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.
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Opening Weekend USA: $825,
9 October 2005, Limited Release
Gross USA: $2,054, 23 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
Although set in the 1930s and 40s, the young people all have modern hairstyles. See more
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performed by Chaibhuk Bhutrachinda, Korphai and Narongrit Tosa-nga See more