THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI

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

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adultsREVIEWER: Dr. Tom
SnyderTHE 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
BloomCo-PresidentsSony
Pictures Classics550 Madison
Avenue, 8th FloorNew York, NY
10022Phone: (212) 833-8833Web
Page: www.spe.sony.com

Rating: Not yet rated

Runtime: 142 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Chatri Chalerm Yukol

Executive Producer:

Producer: Kamla YukolEXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Francis Ford
Coppola and Kim Aubry

Writer: Chatri Chalerm Yukol

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Content:

(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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