"The Legend of Suriyothai"
Directed by Chatree Chalerm Yukol
The accomplished director, and Prince of Thailand,
Chatree Chalerm Yukol looks at one of his country's defining moments in this
epic historical drama. In the early 1500's, when Ayuthaya (modern Thailand)
was split into Northern and Southern halves, the country struggled with
conflict between the two regions and aggression from outside forces.
Princess Suriyothai from the South, who married a prince from the North, is
called upon to protect the country during the upheavals. Largely funded by
the Queen of Thailand, the extravagant film boasts the largest budget of any
Thai film. "A visually enthralling, viscerally rousing, politically
fascinating epic of the old school that evokes the pleasures of the great
spectaculars of the Hollywood past" (William Arnold, Seattle
Post-Intelligencer). Thai with English subtitles. 185