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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 »


Lek Kitaparaporn


Sean Casey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Stretch ... Fernando De Gamma
John Rhys-Davies ... Phillippe De Torres
Sirinya Bishop 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


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


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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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 »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The "clandestine" ninjas generate such tremendous noise as they trespass on the palace in order to assassinate the king that it's surprising they don't wake up the entire town with their ruckus, let alone arouse the attention of the palace guards directly above whose heads they trample across the roof beams like a stampeding elephant herd. The audio FX in the entire scene is so grossly exaggerated that it's almost comical. See more »


Mandarin #1: There must be something funny about your cock!
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King Of My Heart
(end titles song)
Composed by Brian Clifton
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Not bad, not excellent!
19 May 2012 | by Ras555See all my reviews

No spoilers! I liked this movie! It is a kid's movie with an R rating, ha ha.

OK, yes this movie is not excellent, but frankly it is not as bad as all these reviews say it is. I have seen many acclaimed movies that receive rave reviews that are not much better than this one. What is the difference between those movies and this one? This one has unknown lead actors and people are biased about watching movies with the lead roles not given to "star" actors. In my opinion the acting in this movie is not bad, just that the actors are not loved actors.

Some have criticized the modern music and the fake British accents. I am really tired of the hypocrisy of these kinds of reviews. First they want the music to be "true to the time period" and then they want the Portuguese to speak perfect British English. Give me a break, there is not a British character in the whole film, why should any of them speak English well?

The acting is not bad! It just isn't perfect! OK, granted the script does sound like they google translated it, the dialogue is awkward and sometimes doesn't really fit the character. But who cares? It is not an English film! I like the fact that they don't speak English very well. It gives it more authenticity as a whole.

Why can't people stop their petty criticism and just enjoy a movie for what it is? I think that what people don't like is the R rating with no nudity or gratuitous sex. I can guarantee that if they showed some naked breasts there would be far less bad reviews altogether. Personally, I didn't miss it!

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