Bang Rajan (2004)

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This historical drama from Thailand is based on one of the key historical events in that nation's history. In 1765, Siam (as Thailand was known at that time) was being invaded by Burmese troops, and only one thing stood in the way of the Burmese army seizing control of the capitol city of Ayudhaya -- the tiny village of Bang Rajan. Despite the strength of the advancing Burmese forces, the people of Bang Rajan were determined to fight back, and Taen (Chumphorn Thepphithak) leads a band of … More

Rating: R (for strong sequences of brutal graphic war violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kongat Komsiri, Patikarn Petchmunee, Boontin Tuaykaew, Thanit Jitnukul, Sittipong Mattanavee
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On DVD: Nov 8, 2005
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as Nai Thongmen

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Critic Reviews for Bang Rajan

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

The battle scenes are bloody, visceral, and expertly edited.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
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It's far too bloody for the art house crowd and too leisurely paced and obscure for more general audiences.

September 29, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Jitnukul can direct action, and every slice of the blade, thwack of the arrow and the glistening of sweat on near-naked bodies makes Bang Rajan a mostly pleasurable diversion.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a humid, rough-edged epic that occasionally finds startling beauty amid devastating carnage.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Seattle Times
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Features scrumptious-looking jungle battles, with a cast of thousands -- not to mention elephants and water buffalo.

September 10, 2004
New York Post
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While co-writer/director Tanit Jitnukul's vision is unapologetically graphic and slightly marred by an artistic awkwardness, this is a rare and worthwhile glimpse into another nation's historical legend.

Full Review… | September 10, 2004
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Bang Rajan

Based upon historical events when a rural village in Siam continually repelled an invading Burmese army in the 18th century, this story is the Thai equivalent to The Alamo and received an unprecedented 11 awards at the Thai film festival upon its release. I think it must've been a very quiet year. Little more than a series of bare chested sword and musket battle sequences strung together with some unsophisticated attempts at emotional manipulation and soap opera characterisation, Bang Rajan follows the formula of battle sequence, weeping and a-wailing over the dead, corny love scene, macho posturing and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. There is no attempt at setting a historical context to the events, no mention of the political climate and precious little to even give any background to any of the characters. All the Burmese are a bunch of evil, murdering backstabbers and all of the Siamese are noble, saintly heroes and it just feels like an animated war memorial that's all propaganda and no depth. The director shows some ability to represent the battlefield (despite some rather ropey visual effects) but little clue as to how to make the audience actually care who wins.

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One of the worst asian flims I have seen that shows early life in asian, the fighting of villagers for land rights, guess you can call them tribes. This is about thai's and Burmanise people. Very boring lots of fighting and killing. Sorry I can only give away 2 stars on this one.

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