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บุปผาอาริกาโตะ
บุปผาอาริกาโตะ

Year: 2016

Thai title: บุปผาอาริกาโตะ
English title: Buppah Arigato

Rating: 4/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

Main actor: Charlie Trairattana
Main actress: Supassra Thanachat

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Thai movie บุปผาอาริกาโตะ was released in year 2016 and lasts 1h35mn. The movie takes place in Niseko, Japan. Movie director is Yuthlert Sippapak. Rose (Supassra Thanachat) finds her boyfriend Matt sleeping with another woman. She kills Matt by revenge. The action moves to Japan. Fake Thai Buddhist monks in Japan visit an inn in order to exorcise it as it has bad business. One of them is even carrying a Louis Vuitton bag as reminder of a religious scandal in 2013 in Thailand. There is really a ghost in the house, .i.e. a Japanese female ghost wearing a mask. Monks run away and the owner is still concerned that his inn is possessed. Rose is now staying in the same inn in Japan. The owner, called Mae, finally rents the inn to six young Thai men planning to film a movie in Japan. One of them is a singer called Jack (Charlie Trairattana). Two of them see a Japanese ghost (ผีญี่ปุ่นแม่ลูก). Jack just split with his girlfriend. Rose is also tenant in the same inn so they meet each other and love occurs. The mother’s owner hires another master (อาจารย์) to chase the ghosts away. It is a fake master again, who flees after seeing the real ghosts. Rose has disappeared. Only her passport is left. Her name is displayed as Buppha Ratree! The six young men leave the house after seeing the ghosts also. They take refuge in the owner's house. Jack sees a lady lying in the cave after having a ski accident. It is Rose but her spirit is away. The owner Mae sends a Japanese master to get back their belongings. He identifies three ghosts in the house, i.e. Rose, the mother and her child. Funny interludes occur with the ghost playing Line (ผีLine) or cleaning the house with a vacuum cleaner. The guys have to go almost naked and hold an umbrella so that the ghosts cannot see them. Rose’s body is in Mae's home but her spirit (วิญญาณ) is still in the inn. Jack has to help Rose. The owner Mae is responsible of the situation as he kidnapped Rose. The movie ends up tragically with Rose being strangled by Mae, the Japanese master killed by Mae and Rose’s ghost saving Jack from Mae… Jack is back to Niseko to find Rose...

ผู้บ่าวไทบ้าน 2 ตอน แจกข้าวหาแม่ใหญ่แดง
ผู้บ่าวไทบ้าน 2 ตอน แจกข้าวหาแม่ใหญ่แดง

Year: 2016

Thai title: ผู้บ่าวไทบ้าน 2 ตอน แจกข้าวหาแม่ใหญ่แดง
English title: E-san new old songs

Rating: 3/5
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Thai movie E-san new old songs / ผู้บ่าวไทบ้าน 2 ตอน แจกข้าวหาแม่ใหญ่แดง was released in year 2016. It lasts 1h57mn. The movie is shot in Isan region. The movie is featured in Lao language and includes Thai subtitles. Daeng, a mother (แม่ใหญ่แดง), wishes that her daughter Pranee gives birth to her child in Isan instead of going overseas as suggested by her foreign husband. To find an excuse for her daughter to stay, the mother organise a feast to do blessings for herself and the local ancestors (งานใหญ่ทำบุญอุทิศ). Arguments between the mother and foreign son-in-law happens, i.e. having Molam music or outdoor movie at the feast. The mother Daeng needs to find an orchestra to perform Molam music but the usual Molam orchestra in the village doesn't exist anymore. Kaen (เคน) is a young Thai man fan of Korean music or K-Pop. The former orchestra leader Lung (พ่อคูณ) refuses to train Kaen as Molam leading singer (พระเอกหมอลำ). Nevertheless Lung still wants to recreate an old Molam group. A few young girls including Wan (วรรณ), aware of this, ask to join Lung's Molam group. Women, talking together, complain about Thai men drinking compared to foreigners. Children will have also a nicer face (หน้าตาดี) also! This movie features Molam Traditions passed to younger generation. Romance starts between Kaen, fan of K-Pop, and Isan girl Wan, fan of Molam. Wan is willing to stay here and doesn't want to go to Bangkok to work. The father doesn't want his daughter to become Molam singer so he plans to send her to Bangkok to work with her aunt. Misunderstanding happens as Kaen carries Som, another young lady, who is injured at the foot. Disappointed, Wan plans to go to Bangkok. Similar to movie สวรรค์บ้านนา (1983), Kaen sings a song to show his love to Fan live on the local radio station. They get reunited. Big molam orchestra (ถอกคูน เสียงแคน) is finally featured at the festival organised by Daeng. Both Kaen and Fan are the main singers. Once all youngsters are gone, only old ladies remain in Isan villages...

เทริด
เทริด

Year: 2016

Thai title: เทริด
English title: Terd

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ekkachai Srivichai

Main actor: Ekkachai Srivichai,Vinai Kraibutr
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Thai movie เทริด was released in year 2016 and lasts 1h39mn. A father Satta (Ekkachai Srivichai), almost blind, is a Manora teacher (ครู). He gives high respect to the Manora crown (เทริด). He has serious arguments with his son Sing as this one prefers guitar to Manora art (มโนราห์) and doesn't involve in heritage transmission. The son finally quits the home. Sing survives by playing music on the street and joins a group. He meets a young lady called Saithip, who is a Manora / Nora (โนราห์) dancer. Saithip's mother Mae Duangjai would like to marry her daughter to a rich man but she refuses. Meanwhile Sing also refuses to go back with his father. This causes a malaise and the father ends up at hospital. The father of the fiance Prap is Vinai Kraibutr. He is involved in dirty business. If everybody thinks same as Sing, only the name of Manora art will remain. Romance starts with Saithip but Sing gets punched by the father and slapped by mother as Saithip is going to marry soon Prap. The father Satta is getting sicker but still has to perform as the troupe is lacking money. Two ladies, part of his troupe, now are coyote dancers as it brings more money. Sing learns Thai boxing to be able to defend himself. Things get worse as Sing punches Prap trying to kidnap Saithip. A friend reminds Satta that a body can be raised but a heart cannot be raised (ตัวเลี้ยงได้ หัวใจเลี้ยงไม่ได้). As the father is very sick, Sing goes back home and accepts to be a Norah dancer (หนีโนราห์ไม่ได้). Prap and his father still chase Sing and Saithip. As Saithip is pregnant with Sing, the father Vinai accepts to cancel the wedding but his son Prap remains unhappy. A “Wat Takae” ceremony (crowning initiation ceremony) is happening with Sing to be certified as Manora leader by wearing the Manora crown. Satta is transmitting the power and knowledge of Manora tradition to his son Sing. Vinai is also watching proudly the ceremony. The movie ends up tragically with Prap, as a masked killer, shooting Sing, while he receives the crown. The father Vinai shoots Prap unaware that the man behind the mask is his own son. Vinai becomes a monk. A long story unifies Satta and Vinai. Satta married Vinai’s former girlfriend, a Nora dancer, who was pregnant. Sing was in fact Vinai’s son. Saithip transmits Nora traditional to her young son... Ekkachai Srivichai is a famous singer from the South of Thailand. His songs are often sad romances. His movie shows the great culture of Manora art and spirit possession.

กลัว
กลัว

Year: 2016

Thai title: กลัว
English title: The Story

Rating: 4/5
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Thai short film กลัว / The Story was released in year 2016 on YouTube and on Thai TV NBT ช่อง 11. It lasts 32 minutes and is based on a real story. Sa, a young Muslim teen living in Pattani, is in grade ม.6. Her mother is working in Malaysia. Sa needs to stop her study and to find a job as her family is poor. She was mainly raised by her grandparents. Due to insurrection in South of Thailand, insecurity and fear (กลัว) are always present. One day, she carries a small boy injured during a bombing. She finally gets a chance to go to university (ได้ทุน) in Nakhon Thammarat to study medicine. Fear (ความกลัว) is present in daily life through anti-intrusion barriers in front of Buddhist temples, Thai armed soldiers controlling circulation. The university includes Buddhist and Muslim students so they have to work together and to go beyond cultural issues. Friendship can be built through love (มิตรภาพยนตร์สร้างได้และ หล่อหลอมด้วยความรัก). Both Muslim (ไทยมุสลิม) and Buddhist (ไทยพุทธ) students love the same land. One day, one of her Muslim friend's father, is killed so misunderstanding does happen again between Muslim and Buddhist students. Finally friendship is stronger than misunderstanding as Fatima is back. Nobody understand Muslims as well as another Muslim, so Sa wishes to go back to her village to take care of people by being a doctor.

เพื่อรักเธอ ภาค 3
เพื่อรักเธอ ภาค 3

Year: 2015

Thai title: เพื่อรักเธอ ภาค 3
English title: Yes or No 2.5

Rating: 3/5
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Main actress: Suppanad Jittaleela

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Thai movie Yes or No 2.5 (เพื่อรักเธอ ภาค 3) was released in year 2015. It lasts 1h43mn. Pii is roommate with Wine (Suppanad Jittaleela). Both are tomboys. Young girls called Fah and Pim are moving in front of Pii's flat. Fah is university student. Pim has a boyfriend called Jet. Wine cannot forget Pim. Pii tries to use Fah in order for Wine to forget Pim. But it looks like Pii falls for Fah. It is reciprocal. But Pii only wants to stay as friendship level (พี่น้อง). Both cry when alone. Back to home, Wine announces to Pii that she will follow her advice to ask Fah to become her girlfriend. Pii also blames Pim for being unfair and unclear with Wine. Previously Pim took care of Wine when she was sick and also declared being fond of Wine but still stayed with Jet as it was more natural to be with a boy. Pii tells her to follow what she likes and not what others like. As they are going to be graduated soon, Jet asks for Pim's hand. Confused, Pim accepts to follow her parents' wishes. Wine is getting sick again. Finally Wine and Fah splits together and Pii can be with Fah. Pii discovers that Pim is still wearing the ring that Wine gives her 3 years ago. Pim has to decide what she wants to do, be unhappy her whole life with Jet or follow her true nature. Pim flees from her engagement party. A few days Pim goes back to her home with Wine to explain the situation. The father is very upset (จะเอาหน้าไหวที่ไหน? เป็นผู้หญิงทั้งคู่) but the mum promises to talk to him. Wine asks they give them a chance. Wine may not be a man but can still bring happiness to Pim. The movie ends with same-sex marriages. Suppanad Jittaleela has become a teen heart-throb in China after the two first opus of "Yes or No". Part 3 is not a sequel to the original two movies. Thai gay movies are rare. Thai lesbian movies are even rarer.

ผีห่า อโยธยา
ผีห่า อโยธยา

Year: 2015

Thai title: ผีห่า อโยธยา
English title: The Black Death

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chalermchatri Adam Yugala

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Thai movie ผีห่า อโยธยา / The Black Death was released in year 2015 and lasts 1h20mn. It deals about Zombies during Ayutthaya period. A zombie disease is coming from Portugal through the caravelle boats. Dead people don't die, they become zombies. A noble refuses the love of his daughter Mien with a young man (เด็กวัด) called Kong. Bua, young lady, is an ironsmith. She gets help from strong fighter Thep as she is harassed by a rich man called Jun. Zombies arrive in the village. Bai, a mute prostitute, gets beaten with a whip. A man called Kwan supports her. People have to move to a fort. Mien tries to flee while her parents are moving to the fort. Rich but coward Jun is protected by two colossus. The villagers take finally refuge in the Buddhist temple but the zombies storm inside and all die. Only a small group succeed to get refuge in the house of the rich man Jun as it has strong walls and doors. Kwan is bitten by a zombie in the house. People bitten also become zombie (ผีห่า). Bai prevents Kong from cutting Kwan's head. Mien is sick. They finally all go their ways as zombies succeed to enter. Mien has been bitten by a zombie. As Kong refuses to kill her, she impales herself on his sword to avoid being a hindrance for him. Bai and Bua are killed. Only Thep and Kong remain to stop the zombies... The movie provided 3000 jobs and cost hundreds of thousands of hours. This statement is shown as a plea against piracy. Film director is Chalermchatri “Adam” Yugala is the son of famous movie director M.J. Chatrichalerm Yugala.

แม่เบี้ย
แม่เบี้ย

Year: 2015

Thai title: แม่เบี้ย
English title: Maebia

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Shahkrit Yamnarm,Ananda Everingham,Kriengkrai Unhanan
Main actress: Karnpithchar Katemanee

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Thai movie แม่เบี้ย was released in year 2015. It lasts 2h. Miss Thailand World 2009 second runner-up Karnpithchar "Oam" Katemanee was selected for the challenging role of Mekhala. Compared to previous versions in 1988 and 2001, this version is highlighted by a beautiful picture as usual with movies from director Pantewanop Tewakul and also an important dose of erotism with many love scenes. The elder brother khun Charachon (Shahkrit Yamnarm) wishes to buy an old house (เรือนโบราณ). The owner of the house is a beautiful lady called Mekhala. Charachon visits the house with his younger brother Prapoum. The house is showing traditional puppet events. While the elder brother enjoys the show and is attracted by the beautiful owner, the younger brother is having an affair with one of the dancers. Charachon wishes to meet Mae again. Charachon is married to Kaew and has a daughter. Mekhala is having a lover called Pot already but he dislikes a snake always around. Pot is the son of political party owner. Charachon wishes to have a diner with Mekhala but she prefers to organise it in her home... Pot cannot come that night as Mekhala is busy already. Pot sends some men to get rid of the snake (งูผี) but they die. Pot is also married. The snake ghost is jealous about men being close to Mekhala. Charachon has to meet again Mekhala as he fully attracted by her. While riddling on the river, they fall from the boat as the snake (งูเห่า) was about to attack. Charachon doesn't know how to swim. Charachon feels so well in Mekhala's old house that he forgets going home (ไม่เหมาะ) despite his wife waiting. The spirit has the appearance of a beautiful young lady at nighttime. Charachon has weird dreams and wishes to understand the significance. Charachon sees Mekhala talking to a big snake (ทีนี้ไม้ใช่ที่ของคุณ). They finally become lovers. Mekhala tells the story of the snake (คุณ), who was already protecting her mother. On his side, Charachon is an adoptive child. He doesn't know his biological parents. In the morning, while wandering with Mekhala, the cobra attacks Charachon again. Thanks to the spade (ดาบพิเศษ) given by Lung Tim, Charachon pushes back the snake. Lung Tim warns Charachon not to come back to this house. Pot is chased away by Mekhala as she has Charachon now. Aware of Charachon's outside activities with Mekhala, Charachon's wife, Kaew, asks her to stop taking her husband (แย่งผัวชาวบ้าน). Meanwhile Pot dies while trying to kill the snake. The house is damned (บ้านของบาป, บ้านมีกรรม) with lust and death. Charachon realises he is not the real son of Kriengkrai Unhanan. Perplex, he finds his own brother Prapoum in bed with his wife Kaew. Deceived by life, Charachon goes back to Mekhala’s home knowing she is not here and knowing that death is waiting for him there. A few months later, Prapoum brings his new boss (Ananda Everingham) to visit Mekhala...

บองสรันโอน
บองสรันโอน

Year: 2015

Thai title: บองสรันโอน
English title: Bong Srolanh Oun

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Ray McDonald
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Thai movie Bong Srolanh Oun / บองสรันโอน was released in year 2015. It lasts 1h45mn. Don (Ray McDonald) is a computer artist. A new young lady worker น้อง Jaem arrives in his office. Don is single (บ้างาน) and seems to have difficulties to forget his earlier girlfriend. It looks like somebody is always following Don. Jaem likes Don. Don has to see somebody at hospital so he misses job one day. His twin brother is at hospital. A lady seems to always be present in his flat. Worried that Don didn't come to office and cannot be contacted, Jaem heads to his home. On the following day, she is found dead having fallen from Don’s flat. Later, when his colleagues organize a party for him, heavy drinking happened in his flat. One of his female colleagues hides to play a peekaboo to him. Unaware of this, Don leaves the flat to bring back a drunken colleague at his home. When back, the female colleague is found dead. Believing something is wrong with his flat, Don inquiries regarding the previous owner. It was a girl coming from Cambodia, who disappeared suddenly. Don goes to Cambodia to see her mother in order to find the truth. The young lady had a Thai boyfriend. He dumps her so she had to find a job. Being pregnant and injured, she hid herself in a suitcase in the flat and died there. Don then stayed over in the flat. It seems that Don’s twin brother stayed in this flat before so the Cambodian spirit, believing it is the brother, keeps following Don. Don incinerates the dead body and sent back ashes to Cambodia. But the ghost stays in the flat...

อำมหิต
อำมหิต

Year: 2015

Thai title: อำมหิต
English title: Hidden Wrath

Rating: 3/5
Director: Moua Lee,Kao Chang

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Thai movie Hidden Wrath / อำมหิต was released in year 2015. It is the first Hmong horror movie released through DVD and later on on YouTube. The movie lasts 1h19mn. A couple is chased by three men in the jungle. They are savagely killed. Bua is mute (ใบ้). She is living with her mum as the father quit them for another woman. Yod, a young man, is her boyfriend but their love is disapproved by many people including his parents. Chang is a small lazy ruffian spending most of his time with two other drunkards instead of taking care of his pregnant wife. They are stealing fishes and even harass Yod and Bua. Later on, while they are catching fishes, Chang and his two thugs (Lek and Phet) rape Bua and kill both Yod and Bua. The parents suspect Chang but they have no proof. Later on while hunting in the forest, the thugs have visions and see spirits. At nighttime, while being drunk, they all see Bua as a ghost. They have all nightmares. Lek dies in the forest while fleeing Bua ghost. Phet wishes to tell the truth but Chang threatens him. Phet finally drowns while fishing. His father is the village’s leader (ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน) so he tries to get protection from his father. Anyway it is time to pay for his bad karma (กรรม). Chang hears strange noises at nighttime. While trying to stab the ghost, he kills his own pregnant wife. Finally Yod and Bua take their revenge against Chang...

รุ่นพี่
รุ่นพี่

Year: 2015

Thai title: รุ่นพี่
English title: Senior

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

Main actor: Sahat Piempongsan
Main actress: Piathip Kumwong

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Thai movie รุ่นพี่ / Senior was released in year 2015. The movie lasts 1h47mn. Movie director is Wisit Sasanatieng. Mon, student in a convent, is a lonely girl talking alone. Both her parents die 12 years ago. Since that time, she can see and feel spirit's presence. One young male spirit keeps asking for her help but she refuses. She sympathises with another girl called Ann. Both of them are always harassed by other school girls. Mon finally accepts to help the spirit Run Phi to resolve a murder and a burglary (มรดก). Mon is able to feel spirits (สัมพันธ์). Mon contacts people involved such as Doctor Saneu (Sahat Piempongsan) and Mrs Wipha (Piathip Kumwong) but they don’t appreciate that such old case is reopened 50 years after. The spirit needs her help as he is not able to go through walls or doors if the building mapping has changed. The murderer (ฆาตกร) is still unknown. Her friend Ann is pregnant. A teacher is her boyfriend but he refuses to take responsibility (ช่วยไม่ได้). Romance does happen between Mon and the spirit despite they cannot see each other. An evil spirit tries to prevent Mon to investigate. Ann gets suicide as she was harassed by other schoolmates and humiliated by the teacher uploading a naked picture of her on Facebook. Mon asks the spirit to help her. Frightened by ghost visions, the teacher goes to Police and unveils he is the one, who uploaded the picture. At the same time, Mon discovers who killed Run Phi. A Thai princess (ท่านหญิง) loved a common man, i.e. Doctor Saneu. Their daughter (หนู) Daeng was terrorized by the princess so she pushes her in the swimming pool. Daeng became the Catholic school headmistress. Doctor Saneu always wishes to protect his daughter Daeng so killing all who investigate this murder case. As the case is now resolved, Run Phi can now quit this world. This movie got a few Thai cinema awards such as Best director.

อาปัติ
อาปัติ

Year: 2015

Thai title: อาปัติ
English title: Arbat

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor: Charlie Trairattana,Sorapong Chatree
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Thai movie อาปัติ was released in year 2015. It lasts 1h20mn. The movie อาบัติ was censored and finally renamed as อาปัติ after removing some controversial scenes. Thai movie "Arbat" (อาบัติ) was first banned in 2015. Thai Censorship Board objected to the movie not being respectful to Thai Buddhism (novice drinking alcohol, novices fighting, novice showing disrespect to the Buddha image, novice touching the face of a girl). Finally after cutting three minutes, the movie was unbanned and released under new name "Arpatti" (อาปัติ). The movie still shows young monks smoking and playing with their smartphone but those are typical scenes that can be seen nowadays in Buddhist temples. The movie director mentions it was a way to attract attention on issues happening in nowadays Thai Buddhism. Novice (เณร) San (Charlie Trairattana) just enters monkhood. San is back from prison after 2 years and his father still does not forgive him. In this Buddhist temple, they provide food and prayers for hungry ghosts (เปรต). Not everybody can see hungry ghost (One way to to see a ghost is to bend over, stick the head between legs and look behind). San still tries to contact his girlfriend through Line but she doesn't answer. Sorapong Chatree is playing a crazy guy. San meets a young teen girl called Fai. San has visions of ghosts in his room. San is upset as his girlfriend doesn't answer. She finally tells him that she wishes to break (เลิก). Upset San drinks alcohol and is discovered by other monks. He wishes to disrobe (สึก). Issues are happening with the crazy guy, who mentions a ghost is around San's cloister (กุฏิ) and is also stealing alms offering (บิณฑบาต) food. But as the abbot takes too long time to let him go, he wishes to remove the robe by himself (อย่าถอดผ้าเหลือง). He has often discussion with another Luang Phi, who had a sad childhood. His mother Pin hanged herself in the cloister, where San is now staying. Pin used to live in front of Fai's house. Pin used to love a monk but this love was impossible (บาป). Per local superstition, she should reincarnate in a hungry ghost. San decides to flee with Fai. The crazy guy was a Buddhist abbot and had an affair with Pin (อาบัติ - offence). As she hanged herself, the abbot buried her. He also killed Luang Phi, Pin's first son, to silence him. Following the crime, he becomes crazy being tormented by Pin's ghost. San needs to choose if he wants to be a holy man (นักบุญ) or a sinner (นักบาป). Luang Phi body is finally discovered and cremated properly. His half-brother is the now current abbot. San decides to stay in the monkhood.

ความลับนางมารร้าย
ความลับนางมารร้าย

Year: 2014

Thai title: ความลับนางมารร้าย
English title: Call Me Bad Girl

Rating: 3/5
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Main actress: Penpak Sirikul,Pechaya Wattanamontree

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Thai movie ความลับนางมารร้าย / “Call Me Bad Girl” was released in year 2014 and it lasts 1h48mn. It is a romance comedy. Young lady Busaba (Pechaya Wattanamontree) meets young lad Neuasamut in a discotheque. Neuasamut (หนู) is very close to his mum (Penpak Sirikul). Other girls are interested in Neuasamut also. Busaba tests Neuasamut to see if he really loves her. As she likes partying with her friends (ใช้ชีวิตเป็นวันๆ), she is shocked by the wedding request from Neuasamut but accepts it. It is discovered that Busaba has a cancer in terminal phase. She cannot accept it and flees to party. She gives back her engagement ring to Neuasamut. She later regrets her decision. She has now to work hard and to convince Neuasamut that she really loves him...

แผลเก่า
แผลเก่า

Year: 2014

Thai title: แผลเก่า
English title: The Scar

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Phongphat Wachirabanjong,Krung Srivilai,Chaiyapol Pupart
Main actress: Davika Hoorne,Sinjai Hongthai

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Thai movie แผลเก่า (The Scar) was released multiple times over 50 years. This version was released on mother's day 2014. It really features a beautiful image. The movie action takes place in year 1936. Kwan loves Riem (Davika Hoorne), daughter of the local subdistrict headman called Somyong. Kwan's father (Phongphat Wachirabanjong), village headman, doesn't want his son to love Riem. Riem's father doesn't want Kwan to be around his daughter. Families are enemies. Riem is also in the interest of a Bangkokian young man called Choi. Fighting erupts during a temple fair between Kwan and Choi as Kwan is dancing with Riem. Krung Srivilai as Buddhist temple abbot stops them. Choi gives money to the subdistrict headman as corruption way. He wishes to marry Riem as soon as possible. Kwan and Riem promise to love each other forever in front of local spirit (ศาลเจ้า). Her father announces to Riem that she has to marry Choi. Choi already has many mistresses and children. So Riem and Kwan decide to flee. Choi and the subdistrict headman prevent them. Choi hits Kwan causing him a scar (แผลรักของเรา). Kwan promises revenge. While Kwan is still recovering from injury, Choi and the subdistrict headman bring Riem to Bangkok. Khun Ying (Sinjai Hongthai) buys Riem from the subdistrict headman for 500 baht but forbids her nephew Choi to touch her as he has already many wives and he doesn't care well about them! Kwan's father loved Riem's mother twenty years ago but finally she was forced to marry the subdistrict headman so antagonism stayed between both men. Riem has same face as the lost daughter of the aunt so she raises her same as her daughter to become a noble (ผู้ดี). Kwan goes to Bangkok to find Riem but he is too late as Khun Ying brings Riem overseas for three years. Choi is found injured in Bangkok with a scar... Kwan indulges in alcohol. Kwan promises to his father and to the local spirit shrine to stop drinking. He works hard to keep money, i.e. 500 baht to buy back Riem. Three years have passed. It is year 1939 and World war 2 is starting. Riem is back (ลูกชาวนา) and meets Somchai, member of Thai government. The aunt decides to visit Riem's birthplace again. Kwan meets Riem again. 500 baht is the cost of her shoes only (เจ้าเปลี่ยนไปแล้ว). Somchai (ผู้ชาย Bangkok) takes opportunity to have the aunt and subdistrict headman together to ask Riem's hand. She accepts. Somchai was engaged with the aunt's daughter since childhood. Back to Bangkok, Riem understands that Somchai has already another lover. The wedding is just for principles as she is only a farmer daughter. Only Riem's love was pure and sincere. Riem decides to go back to countryside. It is too late as her mother, Mae Ruay, died already. Kwan has promised to his father to ordain and after ordination he wishes to marry Riem. The Bangkok people try to get back Riem but she refuses. Fighting occurs and Kwan gets shot fatally. Wishing to die in the river, Riem joins him.

สมิง พรานล่าพราน
สมิง พรานล่าพราน

Year: 2014

Thai title: สมิง พรานล่าพราน
English title: Sming

Rating: 3/5
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Thai movie Sming / สมิง พรานล่าพราน was released in year 2014. It lasts 1h40mn. This movie features impressive Fx with the tigers. This Thai movie was also released in India. Pat is a killer of tiger spirits (สมิง). His wife is killed by a fierce tiger spirit. Lam Duan, his daughter, escapes to death as he brings her out of the burning house. He wishes to get revenge and tries to kill the tiger (เสือนรก) but he only succeeds to damage its eye and gets seriously injured. Many years have passed. A little boy comes to the Thai forest administration and asks for help against the tigers. A new worker Pamai is allocated to solve this issue happening in a remote village. Tigers keep attacking and killing villagers. Three heavily armed foreigners wishing to go to this village also join them. Pamai always takes pictures and looks useless to villagers looking for help. The village population is a mix of Chinese people, Cambodian and Thai people. Pamai discovers the reality of the tiger spirits. Pat is still looking for the tiger, which killed his wife. It is now half blind (ตาบอด). The foreigners are hunters. Saming / Tiger spirits can change their appearance so they can lie to people and fool them. Two foreigners are killed as the tiger spirit transforms itself in an attractive Thai young lady. Pamai saves the young boy from the tiger spirit. The Chinese guys including พี่ใหญ่ try to kill the tiger spirit by using special monkey dance but they fail and the villager leader dies. It is finally discovered that Pat is already dead. His daughter Lam Duan and Pamai succeed to kill the tiger thanks to Pat’s spirit.

ร่าง
ร่าง

Year: 2014

Thai title: ร่าง
English title: The Parallel

Rating: 4/5
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Main actress: Paula Taylor

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Thai movie The Parallel / ร่าง was released in year 2014. Mobai's mother dies in her shop while fighting against a robber. Amy's boyfriend drugs her to force an illegal abortion while she is not aware. Mobai's mother as a ghost continues to protect her daughter whenever she faces adversity. Mobai is mute since the murder. A nurse in the orphanage dies as she tries to slap Mobai. Amy (Paula Taylor) always calls her mum on the phone. Mobai only talks to her doll since her mother is dead. Finally Amy welcomes Mobai in her home. Both have been hurt by life. Police is also investigating on the mysterious deaths linked to Mobai's presence. Amy finds the illegal abortion clinic and realises that her former boyfriend Am brings another girl for abortion. He chases her away (เลิกยุ่ง). The same night he dies emasculated (ช้างน้อย). Amy has difficulties to have Mobai studying at home. Amy's friend brings a modern medium (หมอผี) to inspect her home. The house is full of anxiety (บ้านเต็มความห่วง). The abortion clinic doctor is also killed. Police inspector (หมด) finds strange that Amy's car is often seen around that clinic (อย่าจ้องเวรกับคนที่ทำร้ายคุณ). Will Amy be the one taking revenge? Finally it is discovered that \Amy's own mother, who also died tragically, was also still protecting her daughter... Mobai and Amy can finally live happily.

น้ำมันพราย
น้ำมันพราย

Year: 2014

Thai title: น้ำมันพราย
English title: Spell

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Kowit Wattanakul
Main actress: Wanida Termthanaporn

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Thai horror movie น้ำมันพราย (Spell) was released in 3D version in year 2014. A monk is coming from Cambodia bringing real oil corpse. A young lady called Phrae (Wanida Termthanaporn) is working in an office. The boss always tries to seduce her. Phrae's mother is at hospital and is paralysed. The uncle (Kowit Wattanakul) would like to sell the house but Phrae is not willing. A coworker called Lek is fond of Phrae but she treats him as a friend only. Somebody suggests him to try oil corpse (น้ำมันพราย) to attract Phrae. Lek tries it on Phrae but it ends up tragically as Phrae becomes a fearful spirit (พี่หลอก) without being aware. Lek dies and his body disappears. Police enquiries and is wary about Phrae as she is the last to have seen Lek. The boss lies about Phrae hoping to get favour (บุญคุณ) from her. He brings her to a restaurant and drugs her. The boss tries to rape her but Phrae becomes a fearful spirit again causing the boss to flee. Meanwhile her stepfather tries to sell the house and is having affair with a younger girl. Surprising her stepfather, he finally expels her. Phrae meets again a former friend Thana that she loved when being a student many years ago. Love happens again. The boss finally gets suicide in the police station. The Cambodian monk being in jail at the same time explains to the police inspector the origin of the corpse oil. The policeman informs Phrae that she is probably possessed (โดนของ). Lost, Phrae finally finds Thana in bed with another woman. Upset, the spirit causes Thana to die also. Phrae finally flees away asking the policeman to focus on more important cases than flirtatious men (ผู้ชายเจ้าชู้).

ฝากไว้...ในกายเธอ
ฝากไว้...ในกายเธอ

Year: 2014

Thai title: ฝากไว้...ในกายเธอ
English title: The Swimmers

Rating: 4/5
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Thai movie "The Swimmers" / ฝากไว้...ในกายเธอ was released in year 2014. It lasts 1h55mn. Tan and Perth are close friends. They are both joining swimming competitions. Ice was Tan's girlfriend. Ice jumped to death from the swimming pool high diving board. It looks like a suicide. Perth wins gold medal at the Thai national competition but Tan wasn't competing. Perth has a new girlfriend called Mint. It is almost Ice's 100th death commemoration. There is only one place left for the sport university. Tan is perturbed. He finds that Ice was pregnant. He wants to kill the one who caused Ice to commit suicide. There are movies flashbacks. Perth always liked Ice before. As Tan had no time to teach Ice how to swim, Perth did it. Perth loved Ice but it couldn't be reciprocal as Tan was already her boyfriend. Ice's mother lits a big incense stick to let Ice spirit find back her home. Finally as the story goes forward, it is found that Ice broke up with Tan. As it wasn't really official, Tan still wishes to enquiry and repair Ice's mobile phone to find data on her facebook account. Perth's mother is pregnant with Perth's swimming teacher. As Ice was pregnant, they finally resolved to abortion. Ice changed mind at last minute. To avoid being suspected by Tan, Perth puts the blame on another university student, who is beaten. Perth starts to have terrific visions and even to believe he is pregnant himself. Suspicion goes on Perth. Perth starts to believe Ice spirit wants to rebirth. Ice took a strong medicine to kill the fetus and Perth buried it. Finally it is understood that Ice wanted to go back with Tan. As Perth refused, a fighting happened and Ice broke accidentally her neck. Perth transformed this into a suicide. Perth doesn't join the Thai competition to defend his title as he knows he cannot defeat Tan. Tan is waiting Perth at the swimming for a final deadly confrontation... The movie made 67M Baht revenue.

รักเราเขย่าขวัญ
รักเราเขย่าขวัญ

Year: 2014

Thai title: รักเราเขย่าขวัญ
English title: She Devil

Rating: 3/5
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Thai movie รักเราเขย่าขวัญ / She Devil was released in year 2014. It lasts 1h39mn. This movie mixes horror and comedy similar to the 1990s movies but with a much higher budget. Four comic relief characters are part of the movie. A mother is trying to marry her son Veun, who is a nice simple guy but still single. His mother is very possessive. He finally married a young lady called Ploy but she never smiles. It is an arranged marriage. Ploy’s mother asks her to never remove her necklace (สายสิญจน์แม่). On the wedding day, she is crying at night time and mumbling mantra while holding the necklace. The bed is shaking and it seems there is somebody in the wardrobe. On following days, wishing to make a surprise to Ploy, Veun removes her necklace to replace it by a gold necklace. It causes a big mess as she asks it back immediately. Veun realises Ploy becomes a ghost at nighttime and hits her trying to escape the ghost. Ploy tells it started to happen when she visited Kalong waterfall a few years ago. Her own mother is aware but hid this to Veun’s family. Not willing to cause any more problems, Ploy decides to leave. She finally gets reunited with Veun. Ploy and Veun decide to see a monk and also a witch doctor (หมอผี) to get hints to get rid of ghost. The monk believes Ploy is facing double personality syndrome. A little monk is seen near Ploy when she faints near the river bank. Veun brings Ploy to honeymoon in order to find a solution far from his mother. While possessed, Ploy always says a weird sentence. Later on, a policeman identifies that it means “i want to go home” in Burmese language. Veun brings Ploy to Kalong waterfall and has to face the Burmese spirit wishing to bring Ploy with him. Thanks to the little monk’s support, the spirit is pushed back and finally leaves this world with the little monk. Ploy and Veun can be happy and have a child for the grandmother.

บ้านขังวิญญาณ
บ้านขังวิญญาณ

Year: 2014

Thai title: บ้านขังวิญญาณ
English title: My House

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Akara Amarttayakul
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Thai movie บ้านขังวิญญาณ / My House was released in year 2014 and it lasts 1h25mn. A man destroyed a house spirit (ศาลพระภูมิ) as the spirit didn't protect his family. His wife was having an affair. Upset and crazy, he drown his own child in the bathroom. Few years passed. Young lady Ann, married to In (Akara Amarttayakul), has nightmares (ฝันร้าย). They have a daughter called Cherry. They move to a new house with Ann's mother. The neighbour Pon is reluctant to go inside their new house. Problems at office start to happen for both of them. Food is suddenly rotten (เสีย). The grandmother ends up in hospital after seeing a hanged lady in a room. She finally dies. Ghost children always push Cherry to play in the bathroom. Both Ann and In lose their job. In becomes a taxi driver but nobody enters his taxi. Pon tells Ann the story about the previous families staying in the family but gets her tongue cut. They use a master (อาจารย์) to chase the bad spirit but to no avail. They decide to quit the house as it becomes too dangerous (ผีบ้า). Ann comes a last time and has horrible visions of the murders that occurred before. Another medium tells her that the spirit doesn't want a house spirit anymore but the whole house (บ้านกู) as his strength has been increased by the previous deaths. The movie ends tragically with Inn possessed by the spirit and hurting his own family...

ห้อง หลอก หลอน
ห้อง หลอก หลอน

Year: 2014

Thai title: ห้อง หลอก หลอน
English title: The Rooms

Rating: 3/5
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Thai horror movie “The Rooms” / ห้อง หลอก หลอน was released in year 2014. It lasts 1h47mn. It features three short stories. The first one is “Green Sonata”. Two people wishing to buy an old house are having ghosts vision. They ask the salesman to tell them the story of this house. Khun Luang was a musician having little time for his family. He was married to Anna. She was sick due to a specific rare syndrome that made her paralyzed. Phi Boonleu used young lady Phupan, whom he saved from fire, to pay back his debts. Phi Boonleu was disfigured due to that fire. A brothel owner used Phupan as domestic helper. Khun Luang started to be fed up to wait for improvement regarding Anna's health. Khun Luang visited the brothel and went with Phupan. Phupan accepted as she could pay back her debts in one time. When Boonleu learnt this, he chased Phupan away. Phupan had no choice but to go to Khun Luang's home. Anna was fully aware when they made love near her. Boonleu was aware that Phupan was now with Khun Luang. The love stories ended up tragically and bloodily... The second one is “Yesterday”. A ruffian leader stays in a hotel room with his bodyguard. Seeing a ghost, the bodyguard kills his boss by mistake. Unable to get rid properly of the body, he finally gets suicide as he keeps seeing the ghosts linked to previous deaths in this hotel room. This story mixes horror and comedy. The third one is “Honeymoon suite”. Three girl friends arrive in Bangkok and stay in a Honeymoon suite. One has been dropped by her boyfriend. While waiting for her friends doing shopping, she meets a young handsome man. There is immediate attraction between them. Following an old tale, the friends decide to cut apple skin at midnight in order to see their life mate in a mirror but it turns badly. Finally the young man doesn't come to the next date with her. Her friends learn that he dies during the day during a car accident. The young lady also realizes she died from a boat accident as she vomits sea water only...

เกมปลุกผี
เกมปลุกผี

Year: 2014

Thai title: เกมปลุกผี
English title: Ghost Coins

Rating: 4/5
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Thai movie Ghost Coins / เกมปลุกผี was released in year 2014 and it lasts 1h34mn. It is Five Star Production. It reminds a bit about Thai movie เงินปากผี released in year 1981 by Five Star Production also. Teens Ton and Jack like to play new games such as catching ghosts (ตกผี). The best school student Tor is brought forcibly by two other students, Ton and Jack, as he misbehaved with a young girl called Bi (ชดใช้ความผิด). Tor has to dig inside a cemetery (ป่าช้า) while Ton is filming him with his smartphone. Things get worse as Ton wakes up ghosts through his game as he steals a gold coin from a corpse (เงินปากผี). He ends up chained with Tor. Meanwhile Jack has disappeared looking for Bi. Ton and Tor take refuge in a remote Buddhist temple but Ton doesn't want to stay as he is looking for Jack. They see a man stealing gold teeth from corpses. Everybody has his karma to pay for (กรรมมัน กรรมใคร). Ton has horrific visions as he stole the gold coin. A lady visits the monk asking him to disrobe (ศึก) and to honour his promise to marry her. As he refuses, she intends to do whatever necessary to have him disrobed. Ton vomits a coin. Ton, Tor and Bi are linked together in a previous life (กรรมในอาทิตย์) through the father, the monk and the lady. They need to give back the coin. The father imprisoned the young lady as she refused to forget his son. He hit and raped her. He finally attached her to a drowning boat and the young monk didn't help her. During this life, it is time for Ton to pay for his bad karma from previous life. The ghost of the lady prevents him to escape from his car sinking in the river. Tor survives as he helps the lady in this life.

เร็วทะลุเร็ว
เร็วทะลุเร็ว

Year: 2014

Thai title: เร็วทะลุเร็ว
English title: Vengeance Of An Assassin

Rating: 3/5
Director: Panna Rittikrai

Main actor: Kowit Wattanakul,Dam Datsakorn
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Thai movie เร็วทะลุเร็ว / Vengeance Of An Assassin was released in year 2014. It is the last movie directed by Panna Rittikrai before his death. This movie lasts 1h30mn. A young boy called Phiti wishes to know what happened to his parents, who died earlier. The uncle has been raising the two children but refuses to disclose anything as it can only bring troubles to them. The uncle keeps indulging in beers to forget. He holds a key to a secret cabinet. It includes secret documents and VHS tapes featuring military trainings. Dam Datsakorn, now a monk, was former colleague of the father. Phiti wishing to know the truth leaves the uncle's home and goes to find Dam. Than, his younger brother stays with the uncle. Phiti meets also Athong, former friend of his father and now understands the truth. He gets revenge one by one through some impressive killings (in a restaurant with shootings happening at waist level, in a golf course...). The ruffians’ leader is traitor Kowit Wattanakul, who was also one of the father’s former friends. The boy helps a young lady wearing blond wig, in traditional costume (นางรำ) and chased by a killer. The girl was used as bait. Her teacher (ครู) is killed. Dam is also killed. The boy succeeds to defeat the ruffians but is severely injured. A doctor (หมอจีน) helps them and they take refuge in the uncle's house. Ruffians follow them there. The young lady is kidnapped and fightings happen on a moving train. Through daring final fightings, ruffians are defeated.

จันดารา ปัจฉิมบท
จันดารา ปัจฉิมบท

Year: 2013

Thai title: จันดารา ปัจฉิมบท
English title: Jan Dara The Finale

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Mario Maurer,Chaiyapol Pupart,Kriengkrai Unhanan,Phongphat Wachirabanjong
Main actress: Bongkoj Kongmalai

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Thai movie จันดารา ปัจฉิมบท - The Finale was released in year 2013 and lasts 2 hours. Jan and Ken flee to Phichit. Back to Phichit, Jana identifies that he is not a child issued from a rape but through a common agreed relationship. He learns the truth through his grandmother and a former policeman. Twenty years ago, the grandmother had no choice but to accept the conditions given by Khun Luang (สัตว์นรก) in order to marry Dara. Ken gets married and has a child. Jan keeps sending letters to Aisin. In Bangkok, Kaew continues to misbehave with men. She also starts a relationship with Krajon, the son of Bee. When Bee and Khun Luang are back from Singapore, Kaew and Krajon announce to them that they want to get married as Kaew is 3 months pregnant. The wedding is impossible as Krajon is the hidden son of Khun Luang with Bee. Bee never told the truth to them. Khun Luang has a serious attack. To solve this mess, Khun Luang has no choice but to ask Jan to marry Kaew. Per his grandmother's orders, Jan accepts but Khun Luang has to give back all the family belongings (land, house, company) that he took 20 years ago. Jan visits Aisin but she just died from disease. Jan is heart broken. Kriengkrai Unhanan is invited to the wedding of Jan and Kaew. Kaew keeps calling him Ai Jan (ไอ้จัน). Bee and Jan become lovers. Kaew is about to deliver her child (เด็กอัปรีย์). Being older, the child is identified as retarded. Jan wishes to have a child with Bee but she is now sterile. Khun Luang, seeing Jan and Bee making love, has another attack and becomes fully paralyzed. Aunt Nawat goes back to Phichit. Bee refuses to make love to Jan anymore as she was doing it only to protect Khun Luang. There was no real love with Jan. Upset, using a mask to hide his face, Jan rapes Kaew and hits Khun Luang with a whip. Ken also decides to leave for Pichit as Jan has become unlivable. War happens in Bangkok. US planes send bombs. Khun Krajon saves Khun Jan's life and dies. Khun Luang also dies. Kaew becomes a Tom, following Jan's aggression. Bee decides to leave the house. Kaew is pregnant with Jan. Complaining that Bee leaves her with Jan, Kaew gets suicide by jumping from high floor as she doesn’t want to give a child to Jan. Jan ends up alone and never marries again.

ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง
ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง

Year: 2013

Thai title: ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง
English title: Boundary

Rating: ?/5
Director: Nontawat Numbenchapol

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Thai movie ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง / "Boundary" was temporarily banned in year 2013. An official movie trailer lasting three minutes can still be seen. Director Nontawat Numbenchapol made a documentary movie about the Preah Vihear temple and the Thai-Cambodian border dispute about it. The movie was banned as it could "persuade viewers to falsely believe” incorrect information. The director argued that the film shows the point of view of every side and so that his movie is neutral. After one week, the Thai censors have admitted they were wrong and removed the ban. The censors also asked the director to remove two seconds of ambient sound in an early scene of the movie. That scene was during the New Year’s celebration at the Ratchaprasong Intersection during which a master of ceremonies announces on stage: “Let’s countdown to celebrate HM the King’s 84th anniversary”. The censors expressed concerns that this might lead to misinterpretation. The movie background is related to Preah Vihear temple located at Thai Cambodian border and this issue has been dragging since decades. The International Court of Justice ruled in year 1962 that Preah Vihear temple belongs to Cambodia but disputes over ownership are still happening.

ยังบาว
ยังบาว

Year: 2013

Thai title: ยังบาว
English title: Young Bao

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Bom Tana
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The movie ยังบาว (Young Bao) relates the beginning of the famous Thai music group, the Carabao. In year 1977, key members Khiaw and Ed met each other in Philippines while being students there. They were also musicians and were playing in bars / nightclubs. They decided to form a band and Ed chose there the name of their band, i.e. Carabao, meaning buffalo, being a hard worker symbol. Once their studies finished, they went back to Thailand and arrived at a time of political instability due to 6th October 1976 students massacre. Ed supported the students insurrection by providing some clothes and necessities. Ed wrote some songs-for-life / engaged songs (เพลงเพื่อชีวิต). Their first tape was launched in 1980. Success was not coming as they were not as popular as other bands (not handsome or not wearing flashy clothes). Some bars or clubs only accepted foreign music (ห้ามเล่นเพลงไทย) as Thai music was a rebellion symbol. One of the member of famous group called President, Lek, quit his band to join Carabao as he hated commercial funk music. They were looking for additional members for their group Carabao. Thanks to Lek negotiating with the President band’s producer, they got their new tape released and a tour was organized. But they also needed to play in the orchestra of a Luk Thung star. A romance was starting with the singer but it didn't succeed due to the remembrance of an old love story of Ed that ended tragically. Commercial success finally happened. Ed liked big groups. Jealousy and misunderstanding happened inside the group made of seven musicians. They finally stayed together thanks to Ed and made famous songs still popular and played 30 years after. Some famous Carabao songs (Made in Thailand…) were created by Ed following real life events. A first movie about Carabao band was released in year 1985. This movie is part of the buzz around the 30th years anniversary of Carabao band. Ed's nephew was supposed to take his role but finally it ends up to Bom Tana. This movie will be appreciated by Carabao fans even if Ed's role is not as engaged as the real character.

พี่มาก..พระโขนง
พี่มาก..พระโขนง

Year: 2013

Thai title: พี่มาก..พระโขนง
English title: Pee Mak

Rating: 5/5
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Main actor: Mario Maurer
Main actress: Davika Hoorne

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While Phi Mak (Mario Maurer) is fighting as a soldier, his wife Nak dies during advanced pregnancy. Phi Mak is back with his four friends to Phra Khanong area. Mak doesn't know his wife is dead, neither his friends. People in the market refuses to sell to Mak anything. His friends understand the villagers are afraid of Nak, who is now a ghost. One of the friends, Chin, sees Nak extending her arm to catch a lemon fallen from the kitchen located on the first floor of the house. Mak's friends are trying to find stratagems to inform him without raising attention from Nak. Villagers who warned Mak are found dead. Upset by his friends behavior towards Nak, Mak is chasing them away. Friends want Mak to be aware. The four friends get confused and believe Mak is the ghost (ผี) and Nak is still an human. Finally realising their mistake, they end up in a Thai Buddhist temple but the monk is unable to protect them. Finally love is stronger (รักพี่มากมากๆ รักนากหนัก). Nak did nothing wrong as she just wants to stay with Mak but everybody tries to break their love. Nak and Mak stay together despite death showing that their love is stronger (รักไม่ธรรมดา). Thai movie Phi Mak (พี่มาก..พระโขนง) is a mix of light scary sequences, romance and comedy. It got the highest revenue in Thai movies history with more than 800M bath so making it the most ever popular Thai movie. It was even released in other Asian countries such as Hong Kong or Macau. Despite having been released for 15 times already, this new 2013 version features modern jokes, Mak as central character instead of Nak, Nak not being an evil spirit and a different ending. It is done as a movie for the whole family. The ending is more surprising and more romantic than the previous versions. Normally ghosts and humans cannot stay together so a monk always convinced Nak to rebirth in another life. Past reconstitution includes black teeth for actors.

โลงจำนำ
โลงจำนำ

Year: 2013

Thai title: โลงจำนำ
English title: Pawn Shop

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Krissada Sukosol
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Thai movie โลงจำนำ - Pawn Shop was released in year 2013. It is about spirit worshipping (การบูชาผี). The movie plays with the Thai words โลงจำนำ and โรงจำนำ (pawn shop). A middle age man owner of a pawn shop (โรงจำนำ) is having issues with his wife always complaining. Asking to become rich to his small spirit altar, the spirit accepts his request but he must kill his wife. Two young ladies including Som accept also to pay respect to ghost. They sell their soul (วิญญาณ) to the ghost (จำนำตัวเองกับผี). A lady customer looking to pawn her belongings accepts 1M baht if she also pays respect to the ghost. Dao and her boyfriend often argue. Many people including the boyfriend (Krissada Sukosol) accepts to pledge to the spirit versus 1M baht as they are in desperate need of money. Krissada boasts to be not afraid (ไม่กลัวมัน). They are put in a locked room and are facing their worst nightmares. The movie features beautiful graphics and sound. There is doubt if their scary visions are reality or nightmares. Krissada killed a young girl by accident by hurting her with his car at night time. He exchanges his life against the little girl's life (ปัญหาแห่งความตาย).

ต้มยำกุ้ง 2
ต้มยำกุ้ง 2

Year: 2013

Thai title: ต้มยำกุ้ง 2
English title: The Protector 2

Rating: 3/5
Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Main actor: Tony Jaa,Mum Jokmok
Main actress: Yanin Vismistananda

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Kham's (Tony Jaa) elephant is stolen as he refuses to sell it. His elephant is like a brother for him as they have been together since his youth. Kham follows the robbers up to Bangkok. He finds the leader but he has already been killed through a few severe hard punches. His two daughters (including Yanin Vismistananda), believing Kham killed their father, chase him. Kham meets again the Australian policeman (Mum Jokmok) but he lets him go knowing Kham is too nice to kill somebody. The ruffian having stolen the elephant is also an organiser of illegal fights. Through Bangkok, Kham is facing the ruffians through many thrilling fightings (against bikers on rooftop, in a factory, on metro railroad tracks, in a room on fire...). The ruffian leader is in fact working with some generals coming from a small kingdom. Following a rebellion in this Kingdom, a peace truce shall be signed in Phuket, Thailand. An elephant shall be given as a peace symbol. It is in fact Kham's elephant whose tusks have been filled with explosives. Many CGI are used in Tom Yam Koong 2 movie. A huge budget was spent but the box office sales were disappointing. Only 56M baht were reaped in Thailand. Even Tony Jaa didn't join the movie promotion in Thailand as he was already involved in “Fast and Furious” sequel 7. The movie was released in many other countries such as Hong Kong. Panna Rittikrai was also involved. Prachya Pinkaew was the director. It is a 1h44mn movie with non stop action. It took two years to be released.

ตั้งวง
ตั้งวง

Year: 2013

Thai title: ตั้งวง
English title: Tang Wong

Rating: 5/5
Director: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

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Thai film ตั้งวง (Tang Wong) was released in year 2013. The movie takes place during red shirts protests in Bangkok in year 2010. A boy has bad scores and has a dream to join a sport class. His girlfriend suggests him to ask a vow to a local deity but he doesn't believe in spirit belief that much. Another couple in love takes a vow (บน) to keep their love forever. Two students take vow also as they are not studying well. But there is a need to promise something to the spirit in order to fulfill the vow (แก้บน). Vows are now filled. They are all reunited by circumstances. They had promised to dance (รำ) so they have to do it. To hire a troupe costs 8000 bath so finally an uncle accepts to pay for their dance lessons as he believes they cannot make it. Nut is their teacher. She teaches them Tang Wong (ตั้งวง), which is a graceful dance gesture with fingers set at 90 degrees. After a while, the early motivation disappears. The students get blamed by their science teacher for believing in supernatural things. Everybody in the school makes fun of them (ตัวตลก). One of them go to fulfill (แก้บน) alone at night time but gets recorded on YouTube. Em, one of teen student, is now father but flees his responsibilities. Nut, a lady boy, is supposed to get married but it fails. The teens' issues happen in parallel with the political protests. There is corruption in real life and supernatural life. The shrine is burnt so no need to dance anymore. There is a parallel with Ratchaprasong district in Bangkok burning following the 2010 riots. Fiang's father, taking part in protests, is finally safe. This movie also contains critics on Thai education. This is much more than a standard teen movie and it is dealing with interesting thoughts about traditional beliefs evolution between generations.

รักสุดท้ายป้ายหน้า
รักสุดท้ายป้ายหน้า

Year: 2012

Thai title: รักสุดท้ายป้ายหน้า
English title: First Kiss

Rating: 2/5
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The movie รักสุดท้ายป้ายหน้า (First Kiss) was released in year 2012. The movie starts with some cliches, i.e. an ugly teen girl called Sa wearing big glasses and braces trying to seduce the top boy พี่ Ong in her school. She dreams about him since years but she is an eternal fool. Sa finally meets him when he is back from studying overseas. The movie features typical sub characters including the gay friend and elder bachelor friend. She dreams about first kiss (จูบแรก). She keeps mixing reality and dreams. She finally kisses accidentally a student called Benz in the bus and lost her mobile phone while hitting him with her bag. He doesn't know how to call her as she is older than him (ป้า or พี่). She gets the phone back from the school. But the boy keeps interfering in her love story with Ong. Benz reveals to Sa that Ong is going to marry soon with Pam. Benz steals her phone again to prevent Sa to contact Ong. Sa has no choice but to enter Benz's school as a student to get back her phone. Benz is also a musician (อยากเป็นแฟน). Sa is already 26 years old so her friends start to insinuate that Benz will not marry her before many years if he ever does. Age difference is too big as he is only 18 years old (ม.๖). The father is a violent guy and refuses that his son goes out instead of studying. Meanwhile Ong is back admitting his wedding with Pam was a mistake and try to go back with Sa. Sa has mixed feeling between her old boyfriend (แฟนเก่า) and potential new boyfriend (แฟนใหม่). Benz has to face his father's bodyguards as he wishes to send him to study abroad and Ong trying to get back Sa. Ong has a child from his wedding with Pam. Finally there is no need to force ourselves on unwanted love and Sa sends back Ong to Pam. Sa wishes to be back with Benz but his father sends him abroad. 5 years have passed. Benz finally comes back for Sa. This romantic school teen comedy includes a few modern songs. Few original surprises are featured in the scenario and the movies finishes with a classic ending.

รักเว้ยเฮ้ย
รักเว้ยเฮ้ย

Year: 2012

Thai title: รักเว้ยเฮ้ย
English title: Rak Wei Hei

Rating: 1/5
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This movie (รักเว้ยเฮ้ย - 2012) deals about a romance in a local radio station. A programmer called Luak loves secretly the DJ called Taoi. His uncle Na Ma has to teach him how to seduce girls as he is single (ผู้หญิงสมัยนี้ ชอบคนดี พบคนเลว แต่งงานก้บคนรวย). Gags featured are similar to TV shows with drum sounds to highlight funny moments. Na Ma first starts to analyze her rubbish, then offers a dog, provides restaurant advice and also suggests a movie invitation. Luak is shy and doesn't dare to talk. Na Ma’s advices are always a failure. Anyway Taoi starts to see the interest that Yuak has in her. They become boyfriend and girlfriend but jealousy happens as a young rich guy tries to seduce Taoi. Finally after speaking in a concert and declaring his love in front of a huge crowd, they reconcile. This romance comedy includes some katoeys (กะเทย) as stupid second roles as often seen in modern Thai romantic comedy movies (rom-com).

จันดารา ปฐมบท
จันดารา ปฐมบท

Year: 2012

Thai title: จันดารา ปฐมบท
English title: Jan Dara The Beginning

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Mario Maurer,Phongphat Wachirabanjong,Chaiyapol Pupart,Kriengkrai Unhanan
Main actress: Bongkoj Kongmalai

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Thai movie จันดารา ปฐมบท / Jan Dara The Beginning was released in year 2012 and lasts 2 hours. It features a beautiful picture as usual with director Pantewanop Tewakul. Khun Wang's wife, called Dara, just died during delivery. Khun Wang promises to remain single for the rest of his life. Nawat (Bongkoj Kongmalai) is the nurse hired to take care of the son. After 100 days of mourning, Khun Wang starts to behave very badly (สกปรก, ลามก) with women in his house. Nawat becomes his mistress. She is then pregnant. Khun Wang teaches his daughter Kaew to despise Jan (ไอ้จันทร์), who caused the death of Dara during pregnancy. Khun Wang hits him badly for this (ไม่ต้อง เที่ยง). Many years have passed. In year 1932, Jan (Mario Maurer) meets Aisin. Aisin has same face as his mother Dara. Ken (Chaiyapol Pupart) is Jan's close friend (เพื่อน รัก) and is a servant in their home. The movie happens same time as end of full monarchy in Thailand. Jan is a hard worker student and is not interested by girls. Since childhood, Jan and Ken have seen the father's depravation. Ken wishes to initiate Jan with women. He uses his girlfriend Soi (เปิดบริสุทธ์) to corrupt him. Aisin's father is played by Phongphat Wachirabanjong. Old lover Boonluang from Singapore comes to stay in Khun Wang's home. She has a handsome son, a young officer. Nawat is of course upset. Only Nawat protects Jan. Jan is looking for his sketch book so has to go to Boonluang room. She doesn't have the book anymore. It is with Kaew. Kaew, seeing the book, has dirty ideas so forces Ken to attach her and to make love to her. Jan misunderstands and believes it is a rape so he hits Ken. When Khun Wang goes home, he wishes to kill Ken. Jan opposes saying he is the one, who raped Kaew. Kaew also agrees this way. Khun Wang wishes to kill Jan and shouts that Jan is a son of robber (โจร) and not his own son. During the confusion, a domestic helper is killed as Nawat and Boonluang prevent Khun Wang to shoot Jan. Nawat is Jan's aunt and tells him the truth of her mother being raped by a robber many years ago. The mother, pregnant, had to marry with Khun Wang to hide the shame. Jan and Ken leave Khun Wang's home.

แม่นาค 3D
แม่นาค 3D

Year: 2012

Thai title: แม่นาค 3D
English title: Mae Nak 3D

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Doo Dook Kradon,Rith Luecha,Choomporn Theppitak
Main actress: Bongkoj Kongmalai

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Thai movie แม่นาค 3D was released in year 2012. Veteran actor comic Doo Dook Kradon is playing relief character. During a temple fair (งานวัด), Mak is participating to a Thai boxing match. His opponent is Pleung, son of the subdistrict headman (พ่อกำนัน) (Rith Luecha). Pleung loses to Mak as Mak has the support of young lady Nak (Bongkoj Kongmalai). Mak and Nak wedding happens in the subdistrict headman's house making Pleung very upset (ให้นาคเป็นเมีย). Pleung uses a magician (หมอผี) to make a love philtre (น้ำมันพราย). The philtre touches Ploy instead of Nak. Ploy kills herself in Pleung's bedroom. Pleung wishes to use teacher (อาจารย์) Kong, who requires a foetus from a pregnant dead woman in order to create a child spirit (กุมารทอง). Unfortunately Nak, pregnant, dies while Mak is away. She is upset with Kong hurting her dead baby (นาคมา). Finally Phi Mak is back after being soldier (ไปรับราชการ) one year in Bangkok. He is not aware that Nak died already. Nobody dares to tell him the truth. He finds his house in bad shape. Finally Nak comes at nighttime but strangely her body is cold and has a strong smell. The famous scene when catching a lemon is impressive in 3D. Veteran actor Choomporn Theppitak is playing a monk. Kong promises to get rid of Nak but he finally dies. Nak takes revenge (ผีนาคอาละวาด) over those, who hurt her baby. Pleung’s life is spared but he becomes crazy. During her body cremation, Nak looks for Mak. Mak asks her to stop her killings and to accept her death. Mak plans to ordain permanently as a monk (บวชไม่ศึกตลอดชีวิต). Nak finally leaves for heaven (พบกันทุกชาติ). Mak wishes a good departure (อนุโมทนาสาธุ).

วงจรปิด
วงจรปิด

Year: 2012

Thai title: วงจรปิด
English title: Heaven and Hell

Rating: 3/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

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Heaven and Hell (วงจรปิด) was released in year 2012. It features three short films by two different directors. In the first story two teens get their grandfather's heritage following his sudden death. Strange events happen in the house. One of the girls’ boyfriend disappears. The gardener is accused. The governess suggests that the grandpa spirit won't let anybody get the heritage. The story is presented in a similar way as mute movies from decade 1920-1930s when dialogue was shown through some short text interludes. The lawyer tries to open the safe and finds four corpses inside. The owner's four daughters, who disappeared before... In another safe, the lawyer finds gold but he dies in the swimming pool. The policeman helping the teens is in fact interested by the gold also. They finally all die. The second story is about cashiers in a convenience store, who have all died tragically. Four deaths in two months happened. The owner's daughter accepts to help her father and takes care of the shop during daytime. There are some ghosts (ผี) cashier. She finds herself locked in the shop and is chased by spirits. In the third story a young lady gets killed by her boyfriend in the lift (นรกชั้น8). So her spirit starts to despise all men and gets revenge on those trying to repair the lift. Last episode mixes humor and reminds of movies previously directed by Yuthlert Sippapak such as Buppha Rahtree serie. All episodes have a common theme of getting footages through surveillance cameras.

ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ
ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ

Year: 2012

Thai title: ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ
English title: Hmong, blood for freedom

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Suchao Pongwilai,Rith Luecha,Bin Banleurit
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Thai movie ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ (Hmong, blood for freedom) was released in year 2012. It is based on real facts in years 1962-1965. Mountain people (แมว / ชาวโมง) are harassed by ruffians (เจ้าหน้าที่). Their leader is Kamnan Saeng (Rith Luecha). Militaries (Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Suchao Pongwilai) are worried by Communist influence. Thai soldiers attack a village believing there are communists inside (ใครเป็นชาวบ้านใครเป็นcommunist). For many soldiers, those mountain people have no value except for Sorapong. Bin Banleurit as soldier is shot by the mountain leader, who is also shot. Sorapong takes responsibility of the mountain leader's son. The mountain leader is only injured and joined the communist resistance (สหาย). His young daughter also joins him. Bin's helicopter is shot down. 15 years have passed. Keng (mountain leader’s son) and Aya (Bin’s daughter) are now adults. Ken asks Sorapong to perform his duty as Thai soldier in the mountains area. Sorapong is reluctant as he could face former former relatives. Which side would Keng choose (ทรยศแผ่นดินไทย)? Finally he lets him go. Aya and her students friends are captured while trying to find the remaining of her father's helicopter in the forest. While dispatched by helicopter on zone, Keng is captured. His real father remembers the pendant he gave him 15 years ago. Keng helps Aya to find the helicopter of his father and to perform proper Buddhist ceremony with the body remains. Keng's brother, who is a policeman, extracts him from the tribal village. Keng is back in Thai army. A government amnesty is given to all who joined the guerilla war. Hardcore communist members hesitate to surrender. Keng is looking for his father and sister. Other guerilla members don't trust Keng, who is a Thai soldier. Finally Thai soldiers attack the village. Keng's sister is killed and the father is injured. The guerilla is defeated. While raising the Thai flag, one Hmong tribe member shots Thai soldiers causing the Thai flag to fall. Keng prevents the Thai flag to hit the soil but gets deadly injured. He makes his father promises to stop fighting. This nationalist trend movie with many Thai stars from 1970s recalls movies from this era with stress on Monarchy and sacrifice to protect Thai Nation.

อันธพาล
อันธพาล

Year: 2012

Thai title: อันธพาล
English title: Gangster - Antapal

Rating: 5/5
Director: Kongkiat Khomsiri

Main actor: Krissada Sukosol,Phongphat Wachirabanjong
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Chot (Krissada Sukosol) defeats Saeng (Phongphat Wachirabanjong) in a one to one knife fighting. Dang and Chot take over Saeng's illegal business (นักเลง) such as drug, gambling, gold shop and prostitution. This movie offers a great 1950s atmosphere representation including old standalone theater (โรงหนังเก่า) with live dubbing. A few historical mistakes are present as posters of Sirikwan Nanthasiri (ภาพโฆษณาสุราไก่แดง)(1972) and movie poster of คนกินเมีย (1974) are used. Piak and Tong are working in the cinema and wish to become ruffians also. Four kings are holding the business. Poo (ดังใหญ่) wishes to extend his territory. Dang wishes to ordain for his mother (บวชให้แม่) but Poo is bringing trouble as he wants his own territory (ที่). Chot is the first to use a gun so the gangster period evolves from knife to gun (ยุคมีด / ยุคปืน). Chot tries to shot Poo but fails to reach his target as the gun is defective. Police arrests ruffians and jails them. Dang dies in a car accident while going to south of Thailand. Four years have passed. The movie highlights the booming industry of Thai cinema in 1950s / 1960s by showing big billboards advertising latest film releases. Police has taken over the mafia and being the one receiving protection fee. Chot is released from prison. Piak and Tong are waiting for him. Police is also waiting to put him back to jail. Chot keeps seeing the ghost of the woman he unfortunately killed while trying to shot Poo as his gun was built with poor quality. Chot has changed and is more receptive to small shop owners’ problems. Some scenes are shot in a cinema showing “Hao Dong” (เห่าดง - 1959) famous movie. Chot is not as inflexible as before. Despite kidnapping a ruffian leader for execution, Chot gives him a last chance to fight back. Oti is a new strong ruffian. Piak defects from Chot's group to join Oti. Oti is a bloody fighter. He even shots with rifle the police leader. Through final shootings, Chot and his team attack Oti and his boss. Nobody survives. The movie Gangster - Antapal (อันธพาล) was released in 2012. The movie Gangster – Antapal (อันธพาล) is based on similar characters previously used in 1997's Dang Bireley's and Young Gangsters (2499 อันธพาล ครองเมือง) but it is not a remake. The movie goes beyond Dang character and shows the real gangster era through Chot’s character. The movie includes past stories or souvenirs from elderly people.

ดุ ดวล ดิบ
ดุ ดวล ดิบ

Year: 2012

Thai title: ดุ ดวล ดิบ
English title: Fighting Fish

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
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Mike Thomas arrives in Bangkok for the first time and wants to discover Thai boxing (มวยไทย) at Lumpini stadium. On the way back, he gets robbed despite strong resistance. Out of money, he needs to sell his watch to a pawnshop. He meets Yo while fleeing police due to illegal betting. Yo has an handicapped girlfriend called Toon following a car accident. He needs money to cure her. Mike is a former Thai muay boxer, who quit his own country as he killed accidentally another boxer during a fight. Mike needs to find a job so asks Yo to help him. Yo brings him to a Thai boxing ring (สนามมวย) with no rules. Yo has to participate to get money. There are hidden heavy bets behind. Mike wishes to participate and wins his first match. Suchao (Suchao Pongwilai), mafia leader, likes his style. Mike's financial value in underground betting boxing world starts to go up after a few winning fights. Mike wishes to enter the fighting fish contest in order to gain 1.3M baht and help to cure Toon. The opponent is a strong fighter called Mad Dog. Same as Siamese fighting fishes contest, the rule is that the loser is killed after the fight is over. Yo asks to join to protect Mike as it is a deadly fight. He replaces Mike and gets defeated by Mad Dog. On the verge to be executed by the mafia thugs, he fights back and flees. Unfortunately Toon is kidnapped by the mafia. Mike and Yo has to rescue Toon from the mafia led by Suchao. Following impressive fightings, the mafia and its leader are defeated by Mike and Yo but Mike dies while protecting Yo and Toon.

เชคสเปียร์ต้องตาย
เชคสเปียร์ต้องตาย

Year: 2012

Thai title: เชคสเปียร์ต้องตาย
English title: Shakespeare Must Die

Rating: ?/5
Director: Ing K

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Thai movie เชคสเปียร์ต้องตาย / “Shakespeare Must Die” was banned in year 2012. An official movie trailer lasting three minutes can still be seen. This movie was banned as a risk to cause unrest in Thai society. It is presented as the Thai version of Shakespeare's Macbeth. MacBeth wishes to take the place of the King and is wearing red clothes. The leader of the country is seen as megalomaniac, power crazy, besotted with sorcery. The movie got funding of Ministry of Culture (under PM Abhisit). The banning happened while the government of PM Yingluck Shinawatra was empowered. Former PM Thaksin is in trial with film director Ing K as the movie is accused of being propaganda attacking him. Ing K is the same director, who made previously the movie Citizen Juling (2008), where a young lady teacher died while teaching kids in South of Thailand, and also "My Teacher Eats Biscuits" banned in 1997. The movie “Shakespeare must die” also includes a scene from 06 October 1973 during student protests showing a lynching and causing society concerns by reopening old wounds.

มึง-กู เพื่อนกันจนวันตาย
มึง-กู เพื่อนกันจนวันตาย

Year: 2012

Thai title: มึง-กู เพื่อนกันจนวันตาย
English title: Friends never die

Rating: 4/5
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Main actor: Mario Maurer
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Friends never die - มึง-กู เพื่อนกันจนวันตาย is a 2012 movie about friendship and love. Kan (Mario Maurer) is the tough guy leader of a teen gang (ว่ายรุ่น) in Chiang Mai. He is the son of a rich businessman who is always in meeting and who believes love to his son is enough filled with money. His parents have never time for him. The movie features two couples, i.e. Song and Tidiu, Nem and Kan. They are all students. Song is accepted in Kan's group as he plays well football (เพื่อนกัน). Song has no friends. He went to Chiang Mai to avoid his mother dictatorship. A romance starts with Tidiu but it causes jealousy with other students. A misunderstanding happens between Song and Tidiu. Meanwhile Nem refuses to speak to Kan anymore as she still believes her brother died because of his friendship with Kan. She finally understands that Kan tried to help her brother involved in drug trafficking but it was too late. Kan has compensated his parents' lack of love with his friends. Following an argument with a daughter of a rich local notable, Kan's friend gets seriously beaten. Kan and his friends do their best to rescue him even if they are outnumbered. This increases their friendship. During New Year’s Eve, Kan is deadly stabbed but refuses to tell his friends as he has promised a date and refuses to break promise. Song remembers Kan's advice, i.e. boys shall win but not die so he doesn't slain the one who deadly injured Kan. Despite Kan’s departure, his inspiration stays with Song forever. This teen movie features heartthrob actor Mario Maurer and features feelings related to love / friendship (มีแฟนอย่าลืมเพื่อน).

30 กำลังแจ๋ว
30 กำลังแจ๋ว

Year: 2011

Thai title: 30 กำลังแจ๋ว
English title: Fabulous 30

Rating: 3/5
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Main actress: Patcharapa Chaichua

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Jae (Patcharapa Chaichua) celebrates her 31th birthday. Thai ladies unmarried after 30 years are often discriminated as old stuff in Thai society. During her birthday party she meets Por (รูปหล่อ), a younger man being 24 years old. He calls her as elder sister (พี่สาว). Jae has gone through a 7 years relationship with a pilot but it ends up abruptly. Por is following Jae to her office. He loves her but faces discrimination from society and his friends as she is older than him (แก่ / ไม่เหมาะสม). Even Jae is confused as she knows she is older than him and also feels badly remarks from others. She doesn't trust him at the beginning (ไม่ชอบเด็ก) but his endless efforts finally convince her. Her former pilot boyfriend comes back and asks for forgiveness. She presents Por as a neighbour (น้องข้างบ้าน). Por feels hurt as his love is genuine. She realizes that the pilot is a real egoist always pushing back wedding as he is meeting other girls. She ends up with him definitely. Disappointed by Jae, Por goes to work on a remote oil rig in the middle of ocean. He accuses Jae not to have the courage to live her love and to face adversity. Finally they declare their love to each other just before Por leaves for a few months mission on the ocean. Movie "30 กำลังแจ๋ว" (Fabulous 30) was released in year 2011.

คนโขน
คนโขน

Year: 2011

Thai title: คนโขน
English title: Kon Khon

Rating: 5/5
Director: Saranyu Wongkrachang

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nirut Sirijanya
Main actress: Penpak Sirikul

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Three kids, two boys and a girl, are close friends and have a dream. The girl, Raem, wants to be a theater actress (นางเอกลิเก), the second one wants to be painter, the third one, Chat, wants to have a high position. Children are now grown-up teens. The two boys love Raem. Chat is an orphan. Chat is working in Master (ครู) Yot's masked-dance Khon troupe. Khon (โขน) is a Thai classic masked play enacting scenes from the Ramakian (รามเกียรติ์). Lamphai is master Yot's mistress. She wishes to become a famous dancer (นางรำ). Chat has a fierce enemy, Khom, since childhood following a Thai boxing match which degenerated. Teachers Yot and Sek have strong dislike. During a 7 days festival (งานเปิดละคร), taking advantage that the actor playing the monkey Hanuman is injured, Chat replaces him and defies Khom playing the evil Thotsakan. Their animosity appears on the stage. Lamphai likes Chat a lot but Chat refuses Lamphai's advances so causing her ire. He is punished by Yot for playing Khon without being authorized. Lamphai promises him revenge as she felt humiliated. Yot's team will have a representation at Wat Ang Thong. But Sek proposes also to do a representation there so Yot's team is relegated to a smaller temple Ang Kaew with much less space. Lamphai will play Sida. Chat will be Hanuman. In Ramakian traditional epic, Sida is Phra Ram’s wife, Hanuman is the monkey general and the evil character is Thotsakan. It is nice to see old traditional Likay advertisement with huge painted billboards. Sek has a huge truck to do advertisement but Yot has only a small boat. Sek defies Yot and recommends Yot to cancel his representation to avoid tarnishing his troupe name by playing in a small temple. Khom promises a fight to Chat and threatens Raem if Chat refuses to come. Before the representation, Chat is beaten severely by Khom and his ruffians. His injuries prevent him to perform correctly and the representation is a disaster. Yot's name is tarnished and the teacher decides to stop Khon. It is time for “pay respect to teacher” ceremony (ไหว้ครูใหญ่) to take place. Yot respected his teacher many years ago but Sek didn't. Their destiny was different while Sek was having big name, big stage on city side and Yot was staying in the shade in countryside. Lamphai teases and provokes Chat. Teacher Yot finds Chat and Lamphai sleeping together so he is chasing Chat away and having a heart attack. He is now paralyzed. Chat and Raem declare their love causing their third friend’s despair. This causes the three friends to split apart. Chat is back following Narin’s request. Chat has always been considered as his son by Yot so the short adventure with Lamphai was seen as a betrayal. Khom betrays his master Sek the same way Sek betrayed his own master 40 years ago. But Khom is punished immediately. A fire occurs in master Yot's house. Lamphai decides to die with him. Chat cannot save them due to the fierce fire. He becomes crazy. It was his karma despite him. All protagonists pay their past actions due to Karmic retribution. This movie reminds of other cultural Thai movies such as “The overture” and “Nora” with a great focus on dying traditional arts. Movie "Kon Khon" (คนโขน) was Thailand's submission to 2012 Academy Awards. It was a controversial choice because of lack of critical acclaim and box-office success. Critics complain about its one-dimensional characters, heavy-handed melodrama and an unfocused plot. The movie was a flop earning just around 8 millions baht. This movie was directed by Saranyu Wongkrachang, famous Thai actor, director and also PAD leader! In year 2011 he wrote a message on Facebook to make an emotional request for viewers to watch his movie "Kon Khon". "Kon Khon" movie sponsors were Thai Life Insurance and the Government Housing Bank. The Cultural Ministry arranged for special screenings to around 20 schools.

พุ่มพวง
พุ่มพวง

Year: 2011

Thai title: พุ่มพวง
English title: The Moon

Rating: 5/5
Director: Bandit Thongdee

Main actor:
Main actress: Paowalee Pornpimol

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This movie relates the story of famous Thai country folk singer Pumpuang Duangchan (พุ่มพวง ดวงจันทร์) and is commemorating her death 20 years ago in 1992. The movie starts in 1972. The 11 years old young girl Pheung is coming from a poor farmer family (รับจ้าง) with numerous children in Suphanburi. She didn't have chance to study. Since being a child, she takes part to song contests. She comes to Bangkok in 1975 hoping to become a singer. Teacher (ครู) Pot, head of a country folk troupe (วงการลูกทุ่ง), takes her as a novice (เด็กใหม่). Pheung starts as a dancer. Ponthet, saxophone player, tries to seduce Pheung. The teacher starts to notice her beautiful voice. She studied up to ป.2 so she cannot read properly. Then she needs to remember the whole song by heart. As one of the female singer is fired from the group for breaking the rule, she has opportunity to demonstrate her singing skills. Finally she records her first song but is also fired for having a relationship with Ponthet. Ponthet finds a dancer job for Pheung's in a club but he cannot succeed to have her accepted in another Thai country folk (luuk thung - ลูกทุ่ง) band due to the story with teacher Pot. She is finally released by teacher Pot and can enter another band managed by teacher Mun. She is renamed Pumpuang Duangchan. She starts to have some success and appears in luuk thung magazines. She can now support her family and gives them a better life. A first tour is a failure with tickets reduced to 5 baht to attract audience. Pumpuang is the orchestra leader and Ponthet is the family leader (หัวหน้าวง / หัวหน้าบ้าน). They run out of money. A businessman signs a contract with Pumpuang and launches her new orchestra. Success is here but they take over everything. Pumpuang agrees as she has not a business mind but Ponthet is very upset. Wan is Pumpuang's old friend and helps on many matters such as answering to fans letters. The businessman and Pumpuang agree to enter Bangkok with their luuk thung songs despite Ponthet who prefers to focus on provinces. Pumpuang wishes to become the luuk thung queen (ราชินีลูกทุ่ง). She works hard to prepare a concert in Dusit Thani hotel, hiso symbol in Bangkok. Ponthet feels neglected. Success is phenomenal. Pumpuang even plays in movies. But she doesn't rest enough. She collapses on the stage while performing in Bangkok. Meanwhile Ponthet and Wan become lovers and flee away. Pumpuang starts to be weaker and weaker. She stops singing. Finally missing her fans too much, she decides to come back. She finally dies in 1992 at 31 years old. She has sung 500 songs. She was wearing 60 costumes per concert. This movie focus on Pumpuang's love for her job and fans. There is no strong focus on her two bad husbands like in the 1992 movie version. All Pumpuang songs are sung by a modern singer Paowalee Pornpimol in the movie except the final song "nak rong baan nok" (นักร้องบ้านนอก) during the movie final credits.

บ้านผีปอบ REFORMATION
บ้านผีปอบ REFORMATION

Year: 2011

Thai title: บ้านผีปอบ REFORMATION
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Natanee Sitthisaman

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Thai movie บ้านผีปอบ / Reformation was released in year 2012. It lasts 1h34mn. It is another sequel of the famous บ้านผีปอบ movies series in decade 1990s. As usual, it is mixing scary horror sequences and comedy sequences. Its famous funny chase sequences remain the series trademark. Twenty years have passed, aunt Yip is back as ogre (ผีปอบ) again. Students, doing excavation archaeological study, have to flee as one of them is found dead. Some of them take refuge in an adjacent village. In the morning, three additional corpses without intestines are found. The village leader (ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน) welcomes the students in his home. His wife, young and beautiful, is always looking for young men. Pa Yip (Natanee Sitthisaman) is suspected despite she takes herbal medicine (สมุนไพร) since years in order to lose her appetite for intestines. She is fed up of eating vegetables. Villagers believe she is dead. Another student is found dead. Villagers call a master (อาจารย์) to chase the evil ogre spirit. Kwan’s grandmother is accused by the village leader. He fails as young lady Kwan chase all those crazy people harming her grandma. Later the master and his two assistants are found dead. The village leader tries to get rid of Kwan as she protects her grandma and wishes to get their land. The village leader and his wife are finally both identified to be ogres but they succeed to flee.

ลัดดาแลนด์
ลัดดาแลนด์

Year: 2011

Thai title: ลัดดาแลนด์
English title: Laddaland

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor: Saharat Sangkapreecha
Main actress: Piyathida Woramuksik

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A four members family (Kit the husband, Pan the wife, Nat and Nen the kids) are moving to new home located in Chiang Mai province. Their new house is inside a modern village made of individual houses called Lalana land. The teen daughter didn't want to quit Bangkok and his friends. No traditional welcoming ceremony for a new house (ไม่ได้ทำบุญ / บ้านใหม่) is done. Strange neighbours with an infirm mother are living here. It looks like the husband is very violent as the wife has bruises and the kid is often slapped by him. A Burmese domestic helper is found dead in a fridge in a neighboring house (บ้านฝรั่ง). In front of that house while jogging, Kit saw a young lady watering flowers the day before... The following day, another lady neighbour is taken away by an ambulance as she is screaming crazily. During a Buddhist ceremony to honour the dead memory, one of the monks collapses following a frightening vision. The ghost of the Burmese lady is around. Kit buys a gun as they got burglary by a young man with a ghost mask. The family starts to have financial problems. Family is stressed. The mother-in-law brings nuisance and Kit has issues with his teen daughter. Kit loses his job but doesn't dare to tell his wife Pan and has to accept a job as sweeper in a 7eleven. He even starts to doubt about his wife. He starts to believe in ghost stories after seeing it also (ผีลอก). His daughter finds that her father is working in the 7Eleven. Pan decides to go back to work causing Kit to be unhappy as her previous boss was always pushy. The violent neighbour kills his whole family following a factory failure. Pan doesn't want to stay in Ladaland anymore. The dead family ghosts can also be seen. Most of the people have quit the village. There is even no guard. The couple is on verge to split. The wife Pan decides to go back to Bangkok to stay with her mother. Nen is back but sent to hospital following a crisis seeing a ghost. Being alone with his son while his wife is at hospital, ghosts trap Kit. Finally following a trick of the ghosts, Kit believes he has shot his own son. He shoots himself. Tragical end for one of the biggest Thai box office success in 2011 with 110M Baht. This movie also got 6 awards during Subhanahongsa Awards ceremony 2012.

ศพเด็ก 2002
ศพเด็ก 2002

Year: 2011

Thai title: ศพเด็ก 2002
English title: The Unborn Child

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress:

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Thai movie ศพเด็ก 2002 (The Unborn Child) lasts 1h32mn. A lady aborts in an illegal abortion centre. The doctor puts all the dead foetuses in a dirty storage area. A young couple is having a 5 years old daughter called Yinmai. The small daughter always sees an invisible little sister (น้อง). Both Yinmai's parents start to have frightening visions. Bom makes his teenage girlfriend, called Kwan, pregnant. Kwan has to think about various ways to get rid of the foetus as Bom is worried about his future if he has a child so early. Being pregnant, she risks to be fired from the school. She asks a friend for help. The teenager Kwan decides to use an illegal abortionist. Through a scary sequence, the teenager aborts. Once the job is finished, the abortionist gives the dead foetuses to the temple caretaker. Veteran actor Krailat Kriengkrai is playing the temple caretaker. Kwan and Bom's teacher is Yinmai's mother. She is informed by other students and sends Kwan in hospital. The little invisible sister spirit starts to invite Yinmai to play dangerous games causing fear to her parents. The husband puts an infrared camera in the bedroom. Strange pictures are captured. At evening time, the temple caretaker burns bags containing foetuses in the crematorium. As the crematorium mysteriously stops working, the caretaker has to stock the numerous dead foetuses in a filthy place. The abortionist sees herself as helping the society. The spirit gets revenge over the abortionist as it prevented the spirit to rebirth through the baby. The abortionist knows it is a sin (เป็นบาป) but she does it for money (เงิน). Abortionist and temple caretaker are arrested by the police. The mother is also possessed by the spirit. Both Yinmai and her mother disappear. The father finds them in the Buddhist temple but he is overwhelmed by dead foetuses spirits. The husband stays in coma as a karmic consequence of his bad actions. In fact, he forced his mistress to abort as she was getting pregnant. This movie is based on a real story. Abortion in Thailand is illegal. In year 2010, 2002 dead foetuses, wrapped in plastic bags, have been found in a Buddhist Temple's mortuary rooms. The discoveries made big noise in Thailand and shown the huge scale of illegal abortions. In Thailand, the abortion procedure is only allowed when delivery would endanger the mother or if the pregnancy is due to a rape.

วอนโดนเตะ
วอนโดนเตะ

Year: 2011

Thai title: วอนโดนเตะ
English title: The Kick

Rating: 3/5
Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Main actor: Mum Jokmok
Main actress: Yanin Vismistananda

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A Korean couple (อาจารย์ Moon) was participating to Taekwondo events during Olympic games. The wife won her final but the husband failed. Twenty years have passed and they have now three kids. Two of them are now two grown up teenagers, i.e. Tayang and Tae Mi. The father Moon is having a Taekwondo school in Thailand and still trains them to excel in Taekwondo. A mysterious business man from Korea wishes to steal an old Thai blade (สมบัติของชาติ). Tayang sees the robbers and intervenes. The parents are also involved with the robbers’ driver. The blade is taken back but the robbers succeed to flee. Ruffians are looking for revenge and storm the Korean couple’s house. Tayang wishes to be a dancer and not a Taekwondo champion as requested by his father. The father failed to get a gold medal 20 years ago and wishes his son to get one. Uncle Bom (Mum Jokmok) brings the children outside Bangkok as it starts to be dangerous for them. They meet Wawa (Yanin Vismistananda), who is a Thai boxing champion (มวยไทย). Korean Taekwondo is meeting Thai boxing! Tayang flees at nighttime to join the last audition to become a dancer (dream project). While he is away, the campement is attacked. He helps on time but cannot prevent his youngest brother to be kidnapped. To get back his son, the father needs to exchange him with the precious blade to be stolen during an exhibition. Despite getting the blade, the head of the ruffians refuses to honor his promise. Final fights happen in Bangkok zoo. As often in modern Thai martial arts movies, fightings involve elephants. The movie director is Prachya Pinkaew, who directed Ong Bak. Panna Rittikrai is used again as action supervisor. The Kick (วอนโดนเตะ) was released in year 2011.

บางกอกกังฟู
บางกอกกังฟู

Year: 2011

Thai title: บางกอกกังฟู
English title: Bangkok Kung Fu

Rating: 3/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

Main actor: Arak Amornsupasiri,Mario Maurer
Main actress:

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Thai movie บางกอกกังฟู / Bangkok Kung Fu / Bangkok Assassins lasts 1h40mn and was released in year 2011. Child trafficking happens and some children are used as beggar. As children rebel, one of them is made blind (ตาบอด), another gets his tongue cut, another one becomes retarded as his head is hit severely, one of them is made deaf. An old Chinese man (อาจารย์) helps them to flee. 15 years have passed. They took refuge in Wat Tham Seua in Kanchanaburi. Pong (Arak Amornsupasiri), who is mute (ใบ้), left them 3 years ago. He is now a hitman. He has a girlfriend but Pong cannot speak properly as his tongue was cut. Kaya, rescued before by the teacher, still loves Pong since childhood but this love is not reciprocal. Some ruffians are looking to take revenge over the Chinese master. Jit is blind but he is a serious fighter as all of them have been trained by the Chinese master. Even Na (Mario Maurer) wishes to be trained but the master is reluctant as he is afraid he will not be able to master his skills as he is retarded. The teacher is killed by a mysterious man wearing a monkey mask. Na is hurt also. All of them wish to revenge their master (รังแกอาจารย์). They finally find the thugs, who are using children as beggars, and kill them. Meanwhile the ruffians’ leader captures Kaya and plans to eat her heart to get her special power transmitted by the Chinese master. The four friends succeed to defeat the ruffians’ leader but Jit loses their life.

ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า
ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า

Year: 2011

Thai title: ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า
English title: Headshot

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Main actor: Nopachai Chaiyanam,Saranyu Wongkrachang
Main actress: Sirin Horwang

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A hitman (Nopachai Chaiyanam), called Ton, shaves his head and wears monk clothes. During the alms round ceremony, he guns down his target. He is also shot and injured by body guards. He wakes up at hospital still alive after three months. 7 years ago Ton was a former policeman and working closely with Saranyu. During a drug traffic case, Saranyu was shot. Corrupted lawyer tried to buy Ton in order to drop the drug traffic case. Ton despised evil (ความชั่ว) and refused. Ton met Soi, a gorgeous lady. After a wild night together, he woke up finding the girl's bloody body in the hotel room. He fled. It was a trick from the mafia as pictures with him and the girl were taken. Ton still refused to bend to the lawyer and was sent to jail after hurting him. The movie is going back and forth between present and past. Ton is released from hospital but following injuries he sees everything bottom up. After his injury, he is not able to kill properly, feels fed up and wishes to stop. But karma (กรรม) will not let him go... Ton was released from prison after three years. Ton was extracted from the prison and used by a mysterious doctor to be a hitman killing people with bad influence (อิทธิพล). Soi was not dead. Soi or Teewa, her real name, was waiting for him. Ton proposed to marry Teewa (ผมไม่ชอบคนดี. ตายเร็ว). Ton is finally captured by ruffians who use torture to know who orders the killings. He doesn't reveal any name and succeeds to escape. He hijacks a car going to Chumphon. A young lady called Lin (Sirin Horwang) is driving. He sympathizes with the driver. Ton takes refuge in a Buddhist temple as he feels lost in his heart and mind. Teewa has earlier died of an overdose. There is no rightful in this world (ยุติธรรม). It needs to be built by ourselves. Ton finally becomes a monk. Peace of mind doesn't last long as ruffians find him. He needs to disrobe. While fleeing from the temple, he hijacks a car with Lin inside again! It was part of a trick to make Ton lead to the mysterious doctor. During shootings, ruffians are killed and the doctor badly injured. Ton terminates the doctor as he caused Teewa to die earlier. After spending a few years again in prison, he ordains again. One day, he gets shot in the back while wandering for alms... The movie Headshot (ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า) was selected as Thailand representative movie for Oscar submissions for the Academy Awards. In Thailand movie Headshot got four Golden Swan at the subhanahongsa Awards in 2012. Compared to his previous movies, director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang has done a movie closer to mainstream but still having his own touch. It also highlights corruption presence in Thailand.

หมาแก่อันตราย
หมาแก่อันตราย

Year: 2011

Thai title: หมาแก่อันตราย
English title: Friday killer

Rating: 4/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

Main actor: Thep Po-ngam,Kowit Wattanakul,Sithao Petcharoen,Choomporn Theppitak
Main actress: Wiyada Umarin,Ploy Jindachot

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P Uzi (Thep Po-ngam) is released from prison and injured by a blade expert (มือมีด). Dao (Ploy Jindachot) visits her dying mother Deuan (Wiyada Umarin) at the hospital. She announces to her daughter that her father is a hitman (มือปืน) just released from prison. Deuan accepted to be a hitman's wife but didn't want her daughter to be a hitman's daughter. While recovering at the hospital, P Uzi receives also a letter from the mother announcing his real paternity. Dao's stepfather (Kowit Wattanakul) tries to rape her sister Phet. P Uzi, trying to contact Dao, helps to prevent the rape by hitting strongly the stepfather but finally gets accused of the murder. Dao is a policewoman and wishes to revenge her stepfather. P Uzi's house in Chantaburi is occupied by a small man wearing same clothes as "Kill Bill" movie and acting very weirdly so he has to retreat. Ong (Choomporn Theppitak) is P Uzi's former boss. While withdrawing money from ATM machine, P Uzi is threatened by 5 gangsters with deformed face reminding of famous actor Songthong and promoting a politician who believes he can buy all Thai people (ซองเงิน) to be elected and then gets back his money through overpriced commissions during public tenders. Hitman myth is demystified in Yuthlert Sippapak’s movies. P Uzi has even vision problems. Dao arrives in Chantaburi to look for P Uzi but finally arrests the blade expert and crazy "Kill Bill". P Uzi is recruited to get rid of one corrupted politician's helper. Meng, a corrupted politician, is looking for P Uzi’s head. Reusi does an eye chirurgical operation but the doctor, friend of Meng, makes it a failure on purpose. P Uzi wishes to kill Meng. Ed Carabao is even having a small cameo role. Meng is still not dead so P Uzi continues to chase him as Meng's men have butchered his old friend Ong. Dao chases P Uzi and shoots him while he was trying to get something from his jacket. It was not a gun but a letter. At the last minute, he finally replaces the touching letter with full explanations by a laconic letter asking for funerals. Sometimes it is better not disclose the truth. Movie "Friday Killer" (2011 ~ 3M baht revenue) is part of a trilogy including "Sunday Killer" and "Saturday Killer" (2010 ~ 15M baht revenue). "Sunday Killer" was not released in 2012. Maybe due to bad revenue results of "Friday Killer"? As usual there is a great soundtrack. This Yuthlert Sippapak movie mixes action, social messages and great humor. This movie has won the best cinematography and jury awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

ปัญญาเรณู
ปัญญาเรณู

Year: 2011

Thai title: ปัญญาเรณู
English title: Panya Raenu

Rating: 5/5
Director: Bin Banleurit

Main actor: Kowit Wattanakul,Mum Jokmok,Bin Banleurit
Main actress:

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Panya (ปัญญา), young boy, and Raenu (เรณู), young girl, are school children in an Isan village. While studying, they have issues with another student who is cheating during exams. Raenu is protecting Panya against this student! It looks like Panya and Raenu will marry together when they will be adults. This movie nicely depicts Isan village life (วัฒนธรรมอีสาน). Panya steals fish in a neighbour rice field but gets punished by catching a disagreeable worm. The teachers are preparing school performances with molam music. Panya is the school molam singer. But they are not doing well due to lack of dancers and equipment. Panya secretly promises to ordain if his school wins. The bus of a Bangkokian school is damaged near the village. They have to stay overnight in the village school. Bangkok girls (เด็กกรุงเทพฯ) have difficulties to get used to Isan food. There is a contrast between Isan boys with dark skin versus Bangkok girls with white skin. They discover Isan village life (วีถีชีวิตของชาวอีสาน) and help on some tasks such as planting rice, bugs, snakes and lizards catching. As a puppy love starts between Panya and a Bangkok girl called Miu, Raenu is very upset with Panya (คนหลายใจ). Five husbands die the same night in the village. A Shaman (แม่หมอ) is called to understand what is going on. The shaman claims a ghost is around (ผีแม่ม่าย) so all men have to wear women clothes a few days in order to fool the ghost. Raenu claims to be possessed also in order to ask Panya to love Raenu only. Ghost belief is still strongly present in Isan. The school needs to find 100 000 baht to buy music instrument to be able to join the village Molam competition. Panya dreams to be a singer. Even the Buddhist abbot doesn't have such amount of money. Hopefully a layman donates 300 000 baht to the temple so the abbot can help the school. Monks are very close to the community. The village can then participate to the contest. Miu helps to bring a Bangkok teacher to help the students to dance properly. Panya's Bangkok friends even promise to join. There is then great molam performances with dozens of dancers and very entertaining songs at the contest (วงมอลำ). Thanks to late arrival of the Bangkok friends on a tractor, Panya's team wins. Even the member of Parliament (ส.ส.) dances! After the victory, some robbers enter in his parents' home. Panya gets shot and ends up at the hospital. Panya is finally saved as he is ordained by the abbot at the last minute. The power of faith in Buddha saves him as he could fulfil his earlier promise. This movie got 13M bath revenue in 2011. A version 2 (ภาค2) was released in 2012. Lao / Isan language is used with Thai subtitles. This movie reminds of “Mon rak luk thung” (มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง) and “Luuk Isan” (ลูกอีสาน). This movie is a great homage to Isan region and features a few famous Isan actors such as comic Mum Jokmok.

เหลือแหล่
เหลือแหล่

Year: 2011

Thai title: เหลือแหล่
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Note Chernyim

Main actor: Note Chernyim
Main actress:

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Thai movie เหลือแหล่ was released in year 2011. It lasts 1h26mn. A music band disbands due to lack of success. Four friends are left and decide to play music on the street. They have no success except from an old uncle wishing to play with them. The uncle has a heart attack. They borrow his car and have an accident after seeing a ghost so they get dispersed. The Thai Ghanaian comic actor Johi (โจอี้ เชิญยิ้ม) ends up in teacher Dam's home. Teacher Dam (Note Chernyim) is being in conflict with teacher Feuang (โย่ง เชิญยิ้ม) regarding folk music. Teacher (ครู) Feuang is looking for disciples (ลูกศิษย์). The three other young men agree to stay as teacher Feuang has three beautiful daughters and they are out of money. Modernism is opposed to tradition. Teacher Feuang teaches folksongs (เพลงพื้นบ้าน). Competition occurs between the two teachers. Love stories also happen. Finally the competition ends up in friendship as the two teachers see the value of each other. The four young men wake up in the present. Everything was a dream… They finally make a successful band mixing old and new style music. They also meet again the three ladies...

รักตะลอนออนเดอะบีช
รักตะลอนออนเดอะบีช

Year: 2011

Thai title: รักตะลอนออนเดอะบีช
English title: Love Summer

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Akom Preedakul
Main actress: Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon,Yui Tasumi

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Two friends, Jack and George, are meeting at the airport and they are involved with Bob a foreigner. They finally end up for a road trip to Phuket. Bob likes to defy people such as the owner of a Thai boxing ring (Akom Preedakul). Khai Muk, the Thai boxing ring owner’s daughter (Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon), accompanies them to Phuket as she wishes to join a Bikini contest in Phuket. His father has never been proud of her as he wanted a boy to take over the Thai boxing school. So participating to the bikini competition is a way for her to show she can win something also. The movie themes are about the transition friend to boyfriend, the need for many friends versus good friends. Many adventures happen on the way to Phuket and it tests their real friendship. A Japanese sexy tourist Yui joins them. Typical modern Thai humor includes farts happening in a haunted hotel bathroom. The movie is also an hymn to Phuket beauty. Romances start to happen between Jack and the Japanese tourist, between George and Khai Muk. Love is tested around by the presence of a rich handsome young man. Following a misunderstanding, the two girls believe the feelings of the two boys are fake and that they only want to sleep with them. Finally issues are solved and Jack convinces Khai Muk not to join the Bikini contest. Friendship is renewed. รักตะลอนออนเดอะบีช or Love Summer was released in year 2011. This movie makes the buzz in year 2011 as a Japanese AV star called Yui Tasumi was used.

แต่เพียงผู้เดียว
แต่เพียงผู้เดียว

Year: 2011

Thai title: แต่เพียงผู้เดียว
English title: P-047

Rating: 3/5
Director: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

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Thai movie P-047 / แต่เพียงผู้เดียว, directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, was released in year 2011. Two men with gloves are entering homes but do not steal anything. They are also involving themselves in life of people by checking their personal items. One of them is a locksmith (ช่างกุญแจ) called Lek and the other is called Kong, newspapers stand owner. Nook's previous girlfriend was called Nook; Lek seems to never have a girlfriend. One day in a big flat, the owner comes back earlier than expected. Following a break up situation, he wishes to get suicide. This is due to wrong messages sent by Kong by using the owner's computer. Hearing Lek and his friend, a fighting happens in which Lek is injured. The flat owner, a gay man, dies through unfortunate shooting and Lek disguises this as a suicide. Due to his injury, Lek ends up at hospital. He meets Oi, a half crazy lady, who likes to smell old boxes to remind her of the past. One morning, they find a peacock on the roof. Oi tells an old Thai story about the peacock. The movie is going back and forth. Lek falls from a cliff. There is some analogy between past life and current life of Lek. The old Thai movie เสน่ห์บางกอก (1966) is even shown as a testimony to the past. Lek finally meets a lady with whom he feels strong connection. This beautifully shot movie questions how much of other people's lives we can really borrow. Similar to Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s movies, the story is not always easy to follow but the slow pace and the beautiful image make it worth seeing.

ศพไม่เงียบ
ศพไม่เงียบ

Year: 2011

Thai title: ศพไม่เงียบ
English title: Mindfulness and Murder

Rating: 5/5
Director: Tom Waller

Main actor: Sithao Petcharoen
Main actress: Natalie Glebova

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An expensive Mercedes car driven by a young couple hits a motorbike causing the driver death. A call of the father to the police inspector makes him to release the son. Police inspector seems disillusioned. A dead body is found in the temple with a carrot in the mouth. Police is called. The same police inspector is coming. The police inspector doesn't want to investigate on such case as it is only a poor temple boy (เด็กวัดยากจน) who died. A senior monk called Ananda (หลวงพ่อ), who is a former policeman, decides to investigate why this young man called Noi died. Some monks are smoking in the temple and look like ruffians with their numerous tattoos. Luang Pho Ananda gets Noi’s remaining belongings and finds a note with a name. Some monks believe Noi was involved in drugs (ติดยา) as he has an expensive brand new phone. Luang Pho Ananda finds Noi’s aunt and discovers Noi had a sad life with a mother who hang herself. The temple abbot is giving advice on lottery numbers. Luang Pho Ananda has to investigate while continuing performing his duties (prayers, morning alms round). Luang Pho Ananda finds that one of the monks has left suddenly the Buddhist temple. So this monk called Bandit Tho becomes a suspect. Luang Pho Ananda also meets a Bangkokpost journalist investigating on drug traffic in his temple. Inquiry is also going on foot prints found near the dead body and a hand writing style. Luang Pho Ananda questions many monks including a monk smoking, another monk from Chiang Rai who slept with naked Noi as he felt lonely. There is difficulty to investigate in the Buddhist temple as the secret tradition remains strong. Luang Pho Ananda has to chase from the temple compound some youngsters selling drugs. It is found that Bandit Tho was an uncovered policeman investigating on drugs traffic in the temple. The expensive Buddhist amulet found on Noi's body is coming from Chiang Rai. It is weird as Noi was coming from Isan area. The abbot was aware of drug selling but kept the secret to avoid bad publicity to his temple. Noi's body has cigarette butt scars so it looks like he has been tortured before being killed. During Noi’s body creation it is found that it is not Noi’s corpse but Bandit Tho’s body, i.e. the monk who disappeared! Noi’s body is found inside the crematorium. it looks like somebody wished to burn incognito the two bodies at same time. Luang Pho Ananda is always accompanied with a young disabled temple boy called Jek. Luang Pho Ananda discovers that Bandit Tho was not a real policeman so causing ire to the local police head who threatens the abbot to stop donations to the temple. A dangerous snake is put in Luang Pho Ananda’s room. Despite all these threats, Luang Pho Ananda identifies the killer. His life is saved thanks to the young temple boy’s dedication. It is a great thriller Buddhist movie very realistic regarding life in a temple by showing bad things but also good things. It is good that the movie was not censored despite showing bad monks behavior. It got a 15-plus rating. It is a sign that Thai movies censorship is evolving. In 2006, Thai movie “Syndromes and a Century” (แสงศตวรรษ) was censored for much less controversial parts!

อุโมงค์ผาเมือง นางยั่วสวาท
อุโมงค์ผาเมือง นางยั่วสวาท

Year: 2011

Thai title: อุโมงค์ผาเมือง นางยั่วสวาท
English title: The Outrage

Rating: 5/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Ananda Everingham,Phongphat Wachirabanjong,Mum Jokmok,Dom Hetrakul,Mario Maurer
Main actress: Chermarn Boonyasak

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A young monk Anoon goes to visit his father as wandering monk (พระธุดงค์). He recalls his life while walking home. He remembers his twin brother, Anan, whose wife died while delivering a baby. He wishes to disrobe (สึก) as he lost abilities to find answers to people regarding life. While wandering in the forest, he meets a noble couple on horse and palanquin. The husband is found later dead in the forest. Bandit Singkham is caught. Before being sentenced, he narrates the story. Bandit (โจรป้า) Singkham, seeing the beautiful lady in the palanquin, wishes to have her becoming his wife so he needs to get rid of the husband Khun Seuk (Ananda Everingham). He claims to have some golden swords to sell. It is a trick to knock out the husband and then kills all guards. He rapes her in front of the husband and she takes pleasure at it. He doesn't kill them but the lady complains the bandit doesn't give credit to their rank (เกียรติ). Singkham finally releases the husband and offers him a duel to avenge his honor. Despite being a strong swordsman, the husband is defeated by the smart forest bandit. During the trial, the wife also narrates her story. She was the daughter of a domestic servant. Khun Seuk was fond of her because of her beauty and married her four years ago. Following the rape, Khun Seuk desigrates his wife. She is no longer worth causing her heart to broken as she is not responsible of this event. Did she kill her own husband as she claims? The tribunal uses a medium to know the truth from the spirit (ผี). Khun Seuk's wife asks bandit Singkham to take her with him and to kill Khun Seuk also (ใจดำ). Singkham refuses to do so. The wife flees. Singkham releases Khun Seuk but he cannot stop crying knowing his wife treachery. He finally kills himself. Who is telling the truth? A domestic helper Prasok passing by during the event finally tells the truth. The wife denigrates Singkham refusing to go either him or glare him. To proof his worthiness, the wife Sampai asks him to defeat Khun Seuk in a fight. Khun Seuk refuses to fight with Singkham as it is below his status. He complains his wife still remains a low level woman (ลูกคนครัว) as she accepted the rape instead of killing herself avoid him to lose face (ขายหน้า). Sampai remains alone as both men refuse to take her anymore. Both of them are not real men (ไม่ใช่ลูกผู้ชาย). Following a duel, Khun Seuk impales himself. The one getting the blade was Prasok himself to sell it to get money for his poor family. Prasok and the beggar teach the young monk a lot on humanity. The young monk finally stays in the monkhood. Movie "Kon Khon" (คนโขน) was Thailand's submission to 2012 Academy Awards. It was a controversial choice because of lack of critical acclaim and box-office success. Movie อุโมงค์ผาเมือง นางยั่วสวาท / The Outrage was not chosen as it is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's award-winning "Rashomon" (1950). “Rashomon" was translated into Thai by the statesman MR Kukrit Pramoj. The movie includes Buddhist themes related to jealousy, greed for women or for jewels, lies, human behaving like animal (สัตว์), hatred, ire, lie, lazy, simulation, cowardliness, weakness towards women cries, death, unhappiness (ความทุกข์), status of high people (ผู้ดี). Greed causes to lose finally everything.

เท่ง โหน่ง จีวรบิน
เท่ง โหน่ง จีวรบิน

Year: 2011

Thai title: เท่ง โหน่ง จีวรบิน
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Pongsak Pongsuwan

Main actor: Pongsak Pongsuwan,Chusak Aiemsuk,Mum Jokmok,Somchai Sakdikul,Akom Preedakul
Main actress: Tukkie

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Thai movie เท่ง โหน่ง จีวรบิน was released in year 2011. It lasts 1h26mn. Sia Nong (Chusak Aiemsuk) welcomes a Thai monk (Pongsak Pongsuwan) coming to Tibet by plane. A TV program announced that ruffians’ leader Somchai Sakdikul has escaped from prison. Inside the plane, there are also Tukkie (ตุ๊กกี้ ชิงร้อย) as air hostess, Mum Jokmok as pilot, Amina (อมีนา พินิจ) as secretary. They board in the plane but it is hijacked by Somchai (สมชาย เข็มกลัด). He forces all the men to jump from the plane except the monk and the secretary. The robbers target a safe belonging to Sia Nong. The plane lands in the Golden Triangle but the robbers are unable to open the safe. Thanks to coded sentences, the monk succeeds to find the first code. As a comic interlude, Akom Preedakul comes to buy drugs and weapons. A second code is needed to open the safe but the secretary Amina asks for guarantee for her and the monk. By saving a child having fever, the monk gets reconnaissance from the villagers as they believed the kid was possessed (ผีเข้า). The monk gets mystic power recognition (บรามีหลวงพี่). He succeeds to change the villagers’ mentality but Somchai is still his enemy. Somchai rebels against Sadikul. Sadikul lets them flee by plane. Fighting happens in the plane and the monk has to use a lingam (ลิงค์) to prevent petrol leaking. As a monk cannot touch a woman, he is unable to reenter in the plane… The plane finally succeeds to land miraculously. Sadikul goes to jail for 5 years and humbly recognised that having sacred amulets cannot help when you misbehave. Right behavior is inside the heart. This comedy still delivers a few key Buddhist messages.

แล้วรัก...ก็หมุนรอบตัวเรา
แล้วรัก...ก็หมุนรอบตัวเรา

Year: 2010

Thai title: แล้วรัก...ก็หมุนรอบตัวเรา
English title: My Valentine

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Note Chernyim,Akom Preedakul,Jaturong Mokjok
Main actress:

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Many romantic movies related to Valentine day are released recently in Thailand. This one is “My valentine”. This movie is based on Mai’s different three love stories. Mai, a young modern woman, has no boyfriend. Valentine day is coming and she is desperate as she is still alone. Working in a life assurance company, she finally meets Mike, who is involved in charitable associations. As she needs to go to a family diner, she uses Mike to simulate her boyfriend. He requests to take care of her heart (ดูแลหัวใจ). Mike (มิค) is a busy man. He never has time in his busy agenda to meet Mai except through Skype. Flowers or dolls are sent as gifts but Mike has never time even for her birthday. He is the perfect bachelor and match but he has just no time available. Finally on New Year’s Eve he throws away his phone to have time with her. Another story pops up. A new assurance customer, Art (อาร์ท), becomes her boyfriend. He is very funny but he is very direct, is not romantic, is a cheapskate, is selfish, loves himself much more, never brings her to shopping, never holds her hand, shares bills. Her boyfriend is acting this way as he has a deception in a previous love story. The third encounter is with an old friend, Kong (ก้อง), working in highway toll booth. She dumped him four years ago. She breaks his arm by accident so she has to take care of him again. Love finally emerges as she realizes that Kong is a very nice and caring young man. Kong disappears after a while. She finally knows that he has a cancer. So all potential three boyfriends have some good qualities but each of them has also drawbacks. Who shall Mai choose? Through a final reversal she chooses Kong. This modern movie is even mixed with some Thai Japanese cartoon. The movie slogan is “Love is same as a flatulence. You cannot see it but still can feel it”. It is the same team who made the 2009 movie “Before Valentine” (ก่อนรัก หมุนรอบตัวเรา).

อยากได้ยินว่ารักกัน
อยากได้ยินว่ารักกัน

Year: 2010

Thai title: อยากได้ยินว่ารักกัน
English title: Best Supporting Actor

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Phairoj Jaising
Main actress:

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Song (สอง) is playing music in wedding concerts. He wishes to be a rock star so goes to Bangkok to try his luck. But his friends let him down as they have no success. He finally takes refuge in an old friend’s home. His name is Kao (ก้าว). Song was always number 2 behind Kao since birth. He is even born 5 minutes later. Song cannot go back home as he told his parents he is studying in Bangkok. Kao studies painting. Song finds a job in a local shop selling music CD. He notices a beautiful lady called Nor selling goods in front of his CD shop. She is heartbroken (อกหัก) and is looking for a way to forget. A friendship happens as Song is somebody with a very easy character (คนสบายๆ). There is a misunderstanding with Nor regarding Song as she believes he is gay. Song doesn't know how to seduce girls so Kao and the CD shop owner give him advices. Nor sees him as a friend only but Song loves her fondly. Friendship develops between them. Nor's birthday is coming. Song has prepared a song. It is finally discovered that Kao was Nor's former boyfriend! Kao made a painting of Nor and steals Song's music also. Kao gets all benefits and resumes a relationship with Nor. Song gets the torment to see their happiness. He is still the number 2 (แพ้) behind Kao. The cake prepared by Nor is not for him but for Kao's birthday. The movie features nice Thai modern songs from วงเอ็นโดรฟิน (Endorphine) and แคลอรี่ส์ บลาห์ บลาห์ (Calories Blah Blah). The relationship is becoming impossible with Kao, so Song leaves. Kao is upset with Nor as he believes Nor and Song are cheating him. Wishing to take a break, Song brings Nor to rest at his parents’ home. As Nor is pregnant, Song helps for their reconciliation. Kao and Nor finally wed. Song remains alone also but he is very proud to have brought happiness to Nor. This is true love.

ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย
ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย

Year: 2010

Thai title: ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย
English title: Eternity

Rating: 5/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
Main actress: Chermarn Boonyasak

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The story is taking place in an old palace close to Burma. The Northern house offers a beautiful setting for the shooting. It is based on Malai Choopinij’s classic 1943 novel. A visitor is coming and hears a very sad human crying at nighttime. It is an old man, who is crying in front of a grave. The intendant of the palace tells the visitor about the sad story behind. In 1933 Sammong, stepson of the the palace owner, was back from studies done abroad. His father was Nai Hang. Nai Hang met Yupadee, a beautiful sexy modern and independent young lady and they finally married. She met Sammong. Yupadee loved freedom, always spoke directly and without any taboo. She didn’t want to be linked by any ties to Thai society. She gave Sammong books "doll house" and "the prophet" that reflected her mindset. Sammong was still single and never had any girlfriend. He enjoyed the nature only. Yupadee always teased him. They started to be closer and closer (สนิท). Nai Hang realized this. He invited some important guests, who had an eighteen years old daughter, Panthip. Yupadee was expert at creating jealousy in Sammong’s heart to test his love. The mother tried to push Panthip towards Sammong’s heart but Panthip had already a love in her heart (ต้องใช้ชีวิตของนตัวเอง). Sammong caught a malaria fever (ไข้ป้า) but Yupadee took care about him and even wiped his body (อย่าบังคับความรู้สึกของตัวเอง). Nai Hang needed to go to the city to arrange for Sammong’s wedding. Yupadee simulated to be pregnant to avoid going with him so that she could stay. At the waterfall she teased Sammong utmost so that they finally became lovers (ชู้). Sammong had become lover with his stepfather's wife (เป็นเวรเป็นกรรม). They couldn’t stand to be separated anymore and always hid. Intendant Thip and servants were aware of their relationship. Nai Hang refused to believe this extramarital story or maybe expected that Sammong's own wedding would put back everything to normal. Nai Hang went for a trip again but came back at nighttime to find the lovers. They promised to each other not to be separated until end of eternity (ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย). Nai Hang summoned them and put them a chain linking them. It was his bad karma that his wife and son loved each other. Due to the chain the love was slowly becoming hate as they were chained together all the time. Nai Hang refused to forgive as they had done a big sin. They tried to flee but it failed as Yupadee was afraid that Sammong would dump her once they were free. Love had become hatred. Nai Hang refused to give the chain key but gave one pistol. Yupadee was now pregnant. Sammong wished to kill himself so that Nai Hang forgave Yupadee and took care of his child. But finally Yupadee shot herself. Sammong became crazy and cries every night on Yupadee’s grave. A director's cut running for 3 hours and 10 minutes, one hour longer than the theatrical version, was released end of 2010. Two other Thai movies based on the same story were done in 1956 and 1980.

อยากรัก ก็รักเลย
อยากรัก ก็รักเลย

Year: 2010

Thai title: อยากรัก ก็รักเลย
English title: Yes or No

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Suppanad Jittaleela

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A new girl student Pai arrives to university. She is not sure if her new roommate, Kaem, is a tomboy or a girl (ผู้หญิง). She would like to change the room but it is not possible. Cohabitation is not easy. Jane, another student, likes Kaem a lot. Kaem tries to win friendship from Pai. Various characters such as a ladyboy are also featured. Through her kindness, Kaem succeeds to become Pai's close friend. Both Jane and Pai start to be close to Kaem. Finally Kaem discovers that Pai has already a boyfriend called Wen (ผู้ชายมารับ). But it is more a friend than a boyfriend (แฟน) according to Pai. Some jealousy happens between Jane and Pai regarding Kaem as Pai believes Jane is boygirl with Kaem. Wen despises tomboys (ผิดธรรมชาติ). Love emerges between Kaem and Pai but Wen tries to push away Kaem as such love is not natural. Lesbian love is a rare theme in Thai movies (เรื่องของเรา). Pai is not ready to announce it widely. She is still a bit shameful. She hides all pictures when her mum visits her flat. Her mother denigrates Kaem without knowing she is Pai's closest friend. A misunderstanding between Kaem and Jane makes Pai believes Jane and Kaem are cheating her. Finally being in despair, Kaem goes to Pai's home and a difficult discussion happens with the mother. Pai rejects this relationship as she doesn't feel comfortable towards her mum, towards her friends, towards society. But finally as love is being stronger, Pai goes to Kaem's home town to be reunited with her. This romantic comedy "Yes or no" (อยากรัก ก็รักเลย) was released in year 2010. "Yes or No" Opus 2 was released in year 2012. 'Yes or No' first opus was a box office flop in Thailand. Film production cost 15M baht and box office revenue was only 15.3M baht (cinemas takes a 50% cut). In China it had a limited release. In Indonesia it was banned immediately. The movie did make lucrative business elsewhere (DVD sales, T-shirts, posters, CD soundtracks). It became a hit with regional audiences in places like Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia despite the ban. "Yes or No" movie received awards such as Special Jury Mention Award at Festival MIX in Milan, Italy.

ซามูไร อโยธยา
ซามูไร อโยธยา

Year: 2010

Thai title: ซามูไร อโยธยา
English title: Yamada The Samurai Of Ayothaya

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Vinai Kraibutr,Bin Banleurit
Main actress: Kanokkorn Jaichuen

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Yamada is a Japanese samurai living in Thailand during Ayutthaya period. This movie praises the diplomatic relationships between Thailand and Japan. Some Japanese and Thai soldiers assure the protection of King Naresuan. Yamada, following a feast in Ayutthaya former Japanese village (หมู่บ้านของชาวญี่ปุ่น), is betrayed and attacked by some Japanese ninjas led by traitor Kaito. He was about to be killed when Siamese warriors rescue him. Japanese sword skills are not enough versus Thai boxing skills! Injured, Yamada is cured in Phitsanulok. Traditional medicine, done by the local abbot (Sorapong Chatree), helps him to recover fast. Kaito sends his ninjas to find him as Yamada knows his betrayal. Local Thai people call Yamada as “white face” (หน้าขาว) or "I jipun" (ญี่ปุ่น)! The local abbot is very active to protect Ayutthaya and teaches to Thai soldiers the art (ศิลปะ) of Thai boxing (มวยไทย) with the support of strong warrior Aikham. Champa is the young lady taking care of Yamada during his recovery. Old Thai traditions are nicely shown such as eat betel, big protective tattoos on the body, charming scenes with boats and rivers (คลอง), representation of old traditions and old games. Yamada is very thankful for the cure received. So he wishes to help Ayutthaya kingdom to pay his debt back. A love story also starts with Champa. The Japanese ninjas finally find him but fail to kill him. The villagers now understand Yamada must have an important secret. Yamada wishes to learn Thai boxing but it is an art dedicated to Thai people only. He wish to become the abbot disciple (ลูกศิษย์) and convinces him by proving he is now an Ayutthaya citizen in his heart also. The training starts and despite difficulties, he is finally accepted by other Thai boxing fighters and wins their friendship. Nation love is not only for born citizen but for everybody who has it in his heart. He offers his samurai sword to Aikham (พี่น้อกัน). Following a sacred tattoo session, Yamada has now Ayutthaya blood in his veins. He is accepted inside the King’s private guards. 200 Burmese soldiers enter the Thai Kingdom. The King sends ten of his best fighters including Yamada to neutralize them. They succeed. Thematic regarding “Love the King, love the nation” is highlighted. Nationalism is often seen in Thai movies with historical theme. Yamada has to leave the Thai village and to go back to Japan but in fact he wishes to get revenge over Kaito. Yamada has to fight against 100 warriors to reach Kaito but hopefully Aikham helps him. Kaito uses a gun to shoot Yamada but Aikham is the one injured and dies. Yamada takes revenge over Kaito and stays in Thailand. It is based on the real historical character Yamada Nagamasa, who was a Japanese adventurer who gained considerable influence in Thailand at the beginning of the 17th century and became the governor of the Nakhon Si Thammarat province in southern Thailand. This movie uses many strong CGI effects to show the bloody fights. Buakaw Por Pramuk (บัวขาว ป. ประมุข), real Thai kickboxer, starred as a Thai soldier. The movie was also shown in Japan.

บางระจัน 2
บางระจัน 2

Year: 2010

Thai title: บางระจัน 2
English title: Bang Rajan 2

Rating: 3/5
Director: Thanit Jitnukul

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich,Vinai Kraibutr,Choomporn Theppitak,Bin Banleurit,Paradorn Srichaphan
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After the fall of Bang Rajan, a group of Thai warriors is left and settle a remote hidden village. With the help of a charismatic Buddhist abbot (หลวงพ่อ), they decide to fight back. Burmese army is looking for them. It results in embuscades. Bloody sequences with CGI similar to US movie “300”, head cuts, blood splitting on the screen are featured. This is a nationalist trend movie as Thai people cannot let Burmese army occupies their land (แผ่นดินของเรา). They all think about their life when the war will be over. Currently food is not enough in the village (ชุม) as many people take refuge there (คนเยอะ). Chatchai Plengpanich is playing a soldier (ทหาร), i.e. Phaya. His group is overwhelmed by Burmese soldiers in the forest but he gets help from the former Bang Rajan soldiers. Ayutthaya capital (กรุงศรีอยุธยา) is burning in the background. Tensions happen between soldiers and villagers (ชาวบ้าน). Burmese use some villagers through coercion to try to kill the Buddhist abbot (บารมีหลวงพ่อ). As they fail, all their relatives are killed by Burmese. Phaya asks for a revolt to end the everyday deaths. They have to choose between hide or fight. Two profiles of collaborators with Burmese are shown, a woman (being a courtesan with the Burmese leader in order to get food for her captive mother) and a slave (being passive in front of Burmese soldiers in order to save his life). The Burmese soldiers steal a huge Buddha statue from Ayutthaya to bring it back home. Thai warriors defeat the Burmese soldiers and succeed to save the Buddha statue (so huge that CGI effects have to be used). The courtesan and the slave being deceived by the Burmese change side. The spirits of Bang Rajan fighters (veteran actors from Bang Rajan movie part 1 : Vinai Kraibutr, Choomporn Theppitak, Bin Banleurit) give to the fighters additional strength. A bigger army comes. The abbot accepts to surrender to spare the villagers lives. The monk announces to the Burmese general that they will never win as long as there are warriors like Bang Rajan villagers in Thailand. The abbot is sentenced to death. The Thai warriors seem to face a too big army to be able to win. But Bang Rajan spirit is on forever. Former Thai tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan played in this movie. The movie lasts 2h02mn.

ใคร.....ในห้อง
ใคร.....ในห้อง

Year: 2010

Thai title: ใคร.....ในห้อง
English title: Who Are You?

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai

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Nida is single forty years old mum. She is selling VCD at a night market. One night she brings a customer (ลูกค้า) to her home. She tells him that her teenager son, Ton, is staying in his room for 5 years without going out. On the other side of the street, a young teenager girl, Parn, is living with her mother. The mother has never time for Parn as she has a new boyfriend. Nida often visits a mystic medium (อาจารย์), who helps people to discover who they are through meditation (สมาธิ). She convinces her followers to believe in their inner force (ดูพลัง) and to think positively. Her followers shall believe that things can become true though the power of the mind (อำนาจพลังจิต). Teen are living in their world with games and internet. Nida's customer believes Ton has a Japanese own world syndrome (โลกของเขา). The customer, who is working for a TV program, wishes to meet Ton and to have him go out of his room. Ton only talks to his mother through small papers slipped under his room's door. He wishes to kill himself if somebody enters in his room. The customer is killed savagely by Ton. Ton's head cannot be seen. Parn cannot easily go out also as she cannot stand external bacteria (แพ้อากาศ). One day Nida meets Parn and convinces her to use her mind power to fight her allergy. Nida's husband died already. Ton's father was a hunter. Ton only played games. The father didn't want to hinder his son. The father was having an affair and hit Nida. Following a fight she shot him. She still has visions. The mystery about Ton erupts curiosity from the street (ซอย). A man trying to peep in his room is killed. At same time Parn assists to the death but cannot see who is in the room. The next day Parn has to go out to get her cat, which is trapped inside Ton's house. She escalates the gate and enters inside. The reality is then discovered. Nida's husband is not dead. They fought about Ton's custody (ลูกต้องอยู่กับกู). A lost bullet was shot. Ton was hit and died. Ton was only alive through Nida's power of the mind. This thriller movie has a strong influence from Japanese manga.

ดวงอันตราย
ดวงอันตราย

Year: 2010

Thai title: ดวงอันตราย
English title: Pop Star

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Nirut Sirijanya
Main actress: Bongkoj Kongmalai

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Thai movie ดวงอันตราย Pop Star was released in year 2010. It is available under VCD format. The movie lasts 81 mn. Nirut Sirijanya is the father and manager of a famous Thai singer called Jay. Noui (Bongkoj Kongmalai) is the assistant and the father's mistress. Noui has a child with Jay's father. Jay stopped his career for two years as his mother got suicide. He is now back to Thailand with an album full of English songs. His father always pushes him. Jay still didn't fully recover from the shock and keeps eating medicine for sleeping and crisis management. His father is very happy that they secure a 1M Baht deal. He is less worried about his son's sickness... The medicine causes Jay to have visions and nightmares. Hearing noise in his room, he is about to hit with a baseball bat an intruder. This intruder is his father coming home drunk. Before he can hit anybody, his father falls by himself from the stairs and breaks his neck. Jay falls asleep. In the morning, he believes he kills his own father. Hiding the corpse, he decides to lie to everybody. He seals the room's door, puts flowers in the room, increases the air conditioning cold temperature to prevent any bad smell. Started being out of medicine, Jay has difficulty to control himself. Noui is also under strong pressure from her mother as she keeps asking for money. The mother pushes her daughter to divorce as anyway Jay's father never took good care of her and her child. น้อง Pae is in fact Jay’s daughter. Jay kills both Pae and Noui as they found the body of the father in the hotel room. In fact, Noui was aware of the father’s death but looking for her daughter caused her demise. A หมอดู told her to be careful… Jay tries to continue his professional life same as usual, but he is finally arrested as a domestic helper finds the bodies while cleaning the room.

อินทรีแดง
อินทรีแดง

Year: 2010

Thai title: อินทรีแดง
English title: The Red Eagle

Rating: 5/5
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
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In 2013 a nuclear plant construction is ongoing in Chumphon. Elections will happen soon. The candidate to be prime minister promises to stop the plant. The Thai society is getting worst and worst with many aggression and drug trafficking. As government cannot stop this, it is time for citizen to handle by themselves. Three years have passed. The nuclear plant construction is almost finished and nuclear opponents have been chased away. Young lady Wassana tries to convince her former boyfriend, now prime minister, to do something but he refuses. He argues that destruction of country side (เสียสละ) is needed for the welfare of the whole country (ประโยชน์ชาติ). He also acknowledges that he lied to be elected. Meanwhile police is investigating on a mysterious man called "Insee Daeng" as a group of drug dealers have been found violently butchered. Insee Daeng also enters in a senator house and kills him violently. The senator was always bringing underage girls to his home. If the Thai police and the law cannot perform properly their duty, then Insee Daeng will have to intervene. Insee Daeng is a modern justiciary hero fighting against corrupted men. A policeman called Chat wishes to catch him. Rom, young man, is “Insee Daeng”. He got a bullet in the brain and needs to take morphine often to ease the pain. Wassana knows him as she helped him to escape before. A mysterious organisation, a group of masked men (การเมืองเลว), want to get rid of Insee Daeng and recruits a dangerous assassin to kill him. Chat, the policeman, is assigned to protect a corrupted businessman. It turns bad in a nightclub. There is impressive shooting in Bangkok, dark and modern city and an epic fight with the assassin on a billboard and inside a department store. On top of this Chat and SAWT forces are chasing him. The corrupted prime minister, who got his campaign paid by the nuclear plant company, needs to prevent any stop of the construction by getting rid of the opponents to the project including his former girlfriend Wassana. Rom and Chat know each other as Rom was previously a policeman but Chat is unaware that Rom and Insee Daeng are the same man. A team of bikers try to kill Wassana but Insee Daeng helps her on time. The prime minister is the head of the cabal. Despite being a violent gory bloody and modern movie, there are still funny moments such as the car chases between a taxi and ice cream motorbike. He needs to finish the job against the Prime Minister and get rid of the punisher (ปีศาจดำ). Through an epic final the punisher is defeated. In Chumphon, the peaceful demonstration is crushed by the police. Wassana is in danger. Can Insee Daeng help her on time? This movie got disillusions at box office with only 13M baht. It was released on October 07 2010, one day before the 40th anniversary of the death of Mitr Chaibancha following the tragic deadly accident in Golden Eagle (อินทรีทอง) movie. It is still unlikely if the second part of the movie will be produced. Wisit Sasanatieng had issues when directing the film as he had to juggle between his artistic wishes and the commercial producer wishes. Some contemporary political elements could easily be interpreted as the movie casts politicians as the villains.

นางตะเคียน
นางตะเคียน

Year: 2010

Thai title: นางตะเคียน
English title: Takien : The Haunted Tree

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sahat Piempongsan
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Bua, young female factoring worker, has a boyfriend, Pichan, who takes a video with his phone while they are making love. He shows it to his friends. One of them makes a copy while Pichan is not aware. He threathens Bua to release widely the movie if she doesn't give him some favors. Following a dispute with her boyfriend, they stop seeing each other. Bua loses her job as the bad friend shares widely the video. Disappointed by her boyfriend's behavior, Bua goes back to her village. Her parents' house is empty. They both died following a train accident. A villager called Samrit is having strong interest into Bua and tries to use a local sorcerer (หมอผี) to seduce her. Bua decides to kill herself as she has no hope after losing her parents, her job and boyfriend. She hangs herself under a Takien tree (ตะเคียน). She is reunited with her family and learns that their death is not accidental... A burying ceremony is performed. A few days later Bua ghost is back and frightens villagers. She kills one of the ruffians responsible of her parents' death. The Buddhist abbot is contacted for help. The sorcerer would like to control Bua in order to create powerful filters (ยาเสน่ห์), which could be even more powerful than corpse oil (น้ำมันพราย). Bua's boyfriend comes back to her village to find her and excuse himself (คนกรุงเทพใจแห้ง,). Same as Nang Nak ghost story he stays with her. She eats food offering laid down in front of spirit house. Pichan can see her but not the villagers. The friend who shared the video on internet is also here. One of the friends is killed as they try to abuse Bua. The other stays in the temple chapel (โบสถ์) and refuses to exit. Pichan still refuses to believe that Bua is a ghost already. Finally confronted to proofs he acknowledges. But it is late to flee. Bua doesn't want to let him go anymore. Bua is upset with the monk and Samrit who revealed her death to Pichan. Bua killed both Pichan and the friend, who released the video. The sorcerer decides to fight Bua despite the abbot request. He tortures the Takien tree and uses voodoo pupet to force her to be his slave (เป็นขี้ข้า). Pichan breaks the charm and the sorcerer finally dies due to his greed. Bua finally listens to the monk and accepts her death (ต้องยอมรับความตาย). Bua (บัว) means lotus, i.e. the Buddhism symbol. This movie reminds of 1990s Thai horror movies scenario but it features a more beautiful picture shooting (many wide angle shootings are used). The scenario is also inspired of Nang Nak (นางนาก) famous story.

ตายโหง
ตายโหง

Year: 2010

Thai title: ตายโหง
English title: Tai Hong

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Mai Charoeunpura

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This movie is based on four real sensational and lurid stories. It is surfing on the Phobia movies serie (5 แพร่ง / สี่แพร่ง) success. It is featuring four small episodes with different directors. ตายโหง (Tai Hong) are spirits who died following a violent death. 1) On New Year's Eve a party is taking place in a disco. A fire happens. A young man, called Em, survives to the fire and has vision of dead people that haunts him. His girlfriend died during the fire as she was was stuck in the restrooms. There was only one exit. Finally both of them already died during the fire... It is based on real event that occurred on December 31, 2008 in the Santika Club nightclub in Bangkok where 66 people died. 2) A young man is sent to prison. He has visions and hears voice. It is a scary prison with frequent suicides. He was sent to jail because he raped and killed a young lady. Finally unable to withstand the horrible visions pressure, he suicides himself. 3) A mute young man receives a visit from a young girl. A financial transaction happens between both of them. She dies in his flat. He hides the corpse inside the building water tank. Then he has visions of her dead body. As the body starts to putrefy, people living in the building start to drink or shower with the water from the tank and finds body residues. One young lady investigates but the mute young man tries to drown her in the water tank. He is finally the one to get sunk by the ghost... 4) A prostitute (Mai Charoeunpura) brings two men in a motel room. While they are taking a shower, she talks to the old caretaker, who mentions presence of Phi Tai Hong (ผีตายโหง) in the motel. A corpse is found in the motel room. This episode is the most comic one. It mixes real and fake ghosts.

เงา
เงา

Year: 2010

Thai title: เงา
English title: Ngao

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
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This movie is divided in 4 scary small stories related to consequences of past bad actions (เวรกรรม). When bad actions are performed, sooner or later, Thai people need to pay back (ต้องชดใช้)! The movie slogan is "กรรมใครกรรมมัน" so having a reference to the popular Thai expression "ตัวใครตัวมัน" (devil take the hindmost). * First story is about a young couple Som and Nat. A little girl is following Som. She calls Som as 'mum'. She is in fact a ghost. The little girl also frightens Nat. She is the child that Nat decided to abort as boring dury (เป็นภาระ) as Nat was only thinking about his own future. She now comes to take revenge on her ungrateful parents... * Second story is about teens riding motorbikes and launching rocks on cars driver to cause accidents so they steal easily their jewels and money. They finally get punished the same way they treat the others. * Third story is about a teen having a girlfriend. They confirm their love through red sacred threads (สายสิญจน์). Their love makes another teen unhappy. As the girlfriend is finally being dumped, she tried to hang herself. Instead of helping her the other teen just strangled her and disguise the crime as a suicide. The ghost is back for revenge on both of them. * The fourth story has a more comic twist as the action is taking place in a lousy hotel where people come for short time happiness. A female ghost is roaming there. The fourth episode reminds of the movie Buppha Rahtree mixing horror and laughters including stupid policemen and ladyboy characters.

แฟนใหม่
แฟนใหม่

Year: 2010

Thai title: แฟนใหม่
English title: Fan Mai

Rating: 4/5
Director: Piyaphan Chuphet

Main actor: Pete Thongjure,Ananda Everingham
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A young lady called Sree sees her boyfriend Oof going to cinema with another girl called Ying. Oof is a rich young playboy and also a liar. Hearing Oof speaking to Sree that she has no value for him, Ying, sad and disappointed, gets suicide. Oof and Sree start to have many frightening visions and see Ying ghost. Mo, Sree’s sister, helps her to find a role in a horror movie. The film producer (played by Pete Thongjure) likes Sree a lot. Meanwhile Oof still tries to resume relationship with Sree as he feels lonely. To have a break, Mo brings Sree and her friends on a remote island accessible by a ferry carrying cars. The horror movie will be shot there. A bad omen is welcoming them as police is just extracting a dead body from the sea. Their hotel resort is quite empty as it is low season. The film producer is also the owner of the resort. The friends leave the hotel after seeing a ghost at nighttime. Going back, they inform Sree that they read in a newspaper that Oof jumps to his death from a building! Once the movie is shot, a romance starts between Sree and the film producer. Back to her room, Oof is waiting for her. They have arguments as Sree was in fact the one having pushed Ying from the roof. It was not a suicide. But Oof didn't stop or prevent Sree to push Ying. Following a fight, Sree stabs Oof. When her sister is back to the room, Sree also kills her. Sree always had animosity against her beloved sister as she loves stealing things from her such as her doll many years ago or recently the resort owner... Having another ghostly vision, she stabs the resort owner trying to help her. While putting the bodies inside a big hole, she falls inside due to the sloppy soil caused by heavy rain. She gets crushed by a spirit house. Ananda Everingham appears after the credits. He was a former boyfriend of Sree. The same director made the movie “My Ex” (แฟนเก่า) in 2009 related also to a former girlfriend coming from grave and looking for revenge.

ตายทั้งกลม
ตายทั้งกลม

Year: 2010

Thai title: ตายทั้งกลม
English title: The Snow White

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
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O is a nurse. Her boyfriend is Koff, who is also working in the hospital. Yong is a medicine student having poor academic results. His girlfriend tries to push him (ตั้งใจเรียน). Yong's mother believes his poor results are linked to his girlfriend so if he doesn't pass the next exams, she will send him abroad. Yong needs to find a solution. Tong, Yong’s friend, is very shy with girls and is humiliated by his friends. After reading a book about black magic, Yong proposes to help Tong. Knowing that a pregnant woman without relatives died recently, Yong takes its dead baby and oil from her chin at the morgue. Koff sees them but keeps it secret per Ying's request. Yong makes a baby spirit or “kuman thong” (กุมารทอง) and love philter. Tong starts to have success with girls thanks to the love filter. Yong uses the “kuman thong” to help him passing the exams. He gets the highest grade. But there is nothing free in this world, so sooner or later Tong and Yong will have to pay back... Yong's food starts to be filled of foetus parts. Tong starts to seduce many girls at the same time but he starts to see them as dead spirits. While trying to axe them, he is shot dead by the police. Koff gets his legs and arms broken by the spirit. Doctor and his girlfriend O believes it is an accident. After getting the truth from Yong, O finally believes in this ghost story. Yong dies in the same fire he burnt the “kuman thong” doll. O finds the man that makes the dead lady pregnant. He dropped her as he was married already. She died by accident when falling from the stairs following an argument. The spirit then takes revenge on Koff as he didn't help her when she was missing oxygen and even had necrophilia with her. O is then stabbed by a crazy guy in the hospital as she didn't help when Koff was endangered. All people involved in this sad story die. Only Koff survives but he becomes crazy.

โคตรสู้ โคตรโส
โคตรสู้ โคตรโส

Year: 2010

Thai title: โคตรสู้ โคตรโส
English title: Bangkok Knockout

Rating: 3/5
Director: Panna Rittikrai

Main actor: Panna Rittikrai,Sorapong Chatree
Main actress: Supaksorn Chaimongkol,Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon

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Mr Sneed, a despising foreigner, and Dr Dachanon, head of arts performing department, are organizing a fight contest. Pod is the leader of one team called “Fighting Club” (Ao, Ed, Pom, Lerm, Ko, James). Two teams fight for a ring. The winning team will go to Hollywood. Pod's team celebrates their victory. But due to strong alcohol flooding during the celebration party, they have arguments with the waiters. They wake up with no phones, no cars, no motorized vehicles. They have been drugged. Some ruggedised cars try to smash them. Meanwhile Joy is kidnapped. Joy is Ram's daughter (Sorapong Chatree). Two men loves Joy, i.e. Pod and Pom. Kidnappers are masked and wear ninja clothes. They are led by Parina (Panna Rittikrai), an old art martial expert. In fact it is a wargame organised by Dr Dachanon to test the team and verify if they are really true friends. Mr Sneed is getting international gamblers to bet big money on the best fighters to win. It is game up to death. The action takes place in a disaffected factory. Ao and Ed win against three opponents. James and Pom move to the wrong side due to money matters. Strong group fights take place and finally the “Fighting Club” team wins. A final fight against master Parina happens. Pod's mum is held captured to influence him negatively. Anyway they defeat the master as he needs some respiratory medicine. A final epic fight happens on moving trucks. Gamblers are also punished. Panna Rittikrai trained actor Tony Jaa so fights are always intense and real. Some acrobatic jumps on motorbikes or high jumps from buildings are really impressive. The movie scenario is simple but Panna Rittikrai’s fans want to see true fights only. This movie is similar to video game concept.

องค์บาก 3
องค์บาก 3

Year: 2010

Thai title: องค์บาก 3
English title: Ong Bak 3

Rating: 3/5
Director: Tony Jaa,Panna Rittikrai

Main actor: Tony Jaa,Mum Jokmok,Nirut Sirijanya,Choomporn Theppitak,Saranyu Wongkrachang
Main actress: Patama Panthong

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Ong Bak 3 movie is a follow up of Ong Bak version 2 where Tien was defeated and captured by King Jom Rachan soldiers. Tien (Tony Jaa) is condemned to death by the King Jom Rachan (Saranyu Wongkrachang). His body is broken and beaten harshly. Insurrection is ongoing against the King Jom Rachan (พระองค์) but this latter eliminates all his opponents (Choomporn Theppitak). On the execution day, Tien is saved at last minute and sent to Ayutthaya. Bad omens are seen by the King. To try to influence the future, he sends some ninjas to kill Tien in Ayutthaya. They fail thanks to some courageous Ayutthaya soldiers. Thanks to Buddhist prayers, offerings, casting of a Buddha statue, dances and Buddhist monk's (Nirut Sirijanya) healing skills, Tien is cured. But full recovery is difficult. He considers suicide as he is almost infirmed. Through inner peace, meditation and efforts (ฝึก), he starts to recover management of his limbs. A new fighter take over the King Jom Rachan looking for power only (อำนาจ). Aware of Tien recovery, the new King sends soldiers to catch him and burns his village. Tien is wearing white clothes (purity) while the new King is wearing dark clothes (evil). Tien has no choice but to go to the King palace to defy him in order to release the villagers and his love. Following epic fights including jumping from one elephant to another or using real elephant tusks to fly, Tien defeats the evil King. As usual in Tony Jaa’s movies, actor Mum Jokmok is played a relief character. In Ong Bak 2 there was an action scene with two elephants. In Ong Bak 3, the actors were among more than 20 elephants. Tony Jaa introduces Nattayut in Ong Bak 3. It is a dharma martial art that can protect soul from bad deeds. It is a kind of meditation that can heal heart and soul.

มือปืน/ดาว/พระ/เสาร์
มือปืน/ดาว/พระ/เสาร์

Year: 2010

Thai title: มือปืน/ดาว/พระ/เสาร์
English title: Saturday killer

Rating: 4/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai,Chusak Aiemsuk
Main actress: Sirin Horwang

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Tee Rifle is a hitman. He is shy with ladies. He likes to walk or run around Bangkok even passing by the Red Shirts barricades! As he is a hitman, he likes to wear wick to change his appearance. He has some sexual control issues with his little bird (ลูกพ่อ) when a beautiful woman touches him such as the gym dance teacher, Chris, whom he loves her secretly. He visits a doctor to get medicine but as the medicine fails and the doctor refuses to give back the money, he takes revenge over the doctor. The gym dance teacher has arguments with her father regarding green and purple clothes colors. Her father is the political leader of the Green Shirts. There is sarcastic irony and allusion from director Yuthlert Sippapak regarding the Yellow and Red Shirts fights in Thai modern politics. With Tee Rifle, the hitman symbol is demystified as he feels guilty each time (รู้สึกผิดทุกที่). Tee Rifle meets Chris in a bar and presents himself as Mark. Tee Rifle is hired for a new job. He shall shoot all the green leaders including Chris’ father. A second medicine fails to recover his little bird (ฉันไม่ใช่กะเทยแต่ผู้ชายโชคร้าย). Political leaders use violence. Win hatred with hatred. Is it the solution to political problems? Brown, purple, green political parties. All leaders are shot by Tee Rifle. The next job is to shoot Chris! The hirer is the wife of Chris' boyfriend. Chris was not aware that her boyfriend was married already! She still meets Mark at the same usual bar and a friendship starts. Tee Rifle shots Chris’ boyfriend to close the dispute! Thanks to a good friend, Chris is aware that Tee Rifle shot her father so she wishes to take revenge. Tee Rifle is recruited for a new contract. The target has rent a hotel for his birthday. Chris knowing that the hitman will act and so she enrolls herself as a coyote dancer to be able to catch him. Seeing Chris dancing lively, Tee Rifle has a control crisis and cannot execute his job. Chris now knows that Tee rifle and Mark are the same man. Following some shooting into impressive unfinished 1997 villas, Mark succeed to escape from Chris. Chris finally catches him in a Christian church. She spares his life not because of love but because Thai politicians are the real responsible. Thailand would be a better place without politicians so as a hitman, she shoots all Thai politicians leaders! This movie mixes comedy and action. It also gives a strong social message regarding politicians that are judged responsible of the current mess in Thailand (Yellow Shirts versus Red Shirts). It features a funky soundtrack. “Saturday killer” is part of a trilogy including “Sunday Killer” and “Friday Killer”.

น้ำ ผีนองสยองขวัญ
น้ำ ผีนองสยองขวัญ

Year: 2010

Thai title: น้ำ ผีนองสยองขวัญ
English title: H2-OH

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Koeti Aramboy,Akom Preedakul
Main actress: Intira Jaroenpura

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Mook disappears in a swimming pool. Somebody drags her under the water. Charlie is a rescuer. One evening while driving carelessly and arguing with his girlfriend over the phone, he hits a passerby. It is Mook! Hopefully she is not dead but has lost her memory. At nighttime a ghost (ผีตามมา) tries to kill her. Charlie has to help her to recover her memory and thoughts. The ghost is coming through the water that is leaking in the hospital. Every time Mook swims, such as rescuing a young girl, ghosts try to drown her (ผีหลอก). Charlie starts to get more information. Mook is a sport student who disappeared two years ago. She starts to remember and meets her former gym teacher, who is now blind. On that tragic night he was driving the mini bus of the students. They have many medals and always promise to stay together. Being drunk, the driver hit a big truck coming in opposite direction. The mini bus falls in the river. Mook succeeds to escape but the other students die. A promise can be given but it can withdraw also (สบาญถอดได้). Finally to ask the spirits regarding the promise withdraw, they need to go back to the former swimming pool which is now closed. Their policeman friend, nicknamed officer (ผู้กอง) despite being only a first grade staff, helps them to enter. Through touching words, Mook convinces the ghosts to stop their quest for applying the former promise. This movie features Intira Jaroenpura, who played in many horror movies, and Koeti Aramboy, young comic actor. This movie includes a popular mix of two kinds of favorite movies by Thai audience, i.e. comedy and horror.

โป๊ะแตก
โป๊ะแตก

Year: 2010

Thai title: โป๊ะแตก
English title:

Rating: 1/5
Director: Mum Jokmok

Main actor: Mum Jokmok,Pongsak Pongsuwan,Akom Preedakul,Thep Po-ngam,Chusak Aiemsuk
Main actress: Tukkie

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This movie is a comedy that explores the lives in front and behind the camera of Thai's film industry. Mum Jokmok has invited all the comic actors from decade 2000s such as Tukkie, Pongsak Pongsuwan, Akom Preedakul, Thep Po-ngam... Certainly not a 100 millions baht movie, which is the new mark for box-office hit for decade 2000s movies. Thep Po-ngam is Mum Jokmok's mentor. In 2009, the Court of Justice of Thailand affirmed Thep Po-ngam bankrupt so there is self irony when he visits Mum Jokmok to produce a movie. He finally only gets a role as actor. Mum Jokmok is responsible of a company making movies. Same as comic TV programs, there is a funny noise at each gag. Mum Jokmok is the director (ผู้กำกับ) and faces many comic issues to have the movie shot. It includes the ceremony (งานเลี้ยงปิดกลอง) for the blessing of a new movie. Various comic sequences happing during shooting and behind the stage. This movies looks like more a succession of sketchs linked with a Thai movie shooting background. It looks like more a TV comic program put on a movie stage. There is no real story.

ตุ๊กกี้ เจ้าหญิงขายกบ
ตุ๊กกี้ เจ้าหญิงขายกบ

Year: 2010

Thai title: ตุ๊กกี้ เจ้าหญิงขายกบ
English title: Tukky

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Akom Preedakul,Pongsak Pongsuwan
Main actress: Tukkie

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Tukky is selling frogs on a market and has always arguments with other vendors (แม่ค้า) or the local mafia asking for their monthly extorsion fee. Tukky is always kissing her frogs and is hoping that one day, one frog will become a prince. One day a prince really comes and Tukky gets kidnapped. She wakes up dressed like a princess. She is now the princess (เจ้าหญิง) of a small kingdom called Padangrawee. She takes revenge on the market mafia and other market vendors who oppressed her before. Finally Tukky is not the real princess of the kingdom but she is used as a replacement due to political reasons. She needs to do her best (ตั้งใจให้เป็นเจ้าหญิงดีที่สุด) to act as a princess. She needs to take urgent lessons to increase her skills. Those lessons include horse riding, wine tasting, society dances. The crazy teachers are famous comic actors Akom Preedakul, Pongsak Pongsuwan who are giving a very good performance as usual. Tukky is also relooked. She is finally successfully presented to the press. She gets her motivation through her love to her main bodyguard (หมวกบังตาแต่ความรักไม่บังหัวใจ). Her presence causes the ire of a mysterious lobbying group sending a ninja to get rid of her. During a diner with the prime minister, she gets drunk and defeats the ninja thanks to flatulence and vomit. Flatulence and vomit don't have the same taboo as westerner movies. She is thinking to stop playing the princess as the risks are very high but she is the hope (ความหวัง) of the kingdom so she cannot stop. The real princess is finally uncovered. Both the real princess and Tukky are kidnapped. Finally thanks to the bodyguards, they are released and the ruffians are defeated. There is great fun during the first part of the movie but the second part is more conventional.

3 ย่าน
3 ย่าน

Year: 2010

Thai title: 3 ย่าน
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak,Ping Lumpraploeng,Jaroenporn Onlama,Koeti Aramboy

Main actor: Akom Preedakul
Main actress:

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This movie contains three short stories shot by different Thai directors. First story is directed by Yuthlert Sippapak. A pregnant young lady dies in a coach while trying to give birth. The bus company owner decides to hide the death. The body is hidden inside a big Moo Yo (หมูยอ) or local sausage. Funny characters include a bus driver, a middle age bus company owner who speaks unclearly Thai and a sexy bus hostess. The pregnant woman, who dies during pregnancy, becomes a fearful ghost (ผีตายโหงทองกลม). The ghost starts to appear in the bus. More problems arise when a policeman is joining the bus trip. How can they rid of the ghost without catch the policeman's attention? Finally the troubles are over when the sausage is grilled... Second story is directed by Ping Lumpraploeng. Maan is selling car assurance. He is married to a lady called Pancake. He has no respect for her and even has a mistress. He believes Pancake has a lover (มีกิ๊ก) and engages a hitman (มือปืน) to get rid of her. As he mixes her identity papers with his own papers, the hitman needs to kill him! The hitman is in fact his best friend (เพื่อนใช่ไหม). Will his friend reminds friendship or execute his hitman job? Last story is directed by Jaroenporn Onlama. It is about a film director, played by Koeti Aramboy, who discovers that his girlfriend Peui, leading actress, is pregnant with the leading actor. She drinks a medicine to kill the baby as he is not ready to be a father privileged his career (ยังไม่พร้อม).

ผู้ชายลัลล้า
ผู้ชายลัลล้า

Year: 2010

Thai title: ผู้ชายลัลล้า
English title: Lunla Man

Rating: 1/5
Director:

Main actor: Akom Preedakul,Note Chernyim,Shahkrit Yamnarm,Mum Jokmok,Jaturong Mokjok
Main actress: Passorn Boonyakiat

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It is a comedy about three men unfaithful to their wives. They always need to find excuses for their wives as they are coming back home late. Up to now their lies succeeded to convince their wives. Teng (actor Shahkrit Yamnarm) needs to find a new model. He finds a beautiful woman in a mall and takes pictures of her but forget to ask her contact references. Teng finally meets her in a bar. Her name is Sosi. Teng is expert to play the liar (สบายๆ) but Sosi is also lying. Her husband is called Sia. Finally Teng's two friends are uncovered by their wives as their lies were getting bigger and bigger (working late - OT, late meetings, fight against ruffians...). Proofs were stored in their blackBerry smartphones. To make him stop, one of the wife sings in a pub he often frequents and she accepts tips from customers (ทำประชด). Teng has a lovely wife called Bow but a love story is really starting between Sosi and Teng. Finally the male stratagems are discovered. They have to stay home and bring their wives to a holidays resort. But they cannot stop trying seducing other women. They use sedative drugs to make their wives fall asleep (ยานอนหลับ). The drugs don’t last enough and the three men are caught being with girls again by their wives. A final last chance is given. Sia is upset by Sosi’s behavior and wishes to punish her. Sosi’s brother calls Teng for help but Teng has promised to his wife to stop seeing Sosi. Teng and his friends try to rescue Sosi but are captured. Their wives, following them, are also captured. Sia forces them to play silly and humiliating games (mud game, paint game...) to save their husbands. Mum Jokmok, as a guest star apparition, makes them all released. Bow and Teng reconcile once again. But the three men cannot stop flirting (หลายใจ) when seeing beautiful women. Morality is kept as the husbands stays with their wife. There is a few comic guest stars apparition, i.e. Akom Preedakul, Note Chernyim, Mum Jokmok, Jaturong Mokjok. Former Miss Photogenic International Passorn Boonyakiat is playing one of the wives. There is a succession of gags similar to Thai TV comedy shows. This movie is about the old chauvinist Thai tradition to have minor wives (เมียน้อย). Gags are often over exaggerated with easy references such as the shy timid wife wearing glasses.

ยายสั่งมาใหญ่
ยายสั่งมาใหญ่

Year: 2010

Thai title: ยายสั่งมาใหญ่
English title: I Am Grandmother

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Mum Jokmok,Jaturong Mokjok,Akom Preedakul
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ยายสั่งมาใหญ่ is a Thai movie released in year 2010. Chai's grandmother has gambling debts, i.e. 560 000 bath. Chai has to find solutions as the mafia is looking to get back their money. Chai identifies thanks to an old picture that Khuat (Jaturong Mokjok), a serious gambler, is his brother. Khuat is always involved in casino games (การพนัน). Khuat loves secretly Nong Muay. If he wins lottery, Khuat promises to do good deeds (ทำบุญ). Chai has supernatural skills since he falls in the river while being a novice. He can transform small items or make wishes to happen. Chai wishes Khuat to help to find money for his grandmother but he is more obsessed by Nong Muay. Khuat uses Chai to win while playing card games. Nong Muay is also indebted of 200 000 bath. Khuat pays it but the casino owner Sia asks for interest also! Khuat has promised to stop playing cards. Both Chai and Khuat are recruited as guards as they helped Mr Mongkol who had issues with casino owner Sia. His daughter called Lin is a bit plum and is keen of Chai. As Mongkol is always losing card games against Sia, he hires a champion from Hong Kong. A final game between Mongkol and the casino owner Sia shall happen and involves their whole fortune. As the Hong Kong champion has a deadly accident, Khuat needs to replace him. The daughter Lin and Nong Muay are kidnapped by the casino owner Sia. They succeed to escape. Finally Sia is defeated despite using a medium to change the cards and is losing all his fortune. The grandmother gambling debts were fake. It was a game in order to be reunited as a family with Khuat and Chai. Moralist end as all the money gains are given to charity.

8E88 แฟนลั้ลลา
8E88 แฟนลั้ลลา

Year: 2010

Thai title: 8E88 แฟนลั้ลลา
English title: 8E88 Fan Lalla

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Note Chernyim,Jaturong Mokjok
Main actress:

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Busaba and Khun are preparing their wedding. Following a misunderstanding, Khun is accused of killing a member of Parliament. He is given a DVD by this member of Parliament before his death. The DVD is hidden inside the cover of Thai movie "แอบคนข้างบ้าน". Khun is sent to jail. Some ruffians try to force him to give back the DVD but to no avail. There is a comical representation of the jail environment. He is sent with his inmates to famous and harsh prison called 8E88. There are some references to famous Thai carceral movie "ขั้ง 8" (Butterfly grey). The ruffians threaten his fiancee so Khun has no choice but escape from 8E88 prison in order to help her. He succeeds to do so as the guardians are very lenient as they receive orders to let him go. It is a trick from the ruffians leader in order to exchange the DVD versus Khun's girlfriend. All classical Thai comic topics are here, i.e. lady boy, flatulence, police being fools, ghosts... Busaba is hurt by the ruffians and dies. Busaba ghost still wishes to help her fiance Khun. Khun searches for the DVD inside a DVD rental company's stock. The ruffians arrive at the DVD company. The police follows up. Khun cannot see his girlfriend Busaba (ตายแล้ว) as he has an amulet (ของ) around the neck. Busaba tries to protect Khun against the ruffians. Thanks to a video recording Khun demonstrates his innocence as the DVD contains proofs regarding the illegal activities of the ruffians leader. Khun forces the police to shoot him so that he can be with Busaba in the ghost world. Busaba finally wakes up so Khun made the wrong decision to die!

ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ
ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ

Year: 2010

Thai title: ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ
English title: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Rating: 3/5
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Main actor:
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As usual, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s movies are not easy to understand. “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is no exception. On top of this, most of this movie is narrated in Lao language so it makes it more difficult to understand. A family, aunt Jane and her son Tom, arrive from Bangkok into a Isan village. The car is passing by Isan villages through long sequences without any dialogs. They are visiting Uncle Boonmee. The uncle is seriously sick and needs to receive caring and medication. At evening time during a diner, a spirit is visiting them. It is Uncle Boonmee’s former wife. She is happy to receive good deeds from donations made to Buddhist temple. Then another spirit comes also. It is a half man half monkey with red eyes (ผีลิง). It is Uncle Boonmee’s son. His son, photographer, had been trying to shoot a weird spirit in the forest since a long time. They are looking at old pictures together. Many following sequences in the movie are about Uncle Boonmee recalling his previous incarnations. It is a film about recollection and death, about death and rebirth. Many sequences are beautifully shot especially night photography scenes but the sequences meaning is not easy to understand. Various sequences include 1) a buffalo is tied to a tree. He succeeds to break the rope and flees away. His owner is looking for it and finally finds it 2) weird spirit with red eyes seen in the jungle 3) A mysterious old woman is carried in a palanquin by a whole troupe. She is then talking to the waterfalls spirit. There is a love sequence with a fish. There are many spirit beliefs around Isan countryside. Discussion between uncle Boonmee and his wife about after life happen. The aunt and his son are going inside the jungle and a cave looking for the spirit with red eyes. Uncle Boonmee is finally found in the cave. He has finished to recall his past lives and dies. A Buddhist ceremony for his funeral is organised. The nephew Tom is a monk. He decides to disrobe not able to withstand quiet life in the Buddhist temple. It seems that everybody is back to a normal life. This movie won Cannes 2010 festival palme d'or. Apichatpong Weerasethakul became the first Thai director to receive such award. The movie was shot in 16mm format. It seems to also be an homage to the dying film cinema replaced by digital cinema. People often hate or like Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s movies but they are worth seeing as offering a refreshing breath outside the modern Thai cinema stream.

อินเซค อิน เดอะ แบ็กยาร์ด
อินเซค อิน เดอะ แบ็กยาร์ด

Year: 2010

Thai title: อินเซค อิน เดอะ แบ็กยาร์ด
English title: Insects in the Backyard

Rating: ?/5
Director:

Main actor:
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Thai movie อินเซค อิน เดอะ แบ็กยาร์ด / “Insects in the Backyard” was banned in year 2010. An official movie trailer lasting 2mn30s can still be seen. The trailer is mute except for a background music. Rating the movie as “20 years old” only was seen as not enough. This movie was banned due to immorality. Both children hate their transgender father and resort to prostitution. The daughter even keeps her school uniform. Some sex scenes are deemed too hard with genital seen. There is even a dream of patricide. Two main messages say “They are insects. They live in the Backyard called world” and “They are human. Who live in a Cage called ‘sex’”.

นาคปรก
นาคปรก

Year: 2010

Thai title: นาคปรก
English title: In the shadow of Naga

Rating: 5/5
Director: Pawat Pawangkasiri

Main actor: Ray McDonald,Sahat Piempongsan,Somchai Khemklad
Main actress: Intira Jaroenpura

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7 millions of baht have been hidden following a robbery. One of the robber is called Sing. His girlfriend is a prostitute. The police raids the illegal casino (บ่อน) she is staying in. They are looking for Sing but she doesn't know where he is hiding. The money has been hidden in a Buddhist temple. The three robbers come back to the temple but a chapel (โบสถ์) has been constructed on the top of the cache. They need to dig (ต้องขุด) but as it takes time, the only way is to become monk (ต้องบวช) in order to be able to stay in the temple. Sing points his gun to the abbot to force the ordination. Sing and Dang ordinate (เป็นพระ). Pong prefers to remain as a temple boy. Sing and Pong behave badly as monk, i.e. chase dog with feet, say bad words, don't follow closely the temple rules (ระเบียบของวัด), smoke, hit novice (เณร), don't pray before eating. Sing is atheist and calls the abbot as 'boss' instead of เจ้าอาวาส. At night time, they dig. The morning arrives earlier than expected. They need to hit the temple gong (ระฆัง), need to say blessings. The abbot has to justify their inexperience by mentioning they are new monks (พระบวชใหม่) from Thudong order (พระธุดงค์). Sing cannot support the food at lunch time made of alms donation (ฉันเพื่ออยู่ไม่ใช้อยู่เพื่อฉัน). The abbot is also doing tatoos. Pong asks for tatoos also (ศาสนาพุทธศักดิ์สิทธิ์เกิน ดีกว่าคุณทำร้ายได้). Sing is still complaining. His feet hurt as he is not used to walk bare foot. Life prison was easier. Food is not good. Earlier they promised to share 50% of the money with a fourth unknown man. The abbot has money on him and doesn't hesitate to touch a woman bitten by a snake. Dang and Sing hit badly robbers who were trying to steal Buddha statues in order to protect their secret digging activities inside the chapel. They lie to villagers (หลอกชาวบ้าน). They know they are wrong but still do wrong (รู้ว่าทำผิดแต่ยังทำผิด). Sing misses his girlfriend Nam Peung so he invites her to join him to Wat Pa Lom but she refuses believing it is another bad joke from Sing (ช่วยตัวเองก็แล้วกัน). Believing it can be good for her karma, she finally visits the temple and finds Sing as a monk (หลวงพี่). Sings removes his monk robe to make love to Nam Peung. Sing breaches all Buddhist precepts and brings trouble to the temple community. Pong is a good guy and explains to the abbot what happens before. They did a bank robbery (ปล้นเงิน) and hide the money inside the temple's chapel. Pong wanted to help his blind mother. He has lengthy discussion with the abbot about Buddhism (It is possible to teach some people to be good, it is more difficult with some others สอนให้เป็นคนดีบางคนสอนได้บางคนสอนยาก - Badness is easier to do than goodness / ความชั่วทำง่ายความดียทำยาก). Being discovered by other monks, Sing and Dang threathen to kill the monks if they don't help to dig. At morning time, they need to go for alms (เป็นเวลาบิณฑบาตร). If they don't go, they will have nothing to eat. Today is Makabucha day so local people are coming for offerings (บูชา) and listen to sermon (ฟังเทศน์). Dang decides to give them a poignant sermon regarding children working far away from parents to send them money and encourage parents to teach well their kids (สอนลูกดีดี - กตัญญู) to avoid becoming bad guy like him. While digging, they find a cache but no money. Sing starts to break the main Buddha statue. There is a small golden statue inside. A police inspector enters the chapel. Nam Peung was keeping the police inspector informed. He is a corrupted cop asking for his share. They shot at each other. The police inspector is hit. Dang is hit also. Nam Peung hits Sing, who was going to shoot the abbot. Nam Peung finds the money bag in the base of the Buddha statue but it is empty. She prefers to suicide herself instead of surrending to the police. The abbot takes the responsability on him (ผิดเอง). Pong is arrested. 4 years passed. Pong is doing ordination for his blind mother, who cries when holding the yellow robes (ผ้าเหลือง). The former abbot has defrocked. He has now a wife and a child. He is driving a Mercedes car. He comes back to get the golden Buddha statue. He was the one who kept the money. He is finally arrested and the statue is restituted to the temple. After 3 years waiting for the new film law to avoid a ban, this movie was finally released uncut with a Rate 18+. Making a story with bad monks is strong for the local Thai audience as faith and crime are always taboo in Thai films. There is a comparison between the four characters and the four types of lotus in Buddhism (บัวประเภทไหน).

9 วัด
9 วัด

Year: 2010

Thai title: 9 วัด
English title: Secret Sunday

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Penpak Sirikul

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Nat has a blondish girlfriend Poon. She has often ghosts visions. They get an invitation to go to Chiang Mai. On the way, they stop to visit Nat's mother. Nat's mother has a bad dream. She frequently visits temples and would like her son to make merit (ทำบุญ) in nine temples (9 วัด). Nat needs to clean his karma by doing merit. There is a strong opposition between the old style mum (แม่โบราณ) and the young modern woman, Poon. Nat finally accepts his mother's request. He meets a monk, who was a childhood friend. The monk goes with them for the nine temples visit. Nat and Poon are young and modern youngsters, who don't know religion and how to show respect to monks (They always call him 'phra' - พระ - instead of 'Luang Phi' - หลวงพี่). Nat doesn't give respect to Buddha images (ไม่ไหว้พระใหญ่). They don't understand why the young man is going for the forest way of life (ธุดง) and how he can sleep in cemeteries (ป่าช้า). Nat is always hot tempered (ใจร้อน). Many warnings are given to them through visions and through the monk's remarks (ช่วยไม่ทันยิ่งทรมานเปล่าๆ). They face death, face accidents, see dead people and ghosts. Those are warnings to them. It is linked to their karma (กรรม) and they cannot escape it. Poon asks the monk's help but Nat refuses to believe up to the point they break up. They are followed up by terrible actions linked to her past. In previous life, they were linked to a young disfigured boy set prisoner in a remote forest hut by his mum as he killed her lover fearing to lose his mother. They finally get reunited and bring the monk to destination. Nat, Poon and Nat's mother share the same past and all come to the same house where the young boy was held prisoner. They need to do more merit (กุศล). The monk and Nat are born the same day. The mother tried to deceive the karma (หลอกกรรม) by interchanging the babies. Her real son is the monk. But the karma cannot be escaped. However it can be altered (กรรมเปลี่ยนไม่ได้แต่แก้ไขได้). Karma is following us (กรรมตาม). The monk is protected from karma by his yellow robe (ผ้าเหลือง) but not Nat. So he is the one to suffer. The monk pays for the past sins through redemption (ชดใช้) by giving his own life so the karma is over. Nat, Poon and the mother are being reunited as a family. The movie features a nice fresh soundtrack.

หลวงพี่เท่ง 3
หลวงพี่เท่ง 3

Year: 2010

Thai title: หลวงพี่เท่ง 3
English title: The Holy man 3

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Krissada Sukosol,Note Chernyim,Akom Preedakul,Koeti Aramboy,Der Doksadao
Main actress:

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Noi decides to enter the monkhood (บวช) and rejects his rock star attitude. He is looking for calm (เอาความสงบ) as he is a stressed man. The abbot reminds him the analogy between a hose splashing randomly due to water pressure and the spirit always wandering. Funny gags happen when monks are going out for alms (บิณฑบาตร) due to small size comic actor Koeti Aramboy trying to offer food to a giant monk or when a man is still jealous that his wife has a sweet spot for the abbot since decades. As usual there are flatulence jokes when spicy and sour food is given to monks. Robbers steal the temple bell (ระฆัง). Later they come to steal the Buddha head (มาขโมยพระ). Monks are all drugged but hopefully the main Buddha statue (หลวงพ่อ) is not stolen as it is too heavy! The gang leader is a burlesque Chinese vendor. He uses false claims regarding the monks that they enter monkhood while leaving pregnant women behind them. Noi is smart enough to counter their lies. Actor Akom Preedakul is playing a funny Thai boxing trainer bringing coyote dancers to the temple! Similar to 1980s-1990s decade comedy ghost movies, there is an sequence about villagers fleeing ghosts. Unfortunately the Buddha statue head is cut and stolen by the Chinese gang. The giant monk disguises himself as soft real Bouddha statue (Luang Pho Nim - หลวงพ่อนิ่ม) as a trick to find their cache. Then Noi asks his former bikers friends for help. They are led by Ed carabao, real leader of famous Thai band Carabao. The robbers are captured and the Buddha head recovered.

ครูบ้านนอก
ครูบ้านนอก

Year: 2010

Thai title: ครูบ้านนอก
English title: To Sir, With Love

Rating: 4/5
Director: Surasee Phatham

Main actor: Mum Jokmok,Panna Rittikrai
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Surasee Phatham has directed a remake of his own movie in 2009 as he was never happy with the number of details that were edited out. In “Rural Teacher” movie remake, most of the actors speak Isan / Lao language. The story is the same but many details have been changed. For the complete story, please read the above 1978 “Rural teacher” movie review. The village name has changed from Baan Nong Ma Wo (บ้านหนองหมาว้อ) to Baan Nong Hi Yai (บ้านหนองฮีใหญ่). The movie features many Isan country side ceremonies and customs such as lying by a fire after a child birth (to purify of all poisons and influences from ghosts), food (frog, snake, rice alcohol - เหล้าขาว). It reminds a bit of "A Child of the Northeast" ("LUK ISAN" - ลูกอีสาน) movie. Teacher Piya is now called Teacher Pichet. Teacher Pichit is now called Teacher Somchat. The headmaster is more funny and is played by actor Mum Jokmok. Famous action director Panna Rittikrai is also having a role as a strange man living away from the village. The headmaster plays lottery while teaching pupils. The children often miss school as they need to work for their parents or parents have no money to buy school uniforms for them. There are no chairs for children to sit. The headmaster and teacher Somchat need to ride horse to go to city. They need to buy their own teacher clothes. Pichet has pushed for the school modernization. New clothes offered by the local influential man owning the illegal logging concession. The main actor, Pichet Kongkarn, is a singer. He is singing a few songs related to Isan people leaving their village to go to work in cities and leaving behind grandparents to take care of babies, related to forest kindness (บุญคุณของป่า) or related to knowledge (ความรู้) and kindness (ความดี). Ruffians wear mask to frighten the villagers (ผีหลอก) so that they don't mingle inside the forest. Pichet finds poison in the forest. It is used by ruffians for people to get sick. Pichet finds the huge logging concession. The journalist head doesn't dare publishing the news and pictures. Pichet and the headmaster motivate the villagers to fight against the ruffians. A young journalist finally dares editing the news. Villagers fight with ruffians and one villager is shot. Panna Rittikrai can even show his fighting skills. The movie ends tragically for the teacher. The new version was released 2 days before National Teachers Day (วันครู) in 2010. The Culture Ministry, regarded "Kru Baan Nok" as a promotional tool and provided some support. As expected the movie didn’t raise as much interest as 31 years ago as Thai society has evolved. Thai film industry has become more and more centralized with a Bangkok mindset. Politics and social commentary are now divorced from pure entertainment movies. Students and young people are not concerned about politics as they used to be. The movie might have been more successful if the remake was taking place in 2010 and talked about modern issues as corruption and hitmen are still present nowadays. In 1978, teacher Thim Bun-ing was shot after denouncing a bribery at the school construction of his village in Satuek District (Buriram). A teacher and activist, Khru Thim fought hard to see that Isan children had more educational opportunities and more efficient educational programmes. A group of teachers in Isan, wanting to keep his ideology alive, established the Foundation in his memory in 1983. Maybe "The Rural Teacher" movie was based on this real story.

บิ๊กบอย
บิ๊กบอย

Year: 2010

Thai title: บิ๊กบอย
English title: Big Boy

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Settha Sirachaya
Main actress:

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Po, a rich young man (วัยรุ่น), loves hip hop dances but his skills are not very good. Taking opportunity to visit his modern and fit grandfather (ปู่) in Bangkok, he wishes to learn dances skills. He goes to Siam Square to find good hip hop dancers. He meets Niew, a young dancer he saw on Youtube. When realizing that Niew is a girl (ไม่เอาผู้หญิงสอน), he refuses to have her as a teacher. But even his grandfather dances better than him (สู้คนแก่ไม่ได้). Po always complains so his grandfather needs to push him. He finally accepts Niew but needs to exercise his body first. He finally learns well. The grandfather didn't dance tango with anybody since his wife died ten years ago. He doesn't like to lose (แพ้) and wishes his grandson to be the same. Po finds that Niew has to perform club dance at nighttime as she is not wealthy. This doesn't break their friendship and a romance story starts between Po and Niew. Teens confront each other through dances competition. Po fails and flees instead of facing the competition. The grandfather wants to achieve his dreams through his grandson. He couldn't win an international dance title 30 years ago. Another dance confrontation turns bad and the grandfather needs to rescue Po. During a car accident, Po breaks his leg and the grandfather is in coma. They all finally recover and understand that dances are for fun, for love but not for winning. The movie shows beautiful shooting sequences of Tango dances and Break dances. It highlights the knowledge transmission between generations. Through hard work, people can achieve their dreams. Settha Sirachaya delivers a neat performance and it seems that his wife, legendary veteran actress Aranya Namwong, can be seen shortly in one sequence.

สิ่งเล็กๆที่เรียกว่ารัก
สิ่งเล็กๆที่เรียกว่ารัก

Year: 2010

Thai title: สิ่งเล็กๆที่เรียกว่ารัก
English title: First love

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mario Maurer
Main actress: Tukkie,Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon

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Mother Pim stays with her two teen daughters Nam and Paeng. The father is in USA and is taking care of a restaurant business. They didn't see their father for five years. The one that will get first grade in her classroom will get a ticket to New York. Nam often discusses about puppy love with her friends. Nam particularly likes Chon, a student from grade Matthayom 4 (มัธยมศึกษาปีที่ 4), who is a good photographer. Nam needs inspiration through love and uses a book to find hints to get a boyfriend. She even thinks about having a colored brace as it is a teen fashion in Thailand. Nam and her best friends try to find romantic ways in order than Chon gets interest in her but Nam has to face other secondary girl students, such as sweet girl called Mamuang (มะมว่ง) that looks more mature. A funny teacher character, Inn, is played by Tukkie as a small size teacher getting interest into another male teacher but having to face other beautiful female teachers (ไม่เคยแพ้ใคร). There is similitude between Nam and her teacher, who have difficulties to find true love. Her friends decide to relook her but she looks now yellowish (ลอเล่น). Nam has to play Snow White character (เวทีละคร). She is shocked as she had a dark complexion but the make-up lady really transforms her into a really cute young lady. The show is not a success as most pupils prefer to watch the Thai traditional dance performance done by Mamuang. Anyway the teacher keeps high spirit in the performing team. Nam is nominated as major cheerleader to handle and throw the walking stick. She needs to be beautiful and agile. As first she fails but as she is challenged by other girls she fights back and succeeds. Despite her achievement, Chon still has no interest in her. Worst than that, Chon's best friend, Top, tries to seduce her. Nam has to accept him in order to be close to Chon. Finally she alienates her old friends. She finally tells Top that she doesn't love him. Nam finishes her exams at the first rank. During the last day of the school year, students sign each other shirts. Finally Nam tells Chon how much she loves him but it is too late as Chon has already a new girlfriend. Chon is selected to play football in a Thai club. Nam goes to USA to stay with her father. It is discovered that Chon loved Nam but never dares to tell her. Nine years have passed. Nam has become a successful designer. They finally become reunited on a TV show. The movie end is quite basic and without surprise as they finally get reunited. It is anyway a sweet and enjoyable movie in the range of Thai popular teen romantic movies in recent years. This movie won the award in the audience-chosen Laugh category at the Okinawa International Movie Festival. “First Love” (สิ่งเล็กๆที่เรียกว่ารัก) movie also reaps 80M Baht in 2010 in second position behind another romantic comedy “Hello Stranger” (กวน มึน โฮ).

บุญชู จะอยู่ในใจเสมอ
บุญชู จะอยู่ในใจเสมอ

Year: 2010

Thai title: บุญชู จะอยู่ในใจเสมอ
English title: Boonchoo 10

Rating: 4/5
Director: Kiet Kijcharouen

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Kiet Kijcharouen
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat

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It is opus 10 regarding Boonchu saga. Unfortunately director Bandit Ritthakol just died in 2009 when doing the movie pre-production so Kiet Kijcharouen has directed this movie. Boonchoke is going to Chiang Mai to study to university. His parents, Boonchu and Mo, let him go alone so that he can acquire more independence. He meets a lovely girl called Khun Chahom. He is sharing a flat with a new friend called Mor. Mor teaches Boonchoke what is correct or not when talking to ladies. Mo is two months pregnant but doesn't say to Boonchu as she is afraid he will not let her visit their son in Chiang Mai. Meanwhile Boonchu and his friends head to Chiang Mai. On the way they meet the same restaurant owner present in all previous movies opus. Director Kiet Kijcharouen’s talent is to handle well the gags and they are not seen as a patchwork of assembled jokes often seen in some other modern Thai comedies. Boonchu visits Chiang Mai night market with his friends but his wallet is stolen. The owner has some “Ong Bak” skills so he can avoid being caught. Finally a young and mysterious lady helps to catch him and gives back his wallet to Boonchu. Boonchu and Mo cannot meet Boonchoke on the following day as he has gone hiking in the forest with his friend Mor. They face some wild animal smugglers. Luckily a young lady called Champa help them. They release the animals. She is Chahom's sister and is also the one who helped Boonchu. Captured by the smugglers, they succeed to escape and meet again Boonchoke’s parents. On the following day Champa learns that the smugglers plan to cut an one hundred years tree in the forest. She decide to oppose again. Boonchu and his son go also as Champa helped them before. During the arguments (Thai generations heritage protection versus immediate money) with the ruffians, Boonchu is shot in the chest. A sad song of life is played (คนดีของไทย) as Boonchu is seriously injured. The movie finally ends happily, i.e. the tree is saved, ruffians captured, Boonchu recovers and is very happy to learn that he is going to be a father a second time. As usual with Boonchu movies, there are many good feelings and messages regarding environment in this last opus.

ผู้หญิง 5 บาป 2
ผู้หญิง 5 บาป 2

Year: 2010

Thai title: ผู้หญิง 5 บาป 2
English title: Sin Sisters 2

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Akom Preedakul
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Five lady sinners are sent to purgatory. They have to be judged to decide which one will be condemned to hell. Who has done the biggest sin (ใครบาปกว่า)? * Seing another colleague seducing her boss, Nen decides to act similarly (ไปสวรรน). Her sin is to use sex to get favors from her boss, a married man, who has already a pregnant wife. * Oi, intalented singer, and her lesbian manager use all ways to become famous such as threats by using a sex video. Her sin is to use sex as a way to get what she wishes. * Soi is a TV serie (ลาคร) actress with sexy shapes but bad acting skills so she uses her sex skills to ease the director. She lies to her boyfriend, cheats him and refuses to marry him. * Mem is a top model (นางแบบ). She likes to seduce middle age men who are already married. Her sin is to enjoy breaking married couples. * Oum wants to be a miss Thailand so lies about her past and her bachelor status. She has a boyfriend who spoils her and an old boyfriend who just comes out of prison. She uses him to get rid of her rival to the competition. All girls get condemned to hell following their sins. This movie was forbidden to Thai people below 20 years old following the new rating system introduced in 2010. It is a mix of drama, comedy and mild erotic movie. There is never a full shooting of the Thai actresses as female stunts are used. It is far from being equivalent to Hong Kong "Sex and Zen" movies serie.

น้ำตาลแดง
น้ำตาลแดง

Year: 2010

Thai title: น้ำตาลแดง
English title: Brown Sugar

Rating: 3/5
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Brown sugar is a movie in two parts. It features short stories by six various new directors (ผู้กำกับเลือดใหม่). An uncut version was released in 2011. It is 18+ rated movie. First part features three short stories. The short stories speak about feelings or desires (ความปรารถนา) that are in deep inside and cannot always been expressed. The theme about sex and love is also discussed. The movie start with an introduction related to a lonely married lady going to a remote resort. She is looking for a friend to talk with about her unfaithful husband (เจ้าชู้) and complains about men, who can have sex without love (ใช้อารมณ์ ) but women need love feelings. A male resort employee helps her to get back esteem into herself. The three short stories then start. 1) น้อง Da, university student, has a lover called Korn, much older than her. Korn's mother always calls him and becomes a nuisance in their relationship. Da is very sexy and is admired by all men. It starts like a minor wife relationship but she finally becomes his real wife. This story is about the sexist myth to have a wife skillful in the kitchen and on the bed. 2) On Khaosan Road, Som is working in a traditional massage shop. She is attracted by a young man working in a tattoo shop near her shop. One day the young man comes for a massage. Being frustrated and having the young man’s odor on her, she gives pleasure to herself. There was much talk in Thai 2010 newspapers about this 10 minutes masturbation scene. She finally visits him to get a tattoo. This short story is about missed opportunities between both of them as nobody dares to speak despite having inner feeling and desires. 3)

น้ำตาลแดง 2
น้ำตาลแดง 2

Year: 2010

Thai title: น้ำตาลแดง 2
English title: Brown Sugar 2

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor:
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Brown sugar is a movie in two parts. It features short stories by six various new directors (ผู้กำกับเลือดใหม่). An uncut version was released in 2011. It is 18+ rated movie. Second part features three short stories. The short stories speak about feelings or desires (ความปรารถนา) that are in deep inside and cannot always been expressed. The theme about sex and love is also discussed. The movie start with an introduction related to a man breaking up with his girlfriends as soon as they start asking about his whereabouts. 1) Two women are back from shopping. There are close friends. The brother is blind. They have a hate and love relationship. Their feelings are peeped since childhood. This episode is relying on lot on sensual sounds. 2) A young man called Lek goes back home as his aunt has just died. He meets a young lady called Nit, who looks like his aunt before. There is a mix of a souvenirs between the past and the present, between his feeling for his aunt and for Nit. Lek was in love with his aunt and got his first experience with her. She was beaten by a thug due to some debts so he tried to protect her. 3) Kaew’s boyfriend has always good excuses for being late. He is living in his own world. Kaew is quite strict as they are not yet married so they cannot sleep together. The pace of the third episode is very slow, i.e. letting wondering the viewers if Kaew will really fall for her boyfriend or not.




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