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Suriyothai (2003)

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A crucial moment in the history of Thailand comes to life in this epic-scale historical drama, written and directed by Chatrichalem Yukol, a member of the Thai royal family. In 1528, Ayuthaya (the nation which would become Thailand) was divided into two kingdoms, north and south, and beautiful Suriyothai (M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhhakdi), a member of the southern kingdom's royal family, loves Piren (Chatchai Plengpanich). Early in her life, however, Suriyothai comes to the realization that her duty to the people of Ayuthaya outweighs her personal needs, and she instead weds Prince Tiren (Sarunyoo Wongkrachang), whose father is the ruler of the northern kingdom. After the death of Tiren's father, the king of the southern nation makes a bid for power by seizing control of the North, but he has chosen as his consort Srisudachan (Siriwimol Charoenpura), a woman with nefarious alliances, and soon the king and his queen are battling for control of Ayuthaya. As chaos reigns at home, the ruler of neighboring Burma, King Tabinshweti (Suphakit Tangthatswasd), sees this as a perfect opportunity to conquer Ayuthaya, and he soon leads his armies in a bloody invasion. With the leadership of the twin nations in tatters, Suriyothai bravely commands Ayuthaya's troops from atop an elephant in a final battle for freedom. Filmed on a budget of 11 million dollars, Suriyothai was the most expensive film ever produced in Thailand, and went on to become a massive box-office success in that country.
Rating:
R (for violence and some nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
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On DVD:
Box Office:
$277,562.00
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Cast

M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhhakdi
as Queen Suriyothai
M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi
as Queen Suriyothai
Sarunyoo Wongkrachang
as King Thienracha
Pongpat Wachirabunjong
as King Chairacha
Siriwimol Charoenpura
as Tao Sri Sudachan
Chatchai Plengpanich
as Lord Pirenthorathep
Johnny Anfone
as Lord Warawongsa
Mai Charoenpura
as Lady Srisudachan
Wannasa Thongwiset
as Phra Akrachaya
Suphakit Tangthatswasd
as King Tabinshweti
Sinjai Plengoanich
as Lady Srichulalak
Sorapong Chatree
as Captain Rajseneha
Ampol Lampoon
as Lord Intrathep
Suppakorn Kitsuwan
as Sir Sriyod
Penpak Sirikul
as Queen Jiraprapa
Ronrittichai Khanket
as King of Prae
Saharat Sangkapricha
as Lord Buyinnaung
Varuth Waratham
as Lord Sihatu
Suppakit Tanthatswasd
as Tabinshwehti
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
Aranya Namwong
as Thongsuk
Yani Tramod
as Lord Rajpakdee
Meesak Nakkarat
as Lord Yommaraj
Jeremy Irons
as Narrator (English Version)
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Critic Reviews for Suriyothai

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (21)

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
indieWIRE
Top Critic

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

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.

July 25, 2003
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A film that is stunning to watch.

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

Audience Reviews for Suriyothai

The original 5-hour Thai production-version showed a slice of history in Thailand. I visited Sukhothai and Ayuthaya in Thailand to learn more about Thai history.

David Dunstan
David Dunstan

(** 1/2): Thumbs Down This is a great looking movie (costumes, sets, cinematography) but I was left so confused throughout that I just can't recommend it. I believe tighter editing and pacing would have definitely helped to make this a very good film instead of a near-miss.

TTT C
TTT C

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.

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig

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