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The Legend of Suriyothai Details


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 two countries go to war in 1548, Tien is lost in battle. As Thailand's independence hangs in the balance, Suriyothai stands as her nation's new champion; she rallies the Thai forces, and, traveling by elephant, leads a brave and determined campaign against the invading Burmese troops. Suphakit Tangthatswasd originally opened in Thailand in the summer of 2001, screening in a sprawling 185-minute version, and became one of the country's biggest box-office hits. Two years later, director Chatrichalerm Yukol, a member of Thai royalty, reshaped the film for international release with the help of his friend Francis Ford Coppola; the film was shortened to 142 minutes and retitled The Legend of Suriyothai. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 20, 2003


Marisa Anita
Siriwimol Charoenpura
as Tao Sri Sudachan
Mai Charoenpura
Saharat Sangkapricha
as Phra Maha Uparacha
Sorapong Chatri
as Baron Muen Rachasineha
Ronrittichai Khanket
as Phra Chao Prome
Johnny Anfone
as Panbut Srithep
Pongpat Wachirabunjong
as Somdet Phra Chairachathirat
Suchao Pongvilai
as Somdet Nor Putthangura
Suphakit Tangthatswasd
as King Tabinshweti
Chatchai Plengpanich
as Piren
Jeremy Irons
as Narrator (English Version)
Sombat Medhanee
as Minye Sihatu
Supakorn Kitsuwon
Wannasa Thongwiset
as Phra Akrachaya
Varuth Waratham
as Sihatu


Chatrichalerm Yukol
Kamala Yukol
Sunait Chutintaranond
Stanislav Dorsic
Igor Luther
Kim Aubry
Executive Producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer