Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku

Buddha: The Great Departure

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English: Buddha: The Great Departure
Synonyms: Osamu Tezuka's Buddha Movie 1: The Red Desert! It's Beautiful
Japanese: 手塚治虫のブッダ-赤い砂漠よ!美しく-


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 28, 2011
Producers: Tezuka Productions
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 1 hr. 51 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


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In ancient Nepal, the lives of the re plagued by drought, famine, constant warfare and the injustices of the strict caste system. The intertwining lives of many unhappy souls are drawn together by the birth of the young prince Siddhartha, who embarks on a spiritual journey, becomes Buddha, "the Enlightened One," and attempts to bring about a spiritual rebirth of the people in this desperate age.

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Nov 5, 2012
neUtrino_23 (All reviews)
To me, this movie completely misses its (presumed) point.

SYNOPSIS: The creators try to get the viewer feeling nearly as bad about all the suffering in the world as Siddharta/Buddha does, they failed for 2 reasons:
- rushed simplification
- the use of a lot of violence to ENTERTAIN the viewers, which (out of complete paradox) contradicts the primary purpose

Being about the life and struggles of Buddha I just expected something completely different.

Before watching it I didn't know that the producers planned it to be the start of a series of films, I also do not know the manga. My expectations were nurtured by two books:
'Siddhartha' by read more
Apr 27, 2016
Deago (All reviews)
"Man does not attain all his heart’s desires for the winds do not blow as the vessels wish"
— Al-Mutanabbi

This story talks about two boys who were born in different conditions. Chapra, is an ambitious slave. While Siddhartha is an aristocrat.

The movies starts with introducing the main characters; giving the viewer an idea of ​​the characters relations to each other, and also tells us about the current setting; which is a cruel world with a never-ending war between two nations; Shudra and Kosala. Also the movie acquaint us with the four-social class system people live with; where the worst of the four were the laborers and read more
Jan 25, 2018
OnegaiSensei666 (All reviews)
" This was the moment Siddharta first pressed his hands together in prayer. " " Siddharta. one who has accomplished his goal. " " You, who can accept the burden of the suffering of others on your own shoulders...You will find the path you must take. It was only later that he became the Buddha, also know as the enlighted one "

Movie missed point. Well this movie was something on a different level, it was breath taking and unique.

Story: Well at first glance i expected it to be movie only about Buddha and not only his past, which was quite dissapointing. They basically read more

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