- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 25, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Featurette: Making Of
- Audio Commentary: Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol - Director
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Photo Galleries
- Poster Artwork Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 07/01/2003
"...LEGEND is always an incredibly sumptuous spectacle....LEGEND is fun, fun, fun..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/20/2003
"...A sprawling historical epic....SURIYOTHAI is more of a vast procession than anything else, a rich tapestry..."
Thai Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol himself directed this saga of 16th century Thailand, which plunges deep into the era's royal court intrigue and bloody battles with neighboring Burma. The plot centers around two women: The noble and beautiful Princess Suriyothai (M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi), who sacrifices her own true love (and eventually, her life) for the good of the country, and Srisudachan (Mai Charoenpura) a scheming lady of the court who plots to seize the throne. Laden with exquisite scenery and decor, this film is truly epic in scope, employing thousands of extras, and hundreds of painted elephants and horses. It also offers enough treachery, beheading, assassinations, bloody battles, seductions, and betrayals for several Shakespeare plays. Despite the plethora of historical fact on display, however, the painterly lighting and textures, fantastic period costumes and ornate pageantry elevate this undertaking far past mere historical drama and into the realm of cinematic history itself. Free of digital effects, and nonetheless a spectacle writ very large, it is comparable with the early, silent epics of D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille. Prince Chatrichalerm's old UCLA film school pal, Francis Ford Coppola, served as an executive producer on the film. He also worked on editing it down from well over three hours to its present running length.
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical Release: JUNE 20, 2003 (NY/LA)