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Angulimala (2003)

Arhingsaka was born in India to a noble family. Despite his noble birth, his horoscope showed to be born under the sign of thieves, and thus was preordained for a wicked life. On his 16th ... See full summary »

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Sutape Tunnirut

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Sutape Tunnirut
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nopachai Chaiyanam ... Arhingsaka / Angulimala (as Nopporn Chaiyanam)
Stella Malucchi ... Nantha
John Rattanaveroj John Rattanaveroj ... Vikul
Kamron Gunatilaka Kamron Gunatilaka ... Sati
Alisa Kajornchaiyakul Alisa Kajornchaiyakul ... Mantanee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caterina Grosse Caterina Grosse
Varin Sachdev Varin Sachdev
Anant Sammarsup Anant Sammarsup ... Kakkapakawa
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Arhingsaka was born in India to a noble family. Despite his noble birth, his horoscope showed to be born under the sign of thieves, and thus was preordained for a wicked life. On his 16th birthday his father sent him to complete his education and Arhingsaka became the teacher's favorite; the other jealous students told the master that Arhingsaka was flirting with the teachers wife. Deciding to punish his former star pupil, he told Arhingsaka : "You have almost completed your training; there is just one thing left to do. Once you finish your life of suffering will be over, and you will become a Bodhisattva. You must single-handedly kill 1,000 people" Arhingsaka changed: once he was bright and his mind light; he was tall, handsome and muscular. Now he turned grim and ugly, hunched over and plodding. He no longer laughed or spoke and he haunted the forests like a wild animal. He endeavored to complete his task, until an enlightening encounter with the Buddha halted his bloody quest. His ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

11 April 2003 (Thailand) See more »

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Dolby SR
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Caused a controversy in Thailand when it was first released. Many Buddhist groups accused the film of distorting Buddhist teachings. See more »

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Not your typical path to enlightenment
26 August 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Thai film about a Brahamin born to be a thief and murderer despite the hope it would be otherwise. When the signs at his birth are bad the young child is sent away to study philosophy in the hopes of changing fate. The monks sensing his bad side refuse to teach him, however he does learn. When he's tricked into believing that the killing of 1000 bad men will bring about his getting the core of Dharma he is set on a murderous path. Odd film about the ability to change and find enlightenment even after walking a dark path. The ending where he does find enlightenment is strangely moving even if it it at odds with all that went before. Recommended for those who want a real change of pace but not for general consumption (at least by American audiences)


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