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Khan Kluay 2 (2009) at a glance

Khan Kluay 2 (2009) is an animated feature directed by Taweelap Srivuthivong. Animated by Kantana Animation Studios, it is the sequel to award winning film Khan Kluay (2006). Following the lives of Khan Kluay the noble royal elephant, the film sets during the Burmese-Siamese War.

Khan Kluay 2 (2009) Trailer

Khan Kluay 2 (2009) Synopsis

After the end of the renowned elephant battle, the brave and successful Khan Kluay became the royal elephant for King Naresuan The Great. Chaba Kaew, the royal elephant's beloved wife has an untold secret. She is now pregnant and returns to Hin How Village to deliver the baby. Unexpectedly the Hongsawadee troops intruded and destroyed the village, capturing all the villagers including Khan Kluay's family. He must now choose between saving the lives of his loved ones and abandon his military responsibilities or stay to fight for his country and lose his loved ones forever.

Khan Kluay 2 (2009) Review

Queen Suphankanlaya and Chaba Kaew.
Queen Suphankanlaya and Chaba Kaew.

Khan Kluay 2 (2009) is a recollection of the days when elephant flourishes the land. Elephants are not only large in size, they were also large in numbers before. That was centuries ago where they live in harmony and fight side by side with the human race. If films can be labelled with color and taste, I would say this film would be grey and bittersweet. Grey because it is depressing that most existing species of elephants are endangered today...bittersweet, well, do I really have to explain this?

Khan Kluay and Chaba Kaew.
Khan Kluay and Chaba Kaew.

This film is undeniably patriotic, where loving your nation and protecting its citizen is implied as a crucial duty. However, it is also sweet as there are plenty of scenes that strongly values blood ties and friendship above everything else which are honorable. Thus, the spirit of the family love in this film is no less of the characters' patriotism as towards the end, it teaches us that it is equally important to protect our own family (and others even if we are not related at all) as well. Life is indeed priceless.

Ton Aor and Kor Kaew
Ton Aor and Kor Kaew

In this sequel, the storyline and designs are much refined. Also just like before but much improved, the beautiful Thai animations are both adorable and majestic. There are a lot of aerial views of ancient Thailand and I find most of the characters gorgeous; I would certainly want to watch more of them on screen!

Symbol of national assertiveness and self-sacrifice!
Symbol of national assertiveness and self-sacrifice!

Do not know how to express this but I really, really, love Khan Kluay films. I love the beautifully animated elephants, they are the most beautiful animated elephants I've seen; love the historical adaptation, of the people and war living in that era and I definitely love the fact that I am able to watch Thai culture, animated.

Hopefully there's Khan Kluay 3 because if there is, I daresay I would fly to Thailand just to catch it on theatre! *Pray pray pray, I hope there is, and, no schedule clash please*

PS. Thai Animated Movie Marathon has ended, for now.

Who will like this?

This film will appeal to those who love Thai history and those who are fond of elephants!

PS. This is a war film, but much adorable one!

Other Reviews (From Thai Movie Marathon)

The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)
The Life of Buddha (2007)
Khan Kluay (2006)
Nak (2008)

PS. Stay tune for more animated features!

Details of the movie

Director: Taweelap Srivuthivong
Producer: Auchara Kijkanjanas
Story: Charoonporn Parapakpralai, Pornsawan Sribeenveng, Taweelap Srivuthivong, Auchara Kijkanakanas, Aummaraporn Pramdintong
Screenplay: Charoonporn Parapakpralai, Aummaraporn Phadintong
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Chatchai Pongprapaphan
Studio: Kantana Animation Studio
Starring: Attaporn Theemakorn, Anne Thongprasom, Varut Waratham, Montree
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Kantana Group, Sahamongkol Film International
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Genre: Adventure Family War
Running time: 95 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 2,400,000 est.

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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Khan Kluay 2 (2009) Behind the Scenes

Khan Kluay 2 (2009) Poster


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