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The Overture (2004)

Hom rong (original title)
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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Trivia

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 »

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

Saen kum-nueng
traditional
performed by Chaibhuk Bhutrachinda, Korphai and Narongrit Tosa-nga
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Should be open wide
3 March 2010 | by mtoonsSee all my reviews

For international interpret ability. I want to know how they think about but not a words such as "why he deserves Mozart?". It's not the point. The main point is to show "How strong of native social is very important, to cope with an alien culture attack". This kind of point do hardly found in Thai movies. It is true that you can not compare a goodness in music of one culture to another. Same to Luang Pradit Phairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) is not Amadeus. You have to consider how much it serves the target listeners. Thai culture is very different to the West. The movie itself maybe less understandable by the way of culture interpretation, a simple fact. But it's not mean that those movies is not good enough.


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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

Gross USA:

$2,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,306,326
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sahamongkolfilm Co. See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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