The Enchanted Forest (1967)

Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - Cambodia   |  
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Cambodian ruler Prince Norodom Sihanouk wrote and directed this fantasy of a prince and his hunting party. The group travels from the royal palace into the country for the festivities. Native songs and dances are included as the hunters are entertained with the spectacle that is part of the county's folklore. A visit to the Prince allows the ruler to show off his piano-playing prowess and gives ample time for good publicity as he visits and embraces the faithful peasants. Technical production is on the amateur side, with servants providing some forced comedy relief. An anti-American message towards the end of the feature has Sihanouk declaring that he will visit the regions that have been bombed, as his country feels the severe destruction that has spilled over from the Vietnam War.