The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)
"Suriyothai" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  17 August 2001 (Thailand)
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During the 16th century, as Thailand contends with both a civil war and Burmese invasion, a beautiful princess rises up to help protect the glory of the Kingdom of Ayothaya. Based on the life of Queen Suriyothai.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Suriyothai
Sarunyu Wongkrachang ...
King Mahachakrepat (Prince Thienraja)
Lord Pirenthorathep
Johnny Anfone ...
Lord Warawongsa
Lady Srisudachan
Sinjai Plengpanit ...
Lady Srichulalak (as Sinjai Plengpanich)
Sorapong Chatree ...
Captain Rajseneha
Amphol Lumpoon ...
Lord Intrathep (as Ampol Lampoon)
Supakorn Kitsuwon ...
Sir Sriyod (as Suppakorn Kitsuwan)
Penpak Sirikul ...
Queen Jiraprapa
Akrachaya (as Thongwiset Wannasa)
Ronrittichai Khanket ...
King of Prae
Saharath Sangkapreecha ...
Lord Buyinnaung (as Saharath Sangkapricha)
Varuth Waratham ...
Lord Sihatu
King Tabinshwehti


The film describes historical events in the life of the heroine, Suriyothai, the queen of King Mahachakrapat. from the age of 15, ranging from love and attachment, royal wedding, resettlement in the capital, court life, intrigues, and sustenance of royal dignity. Written by AvidDark <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Siam. 1528. A woman warrior changed the course of history.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 August 2001 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

Francis Ford Coppola Presents: The Legend of Suriyothai  »

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Box Office


THB 400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,904 (USA) (20 June 2003)


$454,255 (USA) (14 November 2003)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name Suriyothai in Thai roughly translates as "dawning sun." Similarly, her rival's name, Sri Sudachan, means "moon lady." See more »

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Knock off the racist comments!
7 May 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

This film should be seen, evaluated and considered in its own merit. I find some of the racist comments in this section very detracting and unnecessary. Most of the people who have slammed this epic have demonstrated little or no sensitivity to the depiction of another cultural setting. The film is historical in that it is based on recorded events; the film is traditional in that it is a story known to most of the Thai people. That it does not rise to level of X Men, Kill Bill or the Matrix slamming, moaning and groaning is certainly to its merit. For those weaned on Hollywood, it will seem too long, to drug out and too "expressionless," "Southeast Asians hacking each other up," "boring..." Ugh.

When will some of the viewers take the time to consider that not every one of us love exploding cars, graphic shoot'em ups and mindless dialogue. Just consider the film for what it is: an artistic view of an epic from Thai history...and thank God, it ain't Hollywood.

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