The Killing Fields

Year: 1991

Genre: Drama | Thriller | War

Country: United Kingdom

Running Time: 141 mins

Director: Roland Joffé

Producer: David Puttnam

Cast: Sam Waterston / John Malkovich / Haing S. ngor

Synopsis :

'The Killing Fields', although 33 years old, is as powerful and moving today as it was when it was first shown. It tells the true story of two journalist reporting on the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, and the tragedies that followed. It won eight BAFTA and three Oscars, including the Best Supporting Actor for Haing S Ngor who had never acted before in his life.

The demands of the film were enormous, and only Thailand could meet the requirements. Over 250 local technicians were employed, and thousands of extras recruited. The production spent $5m in Thailand - a substantial amount at the time. Many of the Thai co-ordinators and crew who first practiced their skills working on 'The Killing Fields' have gone on to become the best in their fields.

Recommendation :

This extraordinary and moving film about tragedy, loyalty, honour and friendship is one of the most powerful films ever shot in Thailand. If you see it, you will never forget it.