Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa or The Kedah Annals is an ancient Malay literature that chronicles the bloodline of Merong Mahawangsa and the foundation of the Malaysian state of Kedah. Although there are historical accuracies, there are some assertions. The era covered by the text ranged from the opening of Kedah by Merong Mahawangsa, allegedly a descendant of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, until the acceptance of Islam.
Merong Mahawangsa was a Hindu and there were nine Hindu rulers before Phra Ong Mahawangsa converted to Islam in 1136 and took the name Sultan Mudzafar Shah. The annal also describes Chola's attack on Kedah. The descendants of Phra Ong Mahawangsa, whom are still ruling Kedah, are able to trace their lineage from Merong Mahawangsa.
The film focuses on how General Merong Mahawangsa is charged to escort a Byzantine Roman prince on his way to marry a Chinese princess of the Han Dynasty in Langkasuka. Soon, they encounter various difficulties as the princess is kidnapped, and Merong Mahawangsa and his group of soldiers are attacked. The film will be released as The Malay Chronicles for the international audience. I look forward to seeing it!