Thai title: จอมไพร
English title: The Autumn Phoenix
Main actor: Surasit Sattayawong,Taksin Jampol,Op Boonthit
Main actress: Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit,Jeanette Lin Tsui
Thai movie จอมไพร (The autumn phoenix - 秋鳳 - Qiufeng) was released in year 1957. It is a Thai HK Taiwan co production. It lasts 1h18mn40s. The movie is lost in Thailand but it can still be seen at Taiwan Film Archives or HK Film Archives. A trailer lasting 1mn02s can be seen online. Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong are playing. The director is Ho. It is Ho’s first colour film, i.e. “The Autumn Phoenix” (1957) starring Jeanette Lin Tsui. Despite being a 60 years old movie, it still has a colorful and very good quality picture. It features two songs. The movie starts by showing working elephants driven by mahouts in the jungle and pushing trunks. They also get latex from tree. The characters are Op Boonthit (the father), his son Lilan (Surasit Sattayawong), his daughter Yuen Lai (Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit). Their close friends are uncle wang and his daughter Tsiu Fung (Jeanette Lin Tsui). Lilan has a lame leg and loves secretly Tsiu Fung. Yuen Lai always likes to make fun and wears always colorful nice dresses. A man wishes to become a new partner for timberland activities but the father Op refuses. Luwan, the son, (Taksin Jampol), is looking for troubles. Uncle Wang is hurt by elephants due to the mess caused by Luwan. It is Buddha day. Friends are talking about an old Chinese tragic tradition, the hanging ghost, when young ladies get suicide when raped. Friends are going out and bathing in waterfalls. Luwan is around riding a horse and is looking for trouble with Lilan. Fighting happens. Lilan is knocked out so Luwan tries to rape Yuan Lai. Tsiu Fung gets some help. Uncle Wang arrives on time and beats Luwan severely. Luwan is looking for revenge. His ruffians lock Uncle Wang’s home doors and scorch the house. Uncle Wang and Tsui Fung succeed to escape. They know it is a criminal act done by Luwan. On a visit to the Duke, Yuen Lai is kidnapped. Yuen Lai is given back but she was raped. Family honor is engaged. Her father wants to avoid spreading this as Duke would learn. Uncle Wang learns it from drunkards. Uncle Wang has arguments with them and Duke’s house keeper also learns it. The Duke, Yuen Lai’s fiance, cancels the wedding and engagement. Tsui Fung visits the Duke’s home to explain the truth to him and to beg him. He accepts. Too late as Yuen Lai has already hanged herself. The father Op has an heart attack. Both are dead. Chinese rites are performed. Uncle Wang is looking for revenge. One of the rapist was bitten severely at the hand. Uncle Wang identifies him and forces him to say the truth. Chase happens inside the temple with Luwan. Uncle Wang kills him but is severely injured. A car brings him home. He dies after entrusting his daughter Tsiu Fung to Lilan. Honor is washed. The Chinese Taipei Film Achieves said that the copyright of this movie originally belonged to a HK company but the HK company sold the rights to Taiwan Film Culture Co., which was a movie company belonged to Taiwan Provincial Government. Since there is no Taiwan province now, all the assets of Taiwan film culture Co., is now taken care of by Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture authorize the Chinese Taipei Film Achieves to take care of these films, including The autumn phoenix year 1957. This movie cannot be copied or viewed online. The only way to watch this movie is to go there. The quality of this movie is not good since it is transferred from 3/4 to digital betacam.
Thai title: โรงแรมนรก
English title: Country Hotel
Director: Ratana Pestonji
Main actor: Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Chana Sriubon,Sompong Phonmitr,Tat Ekathat
Main actress: Sarinthip Siriwan
The hotel bar caretaker Noi is a brave guy (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) but he is a bit gullible and too nice to customers. The hotel is used as rehearsal hall by choral or a Philippine artist such as miss Flora or Chinese opera (งิ้ว) or even a boxing match. The hotel is often used for arm wrestling competition. The caretaker Noi can often beat men much stronger than him. This strange hotel has only one room and it is already occupied by Mr Chana (Chana Sriubon). Issue arises when a young lady called Riem (Sarinthip Siriwan) asks for a room also. Chana renames the hotel Paradise as hotel Hell (โรงแรมนรก) as it is too noisy. Chana and Riem keep arguing for the room and even fight for pillows (ใจดำ). Chana is getting mad as he cannot sleep properly. Rumors about bandit Seua Din reach the hotel. Taking a bath in a nearby river, Riem needs to borrow Chana's gun to protect herself in case Seua Din is around. As Chana refuses, she bets with him and wins a shooting game. Three ruffians including a fierce guy called Krai are looking for Chana as he is an accountant. They wish to rob his money before he pays company salaries. Noi's uncle is shot. Riem is back when they start to beat Noi and Chana to know when the money arrives. The ruffians are quite polite (เสือสุภาพบุรุษ) but determined to get the money. Noi tells that Riem is Chana's wife. To make Chana speaks, the ruffians threaten his wife’s integrity. Chana finally accepts to tell that money will arrive at 4am. Love emerges between Riem and Chana. One of the ruffians helps Noi as he was looking for honest job and not a thief job. Krai shoots his two friends at nighttime as he believes they betrayed him by protecting Chana. Seua Din enters in the hotel and wishes to get the money also with no sharing. So a Russian roulette game is organised between Krai and Seua Din. Seua Din is very polite (เสือสุภาพบุรุษ) also but not Krai who breaks the game rules and shoots him. Chana and Noi capture Krai. The agent sending the money was Riem, daughter of the company owner. Chana and Riem cannot marry as Chana believes he is a small accountant only. Riem succeeds to convince him. There is a great performance of Prachuap Ruekyamdee who is playing a major role here instead of being a second role in a movie with leading actor Mitr Chaibancha. The movie scenario is very witty. Country Hotel (โรงแรมนรก) is a 1957 black and white movie lasting 2h19mn. It was filmed in 35mm format (using real actors voice) at the opposite of mainstream Thai movies using 16mm format (using dubbers). The movie received 3 awards in 1959 (best director, best image, best sound). The bar can still be found at Thai Film Archives museum. Western classical music is used. There is a great soundtrack used to create special ambience when fighting is happening. It is an indoor movie shooting.