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Doctor Sang: Miracle of Life

Doctor 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
    Khoo kam 2(14 th October 1973)
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    Crime of Passion,Kamsing:The Fighter and Reo Kwa Jai
  • Mr.Banchong Kosalwat
    Khoo Kam 2(14 th October 1973)
  • Yib Phanjhan
    Many Lives (Luong Por Sem)
  • Wannee Samranvedhya
    Crime of Passion
  • Mr.Banchong Kosalwat
    Many Lives(Television Series 20 hours program on Thai PBS.)
  • Kongnat Choeisuwan
    Key Cast
    "Doctor Sang"
    New Actor
  • Suttida Kasemsant
    Key Cast
    Romantic Blue (Best Actress at Golden Suphanna Hong 1995)t Golden
  • Kovit Wattanakul
    Key Cast
    "Doctor Sud"
    Goal Club (Best Actor at Thai Film Critic Awards 2001)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mhor Sang:Asachan Cheevit
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 49 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    258,064 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (DCP)
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  • "Doctor Sang:Miracle of Life"has never been to film festival or screening in Thailand
Distribution Information
  • Kosalwat Ordinary Partnership
    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.

Feature Film (written and directed)
Year Film Award
1984 Crime of Passion Won 3 Golden Doll Awards at the 8th Royal
Suraswadi Award Ceremony, Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Original score.
1990 See Oui Won 4 Golden Doll Awards at the 14th Royal
Suraswadi Award Ceremony; Best Picture, Best Makeup, Best Art Direction and Best Sound Mixing.
1992 Reo Kwa Jai Won 4 Golden Doll Awards at the 16th Royal
Suraswadi Award Ceremony; Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best New Actress.
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.
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.

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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.