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Chatrichalerm Yukol on the set of The Legend of Suriyothai
Chatrichalerm Yukol on the set of The Legend of Suriyothai

Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol (Thai หม่อมเจ้า ชาตรีเฉลิมยุคล, born November 29, 1942) is a Thai film director and screen writer. Image File history File linksMetadata Chatrichalerm. ... The Legend of Suriyothai is a Thai film directed by Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol of the Thai Royal Family. ... November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies are made. ...

He is best known in the West for his 2001 historical epic, The Legend of Suriyothai, the most expensive Thai film ever made. Chatrichalerm's parents, Prince Anusornmongkolkarn Yukol and Mom Ubon Yuko Na Ayudhya Yukol were filmmakers and co-founders of the Lavo Pappayon Company. The Legend of Suriyothai is a Thai film directed by Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol of the Thai Royal Family. ...

Chatrichalerm was sent to Australia for schooling, and from there he went to UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in geology. His minor was film studies, and he shared classes with Francis Ford Coppola and Roman Polanski. He also worked as an assistant to director and producer Merian C. Cooper who directed King Kong and Mighty Joe Young. The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... Francis Ford Coppola at Cannes 2001 Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American film director, screenwriter, vintner, magazine publisher, and hotelier, most renowned for directing the highly regarded Godfather trilogy. ... Roman Polański at Cannes with Adrien Brody, 2002 Roman Polański (born August 18, 1933) is a Franco-Polish film director and actor. ... Merian C. Cooper Merian Caldwell Cooper (October 24, 1893, Jacksonville, Florida, USA — April 21, 1973, San Diego, California, USA, died of cancer) was an American movie actor, director, screenwriter and producer. ... Kong battles a flying pterosaur on Skull Island in the 1933 version of King Kong King Kong is the name of a fictional giant gorilla who appears in several works that bear his name, including the groundbreaking 1933 film, the film remakes of 1976 and 2005, and numerous sequels and... Mighty Joe Young is a film made in 1949 by the same design team responsible for King Kong. ...

He worked with Coppola on the re-editing of The Legend of Suriyothai, when it was released to American audiences in 2003.

Chatrichalerm is a member of the Royal Family. His official royal title is Mom Chao, or M.C. He also has a nickname, Than Mui. The Chakri dynasty have ruled Thailand since king Taksin was declared mad in 1782. ... The Thai royal and noble titles signify distance of the bearers to the King. ...

For Suriyothai as well as his upcoming historical epic, Naresuan, the Prince received the support of Her Majesty the Queen. Naresuan, about Naresuan the Great, will be even bigger than Suriyothai in terms of budget and scope. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, with her husband, King Rama IX Her Majesty Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara (born August 12, 1932), better known as Queen Sirikit of Thailand, is the wife and Queen Consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX of Thailand. ... King Naresuan the Great (1555 - April 25, 1605, also sometimes called Naret or the Black Prince, Thai สมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช) was king of Siam (today Thailand) from 1590 until his death in 1605. ...


Earlier films

Though he's best known for his work on Suriyothai, Chatrichalerm is a prolific director whose filmography stretches back to the 1970s. His first film, 1971's Out of the Darkness, was the first Thai science-fiction film. The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... A collection of well-known science-fiction novels and magazines Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which advances in science, or contact with more scientifically advanced civilizations, create situations different from those of both the present day and the known past. ...

He was among the first of a new wave of Thai directors to produce films reflecting changes in society. One of these film was his Khao Chue Karn (Dr. Karn), based on a well-known story by Suwannee Sukhontha. Released in the months leading up to the bloody pro-democracy student uprisings of 1973, Dr. Karn dared to address corruption in Thai society. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

Even Chatrichalerm's status as a prince didn't rate when the authoritarian government's censor wanted to cut the film. Chatrichalerm personally showed the film to Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn and was able to persuade the dictator to let the film be released uncut. Thanom Kittikachorn Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn (August 11, 1912 -June 16, 2004, Thai ถนอม กิตติขจร) was a Thai military leader and former prime minister of Thailand. ...

Most of his films have some kind of social message, such as the downside of prostitution (The Angel, 1974), teenage sex and delinquency (Daughter and Daughter 2), protecting the environment (The Elephant Keeper, 1987), or the evils of the drug trade (Powder Road, 1991). His films resist depicting any glamor, focusing on the poor, downtrodden working classes, such as Freedom of Taxi Driver (1984) or Song for Chao Phya and often with gritty action, such as The Gunman (1983), Salween (1993), and The Colonel (1974).

Chatrichalerm's first film, and the first Thai science-fiction film, 1971's Out of the Darkness, is available on DVD.
Chatrichalerm's first film, and the first Thai science-fiction film, 1971's Out of the Darkness, is available on DVD.

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  • Naresuan (2006)
  • Last Love (remake) (2003)
  • The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)
  • Daughter 2 (Sia Dia 2) (1997)
  • Daughter (Sia Dia) (1996)
  • Salween (Gunman II) (1993)
  • Song for Chao Phya (1990)
  • Powder Road (1991)
  • The Elephant Keeper (Khon Liang Chang) (1987)
  • Somsee (1986)
  • Freedom of Taxi Driver (Citizen II) (1984)
  • Detective, Section 123 (1984)
  • Gunman (Meu Peun) (1983)
  • If You Still Love (1982)
  • The Yellowing of the Sky (Before the Storm) (1980)
  • Karma (1978)
  • Taxi Driver (Citizen I) (1977)
  • Angel Who Walks on the Ground (1976)
  • Last Love (Kaum Rak Krang Suthai) (1975)
  • Dangerous Modelling (1975)
  • The Violent Breed (Thewada Doen Din)
  • Hotel Angel (The Angel) (1974)
  • The Colonel (Mai Rak Pen Pan To) (1974)
  • Dr. Karn (Khao Chue Karn) (1973)
  • Out of the Darkness (1971)

The Legend of Suriyothai is a Thai film directed by Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol of the Thai Royal Family. ...


  • Richardson, Thomas (1993), Thai Film Timeline: people.cornell.edu/pages/ter3/thaifilm/tftime.html
  • Chaiworaporn, Anchalee (2004) The Arrival of New Wave and The First Taste of Freedom, ThaiCinema.org. Retrieved December 24, 2005.

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