Doctor Sang: Miracle of Life

Dr. Sang: Miracle of Life
“A dramatic portrayal of a struggle to save Thai wisdom heritage”

It is the early 20th century in Siam, later to be known as Thailand. The country is rushing to embrace all sorts of “new world” advancements. This enthusiastic adoption, especially of modern medicine, leads to changes that seem to swallow everything in their path, from long-held beliefs to folk wisdom to traditional medicine.
A folk doctor like his ancestors before him, Sang finds his family craft of herbal medicine severely affected by the Medical Act of 1923, which aims to bring standards of traditional medicine into line with those of modern medicine. Seeing the writing on the wall, his father decides to stop treating patients and tries to steer Sang toward another profession. But Sang remains steadfast in his ideals, determined to keep alive the wisdom heritage of his ancestors and the cultural identity of his people. A crisis of faith arises as local wisdom suffers a decline and discord over change spreads among the people around him. In his personal life, Sang also suffers: First comes a painful separation from the woman he loves and who shares his dreams, then he is thrust into a union with a woman he only wants to save from a devastating disease. But despite it all, he perseveres in his calling.
Sang’s efforts and struggles to keep traditional medicine alive come to an end one night, swept away by the river along with his lifeless body. More than 26 years will pass before those silenced cries are heard and attention is finally paid to the preservation of Thailand’s herbal plants and traditional medicine, and to the value of its wisdom heritage

  • Mr.Banchong Kosalwat
    2011 Many Lives (Television series on Thai PBS.) Received the Best Media for Society Award from the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health.
  • Mr.Banchong Kosalwat
    1996 Koo Kum #2 Won 3 Golden Doll Awards at the 20th Royal (14th October 1973) Suraswadi Award Ceremony; Best Actress, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction.
  • Mr.Yib Phanchan and Banchong Kosalwat
    2011 Many Lives (Television series on Thai PBS.) Received the Best Media for Society Award from the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health.
  • Mr.Banchong Kosalwat
    2011 Many Lives (Television series on Thai PBS.) Received the Best Media for Society Award from the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health.
  • Kongnat Choeisuwan
    Key Cast
    "Doctor Sang"
    first time to the screen
  • Suttida Kasemsant
    Key Cast
    Best Actress for Golden Suphannahon 1996 from"Romantic Blue"annahon
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    Assachan Chevit: Moh Sang
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    1 hour 58 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
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    November 19, 2019
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  • Production Company Profile Doctor Sang: Miracle of Life movie is independently produced by Kosalwat Ordinary Partnership (Ban Trakan Yang Film Studio). The company supports the movie production and holds all the rights of the movie, including marketing and distribution in Thailand and worldwide. The film” Doctor Sang: Miracle of Life” has just finished post-production…It has never been to any film festival or screening in Bangkok, Thailand.
    Country: Thailand
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mr.Banchong Kosalwat

Banchong Kosalwat was born on January 2nd 1943, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Before: Full-time Professor of Film Program at Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, Thammasat University, Bangkok.
Current Position: Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Communications Arts Program in Film and Digital Media, Kasem Bundit University, Bangkok, Thailand.
1974-1977 Received a scholarship from The JDR 3rd Fund for the M.F.A. in Film at Temple University, U.S.A.
2000 Awarded the Anusorn Mongkolkarn Award from the Thai Film Foundation in his Royal Highness Prince Anusorn Mongkolkarn.

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Director Statement

I wanted to tell the story of ordinary rural people of a bygone era, back when Thailand was called Siam.
We Thais tend to value the unfamiliar over the familiar and this tendency have led to many things of value being discarded, including traditional medicine. This is the issue at the heart of Doctor Sang: Miracle of Life.
Today, traditional medicine is regaining the recognition it deserves, but the fact remains that it was once allowed to die from neglect.
Although Dr. Sang is not a real-life story, its various components are true to the facts and events of the period in which it is set.
Dr. Sang aims to provoke Thai audiences to think about who we really are, and provide a cautionary story in the hope that care will be taken in the creation of future laws to prevent unfortunate consequences similar to those depicted in the film.