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Buddha: The Great Departure (2011)

Tezuka Osamu no budda: Akai sabaku yo! Utsukushiku (original title)
2005 years ago in India, a boy named Siddhartha Gautama of the kingdom Shakya is born. When Siddhartha was born there was a prophecy that the boy would become a king of all the kingdoms. At... See full summary »


Kôzô Morishita


Osamu Tezuka (manga), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Siddhartha
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Maya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tesshô Genda ... (voice)
Kiyokazu Kanze Kiyokazu Kanze ... King Suddhodana (voice)
Saburôta Kanze Saburôta Kanze ... (voice)
Tomoka Kurotani Tomoka Kurotani ... Malikka (voice)
Nana Mizuki Nana Mizuki ... Migaila (voice)
Ai Orikasa ... Young Siddhartha (voice)
Masato Sakai Masato Sakai ... Chapra (voice)
Takahiro Sakurai ... (voice)
Junko Takeuchi ... Young Chapra (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Tatta


2005 years ago in India, a boy named Siddhartha Gautama of the kingdom Shakya is born. When Siddhartha was born there was a prophecy that the boy would become a king of all the kingdoms. At that time various kingdoms were continuously raging wars with each other. When the boy attained puberty, he associated with people from the lower class like Migaila a girl who was known as a thief. Siddhartha began to have doubts about the strict class system even though he is raised in luxury as a future king. Later, the powerful kingdom of Kosala attacks the kingdom of Shakya. Both sides fight fiercely. The commander of Kosala's army is the general's son Chapra. He is thought of as the most brave soldier in the kingdom of Kosala. Chapra was actually born into slavery but hid his background. By the general's order he came all the way up into his current position. Chapra wants to make a successful career for himself and Siddhartha abondons his family's wealth to find Tao. These two opposite persons... Written by Jiilo_Kim

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not a patch on the manga
30 August 2012 | by cuyocksol-UKSee all my reviews

I don't know if this film will ever get a proper official release with English subtitles (or dubbed)... I saw it on YouTube.

My daughter and I are great fans of the series of classic manga books by Tezuka, so I was looking forward to this film. I am greatly disappointed.

Gone is the wonderful humour of the manga. There is no trace either of the wonderful distinctive style of Tezuka's drawings... this looks just like a thousand other bland anime movies. This is a movie which takes itself far too seriously. The Hollywood-style music is all sentimental swells and saccharine excess.

If you enjoyed the deep aspects of the mangas' introduction to the life of the Buddha and to Buddhist teaching... if you enjoyed the original quirky fun and great simple storytelling of the books - then avoid this film like the plague!!

Luckily the books are still available in English translation and are a great read for child and adult alike. Go for it!

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Release Date:

28 May 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Osamu Tezuka's Buddha: The Great Departure See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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