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Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol is one of Thailand's pioneering filmmakers and an international representative of Asian cinema. Prince Chatri was born on November 29, 1942 a son of HRH Anusorn and Mom Ubon Yukol. He was educated at Geelong Grammar School in Australia and continued his education at UCLA in Los Angeles, where he majored in Geology.
His first contact with motion pictures was when he was very young--both of his parents were involved in Thai film industry. His father made the film "Lavo" (1938) before Prince Chatri was born.
While Prince Chatrichalerm was in Los Angeles he apprenticed under director/producer Merian C. Cooper (Chang, King Kong, The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers). Prince Chatri first worked in the film industry as a cameraman on a number of Thai films. He made his directorial debut with the TV series, NAME TK, for which he also wrote a number of episodes.
"Out of the Dark" was the first feature length film that Prince Chatrichalerm directed. For his second film, "Doctor Karn", which launched the career of Thailand's leading actor Sorapong Chatri, he received the Thai best director award.
Since then, he has directed several other films and television programs, including "The Angel", "The Colonel", "The Violent Breed", "The Yellow Sky", "The Citizen", "Last Love", "Gunman", "The Elephant Keeper", "The Song Of Chaophaya", "Power Road", "Sia Dai", and "The Box".
Prince Chatrichalerm has won numerous awards as director, screenwriter, and editor. His films are shown frequently at international film festivals.