Chang

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In this documentary set in the jungles of Siam, farmer Kru lives with his family, pet goat, a gibbon ape and a water buffalo. Kru's harvesting is disrupted by a leopard attacking the goat and, later, a tiger killing the water buffalo. Kru and the villagers band together to destroy the animals, only to be attacked by the "chang," or elephants. After half of the village is destroyed, Kru and the men round up the elephants, then realize they can use them as labor for restoring their rice fields.

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Critic Reviews for Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1)

  • It carries more of a thrill than the other pictures of its sort, for there seems danger frequently and the ferocity of a tiger or leopard here and there is most realistic.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Schoedsack's camerawork is the most impressive feature in... Chang.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Time Out
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  • A vivid and thrilling film conception of man's fight for life in the Northern Siamese jungle.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Watching it is the nearest thing a 21st-century audience will get to an old-fashioned tiger hunt. It's almost like a National Geographic snuff movie. The whiff of danger is real.

    March 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Relying on obviously rehearsed scenes and plenty of staged moments, Chang is a truly fascinating example of the way in which 20s Hollywood reworked the documentary genre for the sake of creating popular entertainment.

    March 13, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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  • It's still quite entertaining, though a far cry from anything resembling serious documentary or ethnography.

    March 13, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness

  • Jul 04, 2011
    a pseudo-documentary film made by merian c. cooper in thailand when it was still called siam, it's the story of one family's fight for survival on the edge of the jungle. cooper used actual natives and many wild animals, tho some scenes, like the finale, were staged. it's a silent film , with colorful hand-tinting in many scenes and a soundtrack of thai music. this was a sort of dry run for king kong but it's a great adventure film in it's own right. caution: animals are slaughtered
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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