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The Legend of Suriyothai (2003)



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Thailand's biggest historical blockbuster comes to the West in this revised edition of the Thai hit Suriyothai. In 1528, Ayuthaya (the nation which would become Thailand) is divided into Northern and Southern kingdoms. Beautiful Suriyothai (M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi), a princess of the Southern nation's royal lineage, loves Piren (Chatchai Plengpanich), but instead weds Prince Tien (Sarunyoo Wongkrachang), poised to take the throne of the Northern land, in hopes of bringing the two country's together. When Tien comes to power, the king of Southern Ayuthaya attempts to take control of both nations, but the duplicity of his consort Sri Sudachan (Siriwimol Charoenpura) leads to internal chaos in the North and South. Burmese monarch King Tabinshweti (Suphakit Tangthatswasd) sees a golden opportunity in Ayuthaya's unrest, and plots an armed invasion. With her nation's freedom at stake, Suriyothai takes the reigns of Ayuthaya's armies and leads them to a showdown with Burma's forces. Francis Ford Coppola, a longtime friend of director Chatrichalem Yukol, helped advise Yukol on the re-editing of Suriyothai for the international market; The Legend of Suriyothai streamlines the original film's story line and reduces the running time from 185 minutes to 154.more
Rating: R (for violence and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chatrichalerm Yukol, Sunait Chutintaranond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2003
Box Office: $0.3M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


M.L. Piyapas Bhiromb...
as Queen Suriyothai
Sarunyoo Wongkrachan...
as King Thienracha
M.L. Piyapas Bhiromb...
as Queen Suriyothai
Chatchai Plengpanich
as Lord Pirenthorathep
Johnny Anfone
as Lord Warawongsa
Mai Charoenpura
as Lady Srisudachan
Siriwimol Charoenpur...
as Tao Sri Sudachan
Sinjai Plengoanich
as Lady Srichulalak
Sorapong Chatree
as Captain Rajseneha
Sinjai Plengpanich
as Tao Sri Chulalak
Ampol Lampoon
as Lord Intrathep
Suphakit Tangthatswa...
as King Tabinshweti
Penpak Sirikul
as Queen Jiraprapa
Wannasa Thongwiset
as Phra Akrachaya
Saharat Sangkapricha
as Lord Buyinnaung
Varuth Waratham
as Lord Sihatu
Sombati Medhanee
as Lord Minyesihatu
Saad Peampongsanta
as Lord Mahasena
Manop Ausawatep
as Lord Sawankalok
Krung Srivilai
as Lord Pichai
Atthep Chodchoy
as Lieutenant Thepruksa
Suchao Pongwilai
as King Norputthanukul
Yani Tramod
as Lord Rajpakdee
Meesak Nakkarat
as Lord Yommaraj
Jeremy Irons
as Narrator (English Ve...
Sombat Medhanee
as Minye Sihatu
Sorapong Chatri
as Baron Muen Rachasine...
Suchao Pongvilai
as Somdet Nor Putthangu...
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Suriyothai

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22)

It is overlong, overproduced, overscaled and crammed with too many plots, subplots and digressions.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Without knowing what has been lost in the process, it would be hard to imagine the original film was any less repetitive or more dramatically engaging than what remains.

Full Review… | October 24, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Compelling enough that one wishes to be able to see the entire eight hours, with all the missing context filled back in. As it is, this short version seems even longer than eight hours.

August 21, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Visually ravishing and full of double-crosses and nefarious plots worthy of Shakespeare.

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A film that is stunning to watch.

Full Review… | July 21, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Someone does shout, "Get the men and arm the elephants!" Sadly, this alone doesn't make you think of Cecil B. DeMille as the press notes would like you to. "Hercules and the Captive Women" comes more to mind.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Suriyothai

Great historical drama from Thailand, the America version was edited and presented by Francis Ford Coppola.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Okay, too bad it's actually called The Legend of the Tsunami Warrior, but whatever. It really did have potential, however the dubbing was horrible. At times I felt like I was watching an old Godzilla movie. The subtitles weren't much better. There was so much narration that the subtitles were actually behind by a few sentences at the begining and it had problems keeping up throughout the film. It was pretty kewl with all the fight scenes and the special effects weren't too bad either.


Such a beautiful culture although rough and strict. Suryyothai is a woman princess / warrior who leads her people into battle. It's a love story and filled with betrayal, revenge, bitterness and courage.

Holly F.

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