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The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) at a glance

The first animated feature originated from Thailand, The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) is directed by Payut Ngaokrachang whose eyesight become crooked, nearly blind due to the intensity of the work. He did all the drawings, design and layout, and made the equipment himself from the junk of World War II military surplus. Based on the 30,000 line epic Phra Aphai Mani written by Sunthon Phu, it is also the only traditional animated feature ever made in Thailand.

The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) Synopsis

Based on the epic "Phra Aphai Mani" written by Sunthon Phu, The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) tells the heroic adventure of the son of a minstrel prince and a beautiful mermaid, Sudsakorn. His many encounters including fighting animals, ghosts and demons, and taming sharks and dragon-horse has proved that Sudsakorn is no less of a gifted child.

PS. I wrote this synopsis myself, there is no official English version.

The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) Review

Sudsakorn goes on an adventure with the dragon-horse he tamed.
Sudsakorn goes on an adventure with the dragon-horse he tamed.

The first traditionally animated feature in Thailand, The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) has aesthetically pleasing art direction and exquisite traditional music. It is creative and filled with plenty of endearing characters such as lovely animals, dancing flowers and sea creatures.

Mermaids in The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)
Mermaids in The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)

Although I do not understand most of the words said by the characters in the movie, it's easy to tell that intense efforts have been put to produce The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979). From the visuals and animations to the characters and world creations, it's exceedingly detailed even by today's standard.

Sudsakorn's parents.
Sudsakorn's parents.

The story of this animated feature might be difficult to capture if we do not know the Thai language and the epic Phra Aphai Mani itself but still, the beautiful music and genuine emotions will give us a clue and it is quite an enjoyable watch! It is truly a wonder that the director is able to produce this even though there is very little resources for this project; Mr. Payut Ngaokrachang deserve a lot of respect!

Sudsakorn's mother, a mermaid!
Sudsakorn's mother, a mermaid!

PS. I would want to meet this director someday and tell him I really liked his work if I could but he's not here anymore. :'(

Who will like this?

People who love Thai folklores and mermaid related movies because they have very beautiful mermaids haha!

Other Reviews (From Thai Movie Marathon)

Khan Kluay (2006)
The Life of Buddha (2007)
Nak (2008)
Khan Kluay 2 (2009)

PS. I am currently making all my Thai animated movie reviews available on Moviepilot! Stay tune for more animated features!

Details of the movie

Director: Payut Ngaokrachang
Producer: Payut Ngaokrachang
Story: Sunthorn Phu
Screenplay: Payut Ngaokrachang
Cinematography: Payut Ngaokrachang
Music: Not sure.
Studio: Not sure.
Starring: Not sure.
Full Credit: [Not Available]
Distributor: Not sure.
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Genre: Adventure Epic Fantasy
Running time: 82 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not sure.

Official website(s)


Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon and
Thai Animated Movie Marathon.
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The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979) Poster


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