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Year 1994

อำแดงเหมือนกับนายริด
อำแดงเหมือนกับนายริด

Year: 1994

Thai title: อำแดงเหมือนกับนายริด
English title: MUEN and RID

Rating: 5/5
Director: Cherd Songsri

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Man Teeraphol
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat,Duangdao Jarujinda

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Prior to 1865, women had no status in Thai society. They were looked down on as object with no significant value. Their parents and husbands had the right in law to pawn or sell them, just as they could pawn or sell their cattle. Hence the old Thai saying: "Women are buffaloes, men are humans". Muen was the daughter of peasants in Nontaburi Province. During a storm, she almost drown and was saved by a young monk called Rid. As she was love with the monk, she wanted to be close to him and succeeded to convince the temple abbot to be able to go to the temple school. Despite Thai society obstruction that thought that knowledge was useless for women, she learnt how to read and write. Her parents were trying to force her to marry Poo, who had alread several wives. She managed to escape and took refuge with Rid, who has left the monkhood for her. When he discovered where she was, Poo claimed under the law that Rid had abducted his wife. Muen was arrested, and suffered abuse and mistreatment in Jail. But she never gave up hope, and managed to escape and submit a petition to King Mongkut. She condemned the law as being unfair, and condemned Thai society for condoning men's exploitation and abuse of women. She faced the death penalty for her temerity; Thai society had lived by and respected the laws she attacked for centuries. The King issued a Royal Decree granting her a pardon. Based on a true story, the film celebrates an early case of a struggle for women's rights in Thailand, which resulted in a decree promulgated by King Mongkut in December 1865.

เมียงู
เมียงู

Year: 1994

Thai title: เมียงู
English title:

Rating: 1/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress:

Pai has a wife called Kwan. But Pai is also married to Chon and has one daughter. Kwan gets abused by a snake and becomes a "snake wife" (เมียงู). A bad local villager wants to abuse Kwan when Pai is away but the snake protects her. A second villager dies also so all the villagers do a snake battue to kill it. Villagers even use an Indian snake charmer but to no avail. Kwan protects the snake against the villagers. Finally Kwan and Chon meets each other accidentally. Pai is in trouble. Pai has decided to take a second wife as he couldn't get a child with the first one. Chon gets bit by the snake but a monk amulet protects her. Chon and Kwan meet each other again and fight. Pai needs to choose. Kwan had a lover in her previous life but he got killed as Kwan's family rejected this union. The lover has reincarnated into a snake that now protects Kwan. Pai and Chon uses a sorcerer to kill the snake but as their daughter was the reincarnation of the man who killed Kwan's lover in previous life, she also died. Visual effects are very bad. This movie is putting the stress on Buddhist karma and the consequences of previous acts.

เสกหุ่นไล่กามาล่าปอบ
เสกหุ่นไล่กามาล่าปอบ

Year: 1994

Thai title: เสกหุ่นไล่กามาล่าปอบ
English title:

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Natanee Sitthisaman

A "Phi Pop" (ผีปอบ) is an evil spirit believed to possess a person to eat his intestine while also forcing him to seek and consume raw animal organs and meat at night-time. Such evil spirit "PHI POP" is frightening a village. A young woman, who is coming back to her village, gives her life to contaminate the "PHI POP" as she is dying of AIDS.

ผีแม่ม้าย 5
ผีแม่ม้าย 5

Year: 1994

Thai title: ผีแม่ม้าย 5
English title:

Rating: 1/5
Director:

Main actor: Tongchai Prasongsanti
Main actress:

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ผืแม่ม่าย 5 movie lasts 1h23mn. It was released in year 1994 and is available under VCD format. Similar to "BAAN PHI POP" (บ้านผีปอบ) serie, this movie is a mix of comedy and horror. The comedy takes a bigger part that the horror part. A young lady called Kun is aggressed in her house. The rapist is masked. The young lady fights back with a knife but finally gets stabbed. Plaew is her younger sister. Kun is accused by villagers of being now a ผืแม่ม่าย (widow ghost) as a young man is found stabbed. A group of Bangkokians led by Plaew return to a countryside village. This group features students enjoying party and เล่นผี. There are various characters in the group, ie the big comic, the small comic, the bad mouth mischievous comic, the playboy, the sexy girl... Plaew decides to go back to her village to understand what happened to her sister. She is welcomed by the local subdistrict headman, who is handicapped. Her friends (คนกรุงเทพ) follow her. Ceremony สะเดาะเคราะห์ is performed to chase away the widow ghost. One of the young villagers (Tongchai Prasongsanti) verifies that lady Throngsi is not a ghost (มีของดี เป็นคนดี). Plaew and Warut decide to dig to find the body. They are aggressed (จับตัวไป). Finally the responsible is the subdistrict headman, who simulates being handicapped. Plaew simulates being a ghost to reveal the subdistrict headman’s fault but it is not enough. The real ghost frightens the subdistrict headman, who suddenly can walk. While fleeing, he falls and breaks his neck on a rock.

เพชรพันล้าน
เพชรพันล้าน

Year: 1994

Thai title: เพชรพันล้าน
English title: The Diamond

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Dam Datsakorn,Chat Mongkolchai
Main actress:

Thai movie เพชรพันล้าน / The Diamond was released in year 1994. It lasts 1h20mn. In the opening sequence, Sorapong Chatree name is translated as Robert Cha Tree! Ruffians leaders are having a meeting (Phi Pat - Dam Datsakorn with no moustache, Chat Mongkolchai, Pracha) about sharing the profit of a 1000 diamonds traffic. The plan fails as the diamonds are stolen (เพชรพันล้านถูกปล้น). Each leader suspects the other groups. Chat tells Phi Pat that Pracha is involved. Meanwhile, Chit (Sorapong Chatree) gives a letter to Pracha’s younger sister as he is not at home. Pracha is kidnapped. The sister suspects Chit. Chit promised to his mother to be a good guy as taxi driver and quits Pat's team. Phi Pat kidnaps his mother to force him to work for him. The sister visits Chit but she gets molested as he is drunk. He promises to take responsability of everything. Meanwhile Phi Pat’s business is failing again as some diamonds are stolen again. Phi Pat suspects Chat this time as Pracha is out of action. Meanwhile the sister storms Phi Pat’s house to release her brother Pracha but it fails. Phi Pat gets proof that Chat is a traitor so he storms his house but Chat succeeds to flee. Both Pat and Chat wish to get rid of each other. Phi Pat uses Chit to transport and exchange diamonds. Chat brings the mess and steals the diamonds thanks to a traitor (หักหลัง). The sister finally frees her brother Pracha. Pat asks Chit to get back the diamonds and to kill the traitor in order to get his mother released. Pracha and his sister succeed to release the mother and all together get rid of Pat and Chat. During decade 1990s Sorapong Chatree was still the main actor of some action movies targeted for countryside. Being 45 years old already, most of action scenes are played by other actors.

ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 4
ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 4

Year: 1994

Thai title: ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 4
English title: Spirited Killer

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Panna Rittikrai,Krissanapong Rachata,Jai Juntamooltree
Main actress:

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Thai movie ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 4 was released in year 1994 and it lasts 86 minutes. In a village, a local shaman (หมอผี), called Duang, makes a ceremony (พิธี) to do a special medicine (ยาศักสิท) allowing old ladies to be young again (อมตะ) and young lads to be invincible. Two elderly people die by drinking the potion. As the others wish to inform the village leader (ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน), Duan kills them also. Only Piek (Jai Juntamooltree) succeeds to flee. The village headman (นายเจริญ สาดา) asks villagers to gather blades to get rid of shaman Duang. They catch him before he can cross the Mekong to Laos. Villagers hit him many times and his body falls in the river. Five years have passed. Farmers listening to Molam songs are attacked by a sole thief (โจร)(Panna Rittikrai) very strong in martial arts and blade fighting. Most of farmers are killed. Meanwhile Piek is listening Molam (หมอลำ) song by beautiful singer Fa. Piek claims he can handle this robber himself. Meanwhile some students from Japan and Thailand interested by the remote village are attacked by robbers. Krissanapong Rachata and a young lady push them away. The robbers are late killed by Panna. In parallel, a group of men are looking for special holy artifact in the village. They are attacked by Panna. Among them, Tony Jaa offers an unfortunate heroic resistance against Panna but this latter seems invincible as blades cannot hurt him. They believe he is an evil spirit (ผีดิบ). Later on, Piek tries to stop Panna but to no avail. A group of 20 people go outside the village to fight against the evil spirit and to identify his weaknesses. The evil spirit is in fact piloted by Duang, looking for revenge. All strong fighters unite against Duang and Panna. Finally a wise man gives a magic blade to Piek allowing to defeat and kill Duang. Without special powers, Panna is also defeated. In the second part of his actor career, Panna Rittikrai was often playing the bad guy.

มาดามยี่หุบ 2
มาดามยี่หุบ 2

Year: 1994

Thai title: มาดามยี่หุบ 2
English title: Madam Yeehoob 2

Rating: 3/5
Director: Kumtorn Tubkunlai

Main actor: Sor Asanajinda
Main actress: Piyamas Monayakol

The full title is มาดามยี่หุบ ภาค 2 จากอังกฤษถึงประเทศไทย. Poo is Madam Yeehoob's daughter. They have been 18 years away from Thailand. They have arguments with Pittaya, young man, at the airport. In Yeehoob's Thai house, the maid is played by actress Nattanee Sitthisaman, who became famous thanks to บ้านผีปอบ movie serie. All visitors are afraid of her :) Pittaya is a young rich man. Somsri, a tour guid, is trying to seduce him but he only has interest in Poo. Meanwhile a photographer, called Teh, is looking for a new model. Somsri asks Teh to take compromising picture of Poo in Wat Po. Finally love quarreling happens as both Pittaya and Teh are fond of Poo. Madam Yeehoob buys a new car to visit her family in the countryside. When playing golf, Pittaya meets a countryside girl called Pla. He mistakes her as Poo as they have same face. Pla and Poo are twins (แฝด). The grandfather took care of Pla while Poo and Madam Yeehoo were in England. Madam Yeehoo wishes to send Pla to Bangkok to teach her modern life. Pla discovers hi-so life when she is invited for diner by Pittaya's father and she commits many funny breaches of etiquette. Meanwhile Poo shall learn countryside life and house chores. Many humorous scenes happen until Pittaya and Teh understood that there are two ladies so no need to be rivals. It is Kumtorn Tubkunlai's second movie based on twins. As usual his wife, Piyamas Monayakol, was playing in this movie.

กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้
กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้

Year: 1994

Thai title: กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้
English title: Once upon a time... This morning

Rating: 5/5
Director: Bandit Ritthakol

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Charlie Trairattana
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat

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Nipha and Rong have three children, i.e. a teenage girl (Oh), a seven years old boy (Onn) and a young baby. They move to a new home but rapidly the children understand that they move with the mother and that their father is staying behind. Nipha and Rong are divorcing. The children are not happy to leave the father. The movie shows the divorce seen from the children's point of view and its impact on children. The children react badly when a new man tries to seduce their mother (ชู้). Nipha tries to eliminate all traces from their father's influence (games...). She has a busy schedule and uses a nursery to keep the baby. Oh and Onn decide to flee in order to live with the father. Meanwhile some young drug dealers chased by the police hide some drugs inside the baby cradle. Oh, unaware, takes the baby with the drug inside the cradle. They reach the father's home but he is not living there anymore. He has moved to Chiang Mai. Some homeless teens are used as drug traffickers by the local mafia. The teens need to get the drug back as the mafia head is very unhappy. Noklae is the teen group leader. Oh, Onn and the baby take the train to Chiang Mai. They alert their father through pager message (no mobile phone in 1994!). The mafia follows up also to Chiang Mai as one of the teen, Noklae, recognizes the cradle in Hualongpong train station. They miss each other at Lopburi. Next stop is at Lampang. Nipha drives up to Lampang and Rong also. Finally at Lampang, the mafia kidnaps the three kids to get back the drug. Nipha and Rong cannot prevent the kidnaping in time. The drug is destroyed as the baby had peeed on it. The mafia decides to sell Oh, the thirteen years girl, 30 000 baht to a whorehouse and to sell the baby to an illegal adoption centre in order to get back their initial drug investment. They abandon Onn as they have no interest in him. They also throw away Noklae as he was trying to protect Oh. All are back in Bangkok. The mamasan tries to force Oh and wishes to be called mother (แม่) but she only gets called witch (แม่มด). Noklae is taking care of Onn and decides to help Oh. Oh succeed to flee thanks to Noklae's help. They also succeed to get the baby back also but are finally captured by the mafia. To fend a customer, Oh has to cause a fire in the whorehouse. Noklae's friends inform Rong. The mafia and whorehouse members are arrested by the police. Nipha, Rong and the three children are reunited as a family. Noklae is put in a correction centre but finally escapes hopefully for a better life. This movie was 1995 Thailand oscar submission.

เสียดาย
เสียดาย

Year: 1994

Thai title: เสียดาย
English title: Sia Dai 1

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress: Sinaporn Philailak

The movie title means "What a pity!". It shows the useless life of teenagers, who are addicted. Most of them come from problematic families. They start sniffing glue, then switch to heroin. Some girls are even selling their body to get money to buy drugs. Some die due to overdose. Whith their parents' help and not rejection, they can hope to go back to a standard life. This movie got 10 distinctions at Thai awards. Sia Dai 1 (about urban teenagers and drug abuse) earned more than 50 million baht, while Sia Dai 2 (about Aids and discrimination) brought in less than 10 million baht.

กาเหว่าที่บางเพลง
กาเหว่าที่บางเพลง

Year: 1994

Thai title: กาเหว่าที่บางเพลง
English title: Kawao at Bangpleng

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress:

Loi kratong festival is happening in a village close to Sukothai on a full moon night. Everybody is making wishes (get a baby, get married after two years of work in Bangkok...). Even the Buddhist novices wish to join the festive mood. Suddenly a huge mysterious UFO appears. People are paralyzed. A strong beam hits people. The UFO disappears and nobody can remember anything. On the following day, many women including teen girls, grannies, nuns vomit and are diagnosed as being pregnant! So all the 200 women of the village are pregnant simultaneously. The temple abbot knows that the phenomena is not natural but has no explanations. A doctor and a teacher investigate. One night, a mysterious beam hit the women again. On the following day, they deliver their baby after a few months of pregnancy only. The children grow fast. After one year, they look like four years old children. They are also more intelligent. They then all go to school. After 2 months, the first year program is already finished. Their behavior is different from other Thai children. They don't play childish games and always look in the direction of the moon. The children born from the nuns want to stay in the Buddhist temple and are the leaders of the group. They become teens very fast. One night, one teacher finds the children eating raw chicken. On the following day he is found hanged. On the funeral day, everybody is crying except them. They have no feeling, no consciousness of cold, heat, rain. Their leader challenges the abbot on Buddhist precepts and beliefs. A second man looking for frogs during rain time is found dead. Police inspector authority gets challenged by the children group. Their leader can hypnotize people. The children are responsible of cows and porks disappearance in the village. A dreadful cemetery is found with all skulls. They have a plan to invade the planet Earth. One of the children has more human feelings than his colleagues. He convinced the others to help stop a flooding. Following huge telepathic efforts, some of the children start to be very sick and are sent to hospital. Some of them die. The group leader sees the parents grievance and the efforts done by the villagers to save the children. He also understands that this world of birth, suffering, death is the reality as mentioned by the abbot. The UFO is finally taking them away. It is based on a book written by Kukrit Pramoj. There were a controversy about plagiarism when it was released as a similar movie adapted from the book The Midwich Cuckoos(1957). This movie can be seen as the teenage confrontation with society, as a fight between 2500 years Budding teachings and modern concepts from outside.




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