Buddhist sermons with convoluted fortune cookie catchphrases splattered across the screen to the sounds of operatic singing. Perhaps the meaning was lost in translation to English, but I found myself getting a headache while trying to make any sense of these slogans, for example (this is a direct quote), "One should strive to act in a way that is true to the way things are, that accords with the underlying truth of things."

WTF? I've heard more logical statements from the Bush administration.

But let's say you make it past the first 20 minutes. That's when things start to get really good. Following the first 20 minutes which amount to an unnecessary subplot about our hero, a young Buddhist monk who walks around observing his family's hypocrisies with a look of extreme constipation, the real gist of the movie kicks in when he finds himself in a cave talking to 2 other lost souls who have ducked in out of the rain.

Acclaimed Thai actor Pongpat Wachirabunjong (playing the role of the unscrupulous undertaker) immediately livens up the production with his larger-than-life portrayal of a disgusting, twisted misanthrope whom you can't help but love. Mutually distrustful of each other, the 3 men begin to talk about crime & punishment, and then they begin discussing the bizarre details of a murder trial.

They recount the witness testimonies, the facts, the opinions and ultimately the judgment that had just taken place, and through these different accounts we get drawn in to the mystery of wherein lies the truth. Each testimony radically contradicts the others. We hear from the Woodcutter who found the body, the Investigator who apprehended the Suspect, the Suspect who proclaims his innocence, the Wife of the victim who has a different story yet, and finally a very cool, stylish and creepy testimony from the murdered man himself.

One area where this film outshines the original "Rashomon" (through no fault of Kurosawa) is in the extreme, glorious use of colors. The visuals are really quite stunning. So in the end I do recommend this film, even to the Rashomon curmudgeons like me who say nothing will ever touch the original. Certain scenes are absolutely magical in their hi- definition glory, much like something you might expect from the modern Chinese master director Zhang Yimou ("Hero", "House of Flying Daggers"). I definitely count "At the Gate of the Ghost" as well worth the price of admission.

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