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The King Maker (2005)

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In 1547 Fernando De Gama, a young "Soldier of Fortune" from Portugal, set sail for the Orient in a bid to find the man that murdered his father and, with luck, like many of his fellow ... See full summary »

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Lek Kitaparaporn

Writer:

Sean Casey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Stretch ... Fernando De Gamma
John Rhys-Davies ... Phillippe De Torres
Cindy Sirinya Bishop Cindy Sirinya Bishop ... Maria De Torres (as Cindy Burbridge)
Yoe Hassadeevichit Yoe Hassadeevichit ... Queen Sudachan
Dom Hetrakul Dom Hetrakul ... Tong
Nirut Sirichanya ... King Chairacha
Akara Amarttayakul ... Phan
Mark Sobels Mark Sobels ... Father Pedro
Oliver Pupart Oliver Pupart ... Lord Chakkraphat
Ammara Assawanon Ammara Assawanon ... Yai Jun - The Witch (as Amora Purananda)
Charlie Trairat Charlie Trairat ... Prince Yodfa (as Charlee Trairat)
Michael Hardie Michael Hardie ... Fernando as a child
Shaun Delaney Shaun Delaney ... Fernando's Father
Emma Emma ... Fernando's Mother
Rattanaporn Klongkan Rattanaporn Klongkan ... Maria's Maid
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Storyline

In 1547 Fernando De Gama, a young "Soldier of Fortune" from Portugal, set sail for the Orient in a bid to find the man that murdered his father and, with luck, like many of his fellow countrymen,to make his fortune. A vicious storm in the Indian ocean almost ended his plans when the ship he was on sank. The sole survivor, he was washed up on a tropical beach only to be captured by Arab slavers and taken to Ayutthaya in the kingdom of Siam where he was offered for sale as a slave. He is rescued from slavery when a beautiful young woman Maria, also from Portugal, living in Ayutthaya with her father, buys him from the Arabs and restores his freedom. Not suprisingly he falls for Maria and Maria him, much to the chagrin of Maria's Father. As an experienced soldier his services are soon in demand when the King of Siam declares war on a Northern renegade pretender and all of the Portuguese colony are press-ganged into the service of the King. Predictably, Fernando's experience and gallantry ... Written by Sean Casey

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Taglines:

A warrior's path. A king's destiny.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

20 October 2005 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espada do Rei See more »

Filming Locations:

Ayuthaya, Thailand See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Film is based on a true story set in 1547 in Siam. The real Queen at the time killed her husband and son to install her lover as the new King. See more »

Goofs

Historically, Worawongsathirat and Sri Sudachan were killed in an ambush set up by Lord Piren-Thorathep when the couple were going on a trip to catch a supposed white elephant. See more »

Quotes

Mandarin #1: There must be something funny about your cock!
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Soundtracks

King Of My Heart
(end titles song)
Composed by Brian Clifton
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Great art direction and costume design, poor execution and acting
7 May 2008 | by unapalomablancaSee all my reviews

The King Maker is a film about a series of real (citation needed) events that occurred during the Portuguese Occupation in Indochina.

Although the costumes and art direction are commendable, the movie still fails to impress the viewer. The acting, in particular, was extremely poor. Some of the actors are trying hard to let tears down and the accents, both real and fake, are extremely irritating. The storyline was also too dumb and too stupid to be true and it seemed more like a history lesson. The movie couldn't even capture that sort of regal and century-old air and it looked more like a botched attempt to make an Asian version of Elizabeth.

Final say? Costumes and art direction give the film a breath of fresh air, but the execution was extremely poor and the actors couldn't even give natural bursts of emotion. In short, the movie sounded more like hullabaloo than a script.


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