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John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Gary Stretch (World Trade Center, Alexander) star in this epic adventure set in the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya, a Thai kingdom that existed from 1350 to 1767. Fernando De Gama (Stretch), a Portuguese mercenary, sets sail for the Orient in a bid to find the man that murdered his father. When his ship capsizes, Fernando washes up on a tropical beach only to be captured by Arab slavers and taken to Ayutthaya where he is sold into slavery. He is rescued from slavery when a beautiful young Portuguese woman buys him from the Arabs and restores his freedom. Not surprisingly he falls for Maria, much to the chagrin of her father. Her father, as it turns out, is the man who killed Fernando's father and thus sets Fernando on a lifetime quest for revenge. When the King of Siam declares war on a Northern renegade pretender, Fernando is pressed into military service. His skill in battle gains him favor with the
A visually sumptuous period piece from Thailand, The King Maker is also, for better or worse, an old-fashioned adventure movie, complete with exotic locations, royal intrigue, and plenty of swashbuckling and derring-do. Former UK boxer Gary Stretch (Dead Man's Shoes) is top-billed among a largely Thai cast as a 16th-century Portuguese man of action who sets sail to find his father's killer, but instead finds himself in the employ of the king of Thailand. Treachery involving the queen and a manipulative Portuguese ex-pat (John Rhys-Davies from The Lord of the Rings) soon puts Stretch's life and romance with Rhys-Davies' daughter (former Miss World Cindy Burbridge) in serious jeopardy. The Thai locations are gorgeous, and director Lek Kitiparaporn doesn't shy away from battle scenes or action set pieces, but the Asian actors struggle mightily with their English dialogue (this is only the third Thai film shot in English since the '40s), which is frankly purple enough to cause problems for those who call it their native tongue. The script as a whole is too sudsy and mawkish to keep action fans happy, and those looking for a historical romance will be turned off by the vigorous violence. The King Maker is perhaps best enjoyed by those with a taste for films with an Asian setting, or viewers looking for diversion and little else. -- Paul Gaita
The costumes and setting are good to very good. The music is very good to superb. However, the acting is mostly poor to average with some going into above average to good. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MISTER SJEM
I usually do not review products that I don't like... but sometimes I do.
This is one of them.
A pedestrian script set the pace of the whole film; poor acting and... Read more