30 Films set in Thailand to watch before visiting

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It’s always so fascinating to research a country’s filmography, in a way, and see what shines through in the medium of film. Looking at films set in Thailand, that’s holidays for westerners, underground criminal activities and Muay Thai boxing. Is anyone surprised?

There are actually more Hollywood and western films set in Thailand than I first realised. Obviously, I was aware of the huge success of The Hangover Part II (2011) in Bangkok. But, how did I forget that Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) shot a few key scenes in Thailand? And how did I miss the fact that there are three versions of Anna and the King (1999)?!

Though I’ve included it on this list, maybe skip over Anna and the King of Siam (1946). I’ve not watched it myself, but Rex Harrison (an English actor) portrays the Asian King of Siam (now Thailand). I don’t know how this was anything other than wildly racist. It’s included because I like to present the whole picture, not because it’s an actual recommendation.

But if you’re visiting Thailand in the near future, there are plenty of films, both western and Thai, that you can watch to get you excited about your trip. Here are the top films set in Thailand to watch before you visit…

30 Films set in Thailand you MUST watch

30 Films Set in Thailand to Watch Before Visiting | 30 films set in Thailand you MUST watch | Films to inspire you to visit Thailand including The Beach, Till We Meet Again, No Escape, The Railway Man, Only God Forgives, The Impossible, The Hangover Part II, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Rambo, Bangkok Dangerous, American Gangster, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Beautiful Boxer, City of Ghosts, Anna and the King, The King and I, Anna and the King of Siam, Brokedown Palace, Kickboxer, Belly of the Beast, Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Big Boss, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Around the World in 80 Days | almostginger.com
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1. Anna and The King of Siam (1946)

Director: John Cromwell

Language: English

2. The King and I (1956)

Director: Walter Lang

Language: English

3. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Director: Michael Anderson

Language: English

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© 1957 United Artists Corporation

4. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Director: David Lean

Language: English

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© 1957 Columbia Pictures

5. The Ugly American (1963)

Director: George Englund

Language: English

6. The Big Boss (1971)

Director: Lo Wei

Language: Mandarin/Cantonese/Thai

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© 20th Century Fox

7. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Director: Guy Hamilton

Language: English/Thai

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© 1974 MGM/UA

8. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Language: English

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© Thorn-EMI Video

9. Kickboxer (1989)

Director: Mark DiSalle and David Worth

Language: English

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© Lionsgate

10. Brokedown Palace (1999)

Director: Jonathan Kaplan

Language: English/Thai

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© 20th Century Fox

11. Anna and the King (1999)

Director: Andy Tennant

Language: English

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© 20th Century Fox

12. Bangkok Dangerous (2000) Thai Original

Director: The Pang Brothers

Language: Thai

13. The Beach (2000)

Director: Danny Boyle

Language: English

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© 20th Century Fox

14. City of Ghosts (2002)

Director: Matt Dillon

Language: English/French/Khmer/Russian

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© 2003 United Artists

15. Beautiful Boxer (2003)

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Language: Thai/English/Japanese

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© TLA Releasing

16. Belly of the Beast (2003)

Director: Ching Siu Tung

Language: English/Thai

17. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Language: Thai

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© Sahamongkol Film International

18. Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Language: Thai/Japanese/English

19. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

Director: Beeban Kidron

Language: English/German/Thai

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© 2004 Universal Studios

20. Stealth (2005)

Director: Rob Cohen

Language: English

21. American Gangster (2007)

Director: Ridley Scott

Language: English

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© Universal Pictures

22. Bangkok Dangerous (2008) English Remake

Director: The Pang Brothers

Language: English/Thai

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© Lionsgate

23. Rambo (2008)

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Language: English

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© Lionsgate

24. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Language: Isan/Thai

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© The Match Factory

25. The Hangover Part II (2011)

Director: Todd Phillips

Language: English

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© 2011 Warner Bros Entertainment

26. The Impossible (2012)

Director: J. A. Bayona

Language: English

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© 2012 Summit Entertainment

27. Only God Forgives (2013)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Language: English/Thai

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© The Weinstein Company

28. The Railway Man (2013)

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Language: English

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© The Weinstein Company

29. No Escape (2015)

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Language: English/Thai

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© The Weinstein Company

30. Till We Meet Again (2016)

Director: Bank Tangjaitrong

Language: English/Thai

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© Indeed Film

Those are the top 30 films set in Thailand you should watch before you go! Or prolong the magic of an awesome trip. Have you watched any of these films set in Thailand? Let me know in the comments below!


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30 Films Set in Thailand to Watch Before Visiting | 30 films set in Thailand you MUST watch | Films to inspire you to visit Thailand including The Beach, Till We Meet Again, No Escape, The Railway Man, Only God Forgives, The Impossible, The Hangover Part II, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Rambo, Bangkok Dangerous, American Gangster, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Beautiful Boxer, City of Ghosts, Anna and the King, The King and I, Anna and the King of Siam, Brokedown Palace, Kickboxer, Belly of the Beast, Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Big Boss, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Around the World in 80 Days | almostginger.com
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