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Kingdom of War Part 1 [Blu-ray]

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As a follow up to Chatreechalerm Yukol's THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI, KINGDOM OF WAR is an epic historical action film about King Naresuanthe Great, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma, changing the destiny of a nation. Part 1 introduces Naresuanas a child prince captured by the Burmese King Bayinnaungin order to keep the province of Ayudhya subservient. Naresuan spends almost seven years away from home studying as a novice Buddhist monk.

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History on a grandly gargantuan scale, director Chatreechalerm Yukol's multipart epic is an exceedingly lavish (and somewhat narratively muddled) tribute to the early life of Thailand's King Naresuan, the 16th-century leader who fought to free Siam from Burmese rule. Sporting enough convoluted factions and royal backbiting to make Game of Thrones seem like Candyland, this reverent biopic demands--and rewards--fierce concentration from the viewer. Part one (originally titled King Naresuan) follows the 9-year-old hero as he is held hostage by the ruler of Burma in order to ensure his native land's compliance. While winning the favor of his (mostly) benevolent captor, he begins to learn martial arts techniques from a wise monk, sowing the seeds for his eventual destiny. Meanwhile, a myriad of noblemen from surrounding regions attempt to scheme their way to the top of the heap. Whether the two parts are viewed separately or together, the sheer scope of Kingdom of War is fantastic to behold, with an attention to detail that borders on the flabbergasting. However, although the filmmaker's dedication and craft is unquestionable, the sheer tonnage of his narrative proves difficult to overcome. While those with prior knowledge of the historical events will be enthralled, newcomers may wish to have a flowchart handy. --Andrew Wright

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  • Actors: Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Sorapong Chatree
  • Directors: Chatrichalerm Yukol
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UJN1WG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Beautiful costumes with great insight into the history of Thailand and its old kingdoms. Great story on ethics and the traditions of kings. This movie helped me better understand the movie/play of "The King and I." I never really appreciated Thailand because I never knew it as a beautiful and historic nation. This movie made me want to visit Thailand. This is the first out of three movies. According to Wikepedia, this movie came out in 2003, the 2nd in 2007 (just as good) and the 3rd was released in 2011. This series of movies were the most expensive movie Thailand has ever made, and one can see why being that there are so many extras used in the series. The first movie is about the main character's childhood as a hostaged prince and student of ethics. Though this is a long movie, you will want to watch the second one by the end of the first. The second movie is more epic and demonstrates the prince as an adult warrior.
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It's very entertaining. I'm not sure of the history presented so can't comment on the accuracy of that. There are some anachranisms in the film as far as the guns in use are Flintlocks which hadn't been invented in the 16th century. I suppose it can be overlooked if we aren't holding the producers to total historical accuracy in a drama.
The subtitles appear to be correct and make sense, not only grammatically, but also in context to what is happening on screen. The translation doesn't appear to be direct word for word, but a contextual meaning conveyed, as in colloquialisms and slang are given English equivalents rather than literal translations which don't make sense in English.
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I really appreciated this mini series. It was well written and directed. It pulls me in with the story line and I ended up watching the whole series. Really nice character development. I enjoyed it very much. I definitely recommend it.
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Set in Siam early 18th century this film sets the stage for the real crowd winner, [KINGDOM OF WART 2.] It brings you in close to all the main character and makes you part of their future.

It also shows how one man bent on domination and control can determine the lives of generation after generation of people who are subject to his rule.

watch KOW 1. Then watch the KOW 2. you'll be glad you did.
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If you are looking for blood ,war ,and brutality ,this has it in abundance.It is an ambitious and revealing movie set in Siam,where the lavish and exotic scenes are a treat for the eyes.
The story centers around the ruling lord's young child in a defeated providence. He is taken as hostage,far from his homeland,and raised as an adopted son by the conquering Burmese king,who intuitively recognized his great potential. This,however,does nothing for the relationship with the kings jealous and reckless blood sons. While making loyal friends in a hostile environment,the child is sent to the temple for his protection, where he is taught by a sympathetic monk.Amid the intrigue,where family members are used like pawns in a game of chess,he enhances his already formidable nature and develops into a true and capable leader.
This is a well presented and riveting tale,although,perhaps,too intense and violent for young audiences.In my opinion,the factor that makes this movie above the average is it's cultural perspective and extraordinary visual spectacles.
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By chrissy on May 14, 2013
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Great story about Siam and surrounding countries. Got to pay attention movie moves fast. Highly recommend this movie if u r interested in Asian culture
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Very good movie. Amazing story and very expensive production. Beautiful scene and culture love to see another movie like this.
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Complicated in the storyline but visually grand and on a scale that is difficult for Hollywood to emulate in modern times.
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