Garuda (film)

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Thai poster
Directed by Monthon Arayangkoon[1]
Produced by Monthon Arayangkoon
Pawinee Wichayapongkul
Written by Monthon Arayangkoon
Starring Sornram Teppitak
Sara Legge
Dan Fraser
Chalad Na Songkhla
Yani Tramod
Phairote Sangwaribut
Distributed by R.S. Film
Tokyo Shock (U.S. DVD Release)
Release date
  • 1 April 2004 (2004-04-01)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Thailand
Language Thai, English

Garuda (in Thailand known as Paksa wayu) is a 2004 Thai Kaiju film. It is considered to be Thailand's first Giant Monster/Kaiju movie by fans of the genre.


The discovery of a mysterious fossil sets the stage for a terrifying confrontation between modern day man and Thai folklore. A tunnel excavation has revealed a rock so dense that it cannot be penetrated by even the strongest drill. When the workers discover a collection of unrecognizable fossils that bear no similarities to the familiar dinosaur types, they enlist the aid of archeologist Lenna Pierre and her American partner Tim in revealing the origins of the mysterious geological find. Awakened by the large scale excavation and enraged at having been trapped beneath the Bangkok concrete for hundreds of years, the ancient Garuda sets out on a bloody rampage as Leena, Tim, and the military struggle to find a means of bringing Garuda's destructive reign of terror to an end.[2]


Garuda was released in North America on Video on Demand in 2007, then later on DVD by Tokyo Shock.[3]


Critical reception for the film is mostly negative.

Dread Central awarded the film a score of 2 / 4, criticizing the film's acting, and special effects.[4]

Joseph Savitski from Beyond gave the film a negative review, stating, "Garuda had potential to be a great monster movie. Most of the film’s faults can be attributed to oftentimes sloppy direction and editing by the writer/director, whose own script barely makes any sense. This is too bad, because “Garuda” has decent special effects, as well as an appealing female lead in Sara Legge. Unfortunately, like most monster movies, “Garuda” ends up treading formula instead of creating new ones, resulting in a film that doesn’t stand out from the crowd".[5]

Adam Arseneau from DVD Verdict gave the film a negative review, criticizing the film's poor plot, bad acting, poorly executed special effects, and overuse of action film clichés.[6]


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  2. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Garuda: Plot Synopsis". Allmovie. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Garuda (2004) - Monthon Arayangkoon". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Barton, Steve. "Garuda (DVD)- Dread Central". Dread Central. Steve Barton. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Savitski, Joseph. "Garuda (2004) Movie Review". Beyond Joseph Savitski. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Arseneau, Adam. "DVD Verdict Review - Garuda". DVD Adam Arseneau. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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