The Legend of Suriyothai (2003)



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A fabled moment in the history of Thailand sets the stage for this lavishly mounted historical epic. In 1528, Thailand's leadership is in chaos, as the Northern and Southern factions of the nation declare their own kings; in the midst of this confusion, young Suriyothai (M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhhakdi) is forced to marry Prince Tien (Sarunyoo Wongkrachang) and leave behind her true love, Piren (Chatchai Plengpanich). In time, Prince Tien becomes the nation's sole ruler, but King Tabinshweti … 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



as Queen Suriyothai

as King Thienracha

as Queen Suriyothai

as Lord Pirenthorathep

as Lord Warawongsa

as Lady Srisudachan

as Narrator (English Ve...

as Tao Sri Sudachan

as Lady Srichulalak

as Captain Rajseneha

as Tao Sri Chulalak

as Lord Intrathep

as King Tabinshweti

as Queen Jiraprapa

as Phra Akrachaya

as Lord Buyinnaung

as Lord Sihatu

as Lord Minyesihatu

as Lord Mahasena

as Lord Sawankalok

as Lord Pichai

as Lieutenant Thepruksa

as King Norputthanukul

as Lord Rajpakdee

as Lord Yommaraj

as Minye Sihatu

as Baron Muen Rachasine...

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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