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 villagers who have pledged to face down the enemy. When Taen is severely wounded in an early skirmish with the Burmese, the people of Bang Rajan are forced to turn to Chan Nhatkeo (Jaran Ngamdee), a battle-hardened soldier of fortune who lives alone in the nearby wilderness. Chan Nhateko, understanding the seriousness of the situation, brings in a handful of colleagues, and with their help the people of Bang Rajan prepare to fight the larger and better equipped Burmese army to a standstill. Bang Rajan was shot on a relatively lavish budget ($1.3 million, roughly the cost of four average Thai productions), and proved to be a blockbuster attraction at home, eventually grossing $9 million to become the biggest home-grown moneymaker in the history of the Thai film industry.
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R (for strong sequences of brutal graphic war violence)
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Cast

Theerayut Pratyabambrung
as Luang Phor Thammachote
Bin Bunluerit
as Nai Thongmen
Jai Pongsak
as Tong-Saeng-Yai
Phisate Sangsuwan
as Nemeao Seehabodee
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Critic Reviews for Bang Rajan

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

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

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 24, 2004
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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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Audience Reviews for Bang Rajan

(****): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A very good action film.

TTT C
TTT C

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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It was Thailand's BRAVEHEART. I was getting a little bit misty eyed during the final battle. You may take are shoes and shrits, you may give us bad hair cuts but you can never take our freedom!!!

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