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Title:
As̄oka
Author:
Chaudhary, Saket.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : distributed by First Look Home Entertainment, [2002]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (169 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Traces the life of Emperor As̄oka, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who assended the throne of Magadha in the 3rd century B.C. To extend the borders of his kingdom, he wages one of the bloodiest wars in history with the neighboring kingdom of Kalinga, leaving it ravaged and devastated. Confronted by the aftermath of his conquest, As̄oka is overcome with remorse and renounces the path of war to dedicate his life to spreading the teachings of Buddhism.
General Note:
Widescreen version; [Director's cut]

Title from container.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2001.

Special features: the making of "As̄oka" featurette; theatrical trailer; scene selection; cast filmographies.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
Hindi
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated; however, viewer discretion is advised.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780941981934
UPC:
687797954091
Format :
DVD

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Cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan follows up on his acclaimed 1999 opus Malli with this sweeping historical epic. Asoka, the emperor of the Mauryan dynasty between 274 and 232 B.C., was famed for having unified much of modern-day India and for raising Buddhism from obscurity to the ranks of a world religion. Early in his life, as Emperor of the region of Magadha, he waged a brutal campaign against the neighboring fiefdom of Challenge, leaving the land bloody and ravaged. The war paid a toll on the young king; having realized the full horror that he wrought, Asoka renounced violence and turned to the spiritual sanctuary of Buddhism. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi


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