The Legend Of Suriyothai ★★★½

Huge, big budgeted historical epic depicting the life of Princess Suriyothai in 16th century Thailand. The film charts her marriage to Prince Tien, and the changes on the throne until the King's high consort plots to seize power and Princess Suriyothai is forced to act and rally the troops against the threat from neighbouring Burma. There's a lot of story to pack in here - Coppola's cut trims the original five hour version down to a more manageable 2hrs 20min - but it's told simply and effectively, and the tone remains studious throughout reflecting the importance of this time in Thai history.

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