Bang Rajan (2000) or Have You Ever Heard of a Thai War Movie?

Set right before the fall of Thailand’s old capital, Ayuttaya, Bang Rajan draws on the legend of a village of fighters who bravely fended off the Burmese armies. With no support from the Royal army, the villagers drives the invading Burmese away many times until their names have become legendary during the time. As each subsequent battles becomes fiercer, the villagers tries to forge a canon to battle the enemy in a final battle where everyone, women and children included, die in combat. Written by Ploy P. (IMDb)

Set in 1765 Bang Rajan tells the story of a Siamese village who has to fight invading Burmese forces. Someone called this a movie about fighting adversity. It seems to be the only movie that contains a buffalo-mounted cavalry charge. The battle scenes seem realistic as there are loads of extras and no computer enhancements.

As you may have deduced I haven’t seen it yet but thought it worthwhile to share it as I have so many movies on my to-be-watched list that it doesn’t seem likely I will watch this soon. And, who knows, maybe one of my readers is in desperate need of watching a Thai war movie about this particular conflict.

If you’d like a brush-up on the conflict itself here’s a wikipedia article to start with.

Whoever gets to watch this before me, come back and tell me how it was.

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4 thoughts on “Bang Rajan (2000) or Have You Ever Heard of a Thai War Movie?

  1. Novroz says:

    I haven’t seen any Thai war movies (I’ve seen some Thai horror movies).
    What interest me is the world ‘Bang’ , I wonder is the meaning is same with Indonesian language, here, bang means older brother.

    • I really don’t know. I attached a link but didn’t have the time to read all of it myself. You would know better if there are some similarities between Thai and Bahasa. When I hear it spoken it doesn’t sound as if. By the wy, I think the guy who made this movie normally makes Horror movies. I had a quick look on IMDb but they didn’t look good.

  2. John Oxley says:

    I saw this movie a few years ago during my flight from Sydney to BKK. It was the first time I became aware of the Thai-Burmese wars. For a non Hollywood production I give this movie a 10 out of 10. After watching the movie I did some research on this battle and found the movie to be historically accurate. I recommend it to everyone.

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