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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 Anuchit Sapanpong ... Sorn
Adul Dulyarat Adul Dulyarat ... Elderly Sorn
Pongpat Wachirabunjong Pongpat Wachirabunjong ... Lieutenant Colonel Veera
Narongrit Tosa-nga Narongrit Tosa-nga ... Kun In
Phoovarit Phumpuang Phoovarit Phumpuang ... Terd
Sompob Benjathikul Sompob Benjathikul ... His Royal Highness
Kiat Punpiputt Kiat Punpiputt ... Master Sin
Arratee Tanmahapran Arratee Tanmahapran ... Chote (1880s)
Sumeth Ong-ard Sumeth Ong-ard ... Prasit
Somlek Sakdikul Somlek Sakdikul ... Master Tian (as Somchai Sakdikul)
Lookpoo Doksedeo Lookpoo Doksedeo ... Piak
Supaluk Uttamawetin Supaluk Uttamawetin ... Chote (older)
Aunnop Anawat Aunnop Anawat ... Tew
Chumphorn Thepphithak Chumphorn Thepphithak ... Tew
Krit Suwannapaph Krit Suwannapaph ... Second Lieutenant
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

2004 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

A nyitány See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$825, 9 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,054, 23 October 2005
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Company Credits

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Sahamongkolfilm Co. See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Was Thailand's submission for foreign picture Oscar in 2004. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Terd toh
Composed by Chatchai Pongrapaphan
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Culture Important to Civilization
30 June 2007 | by aa4353See all my reviews

An excellent biographical representation of a great musician. It is important to note some of the quotes that relate to the importance of keeping traditional music if a culture considers itself civilized. This may be a hint for we Americans to remember. I knew nothing of the instruments played in the movie. However, it surely held my interest and has encouraged me to do some research on them. Some of the scenery is so beautiful that it makes you want to make travel plans. More information on the musicians in the movie would be of interest. It is easy to understand why this movie won awards and nominations for awards. More movies showing the cultural side of Thailand will be welcomed in my home.


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