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Legend of King Naresuan: Hostage of Hongsawadi (2007)

Naresuan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 18 January 2007 (Thailand)
The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Sarunyu Wongkrachang Sarunyu Wongkrachang ... King Mahachakraphat
Sorapong Chatree Sorapong Chatree ... Mahathera Kanchong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jukrit Ammarat Jukrit Ammarat ... King Nandabayin
Manop Aswathep Manop Aswathep ... Lord Sawankhalok
Russell Geoffrey Banks Russell Geoffrey Banks ... Portuguese Soldier
Sompob Benjathikul Sompob Benjathikul ... King Bayinnaung
Nopachai Chaiyanam ... (as Nopporn Chaiyanam)
Inthira Charoenpura Inthira Charoenpura ... Princess Lekin (as Intira Jaroenpura)
Suchada Chekly Suchada Chekly ... Young Maneechan
Lex de Groot ... Pra Ya Ram
Nopachai Jayanama Nopachai Jayanama ... Lord Rachamanoo (Bunting)
Jirayu La-ongmanee Jirayu La-ongmanee ... Young Boonthing
Grace Mahadamrongkul Grace Mahadamrongkul ... Princess Phra Supankalaya
Napatkorn Mitr-em Napatkorn Mitr-em ... Crown Prince Minchit Sra
Taksaorn Paksukcharern Taksaorn Paksukcharern ... Maneechan
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The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

18 January 2007 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Kingdom of War See more »

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Budget:

THB 700,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Thirty horses that were trained for movie stunts were imported from Australia. See more »

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Followed by The Legend of Naresuan: Part 2 (2007) See more »

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A bit hard to follow, but overall very worthwhile
11 May 2016 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

"Kingdom of War"--which was the title I saw it under in a two-disc DVD set from Magnolia Home Entertainment--has some things going against it but a lot more going for it. For Westerners unfamiliar with Thai history, it gets a bit confusing because so many historical names and places are mentioned and the shifting political and military alliances change so often that it's hard to tell the players without a scorecard and, as other reviewers have mentioned, the acting is, at times, somewhat stilted. Also, I know that royalty is revered in Thailand, possibly more so than in other countries, but seeing the complete subservience of everyone to the various kings and lords--there were even scenes of people walking toward the king on their knees because apparently no one is allowed to stand taller than the king, something I'd never seen before--is somewhat hard for Westerners to take (we're much more comfortable cursing and swearing at our leaders than prostrating ourselves in front of them, as much as they'd no doubt probably like us to).

That's all small potatoes, though. Overall, I enjoyed this film way more than I thought I would. It's an epic in every conceivable sense of the word--thousands of extras, huge and fantastic sets, beautiful costumes and interiors (palaces, throne rooms, etc.), and truly spectacular battle scenes. The story--after you finally figure out who is who--is fascinating and not all the acting is stilted; the actress who plays Princess Lekin is not only one of the most ravishingly beautiful women I've ever seen but gives a first-rate performance, possibly the best one in the film. The man who plays King Nerusuan--the Special Features section, which you should really watch, says he is actually a Thai Army colonel who was hired because the producers wanted someone with military experience to play one of Thailand's great military heroes--also contributes an excellent job, along with several other actors in lesser roles (the head monk and Prince Menechan, among others).

As I said, it's a bit hard to slog through in the beginning, but once you get the different characters, kingdoms, etc., straightened out, it's an incredibly enjoyable film, both visually and story-wise. I recommend it.


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