Ponniyin Selvan: Part II (2023)
August 9, 2023 11:08 AM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] 968 AD. The Pandyan assassins gather once again to destroy the Chola dynasty. Now the mighty Chola princes must fight the Pandyas, the Rashtrakutas and other Chola enemies who have joined forces. Also, at play are the rumours of Ponniyin Selvan’s death at sea, the powerful Pazhuvettarayar’s betrayal, and the tragic destiny of Aditha Karikalan, whose heart was long lost to the vengeful Nandini.

Starring Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi.

Directed, co-produced, and co-written by Mani Ratnam. An Indian production in Tamil.

86% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Amazon Prime. JustWatch.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
I was originally only going to post Part 1, but it turned out a movie I meant to post wasn't available anymore.

And you really should see both.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:15 AM on August 9, 2023

Other countries make great movies that did not make the list: Spain, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Indonesia... but those countries don't really make blockbusters, not even locally. So those films are niche, even if you're a fan.

But dang, Korea is on top of the non-US blockbuster world right now. China makes some great stuff. India's cinema is chaotic and commercial but has lots of winners. Japan's biggest hits are generally animated, but their live action stuff has real highlights.

Really, it's all about Asia.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:19 AM on August 9, 2023

(Spain and Italy do make some hits, mind you, but they tend to be comedies that don't translate well.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:36 AM on August 9, 2023

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