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"Edge Of The Empire" is based on a 1973 novel by Sanya Pholprasit. Set in southern Mongolia over 1,000 years ago, a small tribe called Tai was a colony under the power of the Great Han who ... See full summary »

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"Edge Of The Empire" is based on a 1973 novel by Sanya Pholprasit. Set in southern Mongolia over 1,000 years ago, a small tribe called Tai was a colony under the power of the Great Han who enslaved them. Oppressed by the Han, the Tai unites to strike back for their freedom, justice, and country. This Thai historical epic revolves around heroes who sacrificed themselves to fight against the invasion of intruders and sought for the freedom of the country. Written by Vignesh

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28 April 2010 (Thailand)  »

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Edge of the Empire - Der Kampf um das Königreich  »

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Not so much blood and thunder, more like blood and boredom
19 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

EDGE OF THE EMPIRE is a film of two halves that aims to cover the same kind of patriotic Thai history as BANG RAJAN. The first half, a lower-key exploration of the plight of the Thai people who find themselves increasingly oppressed under the Han Chinese dynasty, is very effective because it homes in on individual characters to explore their misery and you feel yourself caught up in their woes.

A shame, then, that the second half is so different and completely throws away the build-up that's come before. The second half tries to be a sprawling war epic, without the budget to offer more than one or two semi-standard mêlée battles with minimal combatants. Instead, there's way too much to-ing and fro-ing and a distinct lack of the full-blooded and heartfelt drama that the film promises at the outset.

A cast of forgettable characters, disorientated editing and a distinct lack of focus (at one stage the storyline jumps on four years in the blink of an eye) finally combine to make EDGE OF THE EMPIRE a dud, a film spoilt by its own ambitions. It's a shame, because BANG RAJAN was the perfect template of how to make a film like this good, by keeping it simple and focusing on a single village rather than trying to depict huge events that you don't have the budget to do justice to.


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