The Legend of Suriyothai
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A fabled moment in the history of Thailand sets the stage for this lavishly mounted historical epic. In 1528, Thailand's leadership is in chaos, as the Northern and Southern factions of the nation declare their own kings; in the midst of this confusion, young Suriyothai (M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhhakdi) is forced to marry Prince Tien (Sarunyoo Wongkrachang) and leave behind her true love, Piren (Chatchai Plengpanich). In time, Prince Tien becomes the nation's sole ruler, but King Tabinshweti (Suphakit Tangthatswasd), the ruler of nearby Burma, declares his designs upon Thailand; and as the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is overlong, overproduced, overscaled and crammed with too many plots, subplots and digressions."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Visually ravishing and full of double-crosses and nefarious plots worthy of Shakespeare."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Someone does shout, "Get the men and arm the elephants!" Sadly, this alone doesn't make you think of Cecil B. DeMille as the press notes would like you to. "Hercules and the Captive Women" comes more to mind."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"With excellent acting, amazing sets and production standards as high as any I've seen, the movie has only one real problem: Once you're lost in the jungle, it's a very long way out."
‑ , Orlando Weekly
"Enjoy the gorgeous and gaudy splendor of the sets, the locations and the spare-no-expense battle scenes featuring 3,500 extras and 160 elephants."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Without knowing what has been lost in the process, it would be hard to imagine the original film was any less repetitive or more dramatically engaging than what remains."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A film that is stunning to watch."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI looks very much like the "larger than life" film epics of 1950s and 1960s"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"What pieces of the story you do manage to figure out don't carry any emotional weight."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"[S]tolid and solemn [and] surprisingly dull..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Compelling enough that one wishes to be able to see the entire eight hours, with all the missing context filled back in. As it is, this short version seems even longer than eight hours."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Heavy on pageant and incident but light on character and motivation."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"American audiences expect crouching tigers and hidden dragons in their Asian fare, so plodding elephants may be a little anti-climactic. This one is for the history buffs."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The film tells its story in the flattest manner possible, a story that could have been fascinating and enthralling."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"always it is striving to be something special and substantial."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies
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