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ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช
ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช

Year: 2007

Thai title: ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช
English title: King Naresuan

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Chatchai Plengpanich,Phairoj Jaising,Santisuk Promsiri,Manop Aussawathep,Nopachai Chaiyanam,Somphob Benjatikul
Main actress: Paweena Chareefsakul,Deuan Tem Salitul

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This movie is made in three parts and relates the story of the greatest hero in Thai history, i.e. King Naresuan who was born in 1555. At the age of nine, he had been taken as hostage to Burma for 6 years to ensure Phitsanulok's loyalty to Burmese kingdom. In Pegu, Naresuan is treated as a son of the Burmese king, Bayinnaung, and is afforded all the respect due to a prince. Naresuan is ordained as a novice monk in a Buddhist temple under the supervision of the monk, Khanchong. There he became acquainted with sword fighting and methods of war. As his sister is also held hostage, Naresuan decided it is time for him to return to Siam. He attracted a band of loyal fellows and made his escape back to Phitsanulok.

ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช
ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช

Year: 2007

Thai title: ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช
English title: King Naresuan 2

Rating: 5/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Chatchai Plengpanich,Nopachai Chaiyanam,Somphob Benjatikul
Main actress: Intira Jaroenpura,Paweena Chareefsakul,Deuan Tem Salitul

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Naresuan was sent back to Pegu to represent his father in paying homage to King Nandabayin, who had succeeded Bayinnaung, who passed away in 1581. Naresuan participated with his troops in a Burmese expedition against a Shan state and succeeded in taking a city after the Burmese crown prince and another prince had failed to do so. Naresuan thereby gained the jealous animosity of the crown prince, who plot various attacks against him. Naresuan proclaimed independence from Burma. When crossing River Satong, Naresuan had his forces under attack. With his army across, Naresuan is given a long rifle by his tutor, the monk Khanchong. Naresuan takes aim at the Burmese General across the mile-wide river and fires, killing the man and causing the Burmese troops to loose their morale and cease to follow. In 2009 King Naresuan 3 and 4 are being filmed with government financial support. The Ministry of Culture prioritises its financial support to films that deal with promoting loyalty to the pillars of nation, religion and monarchy. We are back to old times under Thanin Kraivichian's government (1976-1977), where Thai people were tought to be afraid of communism and that the way to survive was already to protect the nation, the religion and the monarchy.

โอปปาติก เกิดอมตะ
โอปปาติก เกิดอมตะ

Year: 2007

Thai title: โอปปาติก เกิดอมตะ
English title: Opapatika

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Phongphat Wachirabanjong,Ray McDonald,Shahkrit Yamnarm,Nirut Sirijanya
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Humans who commit suicide become "opapatika": a race of undead spirits who each have a special power and curse. Techit, a young man seeking the secrets of life after death, becomes an "opapatika" and is ordered to hunt down others of his kind (only four Opapatikas remain) under the guidance of the mysterious Master Sarok and his henchman.

เปิงมาง กลองผีหนังมนุษย์
เปิงมาง กลองผีหนังมนุษย์

Year: 2007

Thai title: เปิงมาง กลองผีหนังมนุษย์
English title: The Haunted Drum

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Pisarn Akraseranee
Main actress: Woranut Wongsawan

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Ping wishes to become a musician. He becomes a student of Master Duang, a famous master musician. Master Duang owned the mysterious drum called Peung Mang, which is said to have been made by the skin of a beautiful woman named Thip. Ping falls in love with a beautiful girl who teaches him how to master drum skills but she is in fact the ghost leaving inside the drum. Meanwhile, an arrogant musician called Muan tried to convince all the students to leave Master Duang. Some students died horribly. Even if Muan is defeated by Ping during a drum contest, things get worst and the drum becomes not only an instrument of music but also an instrument of death.

ผีจ้างหนัง
ผีจ้างหนัง

Year: 2007

Thai title: ผีจ้างหนัง
English title: The screen

Rating: 3/5
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Based on a true story, supposed to have take place in a place called Kamchanod, Dr. Yuth is obsessed with finding the truth behind a newspaper report on an event in which film projectionists have been hired to screen movies for ghosts. Dr Yuth's girlfriend suffers from his obsession and wants to leave him. Two senior journalists who believe they could get journalistic fame if they uncover the whole truth take part to the enquiry. Finding the movie tapes and watching them, all of them start to see ghosts and start to loose their sanity, if not their lives. Dr. Yuth venture into Kamchanod in the hope of finding out the truth. The supernatural then merges with the reality.

ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน
ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน

Year: 2007

Thai title: ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน
English title: Ghost mother

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Kowit Wattanakul,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Patcharapa Chaichua

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Thai movie ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน / Ghost mother was released in year 2007. Nunta is a young woman who look after two nieces and one nephew while her brother Chai, the father of those kids is working abroad for a drug dealer. Chai is murdered and Nunta is introduced to detective Sumet who helps her. Nunta is also murdered by the drug dealers as they believe she knows secrets shared by her brother. But her spirit is worrying about the kids, so she comes back home as a ghost... She still prepares the dough for the pastries. The elder sister has to take care the younger kids (พี่สาวคือแม่ที่สอง). The drug dealers are still after her family and Nunta will do anything to protect them. No one knows she is dead. Nunta take revenge over the people who killed her. Ruffians' leaders include leaders played by Kowit Wattanakul and Suchao Pongwilai.

วิญญาณโลกคนตาย
วิญญาณโลกคนตาย

Year: 2007

Thai title: วิญญาณโลกคนตาย
English title: The spiritual world

Rating: 3/5
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Ming is able to see ghosts and contact with the deads since she is a little girl. She meets a young doctor named But. Both their fathers have been friends in the past. But knows that Ming can contact the dead people, so he wants her to find the reason behind his father's death. His father's death is reported as a suicide but he believes it is a murder. Ming is going to find a terrible truth...

ชุมทางรถไฟผี
ชุมทางรถไฟผี

Year: 2007

Thai title: ชุมทางรถไฟผี
English title: Train of The Dead (Ghost Train)

Rating: 2/5
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Following a bloody bank robbing, a car piloted by four young men crashes into in a garage. When they wake up, they found them-selves in a strange world with the young owner of the garage. They finally ends up in a train where nobody seems to notice them. The train is leading the souls to another world. Nobody can escape from the train. During the trip, they face ghosts and also the mistakes they made before. But are they really dead or not yet?

บ้านผีสิง
บ้านผีสิง

Year: 2007

Thai title: บ้านผีสิง
English title: The House

Rating: 4/5
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Main actress: Intira Jaroenpura

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A journalist lady is investigating a murder. A doctor killed his wife. She visits the house where the doctor and his wife lived. It is an old house made of wood. It seems haunted. She found that two other murders are also linked to this house. She sees horrible ghosts at day and night time. Evil spirits are living in this house. She starts to have relationship problems with her husband, who has been possessed. Tragedy happens when her husband becomes crazy and tries to kill her. She then decides to burn the house but evil spirits won't let her do so easily...

แฝด
แฝด

Year: 2007

Thai title: แฝด
English title: Alone

Rating: 4/5
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Main actress: Marsha

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Pim and Ploy were Siamese twins. Ploy is dead many years ago following a chirurgical operation as Pim wanted to be separated from her twin sister. Pim comes back from Korea with her husband Dong as her mother is sent to hospital due to serious sickness. Back in bangkok, Pim starts to see scary ghost manifestations related to Ploy. Dong, believing that Pim has health problems, sent her to a psychanalyst friend. The psychanalyst tries to convince her that the ghost manifestations are not real but only in her imagination as she feels guilty regarding her sister's death. She relates then her story. Many years ago, Dong met Pim and Ploy. He fell in love with Pim. Ploy was jealous and tried to break the relationship. Pim was so upset that she decided to get split from her twin sister. Dong learnt later that the reality is more frightening. Ploy, in fact, killed her sister and took her identity. She became Pim. Once Dong knows the truth, he breaks up with her but Ploy tries to erase and kill everything related to Pim. First her own mother, then Dong... It was first film role for Thai pop singer Marsha since 15 years.

บอดี้ศพ#19
บอดี้ศพ#19

Year: 2007

Thai title: บอดี้ศพ#19
English title: Body#19

Rating: 4/5
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Ae and her brother, Chon, are living alone together. The sister is studying medecine. The brother has always frightening visions of chopped body parts. He also sees a deformed black cat and a walking fetus. He starts to mix reality and visions up to the point, he almost strangles his sister. He then goes to see Dr. Usa expert in personality deviation. He has an hypnotism seance with her and starts to better see his dream, including a lady whose face is blurred and somebody who is chopping a feminine body. Dr. Usa understands there is connection between Chon, herself and her distant husband, Dr. Sethee. She also discovers her husband had a love affair with a university lecturer, Dr. Dararai. Chon comes to believe that the woman ghost is sending him messages through his nightmares. Finally, thanks to some clues in his nightmares it leads Chon to a morgue where a mysterious corpse number 19 is lying... The corpse is Chon him-self! Finally there is a double personality problem between Dr. Sethee and Chon. They are the same person. The ghost of Dr. Dararai had a baby in the womb. She was a former mistress of Dr. Sethee. He killed her and chopped her body because she threatened to blackmail him if they break up. The ghost is using the double personality of Dr. Sethee by having one personality to enquiry on the other in order that he shall be condemned for his killing.

สวยลากไส้
สวยลากไส้

Year: 2007

Thai title: สวยลากไส้
English title: Sick Nurses

Rating: 2/5
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A doctor killed his wife-to-be Tawan with the support of nurses. He is selling the corpses. According to Thai old beliefs, after 7 days, if the corpse is not cremated, the spirit will come back to find the ones it used to love and the ones who hurt it. The spirit is now coming for revenge as the 7 days are passed and the corpse buyer is late. Using beautiful and sexy nurses is not enough to have a good scenario even if there is some "originality" on the murders (no respect for already dead people, murder of a pregnant woman...). There is a visual feast of colors with gory, gruesome and bloody sequences as the spirit takes revenge on the nurses and the doctor. There is then a surprising revelation that Tawan is not a real lady...

เวิ้งปีศาจ
เวิ้งปีศาจ

Year: 2007

Thai title: เวิ้งปีศาจ
English title: Dark water

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Kowit Wattanakul
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Nab is driving a herd of buffalo in Isan, Northeast of Thailand, but they are attacked by thieves led by ruffian Koon. Meanwhile while at home, his wife, Chan, is raped and killed. Her baby Nuan (นวล) is left behind. Chan's soul stays in the spirit house close to the river. Many years have passed. A young man called Sak (ศักดิ์), nephew of the local sergeant, is visiting the village and gets injured while helping Nuan attacked by ruffians. Khem, Koon's son, wishes to have Nuan becoming his wife. Village headman (ผู้ใหญ่ขุน) Koon has transformed the village into a thieves Eden. Sak is in fact an undercover policeman investigating on Koon. The area Wang Nang Phrai is a haunted shrine according to villagers and local people avoid it as a scary fiddle sound can always be heard there. A temple fair is happening in the village with boat race, dance (รำวง) and folk theater (likay). Saipin is the daughter of the sergeant and also Nuan’s close friend. She is fond of Sak. Khem is unsatisfied with Sak's presence. Ruffians try to kidnap Nuan again but they are chased away by the ghost of Chan. Koon decides to contact shaman (หมอผี) Kaew. They capture Chan and put it in an urn sealed with a sacred cloth. As Nuan is desperate following her mother disappearance, Sak consoles her and a romance starts between them. Saipin (สายพิณ) tries to get back Sak but to no avail. Saipin learns that Nuan is pregnant with Sak. Disappointed she arranges a plan with Khem so that he can kidnap her again. Refusing to become Khem’s wife, Nuan prefers to throw herself in the river and gets drown. Being pregnant, she becomes a powerful spirit (ผีตายโหง). The shaman tries to neutralize Nuan also. It is black magic versus white magic. Nuan spares Saipin’s life as they were friends before. Finally Saipin tells the truth to her father and to Nab. She has become crazy. Nab, Sak, the sergeant storm Koon house. Nuan takes revenge over Koon and Khem. She finally accepts to expiate her killings and hope to be reunited in next life with Sak. This movie scenario has many similarities with Mae Nak story. This movie brings a fresh and modern twist with better fx effects as such kind of movies were already popular in 1980 and 1990s.

ไชยา
ไชยา

Year: 2007

Thai title: ไชยา
English title: Muay Thai Chaiya

Rating: 4/5
Director: Kongkiat Khomsiri

Main actor: Akara Amarttayakul
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Muay Thai Chaiya is set in 1970s Thailand, and follows the exploits of three friends from southern Thailand as they come to Bangkok and then take divergent paths in the difficult world of Thai boxing. Two of the friends enter the mafia world and one of the friend enters the official boxing competition world. Sooner or later, they will meet each other again...

อก 3ศอก 2กำปั้น
อก 3ศอก 2กำปั้น

Year: 2007

Thai title: อก 3ศอก 2กำปั้น
English title: Fighting Beat

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Yodchai Meksuwan,Khaosai Galaxy
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Khaem is a temple boy (เด็กวัด) living on Phi Phi island. He is helping a monk, Luang Pu (Yodchai Meksuwan), every morning during alms. His father was killed by ruffians when he was still a kid. He is working for Uncle Fot (former Boxing champion Khaosai Galaxy). Uncle Fot has two daughters, i.e. Deuan and Dao. To make a living, Khaem and his friends are bringing tourists for daily diving sessions. During evening they organize fake Thai boxing matches to attract customers in their open bar. Khaem practises Muay Chaya style. One night, some ruffians bring troubles to them. Ruffians led by David wish to buy the bar but Deuan's father refuses. Ruffians get pushed back severely. Khaem continues his learning with a new teacher as Muay Thai is only for self-protection or to protect people under threat (คนเดือดร้อน). Finally while Khaem is away with Luang Pu, the ruffians succeed to convince the father to give away the bar by threatening his daughters. Khaem is now back and willing to take back the selling promise. David is helped by a strong fighter just released from prison. This man is the one who killed his father before.Dao is kidnapped. Final thrilling fights are happening between Khaem and the ruffians.

หอแต๋วแตก
หอแต๋วแตก

Year: 2007

Thai title: หอแต๋วแตก
English title: Haunting me

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Koeti Aramboy,Jaturong Mokjok,Somchai Sakdikul,Akom Preedakul,Ekkachai Srivichai
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Thai movie หอแต๋วแตก was released in year 2007 and lasts 1h29mn. This Horror comedy reminds a bit of Baan Phi Pop (บ้านผีปอบ) but goes much beyond as introducing a gay ghost (ผีกะเทย). By year 2016, five opus have been released. While being with Nam Mo, Pancake (Koeti Aramboy) dies from slipping and hurting a WC toilet seat. The four landlords (including Jaturong Mokjok and Ekkachai Srivichai - เอกชัย ศรีวิชัย), old style gays, have to get rid of the corpse. Police comes and Nam Mo is about to tell them the truth as he is being possessed by Pancake. A young lady ghost (เด็กผู้หญิงผี), called Nam Ning (เป้ย ปานวาด), is already present in the building. The tenants, aware of ghosts (เรื่องผี) in the building, wish to quit. The four gay landlords succeed to convince them to stay by offering rent price decrease and promise to get rid of the ghosts. A spirit doctor (แม่หมอ) fails to chase the ghosts! A second one fails also. Akom Preedakul is also having a cameo role. Koeti is lonely (เหงา) and wishes Jaturong Mokjok to do good deeds (ทำบุญ) for him. The young lady ghost was in fact raped and a tape was recorded. While trying to get the tape, Nam Ning fell from the roof. Somchai Sakdikul is hired as a black magician (หมอผี). Nam Mo and Nam Ning are living in different world already (อยู่คนละโลก) but they still have feelings for each other. Finally Nam Ning gets revenge on her rapist and he falls from the roof also. The black magician is decided to get rid of the ghosts. Magic fightings happen and Pancake is using a big sexual amulet (ปลัดขลิกใหญ่) to defeat the black magician. During the fightings, Nam Ning dies while protecting Nam Mo. Pancake also succumbs. Other rapists are arrested by police. The building can be finally exorcised thanks to Buddhist monks.

เท่งโหน่ง คนมาหาเฮีย
เท่งโหน่ง คนมาหาเฮีย

Year: 2007

Thai title: เท่งโหน่ง คนมาหาเฮีย
English title: Teng and Nong: The Movie

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Pongsak Pongsuwan,Mum Jokmok,Phairoj Jaising,Chusak Aiemsuk
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Awkard parking valets Nong and Teng are assigned by their gangster boss to deliver a valuable Chinese statuette to another gangster boss. During the journey, they decide to take a side trip and what should have been a simple job turns into a major fiasco with a police chase and many funny jokes.

ตั๊ดสู้ฟุด
ตั๊ดสู้ฟุด

Year: 2007

Thai title: ตั๊ดสู้ฟุด
English title: Kungfu Tootsy

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Jaturong Mokjok
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This comedy movie takes place at the beginning of last century. Three Chinese mafia gangs are fighting to be the biggest powerful criminal organization in town and are confronted to new foreign mafia coming and wishing to get their share. Ma Yong Hai is the mafia boss of The Golden Dragon gang. Ma Yong Hai is old and disabled so his son Tao leds the gang. But his son, Tao, is injured and has lost one arm. His brother, Tien, is a "KATOEI" (กะเทย - man dressed like a woman and behaves according to the gender role of a woman) but he shall become the head of the gang and replace Tao. So many funny situations happen as he has to force him-self to be a strong and viril man. He has also to handle a lovely girlfriend! How can The Golden Dragon gang survive with Tien facing hardship from other gangs?

ยังไงก็รัก
ยังไงก็รัก

Year: 2007

Thai title: ยังไงก็รัก
English title: 7 Days to leave my wife

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Somchai Sakdikul
Main actress: Benjawan Artner

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Yong and Ngek are a Thai-Chinese couple in their forties. Yong is married since 7 years to Ngek. Ngek is a traditional woman following Chinese customs. She doesn't do anything to be attractive and always yell at Yong. Yong has a mistress called Pim. Pim is fed up to have to hide their love. Mr Lee, a Hong Kong businessman, asks Pim for marriage. She has seven days to answer. So Pim askes Yong to leave his wife within seven days. If not, she will marry Mr Lee. Yong tries everything to leave his wife but he cannot break his promise to his deceased father to stay with Ngek for his whole life. So he must convince his wife to leave him! A local astrologer helps him with crazy but hilarious ideas. Ngek is desperate enough to run through Bangkok in order to chase away the spirits taking over her husband!

เมล์นรกหมวยยกล้อ
เมล์นรกหมวยยกล้อ

Year: 2007

Thai title: เมล์นรกหมวยยกล้อ
English title: Bus Lane

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Kiet Kijcharouen,Thep Po-ngam,Udom Taepanich
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The comedy Bus Lane was a big success with 85 million baht in ticket sales. The story takes place on a Songkran festival afternoon. A Bangkok bus is piloted by an irritable driver, who is seconded by an abusive ticket collector. The assortment of passengers is a collection of characters often seen aboard Bangkok buses. When the driver, upset by some water-throwers, skips a stop, a passenger raises a tumult. The man finally pulls out a gun and forces the driver to keep driving further away from Bangkok. Funny and lively interaction then happens between passengers. The movie examines human virtues and selfishness in the face of situational crisis.

เหยินเป๋เหล่เซมากูเต
เหยินเป๋เหล่เซมากูเต

Year: 2007

Thai title: เหยินเป๋เหล่เซมากูเต
English title: The Three Cripples

Rating: 1/5
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A group of Thai people include three cripples. Yot has bad teeth, Leh is cross eyed and Suey has a crippled leg. A policeman loves Suey and is ready to everything to ask for her hand. Suey is working in a market. When they see the fee (ค่าเช่า) required by the mafia to all market stalls, they wish to enter a local mafia gang to become rich. They are accepted and have to kidnap a teen but they mistake with the son of another mafia boss. To escape the boss fury, they have to hide in a Karaoke and then take refuge in a Chinese shrine. The mafia kid doesn't want to come back with his father. They finally end up in a haunted house. The movie ends up with good feelings (wedding, father and son reunited...). It is a typical comic movie of decade 2000 including many verbal and visual jokes. It is similar to a TV comic show with a drum beat for each gag. Such comedy can sell well but only at the local Thai market due to indigenous gags. There is still a market in Thailand for such simple but entertaining comedy. This movie is an low average production with a loose script and a collage of gags.

ก่อนบ่ายเดอะมูฟวี่
ก่อนบ่ายเดอะมูฟวี่

Year: 2007

Thai title: ก่อนบ่ายเดอะมูฟวี่
English title: Kon Bai The Movie

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Mum Jokmok,Note Chernyim
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Annie, a young Bangkokian woman, is coming with four friends to help for the development of an Akha mountain village (คนดอย) in North of Thailand. Villagers doesn't speak well Thai (พูดไทยไม่ชัด) and call Annie "Khun dok mai" (คุนดอกไม้). Tit Po, mountain villager, is fond of Annee. Some ruffians capture a few villagers as they wish to build a resort and chase villagers. As a typical cliche, the boss is massaged by two bimbos. Thanks to cooperation between Annie and the villagers, the prisoners escape successfully. Annie is back to Bangkok as her father is sick. Tit Po with the help of three villagers decide to look for her in Bangkok. There are typical gags about countryside people discovering Bangkok for the first time. They stealing a fire truck to chase after Annie but are followed by the police. They are rescued by a kathoey (กะเทย) prostitute and need to resolve to pickpocketing to have money. They succeed to find a job in a Chinese restaurant. One customer is Mum Jokmok having issues with his wife while dining with his mistress. This movie includes all the major Thai comic actors that can be seen in 2000s decade movies (actor Mum Jokmok, actor Sang Tong See Sai - สังข์ทอง สีใส - famous for his ugly face, actress Duang Ta having biased eyes, actor Arn Terdterng - อ่าง เทิดเทิง - with his famous stammering speaking, actor Note Chernyim โน้ต เชิญยิ้ม, actor Somchai Sakdikul - สมชาย ศักดิกุล ...). There is a succession of comic sketches while they are looking for Annie. Tit Po discovers that Annie has a fiance already. The fiance doesn't love Anee and just uses her (งานแต่ง and then งานศพ). They decide to interrupt the wedding party and saves her from the bad fiance, who wants to hurt Annee following an old conflict revenge between their fathers. They finally all return to the Northern mountains.

เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก
เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก

Year: 2007

Thai title: เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก
English title: Wonderful town

Rating: 4/5
Director: Aditya Assarat

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Ton, a Bangkok guy, arrives in a small Thai southern city and takes a room in a basic hotel. The hotel receptionist is Na. She is idle the whole day as there are no customers. The hotel is empty. Ton is working on a resort construction work close to sea. Near the resort there is an empty resort in quite bad condition. It looks like people left abruptly. He prefers to stay in the cheaper hotel far from the resort. His coworkers are surprised that a Bangkokian can stay in a such tranquil city. Na seems to like him. Ton likes quiet place (เงียบดี). Na is still single and takes care of a relative’s child. Ton needs to go back to Bangkok and to Na's surprise, he comes back.He doesn’t like Bangkok (รถติด, คนเยอะ). Ton is still single. A romance starts between Na and Ton. Na’s hotel was the biggest in town before people start going to seaside. For elders, living on hills was better due to deadly typhoon many decades ago. People in the small city start to gossip (นินทา) about Ton and Na relationship. Following the 2004 deadly tsunami, the city has lost all its tourists. One morning Ton's car is smashed. Some bikers try to intimidate Ton. Na starts to feel bad. She knows her brother is involved. Na is running the hotel with her brother but he is quite lazy. He does not dare to go back to seaside since the tragic 2004 tsunami. Nobody seems to have happiness in this city since the tsunami. Why Ton and Na should have happiness? One morning, after having spent the night with Na, Ton is kidnapped, hit and killed by the local bikers. Na was right to say Bangkok people never come back for her. This movie, which is not a main stream release, has received a few awards outside Thailand, i.e. at Hong Kong film festival, at the Pusan International Film Festival, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and at the Deauville Asian Film Festival. It is slow pace movie. It is slow and quiet like this wonderful remote city.

พลอย
พลอย

Year: 2007

Thai title: พลอย
English title: Ploy

Rating: 3/5
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
Main actress: Lalita Panyopas

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Wit comes from America with his wife Daeng (Lalita Panyopas) for funerals. He has been living there for 10 years. Daeng finds a paper with a phone number related to a lady called Noi in Wit's pocket. He meets a young 19 years old teen girl called Ploy at the hotel coffee shop and invites her to rest in his room while waiting 4 hours for her mother. She has a black eye. A mysterious hotel maid taking good care of a suit. Daeng disagrees to let Ploy stay in their hotel room but doesn't dare to tell her frankly. The hotel barman (Ananda Everingham) wears the suit. He meets the maid in a hotel bathroom. They made love in the room. There is contrast between this new relationship and jealousy happening between Daeng and Wit regarding Ploy. While Wit is sleeping, Daeng tries to suffocate Ploy and kills her. Meanwhile a lady called Noi knocks at the door with a child. Everything was a dream. Daeng argues with Wit about his feelings as he is always busy at the restaurant or watching football late with his friend. Wit refuses to explain who is Noi. Daeng leaves the hotel room. Discussions about end of relationship love happen between Wit and Ploy. Daeng indulges in alcohol as she is a former Thai actress. She stopped acting 10 years ago. She follows a man claiming to be a former fan. Some parts might be dream or reality. The movie keeps the ambiguity. She follows him until his warehouse home. She starts to be worried. She cannot contact Wit as he has gone out with Ploy. The man drugs Daeng, starts to be more daring and tries to rape her. Wit is worried about Daeng (อย่าทิ้งพี่นะ). In the morning, Daeng flees but the man gets a gun to chase her. Following a fight, a gun shot is heard. Who gets shot? Finally Daeng arrives on time for the funeral and Wit confirms his love for Daeng. Ploy (พลอย) is a 2007 movie directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. It mixes love, couple crisis and expiration of relationship.

โรงงานอารมณ์
โรงงานอารมณ์

Year: 2007

Thai title: โรงงานอารมณ์
English title: Pleasure Factory

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
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This Singaporean-Thai docudrama was shot in 2 weeks in red district Singapore Geylang. It is about two groups of people, the pleasure seekers and the pleasure providers and how their lives cross and interact. Three stories take place in parallel. In first story, two friends come together to brothel but one of them is too shy to select and go with a girl. His friend pushes him to get some experience as first time initiation. Finally he chooses a girl from Mainland China. He enquiries why she has to do such job. Her father died so she needs to support her home. Both are crying. Will she see him again? A girl shall not love her customer. In the second story, a man follow up a young girl to a hotel room. The girl is joining an older woman, who is already with a customer. It is related to initiation of the young girl as a prostitute. She discovers the brutaly of the job but gets some support from the older jaded woman. There is a temporary communion between the man and the two ladies. The jad woman listens to love songs as love is not possible for her and cries. The man brings the young girl home but the wallet is still the transactional basis. In third story, one girl has a rich patron but she is not happy. She finally brings a young guy, making his living by singing songs in the streets, with her. Both of them are drop-outs. She always gives pleasure but this time she receives. In the old days, the Geylang area used to be populated by processing factories for the coconut plantations. These days, the machines are still running at full steam but producing pleasure for those seeking it, night after night. What would happen if the pleasure factory stops and if humans stop being pleasure seeking / giving machines? Due to censure, two minutes were cut.

สารคดีชีวิตจริง Girlfriend for sale
สารคดีชีวิตจริง Girlfriend for sale

Year: 2007

Thai title: สารคดีชีวิตจริง Girlfriend for sale
English title: Girlfriend for sale

Rating: 5/5
Director: Britain's Channel 4

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Kranuan is a remote village located in Isan, northeastern region of Thailand. Having a foreign husband (ฝรั่ง) helps to increase own status. Fon, 21 years old young lady, is back to her village. Fon has an English boyfriend. One of the villagers helps ladies to read and write emails in English to foreign boyfriends. The writer comments that women give pleasure to men, so men give them money. Without money there is no love. Every household needs money. Fon had a son when she was 17 years old. There are no laws in Thailand to force fathers to be responsible of their offsprings and pay education pension or help out. Fon wishes to offer her son a better life that she got. Some other women in the village have already a foreign husband. All have big houses or nice houses that are in sharp contrast with the shacks or basic wooden houses. It creates some kind of emulation to get the same among local girls (การเลี้ยงแบบ). This Britain's Channel 4 documentary shows the Isan village life. It shows the women side through the eyes of local working girls as they speak directly in Thai language. Molam music is often played in background. A local karaoke is present in the village. Lek is the main lady singer, being 32 years old and still single. Lek decides to hunt for a foreign husband as local men are really very poor. Some ladies have to become fed up with Thai men (เสียความรู้สึกกับผู้ชายไทย) before they can think about a foreign husband. Some women such as Lek become members of dating websites for friendship or more. Some ladies having children already and facing financial difficulties (มีลูกแต่ไม่มีแฟน) consider non Thai men. Lek has no proper job but spends half of her budget to find a foreign husband. Some ladies need to go back to work in Bangkok and leave their children with their grandparents. Even Fon's son doesn't call her 'mum' as she is not the one educating him everyday. Fon has to go back to Bangkok to earn a living until her English boyfriend gives news. Working ladies have to reach a quota every month. They get 3500 baht salary a month but need to get 60 ladies drinks and go 5 times with customers. They have to pull in customers to the bar. They give respect (ไหว้) to Buddhist statue before entering in the bar. Prostitution is outside the bar and between the girl and her customer. Bar fine is paid to the mamasan (มาม่าซัง). Fon’s boyfriend has paid a special fee so she doesn’t have to go with customers anymore. Fon has dreams to go to England and keeps in touch with her boyfriend through Skype. Finally Lek decides to come to Bangkok to work as a bar girl hoping to make money to support her two kids and to find a husband. She gets recommendation by another lady villager already working there. She is worried about customers’ (แขก) behavior. Anyway the mamasan seems to accept anybody and promises she should find a husband within a year! Fon is very upset as her English boyfriend didn't call her since two days. As there are no customers, girls are upset and fight together. Lek decides it is not her world and goes back to her village. Fon now stays in the village waiting for visa paper to be able to go to England. Lek still works in the village local karaoke and still tries her luck with dating websites. There is even a Thai best foreign husband competition in the village! In 2011, a new romantic movie (อี นางเอ๊ย เขยฝรั่ง - White Buffalo) was released. It looks why Isan women are choosing foreign husbands over local men.




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