The Overture (2004)

Director
Ittisoontorn Vichailak

Main cast
Anuchit Sapanpong; Adul Dulyarat; Pongpat Wachirabunjong; Narongrit Tosa-nga; Phoovarit Phumpuang

Genres
Drama

Description
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.


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