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The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)

Suriyothai (original title)
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.

Writers:

Sunait Chutintaranond, Chatrichalerm Yukol (screenplay) (as Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol)

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Cast

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

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 <jdh@g33k.net>

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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

17 August 2001 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Suriyothai See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Box Office

Budget:

THB400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,904, 22 June 2003

Gross USA:

$454,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$458,564
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The young actress who plays the young Suriyothai, according to the director, was cast because of her likeness to the actress who plays Suriyothai. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version released in Thailand was a bit over 3 hours long. Another one, 5 hours long, was released a year later on DVD. This one contains more subplots and battles than the one released in the US. See more »

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User Reviews

 
stunning cinematography, banal performances
30 August 2003 | by fred_astaireSee all my reviews

This is a very appealing film for dreamy people easily stirred by beautifully exotic costumes, some compellingly exotic actresses and a few scenes of relentless brutality. The story is complex (and at times downright bewildering) but fascinating, taking place in many places and involving many characters. We get a heavy dose of intrigue, assassination plots, adultery, regicide and betrayal spanning a dozen or so years in the heart of medieval siam (now thailand). By virtue of just that, the movie is worthwhile. But the sometimes dreary, monotone delivery of lines makes the film feel like it was dragging. Though I don't understand a word of thai, the dialogue seemed annoyingly but frequently devoid of sentiment. With sizable patience and curiosity though, this movie can be a rewarding experience.


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