Bang Rajan
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This historical drama from Thailand is based on one of the key historical events in that nation's history. In 1765, Siam (as Thailand was known at that time) was being invaded by Burmese troops, and only one thing stood in the way of the Burmese army seizing control of the capitol city of Ayudhaya -- the tiny village of Bang Rajan. Despite the strength of the advancing Burmese forces, the people of Bang Rajan were determined to fight back, and Taen (Chumphorn Thepphithak) leads a band of villagers who have pledged to face down the enemy. When Taen is severely wounded in an early skirmish… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The battle scenes are bloody, visceral, and expertly edited."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's a humid, rough-edged epic that occasionally finds startling beauty amid devastating carnage."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The buffalo are big, the battles brutal and bloody in this gritty Thai epic - but unfortunately the characters are too blank to be interesting."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"The thuddingly blunt epic is obvious and intermittently clumsy... yet winning in its own charmingly naive right."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The story suggests a more violent Seven Samurai, full of jungle mayhem and eloquently filmed action-movie suspense."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's far too bloody for the art house crowd and too leisurely paced and obscure for more general audiences."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Features scrumptious-looking jungle battles, with a cast of thousands -- not to mention elephants and water buffalo."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The acting is facial-expressions- visible-from- 100-feet overdone and the choppy editing makes for awkward storytelling. However, the battle scenes, which make up at least half the movie, are killer."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"At two hours, it tests the stamina of even the most ardent action movie fan."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Jitnukul's film canonizes sacrificial plight and serves as a stirring act of national self-definition."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Jitnukul can direct action, and every slice of the blade, thwack of the arrow and the glistening of sweat on near-naked bodies makes Bang Rajan a mostly pleasurable diversion."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"While co-writer/director Tanit Jitnukul's vision is unapologetically graphic and slightly marred by an artistic awkwardness, this is a rare and worthwhile glimpse into another nation's historical legend."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"From the first battle to the heartrending climax, you will emerge feeling dirty and scarred."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"Jitnukul serves up heaping plates of history and entertainment with this tremendously exciting epic set on the eve of Bangkok's destruction by Burmese forces."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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