Thursday, January 23, 2014

[Cinema] Queens of Langkasuka

It's been out for a while, but I finally had a chance to endure Queens of Langkasuka, a Thai historic fantasy epic based on the writing Win Lyorvin. It's ambitious with sumptuous costume and design. 

The production values are high although it often loses focus and critics are right regarding the length. But given the clear love the artists had for the material, I can see why they indulged themselves to linger in this world just a few minutes longer. It's a film where I would definitely want to read more of the behind the scene details.

For those of us interested in historical fantasies set in Southeast Asia, both Queens of Langkasuka and Dynamite Warrior serve as good reminders of what Southeast Asian fantasy is capable of, with very distinctive visuals, values and traditions that can intertwine with one another. 

If you get a chance to see this film, I would definitely check it out. It would definitely be of interest to those with a passion for steampunk and alternate history And also the use of giant whales in combat, apparently. But see for yourself.

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