THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI

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Release Date: June 20, 2003

Starring: M. L. Piyapas, Sarunyoo Wongerchang, Chatchai Plengpanich, Johnny Anfone, and Mai Charoenpura

Genre: Historical Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE LEGEND OF
SURIYOTHAI is a foreign movie
about a cultural hero from
Thailand's past, in the 16th
Century. Suriyothai is a
beautiful princess who must
wed Prince Tien instead of her
true love, a young warrior
named Piren. A new king takes
the throne, only to be
murdered by one of his wives
and her secret lover, who
usurp the throne in order to
restore their clan to power.
As the new king's tyrannical
rule spreads throughout the
land, Suriyothai's husband
becomes a Buddhist monk to
protect himself from the evil
king and his mean
queen. Eventually, a band of
loyalists joins Princess
Suriyothai to assassinate the
evil rulers, and her husband
leaves the priesthood to unify
the country and bring peace to
the land. In a dramatic
finale, however, the Burmese
invade the new kingdom, and
Queen Suriyothai heroically
rides into battle with both
her husband and her unrequited
childhood love at her
side. THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI
is a magnificent historical
epic. Despite the references
to Buddhism, the movie focuses
on the political and military
aspects of its story. It
speaks out against tyranny and
foreign aggression, but its
primary motive is to show
Queen Suriyothai's faithful
duty to her husband and her
country. The biggest flaw in
the movie is that it spends
too much of its time detailing
the evil machinations of the
usurpers to the throne. The
movie also contains some very
strong battle and execution
scenes, including several
beheadings, plus brief sexual
nudity. Those who are
interested in exploring the
history of another culture,
however, may find this movie
very enlightening. Please
address your comments
to: Michael Barker, Tom
Bernard & Marcie
Bloom Co-Presidents Sony
Pictures Classics 550 Madison
Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY
10022 Phone: (212)
833-8833 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com

Rating: Not yet rated

Runtime: 142 minutes

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(PaPa, B, P, L, VVV, S, NN, A, D, M) Strong pagan worldview in historical Buddhist setting about defeating corrupt government and invading foreign armies; some elements lauding patriotism; two or three light obscenities; very strong violence including many battle scenes with arrows, swords and cannons, plus some graphic execution scenes where people are beheaded; implied fornication; upper male nudity and female nudity; alcohol use; villains poison people; and, .

GENRE: Historical Drama

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Summary:

Set in 16th Century Thailand, THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI is about a beautiful princess who tries to protect her country from tyrants at home and invading tyrants from foreign lands. An intriguing historical epic, the movie extols Princess Suriyothai's faithful duty to her husband and her country, but contains strong violence and brief sexual nudity.

Review:

THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI is a foreign movie about a cultural hero from Thailand's past, in the 16th Century. Suriyothai is a beautiful princess who must wed Prince Tien instead of her true love, a young warrior named Piren.

A new king takes the throne, only to be murdered by one of his wives and her secret lover, who usurp the throne in order to restore their clan to power. As the new king's tyrannical rule spreads throughout the land, Suriyothai's husband becomes a Buddhist monk to protect himself from the evil king and his mean queen.

Eventually, a band of loyalists joins Princess Suriyothai to assassinate the evil rulers, and her husband leaves the priesthood to unify the country and bring peace to the land. In a dramatic finale, however, the Burmese invade the new kingdom, and Queen Suriyothai heroically rides into battle with both her husband and her unrequited childhood love at her side.

THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI is a magnificent historical epic. Despite the references to Buddhism, the movie focuses on the political and military aspects of its story. It speaks out against tyranny and foreign aggression, but its primary motive is to show Queen Suriyothai's faithful duty to her husband and her country. The biggest flaw in the movie is that it spends too much of its time detailing the evil machinations of the usurpers to the throne. The movie also contains some very strong battle and execution scenes, including several beheadings, plus brief sexual nudity. Those who are interested in exploring the history of another culture, however, may find this movie very enlightening.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie Bloom

Co-Presidents

Sony Pictures Classics

550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 833-8833

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

SUMMARY: Set in 16th Century Thailand, THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI is about a beautiful princess who tries to protect her country from tyrants at home and invading tyrants from foreign lands. An intriguing historical epic, the movie extols Princess Suriyothai's faithful duty to her husband and her country, but contains strong violence and brief sexual nudity.

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