Buddha


2h 36m 1963

Film Details

Also Known As
Shaka
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 2 Jul 1963
Production Company
Daiei Motion Picture Co.
Distribution Company
Lopert Pictures
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 36m

Synopsis

Prince Siddhartha is born to a royal family; although it is not spring, the trees blossom, and the air is filled with music. The prince grows up in luxury, and when he is 20 years old, he wins the hand of Princess Yashodhara. They live in wealthy seclusion until Siddhartha discovers that the world outside his palace walls is full of poverty, sickness, and hunger; he leaves the palace in search of spiritual guidance. While he is away, his evil cousin Devadatta attacks Yashodhara, and she commits suicide because of her disgrace. The tragedy does not deter Siddhartha from his meditations, however, and after 6 years, enlightenment comes to him under the sacred tree. He is spiritually reborn as Buddha and begins to teach and perform miracles. Meanwhile, Devadatta uses thousands of slaves to build a temple to the evil gods of the occult and orders the murder of all the Buddhist priests. This activity brings about an earthquake and fires that destroy the evil temple, and Devadatta falls into the earth during the quake. He is saved and forgiven by Buddha. At the end of his life, Buddha bids farewell to his people and enters Nirvana.

Film Details

Also Known As
Shaka
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 2 Jul 1963
Production Company
Daiei Motion Picture Co.
Distribution Company
Lopert Pictures
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 36m

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Released in Japan in 1963 as Shaka; running time: 156 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 2, 1963

Technirama

Released in United States Summer July 2, 1963