An old fashioned and charming adventure story, this movie features beautiful cinematography and amazing use of its animal stars. Matt Dillon, bewitched by the seedier side of Cambodia after several visits, wrote directed and starred in this attempt at modern noir set in a gritty early nineties Phnom Penh.Roping in Hollywood buddies, James Caan and Gérard Depardieu amongst others, the film also features several well known expat and Khmer faces in supporting cameo roles.something straight out of a scene in an Indiana Jones movie. Giant faces of Buddhist deities watch over you as you walk in.The stories of the lives of the city’s ancient inhabitants are etched in every nook and cranny. Some of the best and most exquisite reliefs in all of Angkor can be found right here.
This recent Australian drama follows four friends whose Cambodian holiday takes a very dark path, and then the after-effects of this on their lives back in Australia.The Temple of Angkor Wat, the most famous of the Angkor temple complex, was built by a 12th century Khmer king as a funerary temple and eventually his place of rest.But as you can see, the temples of Angkor got a little larger in scale once Khmer rulers realized they didn’t just want to use this place merely as a way to bury the dead, but to portray, through the architecture, the entire celestial world. This so called city of temples stretches out over hundreds of acres.A compelling love story with some great shots of modern Cambodia this film received a mixed response locally after the casting of Thai leading lady Apinya Sakuljaroensuk as Cambodian Sreykeo.French director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s family adventure movie set in French Colonial 1920s Cambodia features Guy Pearce, but its main stars are two tiger brothers, who get separated as cubs and go on to very different fates before being re-united.