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Langkasuka the Movie

If stories give life to a place, those of the four queens of Pattani recall laughter and tears, love and revenge that shaped a chapter of the little known history of this Islamic maritime kingdom about six centuries ago.

Nobody knows what Princess Ijau might have thought when she ascended the throne as the first queen of Pattani in 1584.

Langkasuka (-langkha Sanskrit for “resplendent land” -sukkha of “bliss”) was an ancient Hindu Malay kingdom located in the Malay Peninsula.   The kingdom along with Old Kedah are probably the earliest kingdom founded on the Malay Peninsula. According to tradition the founding of the kingdom happened in the 2nd century. Malay legends claim that Langkasuka was founded at Kedah, and later moved to Pattani.

Langkasuka kingdom.

A Thai movie entitled Queen of Langkasuka directed by Nonzee Nimibutr, loosely based on a south Pattani myth was released in 2008.   Queens of Langkasuka, is an epic historical-fantasy involving pirates and three princesses who must protect their realm, Langkasuka. The film was originally to be called Queens of Pattani, but the name was changed to avoid possible political overtones stemming from the South Thailand insurgency and Pattani separatism.  Shooting began in August 2006. The film stars Jarunee Suksawat, Ananda Everingham from Shutter, Dan Chupong from Kerd ma lui, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Winai Kraibutr and Sorapong Chatree.

If stories give life to a place, those of the four queens of Pattani recall laughter and tears, love and revenge that shaped a chapter of the little known history of this Islamic maritime kingdom about six centuries ago. Subhatra Bhumiprabhas and Natiya Tangwisutijit trace the facinating story of the queens.

Nobody knows what Princess Ijau might have thought when she ascended the throne as the first queen of Pattani in 1584.

After the death of her father, Sultan Manzur Syah, in 1572, Ijau and her two younger sisters had to endure 12 traumatic years witnessing brothers and cousins killing one another in their battle for the throne. The conflict was resolved when all of the male heirs were assassinated, paving the way for Ijau’s ascension.

The three sisters – Ijau, Biru and Ungu – succeeded one another from 1584 to 1635. Their father named them after the colours of the rainbow – Ijau means green, Biru is blue and Ungu is violet. Whether the rainbow connotation was intended as a good omen, the princesses did have a shining future – they all made their way to the prestigious throne without much struggle.

Raja Ijau ruled for 31 years before she died, and passed the throne to her second sister Biru, who led the kingdom for seven years. The throne then passed to the third sister, Ungu, who reigned for 12 years.

Among them, Ungu was the only one married. Her sister Ijau made her the bride of Sultan Abdul-Ghafur Mohaidin Syah of Pahang, another influential kingdom on the Malay Peninsula. Princess Ungu gave birth to a charming daughter, Kuning, who succeeded her mother as the monarch. She reigned for about 50 years in what was one of the wealthiest and longest reigns for the region.

Read more at Sejarah Kerajaan Melayu Patani

Malay Canon (Meriam Melayu)

Sources:

Wikipedia

SabriZain.prg: The Lost Kingdom of Langkasuka

SmileyCentral.com

GM: Most of the comments in th youtube about the movies were from Malays, I pressumed. The tone were basically what I have indicated in a sentence at ‘WoW’.  Anyway, the character ‘Paree’ byAnanda Everingham (stingray in English) reminds me of  Orlando Bloom.  Indeed the movie is an Asian version of Pirate of Carribean.  Well done and solute to Nonzee Nimibutr.

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2 Responses

  1. Curiousity says:

    I stumbled upon the cd – The Queens of Langkasuka by chance. It was indeed a very good movie and my interest in Langkasuka was because my ancestors were from that area (Pattani) when they migrated further south in 1635, after they lost the battle to the king of Siam. In the movie, the splendours and the rich cultures of the court strikes me as very familiar with what had been passed down in our family. I am glad I bought the cd cos its the only thing I could share with my children of our past.Other than that, there was not much documents you can find on Langkasuka in Malaysia.

  2. peacebuy says:

    Wow! Nice meeting you descendents of Langkasuka! I read quiet a number of articles in the web from various sites on Langkasuka. They just scattered around the cybersphere. Somehow there was a close relationship between the Langkasuka Kingdom and the Acehnese Kingdom established long time ago. There was royal intermarriage kind of thing. I’ll get you posted if I find anything on Langkasuka nxt time!

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