Legend of SuriyothaiActor: Piyapas Bhirombhakdi

Director: Chatrichalerm Yukol

Country: Thailand

Year: 2001

Time: 2 hrs. 22 mins.

This is a historical drama which was financed by the Queen of Thailand and directed by a cousin of the royal family. The lead actress is also related to the Thai Royal Family. The year is 1628 and Suriyothai, a minor princess, is invited with her family to a royal elephant hunt where she meets her childhood friend and cousin who she is in love with.  Things change quickly and Suriyothai finds herself forced into a political marriage.

Although the film starts out as a love story, it quickly evolves into a story of political intrigues, assassinations and massive battles. The movie was put out by Sony Classics and is Presented by Francis Ford Coppola who went to the same film school as the director. This film was originally five hours long but was edited down to less than 2 and a half hours. Despite some critics who said that some parts seem disconnected due to the editing, I didn’t find it to be so. The battle scenes are fantastic. The extras in the battle scenes were members of the Thai Army and Navy.

There are good and readable subtitles.

This film is also available on Blu-Ray.

 

 

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