Anew genre — the historical Thai serial-killer drama — is born with “Angulimala,” a wild, occasionally blood-soaked costumer set 25 centuries ago in which a boy born under bad omens seeks a higher state through slaughter. Moodily shot, but slowed down by copious Buddhist philosophy, this oddity looks of interest largely to Asian-centered events.
Born on a stormy night into the tony Brahmin caste, Ahimsaka (Nopachai Jayanama) is packed off during boyhood to a priestly academy to seek “the core of dharma” (ideal truth) in-between tending a goat herd. However, the head priest believes Ahimsaka is destined to become a murderous bandit — which is exactly what happens when he runs off with the priest’s disgraced young wife, Nandha (Stella Malucchi, from “Tears of the Black Tiger”), and starts seeking salvation by murdering “evil-doers.” Ahimsaka gets the nickname Angulimala (“thirst for fingers”) from his habit of making a necklace from his victims’ digits. Lush score, alternating between “Omen”-like incantations and more religioso stuff, nudges the slowish direction and portentous perfs along.