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Writers:
Chatrichalerm Yukol (screenplay)
Sunait Chutintaranond (written by)
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Release Date:
17 August 2001 (Thailand) See more »
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Siam. 1528. A woman warrior changed the course of history.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi ... Queen Suriyothai
Sarunyu Wongkrachang ... King Mahachakrepat (Prince Thienraja)

Chatchai Plengpanich ... Lord Pirenthorathep
Johnny Anfone ... Lord Warawongsa

Mai Charoenpura ... 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

Wannasa Thongviset ... Akrachaya (as Thongwiset Wannasa)
Ronrittichai Khanket ... King of Prae
Saharath Sangkapreecha ... Lord Buyinnaung (as Saharath Sangkapricha)
Varuth Waratham ... Lord Sihatu

Suphakit Tangthatswasd ... King Tabinshwehti
Sombat Metanee ... Lord Minyesihatu (as Sombati Medhanee)
Akekaphan Bunluerit ... Chan
Sa-Ard Piempongsan ... Lord Mahasena
Manop Aswathep ... Lord Sawankalok (as Manop Ausawatep)
Krung Srivilai ... Lord Pichai
Atthep Chodchoy ... Lieutenant Thepruksa
Aranya Namwong ... Thongsuk (as Aranya Namvong)
Naiyana Chanruang ... Pudkrong
Pawanrat Narksuriya ... Kayoon
Jiravadee Israngura ... Prik
Yanee Tramoth ... Lord Rajpakdee (as Yani Tramod)
Meesak Nakarat ... Lord Yommaraj (as Meesak Nakkarat)
Khemasorn Nukao ... Buepuen
Fonpa Sadissarat ... Sroy
Krailat Krengkrai ... Sir Harn
Samart Payakarun ... Pie (as Samart Payakroon)
Khaosai Galaxy ... Paei
Meangchai Kittikasem ... Bodyguard
Ram Waratum ... Lord Chakri (as Ram Waratham)
Yodchay Meksuwan ... Mahanak
Kiattisak Sakdanuphap ... Prince Ramesuen
Apin Rajapahiran ... Prince Mahinthorn
Pimolrat Pisalayabuth ... Princess Sawaddiraj
Chompoonut Sawaetwong ... Princess Boromdilok
Jeeranun Kijprasan ... Princess Thepkasattri
Wittaya Komolthitikan ... Prince Yaowarat
Soranut Chatwiboon ... Young Pirenthorathep
Russaya Kerdchai ... Young Srisudachan
Krai Kanchit ... King of Davaravadi
Lucas Adam Boonthanakit ... King Rathathirajkuman
Poramat Thammol ... King Yodfa
Jeerawat Jhansomboon ... Prince Srisin
Tarika Tidatid ... Lady Indradevi
Pravena Hongskul ... Suriyothai's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Davorin Nikolavcic ... Portugese Soldier
Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen
Suchao Pongwilai ... King Norputthanukul (as Sucho Pongvalai)
Pongpat Wachirabunjong ... Somdet Phra Chairachathirat
Pisan Akaraseni ... King Ramathaibodi (uncredited)
Marisa Anita ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Chatrichalerm Yukol 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sunait Chutintaranond  written by
Chatrichalerm Yukol  screenplay (as Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol)

Produced by
Kim Aubry .... executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Kamla Yukol .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Harvey 
 
Cinematography by
Anupap Buachand 
Stanislav Dorsic 
Igor Luther 
 
Film Editing by
Chatrichalerm Yukol 
Patamanadda Yukol 
 
Casting by
Benjaporn Panyayeng 
Onchuma Yutthawong  (as Onchuma Yuthavong)
 
Art Direction by
Prasert Posrirat 
Chetsada Prunarakard 
Prasopchok Thanasetvirai 
 
Set Decoration by
Vorawut Noipapra 
Chartdee Sriripachana 
Vasith Suchit 
Mokkolchalerm Yukol 
 
Costume Design by
Akadet Nakabalung 
Kamol Panitpan 
Meechai Taesujarita 
Paothong Thongchua 
 
Makeup Department
Kanokporn Banthaong .... assistant hair stylist
Kanokporn Banthaong .... assistant makeup artist
Kanokthip Banthaong .... assistant hair stylist
Kanokthip Banthaong .... assistant makeup artist
Somchok Chalernchotisad .... assistant hair stylist
Somchok Chalernchotisad .... assistant makeup artist
Boonsong Chuachunhu .... assistant hair stylist
Boonsong Chuachunhu .... assistant makeup artist
Thutthalee Jarusutharat .... assistant hair stylist
Thutthalee Jarusutharat .... assistant makeup artist
Supon Martchalern .... assistant hair stylist
Supon Martchalern .... assistant makeup artist
Kretsada Mhuenlha .... assistant hair stylist
Kretsada Mhuenlha .... assistant makeup artist
Phaopan Pawichai .... assistant hair stylist
Phaopan Pawichai .... assistant makeup artist
Panya Phaopeng .... assistant hair stylist
Panya Phaopeng .... assistant makeup artist
Satcha Piyawejchakarn .... assistant hair stylist
Satcha Piyawejchakarn .... assistant makeup artist
Sitthiporn Rujirawong .... assistant hair stylist
Sitthiporn Rujirawong .... assistant makeup artist
Thikamporn Saelim .... hair stylist
Thikamporn Saelim .... makeup artist
Tavich Sommanee .... assistant hair stylist
Tavich Sommanee .... assistant makeup artist
Montri Wadia-Iad .... hair stylist (as Montri Wadlaiad)
Montri Wadia-Iad .... makeup artist (as Montri Wadlaiad)
 
Production Management
Jetthumrong Sethi .... assistant production manager
Kunakorn Sethi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kanhokpun Chintanadilhok .... assistant director
Wachira Chobpuan .... assistant director
Apichart Chusakul .... assistant director
Piyalak Mahathanasap .... assistant director
Chaninton Muangsuwan .... assistant director
Euthana Mukdasanit .... third unit director
Pieak Poster .... second unit director
Viroj Sristsereeamorn .... assistant director (as Viroj Sristseree-A-Morn)
Somthawin Suwannakud .... third unit director
Uncle .... second unit director
Surasak Wongthai .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Dawn Angel .... mix facility assistant
David Bell .... assistant dialogue editor
Preethep Boondech .... boom operator
Ethan Derner .... sound effects editor
Ethan Derner .... sound recordist
Piotr Filipowski .... sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim Foscato .... assistant sound editor
Andrea Gard .... sound effects editor (as Andrea S. Gard)
Samuel H. Hinckley .... sound effects editor
Pete Horner .... sound post-production supervisor
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Lacey .... dialogue supervisor
James Levine .... mix facility coordinator
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Jeremy Molod .... foley editor
Douglas Murray .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin O'Neill .... sound effects assistant
Alison Rider .... boom operator (as Alison Eileen Rider)
Conrad Slater .... sound mixer (as Conrad Bradley Slater)
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Peter Staubli .... sound editor
Dianna Stirpe .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Jaroslav Bezdek .... special effects makeup
Safratova Nadezda .... special effects makeup
Montri Wadia-Iad .... special effects makeup (as Montri Watlaeid)
 
Visual Effects by
John Breslin .... visual effects
Sornrop Chankeewong .... optical effects
Sannucha Dhisayabutr .... optical effects
Varaphan Leelachart .... visual effects supervisor
Wilaiwan Leelachart .... visual effects producer
Uthit Netwong .... optical effects
 
Stunts
Euthana Mukdasanit .... stunt coordinator
Panna Rittikrai .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marek Cietak .... focus puller
Vladimir Holzknecht .... first assistant camera
Tawat Kaewmukda .... focus puller
Chat Khumjarean .... focus puller
David Luther .... camera operator: second unit
Miroslav Ndorost .... first assistant camera
Bunharn Pinkum .... first assistant camera
Nopparat Punkhao .... focus puller
Nadtanai Saithanu .... focus puller
Chaovalit Sangpitak .... focus puller
Phasin Saranate .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pradthana Chanklum .... costume assistant
Parisa Jantanasuit .... costume assistant
Phakaphan Kaewpumhae .... costume assistant
Wiraporn Kitikunkumjorn .... costume assistant
Puripong Prengtrakul .... costume assistant
Pannaray Promchalern .... costume assistant
Surattana Sangdawn .... costume assistant
Onrarak Sethithon .... costume assistant
Dujduan Wajanavinit .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Rob Bonz .... first assistant editor
Sakchai Nuengsawad .... negative cutter
Manop Petchiu .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Daryl Griffith .... composer: additional music
Daryl Griffith .... orchestrator
Daniel Knight .... assistant music editor
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recording engineer
Michael Pärt .... music editor
Michael Pärt .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter
Chantakarn Kanoksridarin .... researcher
Supamol Pleumchusak .... color re-grader
Pornsuvee Punpongpipat .... production accountant
Paradee Puprutsanont .... researcher
Vasit Suchitta .... prosthetic effects
Passakorn Yaisiri .... color re-grader
James Levine .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Onchuma Yutthawong .... acting coach (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Suriyothai" - Thailand (original title)
"Francis Ford Coppola Presents: The Legend of Suriyothai" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and some nudity
Runtime:
185 min | USA:142 min
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Trivia:
The director is a prince, a "Mom Chao," which is two ranks below the conventional prince, the son of a king. People have to use the royal vocabulary with him.See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Glorious Epic!, 11 November 2005
Author: UberNoodle from Japan

Suriyothai is a stunning film: Spanning 2 DVDs, and full of political intrigue, history, and glorious battle scenes. There are so many main characters, and all of them command a huge amount of weight, and against movie tradition, there isn't really even a traditional Hero character, even Suriyothai herself playing minor roles in much of the drama.

Some have criticized the actress's acting as stiff and wooden, but I thought that Suriyothai was poker-faced intentionally, because she is a Queen after all. Most period pieces from any country have characters like this. I think you have look past her obvious cues and look for the more subtle ones, in order to appreciate her character: passionate about her country and her people, and devoted to her role.

In fact there are many cards that other productions would have played, that this film doesn't, and much to its credit it stays away from many of the obvious manipulative narratives that are the mainstays for this genre of film, especially in the west. The film has a historical and legendary basis, and I am unsure exactly how closely it stays to that, but I found the film had the great level of depth and realism that only the best historical films attain.

Watching hundreds of extras, alongside elephants, charge into battle, clashing swords and dodging cannon fire, is exhilarating. It's hard to see which army has the upper-hand until the final moments. There appears to have been a conscious decision to not fall for the trappings of making each battle into "hero's battle", so the action often stays away from focusing on main characters, and chooses to present to the viewer the sheer chaos of war.

Oh, and it needs to be said: The elephants are awesome.

If you are interested in this film, get at least the the 3 hour long version, as it is the closest to the way the film was intended (reportedly it was originally going to be a mini-series). While this longer edit of the film has a lot more political intrigue and dialogue, it that brings with it much more depth to the characters and situations. If you are not part of the "Attention Deficit Generation" bred by Hollow-wood, you can't go wrong with this REAL version.

I can see why this film was edited down for the USA release. It is very long, and there is a lot of references and content that is probably assumed knowledge for most Thai people. However, while I can see the logic in removing parts of a film because of cultural barriers, isn't one of the reasons for watching foreign film, to find out more about other cultures? Granted, there is much that went over my head while watching this film, but I have to say that I didn't mind, and now I will find out more if I can about Thailand and its history: The Internet is a wonderful invention.

Francis Ford Coppolla has some serious balls to have resold this film BACK to Thailand after he deleted most of it. I doubt he would take a film by Ridley Scott, and slice it to pieces. Faced with that particular situation, I am sure he would be all about "preserving the vision of the artists". It seems to be to be just another example of Hollow-wood being unwilling to let Asian Film compete on its own merits in America, and at least an ingrained xenophobia.

Suriyothai is an amazing film. It is an epic that I have not seen bested by any other, and maybe even the mythical long edit of Tsui Hark's Seven Swords would have an near-impossible mission to dethrone it. The sheer size and quality of this production, together with the unique chance that it gives to see Thai history represented so gloriously and elegantly, are reasons enough to hunt down the Thai DVD.

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