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Release Date:
1 April 2004 (Thailand) See more »
In 2005, Bangkok begins the second phase of building their city subway system. But they accidentally discover something more... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Winged beastie attacks Bangkok in disappointing monster movie. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Sornram Theppitak ... Tan
Sara Legge ... Leena
Dan Fraser ... Tim
Chalad Na Songkhla ... Krai
Yanee Tramoth ... Wichai (as Yani Tramod)
Phairote Sangwaribut ... Tan's Boss

Directed by
Monthon Arayangkoon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Monthon Arayangkoon 

Produced by
Monthon Arayangkoon .... producer
Pawinee Wichayapongkul .... producer
Cinematography by
Jiradeht Samnansanor 
Film Editing by
Monthon Arayangkoon 
Sound Department
Peter 'Duck' McDonald .... sound mixer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Paksa wayu" - Thailand (original title)
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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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The title 'Garuda' refers to a mythical being with the body of a man and the head and wings of a bird. In Hindu mythology, the king of the Garudas became the ride of the God Vishnu.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 9 mins) Thai special ops member Wit starts to turn his head and body before the Garuda creature makes contact with him.See more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Winged beastie attacks Bangkok in disappointing monster movie., 30 October 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

A garuda, for those who do not know (and I didn't, before I watched this film), is a supernatural being, part man and part bird, which features heavily in Thai mythology.

When one of these 80,000-year-old winged creatures is discovered hibernating beneath Bangkok and then accidentally revived, a pretty archaeologist, Leena (Sara Legge), and a special forces colonel, Tan Toschai, risk life and limb to defeat the ancient monster.

Garuda, a giant monster movie in the tradition of Godzilla, is a brave attempt by director/writer Monthon Arayangkoon to create a distinctly Thai movie which might appeal to an international audience. Unfortunately, the lame and rather predictable script, coupled with some pretty poor CGI effects means that the project really stood little chance of success outside of its own country.

The first 45 minutes of the film are rather dreary, at first following the heroine's father as he attempts to find proof of the mythical beast in Pakistan, and then showing the discovery of the monster deep beneath Bangkok and the subsequent involvement of Leena and her colleague Tim (Dan Fraser, who puts in a truly dreadful performance).

Once the creature is brought back to life, the film mimics James Cameron's Aliens by having a team of military hard-cases picked off one-by-one by the winged behemoth. Repetitive and unexciting attacks ensue, until the creature emerges from its subterranean hiding place and wreaks havoc in the city.

From this moment on, the film slowly but steadily improves and heads towards a fairly exciting climax atop a skyscraper. However, it is a case of too little, too late and the film as a whole is a disappointment.

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