Today, I would like to talk about the most popular Thai movies in Thailand that you might find interesting and want to watch! You might have already watched or know some of them since they are also famous in other countries – especially in Southeast Asian countries.
The 5th highest grossing Thai movies of all time is called “The Legend of King Naresuan 2 – Reclaiming Sovereignty” and the 4th one is “The Legend of King Naresuan 1 – Hongsawadee’s Hostage.” The films were released in the U.S. under the title of the Kingdom of War. They were created by Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol or usually known by Mui. He is a member of the Thai royal family. The movies are a follow-up to his other historical film, “The Legend of Suriyothai.” The Legend of King Naresuan is a Thai biographical historical drama film about King Naresuan the Great, who wasthe King of the Ayutthaya Kingdom from 1590 and overlord of Lan Na from 1602 until his death in 1605. He liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. The project has a total of six parts, which were first released in 2007 and in production for more than three years. They had the estimated budget for 700 million baht, making them the most expensive Thai film made. These movies are one of his historical epic movies: http://www.kingnaresuanmovie.com
The film that is the 3rd Highest Grossing Thai Movies of All Time is called “The Legend of Suriyothai.” Another Thai film that written and directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol. It’s a story about Queen Suriyothai’s life. She was famous for the great feminist for Thai people. She helped to protect the Kingdom of Ayothaya. The epic scene was when she took her battle elephant and fought against the Burmese army and sacrificed herself to save the life of her king Maha Chakkraphat and the kingdom.
Unlike the 3rd-5th Highest Grossing Thai Movies of All Time which are a historical film, the 2nd popular Thai movie is called “I FINE THANK YOU LOVE YOU,” which was released in 2014 and directed by Mez Tharatorn. It’s a romantic comedy. The story is about a Thai guy who tries to win his Japanese girlfriend back because at first he couldn’t speak English and his girl couldn’t speak Thai, so he needs to study English. I think the jokes regarding Thai leaning English is one of the factors that made this movie popular.
The top Highest Grossing Thai Movies of All Time is no other than Pee Mak Phra Khanong which was released in 2013. It’s a Thai comedy horror film directed by Banjong Pisanthanaku. The story is an adaptation of the Mae Nak Phra Khanong, the legend of Thai folklore. Mae Nak Phra Khanong itself is already so popular, so it is not surprising that Pee Mak Phra Khanong also gains a lot of attention from Thai people. It’s not only Thai who love this film, but Pee Mak also has been screened in many Asian countries like Australia and the United States. Pee Mak earned more than 1 billion baht worldwide, mostly in Asia!
I hope you enjoyed reading about these recommended Thai movies. If you have free time, please watch them. You might love them as much as Thai people do!
By Natcha Poompradit, ASEAN Correspondent from Thailand