A Filmography of Norodom Sihanouk

by Angkor Database

Publication: Reference Document FILM2

Published: October 2022

Pages: 4

Languages : English, French, Khmer

Feature Movies

  1. Tarzan Among the Kuoy. c. 1940. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  2. Double Crime on the Maginot Line. c. 1943. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  3. Apsara អប្សរា. 1966. Producer and director. First feature movie.
  4. The Enchanted Forest (La forêt enchantée). 1966-7. Producer, director, scriptwriter, actor.
  5. The Little Prince (Le Petit prince, ព្រះប្រជាកុមារ). 1967 Producer, director, scriptwriter. Golden Apsara Award at the 1968 Phnom Penh International Film Festival.
  6. Shadows Over Angkor (Ombre sur Angkor, ស្រមោលលើអង្គរ).1968. Producer, director, scriptwriter, actor.
  7. The Joy of Life (La Joie de Vivre, រឿង រស់ដោយសប្បាយ). 1968. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  8. Twilight (Crépuscule). 1969. Producer, director, scriptwriter, actor. Golden Apsara Award at the 1969 Phnom Penh International Film Festival.
  9. Tragic Fate (Tragique destin, ជោគវាសនាសោកនាដកម្ម). 1969. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  10. Rose of Bokor (Rose de Bokor, ផ្កាកុលាបបូកគោ). 1969. Producer, director, scriptwriter, actor, musical score. Editing and sound in the D.P.R. of Korea. (1)
  11. The Mysterious City (La cité mystérieuse). 1988. Director, scriptwriter. Filmed in North Korea.
  12. Goodbye, My Love (Adieu mon amour). 1988. Director, scriptwriter. Filmed in the D.P.R. of Korea.
  13. The Countess of Norkorom La comtesse de Nokorom. 1989. Director, scriptwriter. Filmed in North Korea.
  14. I Shall Never See You Again, Oh My Beloved Kampuchea! (Je ne te reverrai plus, ô mon bien-aimé Kampuchea!). 1991. Director, scriptwriter. Filmed in North Korea.
  15. The Beacon That Lights Our Way (Le phare qui éclaire notre voie). 1991. Director, scriptwriter.
  16. My Village at Sunset (Mon village au coucher du soleil).1992. Producer, director, scriptwriter. Prix Special at the Saint Petersburg Festival 1992.
  17. The Champa Flower of Battambang (La fleur Champa de Battambang). 1992. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  18. The Phantom of My Beloved Wife (Le fantôme de ma femme bien-aimée). 1993. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  19. A Croesus Saviour of Poor Women (Un Cresus sauveteur de femmes pauvres). 1993. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  20. The Four Elements (Les quatres éléments).1993. Director. Ballet film.
  21. See Angkor and Die (Revoir Angkor et mourir). 1993. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  22. Fatality (Fatalité). 1994. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  23. Farmers in Distress (Un paysan et une paysanne en détresse). 1994. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  24. Khmer Robin Hood (Robin des Bois Khmer). 1994. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  25. Nostalgia for China (Nostalgie de la Chine). 1995. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  26. An Ambition Reduced to Ashes (Une ambition réduite en cendres). 1995. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  27. Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, The Sole Refuge (Bouddha, Dharma, Sangha le seul refuge). 1995. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  28. The Last Days of Colonel Savath (Les derniers jours du Colonel Savath). 1995. Producer, director, scriptwriter.
  29. An Apostle of Non-Violence (Un apôtre de la non-violence). 1997. Director, scriptwriter.
  30. The Lake of Happiness (2005). Producer, director.
  31. The Khmer Cid (Le Cid Khmer). 2005. Producer, director, scriptwriter, subtitle author. Last released movie.
  32. Commander of the Royal Order of Koh Daung. 2006. Producer, director.
  33. Four Wives Are Not Such Fun. 2006. Producer, director.
  34. Who Doesn't Have a Mistress. 2006. Producer, director.
  35. Miss Asina. 2006 Producer. Last movie.


"I beg Your Majesties not to annex Kampuchea Krom": a Khmer princess pleads with the Vietnamese sovereigns in Je ne te reverrai plus... (screen capture).


Songs, Musical Scores


Gala concert for King Norodom Sihanouk Centennial Anniversary, 6-7 Nov. 2022, Chaktomuk Theater, Phnom Penh (photo ADB)

Documentaries About Norodom Sihanouk as a Filmmaker

  • Norodom Sihanouk, Roi Cinéaste (1997, FR/ENG), directed by Jean-Baptiste Martin, presented by Frédéric Mitterrand.
  • An Official Biography of HM Norodom Sihanouk (nd), a Khemara Pictures production. Part I and II.
  • The Nine Lives of Norodom Sihanouk (Les neuf vies de Norodom Sihanouk) (2008, FR/ENG), directed by Gilles Cayatte. [Harshly critical and often biased documentary on King Sihanouk's political career].
  • The Curious History of Cambodia's Beloved Kings (2021), a Real Royalty-Off the Fence production.

(1) See Rose de Bokor original synopsis and cast (courtesy of Ambassador Julio Jeldres and Anicca Foundation).

Main photo: Poster for Norodom Sihanouk, Roi Cinéaste (1997).

Note: Many of Norodom Sihanouk's films are now available online thanks to Khemara Pictures, the production company set by the King Father and later headed by then Prince Norodom Sihamoni in the 1980s, and to Monash University Repository Department, Melbourne, Australia.

Tags: cinema, movies, King Norodom Sihanouk, 1960s, Cambodian Royal Family, King Norodom Sihanouk Centennial Anniversary, music

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