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Animation - Completed 2011

The spectacular drama of life told through the eyes of Siddhartha, who will later become Buddha, and the people he encountered now unfolds.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Animation
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 111 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kozo MORISHITA
    • Writer(s)
    • Reiko YOSHIDA
    • Producer(s)
    • Riuko TOMINAGA (TOEI COMPANY), Atsushi TIDO, Hiroyuki SAKURADA
    • Synopsis
    • Two-thousand and five-hundred years ago, a young prince called Siddhartha Gautama was born in the kingdom of Shakya in ancient India. Destined to a luxurious life as a prince, Siddhartha is raised in riches, provided with everything he could want or need. However, outside the walls of the castle, poverty and misery prevail. The young slave Chapra, whose family is sold away, tries to hide his origin and achieve distinction by committing feats on the battlefield, but eventually perishes. Migaila, a beautiful young bandit, falls in love with Prince Siddhartha. For this crime, her eyes are burnt out. Crushed by the death of national hero and his miserable love, the young prince becomes aware of the transient and painful nature of human life. The privileges of his royal blood are powerless before the pain and suffering of life. In fact, his luxurious existence is built on the misery of people like Chapra and Migaila. Despite his prestige, the prince cannot even save those who are closest to him – his friend and his beloved. Siddhartha’s anguish causes distress to his beautiful young wife, Princess Yashodara. In the meantime, the rampaging armies of the powerful kingdom of Kosala are threatening the very survival of the Shakya kingdom.
      The story of the adventures of the strong, wise and handsome young prince will be adapted for the big screen as a romantic fantasy animation interwoven with the exotic ambience of ancient India.