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

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Tom Waller

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Vithaya Pansringarm (screenplay), Tom Waller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Father Ananda
Apichart Chusakul Apichart Chusakul ... Inspector Somchai (as Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul)
Prinya Intachai Prinya Intachai ... Satchapalo
Kitsada Hongsakrai Kitsada Hongsakrai ... Brother Suchinno
Sunon Wachirawarakarn Sunon Wachirawarakarn ... Brother Kittisaro
Chaiwat Sadindum Chaiwat Sadindum ... Brother Khantiphalo
Pakapong Sangkasi Pakapong Sangkasi ... Jak
Pak Pattarapong Pak Pattarapong ... Police Maj. Gen. Chao
Kiat Punpiputt Kiat Punpiputt ... Superintendant Pricha
Porntip Papanai Porntip Papanai ... Pricha's daughter
Sin Kaewpakpin Sin Kaewpakpin ... Gossiping Monk
Natalie Glebova ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wipawee Charoenpura Wipawee Charoenpura ... Joom
Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen ... The Abbot
Wannasak Sirilar 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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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Mindfulness and Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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2.35 : 1
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Thailand's "Name of The Rose"?
2 January 2015 | by j-penkairSee 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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