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.
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:
'Old Path - White Clouds' by Thích Nhất Hạnh
Even with keeping these good books and my perception of Buddha out of mind this first movie is rather weak, misconceived and filled with... yeah, fillers that add nothing to the story of Buddha.
It doesn't go into philosophical depths, which it could at least try (while being about Buddha), but maybe I can free the makers of some of their debts here because most of the philosophising sure is supossed to happen in later phases of Siddharta's life.
By the end of the movie he makes a really strong and hard decision. But the way he asks himself questions about the world and its cruelty doesn't get me convinced about his decision at all (unlike the non-movie Siddharta - which is, by the way, annoyingly called SHIddharta throughout the movie)
His unsettlement seems rushed and WAAAAY too simplified to me.
Also, I feel like the movie character Siddhartha directs his questions/views just too much on the material world (war/sickness/dying) and too less on the suffering of mind+soul.
With all the violence in this movie the producers couldn't have aimed for an 'all-family' audience and therefore its depth, its philosophising could and SHOULD be more profound.
As I said above the side-stories don't add depth or entertainment to the story. One can clearly see why the creators included them into the movie: to give us a clue about the sorrows Siddharta is feeling, but because of their simplification and stereotypy that just didn't work out at all.
The art and music is pretty solid. What you'd expect from a Tezuka adaption: strong, sometimes even a little too loud colours, not even ONE more pencil or brush stroke than necessary to depict a character and solid animation (only with lots of animals and warriors in the picture the animation was somewhat jerking).
All in all...... a HUGE bummer! (that didn't get me interested in a continuation)
"Man does not attain all his heart’s desires for the winds do not blow as the vessels wish"
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
Since the other characters only support the story; i'm only going to review these two main characters who serve as core of this story.
The story begins with Chapra; a slave boy who couldn't bear the cruel life of being a slave. it will start with showing us how Chapra befriended with Tatta. Chapra's journey starts after he made a selfish request from his friend Tatta to help him in becoming a Kshatriya warrior; to make a better life for himself. And in order to achieve his goal, he goes through a mutually beneficial relationship with one of the well-known Kosalan generals.
The other boy Siddhartha, was born in a royal family. He was a child growing bored of the privileged life of a prince, and forced to learn military tactics and swordsmanship by his father; in order to become his successor. But unlike his father; he despises war, hates violence, and uninterested in glory; which resulted in making him inspired to seek the answers of the purpose of life, to seek a way to end the meaningless wars.
The movie was a bit too rushed at the beginning which was weak, making some of the character's decisions feels like...robotic, non-alive.
The Art/Animation was good overrall. However, I was expecting better animations for a movie.
Sound: Music wasn't prominent, but wasn't unfitting either. Voice acting was good overral except for young Siddhartha's voice which was like somebody was just reading from a paper without feelings.
Overrall: likeable themes such as the historical setting and good depiction of social issues even though it didn't focus on them that much. The movie was very well done overrall.