They also are seemingly frustrated that such a film can do well internationally, while Suriyothai
, emblematic of official nationalism and an attempt to portray Thainess, has done poorly overseas, despite editing by Francis Ford Coppola.
The 84-year-old monarch will leave Bangkok in the late afternoon and travel by car to Ayutthaya to pay homage to 16th-century-queen Suriyothai
, famed for sacrificing her life to protect her husband, according to an official schedule.
Films like the 1980 Luang Ta about an elderly monk who helps a young boy cope with his first crush, the 2006 Ma Kap Phra, about a group of horse riding monks in Chiang Rai province who are clumsy, wild, and hilariously irreverent, the 2001 box-office hit, Suriyothai
, in which a monk is depicted cheering on warriors and actually engaging in battle with Burmese soldiers, and the 2009 Luang Phi Kap Phi Khanun about a swindler turned monk who is enlisted to battle a menacing ghost, all depict monks not only breaking their precepts, but displaying a wide range of, what might seem, inappropriately public and explicit emotions.
The Legend of Suriyothai
is truly a royal affair--massively funded, exhaustively researched, a great white elephant of a movie.
Her birthday is being marked by today's gala world premiere of the most expensive Thai movie ever made, a historical epic called Suriyothai
is no less cavalier with history and presents the court in a more lurid light than Anna and the King, it enjoys unreserved official support.
Among them are Prince Chumporn, Chulalongkorn's son and the father of the Thai Royal Navy; Queen Sunantha, Chulalongkorn's wife, who was drowned in a boating accident in Ayudhaya; and the media-promoted Princess Phra Suphankanlaya, the elder sister of the sixteenth-century King Naresuan and Queen Suriyothai
But unlike a Hollywood remake of The King and I starring Jodie Foster, which Thai film authorities banned from being shot on location earlier this year over historical inaccuracies, work is proceeding on Suriyothai
as fast as the elements will allow.
BANGKOK Prince Chatri Chalerm Yugala, who directed Thailand's biggest box office hit, "The Legend of Suriyothai
," in 2001, has started shooting "Nuresuan," the most expensive Thai production ever.
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