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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...

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.

ผีห่า อโยธยา
ผีห่า อโยธยา

Year: 2015

Thai title: ผีห่า อโยธยา
English title: The Black Death

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chalermchatri Adam Yugala

Main actor:
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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...

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.

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.

ร่าง
ร่าง

Year: 2014

Thai title: ร่าง
English title: The Parallel

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor:
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.

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.

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.

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.

มึง-กู เพื่อนกันจนวันตาย
มึง-กู เพื่อนกันจนวันตาย

Year: 2012

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

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mario Maurer
Main actress:

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

แฟนใหม่
แฟนใหม่

Year: 2010

Thai title: แฟนใหม่
English title: Fan Mai

Rating: 4/5
Director: Piyaphan Chuphet

Main actor: Pete Thongjure,Ananda Everingham
Main actress:

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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.

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”.

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
Main actress:

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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.

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.

รถไฟฟ้า..มาหานะเธอ
รถไฟฟ้า..มาหานะเธอ

Year: 2009

Thai title: รถไฟฟ้า..มาหานะเธอ
English title: Bangkok Traffic Love Story

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Sirin Horwang

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Young Bangkokian woman Li is almost thirty years old and still single. She is coming from a local Thai Chinese family. They are involved in the trading. Her father is ultra protective. Her grant-mother only speaks Chinese. All her friends are now married. She often indulges in alcohols to forget her loneliness. Ped, her best friend, just gets married. That night she drinks too much again and has a slight car accident. She meets a young man called Lung for the first time. He helps her to start again her damaged car. Her father confiscated her car because it is severely damaged as she was drunk. She has to take Bangkok public transport (boat, motorbike taxi...) to reach office as taxicab is too expensive. She meets Lung again when she takes the Bangkok Skytrain. He works in Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) company at night time. She sells solar cells at daytime and has a crazy Japanese boss. Her parents still try to do the matchmakers and present her a young immature guy called Chai. During Songkran holidays her parents are going to China as usual but she is not willing to go. She tries anything to be in touch with Lung and to raise his interest. She is a a blundering lady and breaks his glasses, laptop and then his digital camera. She tries to find ways to get his mobile number. He finally invites her for Songkran festival to play water games. When a love story could really start, Li discovers that Lung is granted to study two years in Germany so he has to leave after Songkran festival. They separate as good friends. The movie ends up happily as they meet again two years later in the skytrain. Li is now working at night time as stock trader with US market. Lung invites her for the coming Songkran festival. This movie celebrates the ten years anniversary of Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) company. The Bangkok Skytrain was opened on December 1999. This movie highlights modern ways for ladies to seduce men, i.e. give her phone number, invite to go out, be a gik (กิ๊ก)... It is in opposition between traditional way and modern way to meet a husband. Nevertheless Li's mother forgets all her principles as her daughter couldn't find a mate. The romantic comedy "Bangkok Traffic Love Story" was the biggest success at 2009 Thai box office with 150 million baht. Cris Horwang was named 2009 best actress by the Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards. The movie also criticizes Thai popular Mass media.

นางไม้
นางไม้

Year: 2009

Thai title: นางไม้
English title: Nymph

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Main actor: Nopachai Chaiyanam
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According to Thai animist beliefs, นางไม้ or "NANG MAI" is a female spirit inhabiting a tree. The movie starts with two men chasing a woman in a jungle. The camera wanders in the jungle. Only screams from the lady can be heard. Then no sound anymore. The camera continues to wander in the jungle then reaches a waterfall where the two men corpses are floating in a pond. Nok and Mae are married since a few years. Their wedding is slowing down. They go in the jungle a few days for camping. Nok is only interested in photographing trees. He finds a specific tree and starts to caress it. Mae also wanders on her side. Nok seems to be troubled as he even lost his glasses found by Mae in the jungle. One night her husband disappears. She goes to see the national park rangers. They have no explanations on the disappearance as normally beasts don't attack humans. As she wishes to stay one more night in the jungle, a ranger gives her sacred Buddha amulets for protection. She keeps calling him on mobile phone and hears weird sounds. While searching at night time, she finds one of his slippers. She collapses and is found by the rangers at morning time. Mae's boss, Korn, arrives and brings back Mae to Bangkok. They had an affair. The same evening Korn talks to his wife Noi to announce he breaks up. But Nok miraculously comes home also. He now behaves strangely, buy many trees and immaculate Mae with soil. Mae is not in hurry anymore to break up with Nok. There is a mix between Nok and Korn presence in Mae's home. Was Nok really back? She goes back to the forest to try to cut the tree. The end is resolved by the affair between Mae and Korn ending for good as requested by the spirit. Nok goes back to the forest to stay with the spirit. This movie is about about couple relationship. Nymph movie was screened in the 'Un Certain Regard' section, a category reserved for daring or unconventional works.

ก้านกล้วย 2
ก้านกล้วย 2

Year: 2009

Thai title: ก้านกล้วย 2
English title: Khan Kluay 2

Rating: 4/5
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This movie is computerized cartoon taking place during Ayutthaya period when war with Burma was frequent. Khan Kluay is a strong young elephant. His wife Chaba Kaew is pregnant but Khan Kluay has no time for her as he trains other elephants to be elephants warriors. Chaba Kaew decides to go back to her village to deliver. She complains to Khan Kluay but Khan Kluay's mother highlights that Khan Kluay's duty (หน้าที่) to nation shall come first. The mother takes care of her. Chaba Kaew delivers two beautiful twins. Meanwhile Burmese troops use black magic to fortify their elephants. Burmese troops ransack the village where Chaba Kaew is staying. Khan Kluay's mother dies while protecting the twins. Chaba Kaew and the children are deported to Burma. Knowing this, Khan Kluay deserts to look for his wife and children. Khan Kluay is captured by Burmese troops and brought to their palace. A Thai princess is also held hostage there. She helps to organise the resistance to help the elephants but she cannot join as her son is also taken in hostage by the king of Hongsawadee. A Burmese sorcerer prepares a ceremony for a new attack on Ayuthaya. Twins elephants shall be sacrified. Through a Nai Khanom Tom (มวยไทย นายขนมต้ม) allegory, Khan Kluay succeeds to defeat the elephants leader and prevent his twins to be sacrified on the pyre. Finally the Thai soldiers imprisoned in Hongsawadee palace and all the elephants succeed to flee. Khan Kluay is accused as deserter. As Khan Kluay helps the Thai king to defeat the Burmese zombies soldiers and the sorcered, he is graced. This nationalist cartoon puts in stress family values (We are a family, parents' sacrifice for children) and the duty to the nation (being a soldier, allegiance to the Thai King).

เชือดก่อนชิม
เชือดก่อนชิม

Year: 2009

Thai title: เชือดก่อนชิม
English title: Meat Grinder

Rating: 4/5
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Main actress: Mai Charoeunpura,Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon

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Bout is a lady selling Thai noodle soup. Her life is full of sorrow, sad and bloody events. She has one young crippled daughter called Bua. When Bout was young, she was mistreated by her mum so has now sequels. Bout was raped by her father forcing Bout to marry early as she was pregnant. She had also a bad unfaithful husband who had debts. She killed him and her mistress as they try to drown her daughter who spied them together in the bedroom. The events happen during 1973 Thai student uprising historical events. A corpse is found in her cart as a student hides inside and receives a lost bullet. To get rid of the corpse, she chops it inside her noodle soup. It gives a delicious taste. She meets a young man that is looking for his missing friend. A love story starts. There is a strong analogy on flesh during lust and on bloody flesh used in noddle soup... A debt collector always bothers and threatens Bout to get paid relating old debts from her former husband. One evening she kills him and uses his flesh in noodle soup also. The young man understand after a while why she stockpiles sedatives from his pharmacy. She uses sedatives to put to sleep her victims before chopping them. He discovers Bua's body in a big jar. In fact Bout is crazy as Bua is dead since a long time already. Bua is only alive in her imagination. The young man sends her to police but without tangible proofs, Bout cannot be arrested. She is released and is looking for revenge over her former boyfriend and his new girlfriend. She kidnaps the girlfriend in her bloody cellar containing so many corpses... Main actress is famous Thai pop singer Mai Charoeunpura. Her performance is so striking that the pity over her sad life surpasses the horror due to her bloody killings. The film has been cut by Thai censors as the censors worried the film story could jeopardise the popularity of Thai noodle soup! The original Thai title was ก๋วยเตี๋ยว เนื้อ คน meaning "human meat noodles". The Thai title has to be changed to เชือด ก่อน ชิม meaning "carve before tasting".

ตอกตราผี
ตอกตราผี

Year: 2009

Thai title: ตอกตราผี
English title: The Fatality

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Somchai Sakdikul
Main actress: Wiyada Umarin

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This movie is a Thai Taiwanese production. Suriyong is working in a caretaker shop and is rejected by the society. He has always ghost visions. Following a deadly fight in Taipei, Suriyong wakes up in a Thai hospital but in somebody else’s body! He is now Asanee. He cannot remember he is married to a lady called Nakhun. He cannot speak Thai also. A Thai doctor speaking Chinese is assigned to his case. Doctors believe Asanee lost his memory (บ้าอะไร) as he cannot remember anything. Back home Nakhun doesn't believe Suriyong and tries to shoot him believing he is Asanee trying to hit her again. A mysterious secret prevails. Suriyong goes back to work as Asanee was a clerk. Some mysterious administrative letters are given to him. It seems ghosts (a woman smashed by a car, a little girl) want to give him messages. His office is inside an old administration building perfect for a scary setting. Suriyong understands he needs to stamp the letters that are in fact death certificates (ทำหน้าที่ตอบแทนเขา). Suriyong through stamping the certificates (คนปล่อยวิญญาณ) allows the spirits to have a rebirth. It seems his wife, Nakhun, has a mysterious secret towards him as Asanee’s best friend seems not so happy to see him back. Nakhun convinces Suriyong to go for a Buddhist exorcism. It takes place during the Tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra. Monks prayers fail to liberate Suriyong. There is an impressive 360 degrees shooting inside the temple. Suriyong investigates on Asanee’s past. The doctor also conceals a secret. Suriyong understands he has the right of life or death on people (คนอยากตาย). By stamping the certificate, Suryong can become Yama, the hell guardian, and can shorten people life and sufferings. Same as Asanee before, Suriyong starts to take pleasure by killing people (สนุกฆ่าคน). Things turn badly. Asanee's body is posseded by Asanee's spirit again and Suriyong’s spirit is expelled. Only the doctor can see him. Asanee tries to kill Nakhun again. The only way to stop Asanee is to stamp his death certificate. Suriyong, thanks to the doctor help, can stop Asanee on time and recovers his body. Nakhun then shots Suriyong as she has a lover. Both Asanee and Suriyong are now really dead and Nakhun can enjoy the heritage with her lover.

แหยม ยโสธร 2
แหยม ยโสธร 2

Year: 2009

Thai title: แหยม ยโสธร 2
English title: Hello Yasothon 2

Rating: 4/5
Director: Mum Jokmok

Main actor: Mum Jokmok,Noppadol Duangporn
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A few years have passed since "Hello Yasothon 1". Yaem is now married and has three children. He is village headman (กำนัน). A new district officer (นายอำเภอ) is coming. His name is Palat and he is coming from Bangkok. He tries to seduce Yaem's daughter called Wae. Yaem's teen child provides hints to Palat to seduce his sister Wae. Yaem doesn't trust Bangkokian people, who speak sweet words too easily (คนกรุงเทพปากหวาน). The mother likes Palat but the father always interferes. The movie highlights the life in Isan (อีสาน ) area in the Northeast of Thailand through the village head activities, i.e. visit Buddhist temples, check rice fields, market, village silk craft, Bun bang fai festival (ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ). Palat needs to go back to Bangkok. Wae is pregnant with Palat. Yaem comes to Bangkok to ask his parents to take responsability. Meanwhile local ruffians steal the Buddha statue (Ong Bak as a funny reference to Tony Jaa's movie in which Mum Jokmok also played) from the local Buddhist temple and kidnap Yaem's wife and daughter. Yem and Palat help each other to neutralize the ruffians. This movie is an hommage to 1960s old Thai movies. Actors are wearing colorful clothes. This movie has an ambiance similar to "Mon Rak Lung Tung" (1970 - มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง) but with less songs and more comedy. Lao language and a Molam (หมอลำ) soundtrack are used. The movie is full of funny visual or wording jokes. It is also an hommage to Isan culture. Isan people shall be pround of their language and culture.

เจ้านกกระจอก
เจ้านกกระจอก

Year: 2009

Thai title: เจ้านกกระจอก
English title: Mundane history

Rating: 4/5
Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong

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A young man, called Ake, is paralyzed and sitting in wheel chair. The movie relates the relationship between Ake, Pan, his personal male nurse, and Ake's father. Pan is coming from Phrae but has been educated in Khon Khaen. Ake has no wish to live anymore. It is difficult time for everybody and also for the father, who is always very busy. Ake is not willing to eat downstairs, not willing to receive visitors. Pan brings him some energy to accept his fate and they start to share a close relationship. It raises the discussion of the human condition and the helplessness that every person must endure. They talk common passions such as reading and writing. Finally Ake dies and the movie ending sequence is the birth of a child as part of our evolutionary cycle. The movie goes forward and backward, with repetitions same as our brain thinking. There is an allegory with a supernova as our human condition is biological, social, political and astronomical. Anocha Suwichakornpong is a Thai independent film director and his first long movie "Mundane History" won the Tiger Award from the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2009. The movie earned the 20+ rating in Thailand due to some "obscene" scenes. In fact the failed masturbation scene shows the emotional stress in which Ake has fallen in. Same as Apichatpong Weerasethakul movie, viewers might like or hate this movie.

หลวงพี่กับผีขนุน
หลวงพี่กับผีขนุน

Year: 2009

Thai title: หลวงพี่กับผีขนุน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mum Jokmok
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Seua is a sales manager, who acts badly in his life. He takes advantages of old people to sell them expensive goods and services. Following customers' complains, police tries to catch him. He flees to his home town, where his mother has found a wife for him but he has to become a Buddhist monk first. He has difficulty to get used to monk life (walk bare foot, eat whatever people offer you during morning alms, no comb...). At the same time, an egoist and rapacious old lady died in the village while trying to catch a jackfruit (ขนุน). Her ghost frightens all the villagers when they try to eat her jackfruit! Seua has to find solutions as the temple abbot is on trip. Seua starts to change his mind and behavior (promise to take care about his old mother, be nice to others, doesn't disrobe despite difficulties in order to help the villagers, understanding that ordination rite is an act towards the others - parents and community -). The ghost finally accepts its death. The police officer, understanding that Seua has changed his mindset, doesn't catch him. Seua finally marries a woman he truly loves.

คนไฟลุก
คนไฟลุก

Year: 2008

Thai title: คนไฟลุก
English title: Burn

Rating: 4/5
Director: Peter Manus

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Mona is working in an investment company. She had arguments with her mother. The same night, Mona's mother dies of self combustion. She had always pain in the stomach. Mona gets help from police detective Don. He askes for analysis of the burnt body but his boss wants him to stop investigating on this and to classify this affair as a domestic accident. Following enquiry to the clinic, which followed Mona's mother, they meet nurse Ploy, whose mother has also stomach pains. Her mother then also died of self combustion. The police boss seems to be linked with a pharmaceutical company. Finally they discover that this pharmaceutical company has illegally used Thai people as guinea pigs in order to test secret deadly medicine. The pharmaceutical company launches tough men after them to get back the proofs and eliminate them. Finally the Pharmaceutical company is sued in a Thai tribunal and its boss faces the same fate as the Thai victims... This supernatural stylish thriller is nicely shot with a captivating soundtrack.

เมมโมรี่ รักหลอน
เมมโมรี่ รักหลอน

Year: 2008

Thai title: เมมโมรี่ รักหลอน
English title: Memory Love Haunt

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
Main actress: Mai Charoeunpura

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A policeman calls his friend and doctor Krit (Ananda Everingham) to investigate on a weird case. Prae, 8 years old girl, claims she can see ghosts. One ghost is always frightening her but her mother, Ingorn (Mai Charoeunpura) believes it is only dreams that will disappear. Krit is specialized in difficult cases and psychic issues. He is puzzled by the bruises on Prae body. The doctor has lost his daughter before also and sometimes indulge in alcohol. He doesn't talk a lot to his wife being focus only on his job. Ingorn doesn't bring her daughter to school to avoid remarks on her daughter madness. She has quit her husband before as he was very violent. The doctor is worried Prae could hurt herself. He visits her at her home. She has scars on the face. When she does a drawing, there is Prae and her mother but also another small child in the house. The doctor starts to have visions also, seeing Ingorn face instead of his wife face. He is seeing a child being smashed by a car. He starts to be very close to Ingorn and Prae. He has finally a relationship with Ingorn. It seems that Ingorn has a relationship problem with men and she forbids her daughter to see any boy. Her own problems reflects in her daughter problems. The doctor decides to bring Prae to the hospital but Ingorn poisons him before. His wife quits Krit. Krit finds Ingorn again. Krit is really wishing to help Ingorn but she refuses any help and doesn't trust anybody. Up to the point, she prefers to die instead of having somebody else taking care of her daughter. Main actress is famous Thai pop singer Mai Charoeunpura.

ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช
ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช

Year: 2007

Thai title: ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช
English title: King Naresuan

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

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

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

บ้านผีสิง
บ้านผีสิง

Year: 2007

Thai title: บ้านผีสิง
English title: The House

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Intira Jaroenpura

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

แฝด
แฝด

Year: 2007

Thai title: แฝด
English title: Alone

Rating: 4/5
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Main actress: Marsha

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

บอดี้ศพ#19
บอดี้ศพ#19

Year: 2007

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

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

ไชยา
ไชยา

Year: 2007

Thai title: ไชยา
English title: Muay Thai Chaiya

Rating: 4/5
Director: Kongkiat Khomsiri

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

เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก
เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก

Year: 2007

Thai title: เมืองเหงาซ่อนรัก
English title: Wonderful town

Rating: 4/5
Director: Aditya Assarat

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

โรงงานอารมณ์
โรงงานอารมณ์

Year: 2007

Thai title: โรงงานอารมณ์
English title: Pleasure Factory

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

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

ก้านกล้วย
ก้านกล้วย

Year: 2006

Thai title: ก้านกล้วย
English title: Khan Kluay

Rating: 4/5
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Khan Kluay is the son of an elephant warrior. He has never seen his father (ลูกไม่มีพ่อ) but he has the same fighting spirit (อารมณ์นักสู้). He is living with his mum and friends. The elephant herd needs to migrate as human are coming close. His father was previously captured by humans. Khan Kluay wishes to free his father, Bupha. At night time, he enters in a soldier camp to find his father. Khan Kluay meets the King's son, the future King Naresuan. Khan Kluay flees and takes refuge in an elephant cemetery. He then meets Chaba Kaew, a young elephant female. Meanwhile his mum and the elephant herd have left. Chaba Kaew has no parents and has been educated by a human. Robbers always come to take food from the village but nobody is strong enough to face them. Chaba Kaew's father has built a training centre for elephants. Khan Kluay is trained and has now become a grown-up adult. So he helps to defeat the robbers. Ayuthaya now belongs to Thai kingdom again. King Naresuan (พระองค์ดำ), the new king, needs to select an elephant to go for war. He needs an exceptional elephant (ช้างทรงคู่บารมี). Khan Kluay is selected by the King. Khan Kluay's father was not a coward and died on battle field for the nation. Being reunited with his mother, Khan Kluay has to follow his duty. Following a final battle with Hongsawadee Burmese Kingdom, Khan Kluay defeats the red eyes powerful elephant (ช้างตาแดง). Khan Kluay rams the Burmese elephant into a sharp stick. This bright and colourful animation movie features a lot of Thainess such as Loy krathong festival and Thai history. Khan Kluay was the top-grosser in 2006 with 98 million baht. It was the first animated Thai feature to be released since 1979's The Adventure of Sudsakorn (สุดสาคร). This movie is part of 2000s decade spirit when many movies were highlighting a certain return to a Thai strong nationalism and pride.

กระสือวาเลนไทน์
กระสือวาเลนไทน์

Year: 2006

Thai title: กระสือวาเลนไทน์
English title: Ghost of Valentine

Rating: 4/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

Main actor:
Main actress: Wiyada Umarin

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A young nurse is transferred to an old hospital. Weird people are here including a physically disabled young man offering her a rose, a little girl trying to sell roses, the hospital director, a Buddhist nun patient, other nurses and helpers. At night time, the young nurse becomes an evil spirit called "PHI KRASEU" (ผีกระสือ) represented as a woman head with intestines. Due to an accident with the director, the disabled young man comes paralyzed. The nurse decides to take care about him. There is a strong bond between them due to a tragic event that has happened 60 years ago...

โคลิค เด็กเห็นผี
โคลิค เด็กเห็นผี

Year: 2006

Thai title: โคลิค เด็กเห็นผี
English title: Colic

Rating: 4/5
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Pregant Prae marries Pong. Pong was not in hurry to marry but he has no choice. They stay at Pong's mother home. Benn is Pong's sister but following the tragic death of her husband (burnt alive), she has lost part of her faculties. Tragically Benn dies also in a fire accident and Prae, shocked, has an earlier baby delivery. Their new son never stops crying up to the point the relationship between Prae and Ping gets tense. A doctor suggests a colic symptom but after three months the baby is still crying. A monk suggests to closely care about the baby until he is one year old. Mysterious events happen in the house. It looks like somebody else is living there also. It look like the baby is afraid of something but cannot speak. Can the baby see ghosts? Is the baby autist? Many possibilities are investigated by Prae. Prae escapes to a mortal accident thanks to the warning cries of the baby. Unfortunately Pong's mother dies in a traffic accident. The monk analyses that the baby fright is linked to his bad karma and to the very bad actions he has done in his previous life. The one year deadline is an important event to be reached. Serious accidents happen to Pong and Prae. On the first year birthday eve, spirits get wild to kill the baby. Finally the family stays safe and it is known that Benn's husband was an officer who is responsible of the death of 5 students hanged during the student street demonstrations. His spirit has been reborn into Pong and Prae's baby.

เปนชู้กับผี
เปนชู้กับผี

Year: 2006

Thai title: เปนชู้กับผี
English title: The Unseeable

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

Main actor:
Main actress: Tasawan Saneewong

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The action takes place around 1930's. Nuanchan is looking for her husband, who has disappeared one year ago following a business trip. She arrives in a old traditional Thai wooden house where he is supposed to have stayed. She is pregnant. The house supervisor, Somjit, allows her to stay but told her not to go in the main building house as it is forbidden as the house ruler, Run-juan, doesn't want to be disturbed. Choi, a domestic helper, mentions she has never seen the house ruler face. Every fifteen days, food is offered at the spirit shrine and she saw a hand grabbing food... Nobody dares going out at night time. There are also rumours about a lady with long hairs who hanged her-self in the garden. Nuanchan misses her husband but mysteriously his face is never shown. Nuanchan delivered the baby. Choi wants to bury the birth remains in the soil as there is an old belief that the spirit "Phi Kraseu" (ผีกระสือ) will eat such food at night time. The house ruler Run-juan has lost her husband and there are rumours she is bringing a lover at night time. The house ruler Run-juan wants to take care of the baby as she never had the occasion to have a baby before. Choi disappeared. One day Nuanchan finds her husband in the garden. He is not able to tell the whole truth but he is staying with the house ruler lady and asks Nuanchan to leave for her own safety. Finally truth is known. Chob is in fact the house ruler lady's husband, who had an infidelity with Nuanchan. So Nuanchan is the mistress! Afraid to loose him, the house ruler lady stabbed him to death. Somjit, seeing the event, fell from the stairs and died. Choi is also a ghost. All people are ghosts. Nuanchan also is a ghost as she hanged her-self before but she still refuses the truth so continues to come to the house to search for her husband. Even if the third movie of Wisit Sasanatien was not as colorful as two previous works, he received a lot of praise for the homage given to films of the 1930s.

แสงศตวรรษ
แสงศตวรรษ

Year: 2006

Thai title: แสงศตวรรษ
English title: Syndromes and a Century

Rating: 4/5
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Main actor:
Main actress:

The film is a tribute to the Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents and is divided into two parts. A new doctor is coming from the Army and apply for a position in a provincial hospital. Weirdly he is afraid of blood. Monks come for health tests also. One elder monk is having bad dreams about chicken. He tortured them when he was young. He wants to get medicine for the whole village and finally provide some natural herbs for the doctor. Another monk goes to dentist for the first time in his life. He wishes to be a DJ, the dentist wishes to be a country music singer. A special relationship happened between them. The monk plays guitar. Even the monk said he is an ordinary person. A shy doctor asks for engagement to a lady doctor Dr Toey. She doesn't say yes or no but narrates her own story with Noon, boss of an orchid farm, who is only interested in his flowers. Those relationships don't complete. The second part of the movie happens in an hospital inside the city. Same actors are playing but talks are different inside the city. The dental yard is like an industry. The dentist just focus on his work, there is no talk with the monk. Another relationship between a doctor and his girlfriend seems to go nowhere as he wants to stay in Bangkok but she wishes to work in Rayong inside an industrial park under development. Finally the movie ends up in Lumpini park, nature inside Bangkok city, where people do their evening aerobic dance together but they are dancing alone. Thai Censorship Board objected to depictions of monks and doctors in this movie. Cut scenes include a monk playing guitar, monks playing kite and a monk being treated by a dentist. Other cut scenes include four doctors drinking whisky in a hospital room, a scene of a male doctor kissing his girlfriend in the hospital's locker room and having an erection. Like all movies by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, people either like or dislike them. There are beautiful lengthy sequences characteristic of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's work.

เพื่อน...กูรักมึงว่ะ
เพื่อน...กูรักมึงว่ะ

Year: 2006

Thai title: เพื่อน...กูรักมึงว่ะ
English title: Bangkok Love Story

Rating: 4/5
Director: Poj Arnon

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

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Mek (เมฆ) is a solitary hitman with no friends and no love. He still has a brother and a sick mother. One day he kidnaps a young man denouncing corruption but refuses to execute him as the young man is not an evil guy (ฆ่าคนเลวไม่ฆ่าคนดี). Following arguments with his boss, a shooting happens and Mek flees with his victim. As Mek gets injured and loses blood, he receives help from the young man called Iht (อิฐ). Mek has a bad childhood. Iht then takes care of him, cleans his shack and wipes his body. A love story starts between the two men. It reminds Iht of his own past when his mother was sick and couldn't leave home. She died because some thugs hindered him to come back on time to give her medicine. He still feels ashamed as he couldn't help his mother on time. The ruffians still wish to eliminate them but the first attempt fails. Iht's girlfriend, Sai, starts to notice modifications in Iht's behavior. Love emerges between the two men. There is a delicate representation of homosexual love far away from the Thai ladyboy (กะเทย) usual style. Mek feels ashamed of himself and chases Iht. Iht still tries to meet Mek (ผมคิดถึงคุณ) but fails to locate him as Mek is too shy. Sai suffers as she knows she losts her love with Iht. Finally Iht and Mek find each other and declare their strong passion. It is seen by both Sai and Mek's brother. Iht helped Mek's brother, Mok (หมอก) who was always bullied by others as he is HIV positive. The mother knows also the truth about Mek. A tragedy happens as the two brothers argue. The mother hangs herself. While bringing the mother to hospital, ruffians try to kill Mek again. His mother is shot and dies. Meanwhile Sai decides to separate with Iht. Thinking about taking revenge, she finally doesn't shoot him. The two brothers decide to leave for the countryside. Before Mek decides to take revenge over the ruffians. Iht, alerted by the younger brother try to find Mek. Mek performs a rampage at the ruffians' place but is then captured at the train station by the police. Iht is injured into the eyes while trying to look for Mek at the ruffians' place. He is now blind. Mok dies from decease. In 2575, Mek is released from prison and Iht is waiting. The movie has a dark ending at Mek is shot down. This film won a Subhannahongsa Award for best screenplay and went on screen at many film festivals in Europe and Asia. The movie contains great action scenes including a shooting inside a Buddha factory.

เพราะอากาศเปลี่ยนแปลงบ่อย
เพราะอากาศเปลี่ยนแปลงบ่อย

Year: 2006

Thai title: เพราะอากาศเปลี่ยนแปลงบ่อย
English title: Seasons change

Rating: 4/5
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Young man Chatree enters music university (โรงเรียนดนตรี) for three years studies. He is playing drums. He follows a young girl, Dao, expert in violin. He loves her secretly for three years. The movie is divided in three parts same as Thailand three seasons. Hot season. Chatree finds two other students to make a music group. Dao is from high society family so she never notices Chatree before. Chatree meets Aom, another young lady, whose parents know Chatree's parents. She promises not to disclose to his parents that he is studying music. Chatree’s parents are just worried that being a musician is not enough to earn a living. Chatree meets a weird Japanese teacher at the school but he is very helpful in order to have Chatree to play in same orchestra as Dao. Chatree discovers classical music as he needs to do the drums for the end of year concert featuring the four seasons of Vivaldi. Rainy season. His father still believes he is studying maths. Chatree considers Aom as a friend and younger sister but Aom starts to have feelings for Chatree. Chatree finally talks to Dao and realizes she will leave to Budapest if she succeeds her exams. Chatree wishes now to succeed his exams in order to be accepted to go to Budapest also. Aom now realizes Chatree’s love for Dao. Winter season. Chatree's parents are finally aware as the Japanese teacher tells them the truth. Chatree believes Aom is the one who disclosed the truth so is very upset with her. Finally Chatree learns that Japanese teacher told his parents but cannot find Aom to excuse himself. The Japanese teacher talk to Chatree’s parents and they finally understand that they cannot force their son to study something he doesn't like. Son and father reconcile. End of year concert happens. All proud parents watch their children. Chatree is accepted for Budapest studies. It is a difficult choice for Chatree between Dao and Aom. Chatree finally decides to stay in Thailand. It is a nice romantic teen movie mixing various kinds of music. There are great musical moments mixing classical music, Thai traditional music and modern music.

เฉิ่ม
เฉิ่ม

Year: 2005

Thai title: เฉิ่ม
English title: Midnight My Love

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mum Jokmok
Main actress: Woranut Wongsawan

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Sombat is a lonely man in his 40s who's had a hard life. He drives a taxi by night and is obsessed with tunes played by a band, which was popular in the 60s. One night he meets Nual, a soulless masseuse working to support her family and there is an instant rapport. He is old fashioned, shy and has a good heart. Sombat is not interested in the modern Thai world. He has no CD player to listen to the music CD offered by Nual. She is also the first to bring him to a Mac Donald fastfood. The studio Sahamongkol Films grossed 39 million baht with the movie Midnight My Love.

สารคดีชีวิตจริง Bangkok girl
สารคดีชีวิตจริง Bangkok girl

Year: 2005

Thai title: สารคดีชีวิตจริง Bangkok girl
English title: Bangkok girl

Rating: 4/5
Director: Jordan Clark

Main actor:
Main actress: Sirirat Rapsithorn

This movie is a documentary from CBC Newsworld in Canada. It was their highest rated film in five years. It deals about prostitution in Thailand. 800 000 Thai people are working in the sex trade. Poverty and very low salaries for low education level are the main reasons. Thai people in average can earn 8 USD a day in Bangkok but only 2 USD a day on the country side. Working girls can get high pay that they could never dream to get with a factory job. The reporter follows Pla, a nineteen years old young woman, working in a bar. She stops studying at twelve years old and works since thirteen years old as bartender. She can only think of the present and not the future. She speaks a broken English. She notes that many foreigners (ฝรั่ง) come to Thailand to play the butterfly with Thai girls. The reporter has a doubt about Pla if she is only a bartender or also a prostitute like the other girls working in the bar. Thailand is a sex park theme for many foreign tourists. Some customers are shown such as a distasteful English man teaching in a local international Thai school. The reporter gives figures about sex industry in Thailand, i.e. huge business generating 2.5 billions USD per year, mafia and police through protection fees get a huge share. Police is patronizing the system and gets better monthly salary. Prostitution is legally forbidden in Thailand. The question about prostitution legalization always comes back but some people believe it would only let another player get their share also. The documentary shows how smart those girls are and how they know to get money from the foreigners. Some girls are also heart broken many times as they got wedding dreams, which didn’t occur. It also shows the seamier side including unsafe sex, drugs, penis chopped by a Thai woman fed up that her husband is still messing around, lady boy’s tough life. Pla has her hand partially disabled and a finger imputed. Her father has disappeared when she was seven years old. She needs a lot of money to cure her mother who has a thyroid decease. She had no choice to get money. It is difficult to read behind Pla’s Thai smile as many meanings remain hidden behind the surfaces. When the reporter is finally back to his home country, he learnt that Pla has died from a heart failure but police didn't do a proper autopsy.

หมานคร
หมานคร

Year: 2004

Thai title: หมานคร
English title: Citizen dog

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

Main actor:
Main actress:

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Pod quits his countryside to find a job in Bangkok. He works first in a factory and then in an office as security guard. He meets Jin who is working as a cleaning lady. Jin is obsessed with cleaning. She also searching for the meaning inside a white book she found earlier. Jin barely notices Pod's adoration, while Pod can never really communicate his love despite all his desperate attempts. Pot even decides to become taxi driver to have chance to stay longer time everyday with Ning while driving her to office. Believing that her white book was written by an environmentalist, she decides to demonstrate everyday against the usage of plastic bags and to help for recycling plastic bottles. She collects so many bottles that a huge montain made of plastic bottles emerges in Bangkok. The film's philosophy is that "if you look too hard for something, you won't see it right in front of you". This strikingly visual film with an optimistic mood earned only a meagre five million baht but it has received a Thailand National Film Association Award for Best visual effects. This movie has also been registered as National Heritage per the 2016 list released by the Thai Film Archive.

ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ
ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ

Year: 2004

Thai title: ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ
English title: Shutter

Rating: 4/5
Director: Parkpoom Wongpoom

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
Main actress:

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A young photographer, Thun, and his girlfriend, Jane, accidentally crash a young woman with their car on their way back from a party. They decide to leave the dead woman and drive away. They start discovering mysterious shadows in their photographs. As they investigate the phenomenon, they find other photographs contain similar supernatural images linked to the young woman. Thun's best friends are also being haunted and Jane discovers that her boyfriend has not told her everything... Shutter was Thailand's Number One local box hit for 2004. A Hollywood remake of Shutter was done in 2008. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2015, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

คน ผี ปีศาจ
คน ผี ปีศาจ

Year: 2004

Thai title: คน ผี ปีศาจ
English title: Evil

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chookiat Sakweerakul

Main actor:
Main actress: Pumwaree Yodkamol,Amara Asavananda

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Young teenage girl Oui has lost her two parents. She is coming to stay in a relative's home (Pa Bua), which is located in the upper floors of a printing factory. Oui needs to share room with youngster Nong am. Only three people stay at home at night time (Pa Bua, Oui and Nong Am). Nobody else dares to stay. Pa Bua forces Nong Am to eat mysterious liver (บำรุงเลือด). Nong Am claims there are ghosts in the house. Oui often dreams about her parents. One night, while the father was changing a tyre on their car, two youngs men killed her parents to rob their belongings. So she eats medicine to forget and not to see things that she doesn't want to see. Nong Am has scars in the back. Pa Bua is also an Indian sorcerer (หมอผีแขก) and medium (คนทรง). While cleaning the Buddhist altar room (ห้องพระ), Oui hears mysterious voices. Pa Bua is in trance. Tiger shouts can be heard. Each morning all workers are amazed Oui is still here and alive. Oui has visions regarding her parents' killer. She believes he is waiting outside. What is the most dangerous? Being inside with ghosts or outside with the killer? Strange noises can be heard in the house when Pa Bua is outside. Pa Bua has locked the house. Oui decides to go on the second floor to decide if people or ghosts are staying there. Two people are furtively seen. One worker, Phi Sutchai, is helping her. Pa Bua comes back. She becomes crazy. Oui has visions as she cannot distinguish truth and dreams. Finally Pa Bua was killing the babysitters that were mistreating Nong Am and was hiding the bones inside the walls. When she was outside, the spirits were wandering and terrifying Nong Am. First-time director Chookiat Sakweerakul has made a smarter Thai horror movie. His impressive debut took only about 10 million baht in Thai box office.

Six หกตายท้าตาย
Six หกตายท้าตาย

Year: 2004

Thai title: Six หกตายท้าตาย
English title: Six

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Ray McDonald
Main actress: Intira Jaroenpura

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Fai is a lady having scary visions. She is mysteriously connected to the number "6", which is related to bad luck. On the night before her 24th birthday (2+4 = 6 and 6*4 = 24), her friends come to celebrate. The whole group is composed of 6 men and one woman, Fai. One of the friends foretells their future (ดูดวง) with tarots cards. They shall all die due to ghosts (ผีมีจริง). Following a visit to a Buddhist Thai temple and Chinese shrine to get protective items, they decide to find ghosts. On the way to an old mansion, they almost have a deadly traffic accident. Fai takes a picture of the group but the young men are not displayed on the picture... They reach the old abandoned mansion close to the sea. It looks like a haunted house with bats, rats, a mysterious hidden owner and a scary caretaker. A calling spirit ceremony (พิธีเรียกวิญญาณ) is performed. A woman spirit answers. Fai believes that the spirit wants them to achieve something. They found a room with 6 coffins. They put in place a network of small webcams and microphones in the house. Six of them performs a new calling spirit ceremony in six different rooms. Suspense is increasing. Woman cries are heard. Ravens attack. A ghost is seen. Blood spills. The batteries run out. Once the batteries are replaced, they have disappeared and finally are found in the coffins. All of them were involved in a murder 70 years ago. In fact they already died in the car accident when going to the house. The ghost already takes his revenge. All of them have died except Fai. This movie has a really nice photography. The suspense momentum gets increased very well.

คนเห็นผี 2
คนเห็นผี 2

Year: 2004

Thai title: คนเห็นผี 2
English title: The Eye 2

Rating: 4/5
Director: Oxide Pang,Danny Pang

Main actor: Jesdaporn Pholdee
Main actress: Shu Qi

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Joey, young and beautiful Hong Kong lady, is spending a lot of money on shopping in Bangkok to forget her problems. She even tries a suicide tentative because she can see ghosts. The tentative fails. She call a Thai man called Sam during her insomnia. The hotel sends Buddhist monks to chase the ghosts from her room. She goes back to Hong Kong. Her Thai boyfriend still refuses to answer to her calls. She still sees ghosts in many occasions, i.e. in restaurants, MTR train station, bathroom. She discovers that she is pregnant. She decides to see a medium expert and gets Buddhist explanations on her ghostly visions. The medium tells her that a ghost wishes to enter inside her womb and be reincarnated inside her baby. When somebody dies, the spirit shall be reincarnated. It is karma (กรรม) Buddhist belief. So she tries not to panic when seeing ghosts. People believe she is crazy so she is sent to hospital. She sees a spirit trying to enter her womb. A woman ghost is chasing her. She enquiries on women who got suicide in MTR train stations. She forces the ghost to come out by trying to hang up herself. She finds the ghost’s name is Michelle. By interviewing some of Michelle’s family members she finds that her boyfriend Sam was Michelle's husband! Sam couldn't see Joey anymore without thinking about Michelle's suicide. His wife is going to be his daughter! His wife got suicide as a retaliation on Sam having a mistress. Joey doesn't want Michelle to become her baby so she jumps from the hospital roof but fails to die. Finally the baby is born and Joey can live happily with her daughter as she accepts to leave with the moral burden that she has part of responsibility in Michelle’s death. "The Eye" movies are an horror series, with the latest one titled "The Child's Eye 3D" released in 2010.

ไอ้ฟัก
ไอ้ฟัก

Year: 2004

Thai title: ไอ้ฟัก
English title: The judgement

Rating: 4/5
Director: Patham Thonsang

Main actor:
Main actress: Bongkoj Kongmalai

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Fak leaves the monkhood to care for his old father. When he returns home, he finds his father has married a much younger woman. She is beautiful but also mentally unbalanced. Then the father dies, leaving Fak to care for his insane stepmother. Soon Fak's neighbors in this remote village are gossiping about him. This rejection by the villagers sends Fak into a spiral of despair and it shows how a conformist streak in society can reduce a man to decadence. This movie is based on the novel 'คำพิพากษา' by Chart Korpjitti. It is the second movie based on Chart Korpjitti's novel. The first version was shot in 1989.

โกหก ... ทั้งเพ
โกหก ... ทั้งเพ

Year: 2003

Thai title: โกหก ... ทั้งเพ
English title: Fake

Rating: 4/5
Director: Thanakorn Pongsuwan

Main actor: Ray McDonald
Main actress: Patcharapa Chaichuer

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Fake is an art-house movie dealing with the complexities of life in Bangkok. It uses the different perspectives of the three lead characters to tell a love story with the same woman.

คืนบาป พรหมพิราม
คืนบาป พรหมพิราม

Year: 2003

Thai title: คืนบาป พรหมพิราม
English title: Macabre case of Prom Pi Ram

Rating: 4/5
Director: Manop Udomdej

Main actor: Somphob Benjatikul
Main actress:

In year 1977, around 30 males reportedly raped a woman until she died. She had been kicked off her train at Phrom Phiram short of her intended stop for not having a ticket. This movie relates this story and the police enquiry to find the culprits. Local politicians had interfered with the judicial process after the crime. This action raises the inequality facing women in Thai society, especially when they are crime victims. The film's co-producer is ChatriChalerm Yukol. Manop Udomdej started working on his project after he read a book based on the tragedy written by investigative journalist Santi Sawetwimol, who uncovered details about the case that local authorities had tried to cover up.

เฮี้ยน
เฮี้ยน

Year: 2003

Thai title: เฮี้ยน
English title: The mother

Rating: 4/5
Director: Bandit Thongdee

Main actor:
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Intira Jaroenpura

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This movie is about an addicted young woman having visions. She sees a lady ghost and hears baby screams. The lady ghost is looking for her baby that has been transformed into a "KUMAN THONG" (กุมารทอง). Wishing to stop the visions, the young woman is investigating about the lady death and is getting her help.

บุปผาราตรี
บุปผาราตรี

Year: 2003

Thai title: บุปผาราตรี
English title: Rahtree: Flower of the Night

Rating: 4/5
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak

Main actor: Somchai Sakdikul
Main actress:

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A rich playboy seduces and abandons a young lady called Rhatree. The young lady kills herself and her apartment is now haunted. Nobody can get the ghost out despite the multiple trials by a Chinese medium and a catholic priest. Full of sorrow, the playboy comes back but doesn't know that her lover is now a ghost...

องค์บาก
องค์บาก

Year: 2003

Thai title: องค์บาก
English title: Ong Bak

Rating: 4/5
Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Main actor: Tony Jaa,Mum Jokmok,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Pumwaree Yodkamol

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"Ong Bak" is a Buddha statue located in a remote northeastern Thai village. One day, the statue head is stolen. A young man is going to Bangkok in order to get back the stolen head. He is a old style Thai boxing expert. In Bangkok, he is getting the help from a teenage girl and a fellow coming from the same village. They are facing a dangerous gang specialized in stealing old Buddhist artifacts. It raises opposition between village life (peace, slowness, culture respect, local Buddhist traditional festivals, villagers unity...) and Bangkok city life (danger, drug, prostitution, gambling, materialism, foreigners...). This movie contains art martial scenes that Hong Kong movies can envy. It grossed 120 million baht in Thailand. "Ong Bak" has been awarded the Action Asia prize at France's Deauville Asian Film Festival. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2015, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

แฟนฉัน
แฟนฉัน

Year: 2003

Thai title: แฟนฉัน
English title: My Girl

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Charlie Trairattana
Main actress:

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This nostalgia-ridden movie narrates a story of gangs of pre-teen friends. It grossed more than 100 million baht in Thailand. It deals with many subjects linked to childhood, i.e. pre-teen loves, separation from friends when parents move to other cities, games with boys and girls etc... The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2014, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล
เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล

Year: 2003

Thai title: เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล
English title: Last Life in the Universe

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Main actor: Asano Tadanobu
Main actress:

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Kenji is a Japanese working in a Bangkok library. He is obsessed by suicide. Noi and Nid are two sisters working in Karaoke for Japanese customers. Wishing to jump from a bridge, Kenji is distracted by a young woman he recognises from the library. This woman, Nid, is hit by a car and killed. Kenji then spends three days with Noi in her home. They start to learn and appreciate each other despite their opposite characters but Noi has to go to Osaka for work. The movie has a slow, dark and bleak pace. It has received many awards (Venice Film Festival, Thailand National Film Association Awards, Bangkok International Film Festival).

บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์
บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์

Year: 2003

Thai title: บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์
English title: Beautiful boxer

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree
Main actress:

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It is based on the true story of Parinya Kiatbusaba, a champion kickboxing transvestite. Described as a living paradox – he fought like a man in order to become a woman – his story is a tale of one effeminate boy's determination to do whatever it took to raise the money to turn himself into the woman that he had always felt that he was. When people think about transvestite (กะเทย), they think about clowns, entertainers. This movie digs deep into the heart of someone who is a transvestite character.

โอเคเบตง
โอเคเบตง

Year: 2003

Thai title: โอเคเบตง
English title: OK Baytong

Rating: 4/5
Director: Nonzee Nimitbut

Main actor:
Main actress:

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Tum is a Buddhist monk for 27 years. When his sister is killed in a terrorist explosion on a train in the south of Thailand, he decided to disrobe in order to look after his niece. Once in the city, Tum has to learn a new life. Living above his sister's hair salon, he is confronted with a new world he knows nothing about, i.e. cell phones, drinking, sex, love, trousers with zip, to ride a bicycle, to work. This movie also raises Buddhist versus Muslim themes.

ตะลุมพุก มหาวาตภัยล้างแผ่นดิน
ตะลุมพุก มหาวาตภัยล้างแผ่นดิน

Year: 2002

Thai title: ตะลุมพุก มหาวาตภัยล้างแผ่นดิน
English title: Taloompuk

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich
Main actress: Kingdao Daranee

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This movie is about the 27 oct 1962 severe storm, which devasted Pak Phanang coast and Talumphuk cape and killed 769 inhabitants. A young muslim lady is in love with a young buddhist fisherman but his parents have decided to marry her to another muslim man. The rivalry between the two men peaks when the young fisherman is accused of murder. The unwilling wedding just starts when the storm arrives in Talumpuk...This movie got two awards.

คนเห็นผี
คนเห็นผี

Year: 2002

Thai title: คนเห็นผี
English title: The Eye

Rating: 4/5
Director: Oxide Pang,Danny Pang

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Miss Wong is blind since she is two years old. She got the opportunity to get new eyes from a donator (บริจาคตา). After the operation, it is still blurry. She starts to see stranges things and has visions. Later on she understands that she can see ghosts. She can see things that other cannot see. She even can see the soul collector. She asks her doctor, Dr Wah, for help. He finally believes her. There is no improvement as she even decides to always stay in the darkness by closing curtains in order to avoid seeing ghosts. The doctor decides to bring her to Thailand in order to find more the eye donator. The eye donator is a young Thai lady called Ling. Ling was always despised by her neighbours as she could foresee when people would die. One day she could see that a big fire shall happen in the slum (สลัม) but nobody trust her. She finally hang herself as she felt ashamed not being able to prevent all these deaths. Miss Wong sleeps in Ling's room and can see the truth. She helps to the reconciliation of Ling and her mother so that Ling can rest in peace. When going back to Bangkok, Miss Wong can see that an accident is going to happen, i.e. a gas transport truck is going to explode. It is based on a real tragedy, which happened in 1990. A gas transport truck exploded along the New Petchaburi Road in Bangkok causing the death of 59 people. But same as Ling, nobody is believing her... Being blind again due to burnt eyes, she is now happier with Dr Wah at her side. Following the success of the first opus, movies "The Eye 2" and "The Eye 10" were then released in 2004 and 2005. An American remake was done in 2008 with Jessica Alba.

ผีหัวขาด
ผีหัวขาด

Year: 2002

Thai title: ผีหัวขาด
English title: Headless Hero

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Thep Po-ngam,Choomporn Theppitak,Jaturong Mokjok,Note Chernyim
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Before his death, Diao's father instructed him to look for an old friend in a remote village. In this village, he became famous by winning a buffalo racing competition, the boxing competition and the attentions of the village beauty. He also managed to upset the local gangsters by protecting the poor people. After the competitions, Diao chase thiefs, who have stolen the head of a Buddha image in a temple. He managed to retrieve the relic but on his way back to the village, he was accosted by the irate gangsters, who beheaded him. Waking as a headless ghost, he's ready for revenge. It was the best comedy movie of 2002 and received a Thai Oscar award.

ขวัญเรียม
ขวัญเรียม

Year: 2001

Thai title: ขวัญเรียม
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

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Riem is the daughter of the district leader. Khwan is the son of a peasant. They have been friend since childhood. While growing, love emerges but Riem's father sends her to Bangkok to marry the child of a rich family. When the bridegroom comes back to the village with Riem, tragic confrontation is happening with Khwan. It is a remake of the famous movie "The old scar" - แผลเก่า directed by Cherd Songsri in 1977.

14 ตุลา
14 ตุลา

Year: 2001

Thai title: 14 ตุลา
English title: The Moon Hunter

Rating: 4/5
Director: Bandit Ritthakol

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This movie deals about the life of a pro-democracy activist and his wife, who joined the PLAT (Popular Liberation Army Thai) in remote region after the 14 October 1973 massacre. They decide to flee after the assassination of many fellow activists. In the jungle, they face harsh life, military conflicts against Thai soldiers, political conflits inside the communist party (CPT) and understand that they are toys manipulated by the Chinese external policy. China helped them in 1975 when Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia became communist but helped Thai goverment to counter Vietnamese influence after the eviction of Red Khmers by Vietnam in Cambodia in 1979. Finally their dreams of solving Thailand's ills disappear. This movie has received 5 Thai awards. This movie is based on the life of 1973 student activist Seksan Prasertkul and was the last large-scale "political film" to be made in Thailand in 2000s decade. It was a flop at the box office. The director Bandit Ritthakol was a former reporter at The Nation who covered the mass uprising in October 1973.

เชอรี่แอน
เชอรี่แอน

Year: 2001

Thai title: เชอรี่แอน
English title: Sherry Ann

Rating: 4/5
Director: Charoon Wattanasin

Main actor:
Main actress: Penpak Sirikul

A few years ago, the Supreme Court found four construction workers innocent of the Sherry Ann Duncan murder case (1986) after they had already spent several years in jail. One died in captivity, while another was crippled as a result of the police interrogation that forced the confessions. The four were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment by the criminal court, on the basis of police evidence. Years later, a new investigation team reopened the case at the request of the victim's boyfriend. New suspects were arrested, who were sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court. But no police investigators have been punished for the fake evidence that wrongly put the four construction workers behind bars. This movie relates this story.

บางระจัน
บางระจัน

Year: 2000

Thai title: บางระจัน
English title: Bang Rajan

Rating: 4/5
Director: Thanit Jitnukul

Main actor: Bin Banleurit,Vinai Kraibutr,Choomporn Theppitak
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In 1766 the Burmese were moving close to Ayutthaya. But before they could reach the capital, the Burmese soldiers had to pass through Bang Rajan, a town northwest of Ayutthaya. Led by a few brave souls, the Bang Rajan villagers put up a strong fight against an entire Burmese army. During several months and many assaults, the villagers stood strong, until finally they were overwhelmed. The movie was Thailand's biggest box office hit ever until movie Suriyothai was released. Bang Rajan 2 is on the way for 2010! This historical epic is based on the theme of ancient rivalry with Burma and ferocious patriotism. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2015, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

ฟ้าทะลายโจร
ฟ้าทะลายโจร

Year: 2000

Thai title: ฟ้าทะลายโจร
English title: Tears of the Black Tiger

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

Main actor: Sombat Methanee
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan

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It is based on "Romeo and Juliette" scenario. Thai cowboys gang are confronting each other and one cowboy loves the daughter of the opposite gang. It is a rollicking technicolour melodrama, a loving homage to the lost Thai films of the 1960s. This movie was awarded the first prize of the 8th annual Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema in Vancouver. It is Wisit Sasanatieng's first movie. The movie costs 20 millions Baht as it has to be digitalised to add the old style color aspect.

อั้งยี่
อั้งยี่

Year: 2000

Thai title: อั้งยี่
English title: Ang Yee

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon
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This movie takes place in the 1940s in the Thai Chinese communauty. Two Chinese secret societies are confronting each other. This violent and bloody movie is a Taiwanese-Thai cinematographic cooperation.

บางกอก แดนเจอรัส
บางกอก แดนเจอรัส

Year: 2000

Thai title: บางกอก แดนเจอรัส
English title: Bangkok dangerous

Rating: 4/5
Director: Oxide Pang,Danny Pang

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This is the story of a mute killer ("MEU PEUN" - มือปืน), i.e. how he becomes a killer, his impossible love story due to his bad job, the sob awareness of his job (killing good people) and his final destiny. This movie gets a Fipresci international award. In 2008, a US remake directed by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang was released. It was starring Nicolas Cage and Shahkrit Yamnarm.

หลวงตา
หลวงตา

Year: 2000

Thai title: หลวงตา
English title: Luang Ta

Rating: 4/5
Director: Parkpoom Wongpoom

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This 8-minute short film was done by Parkpoom Wongpoom, who also directed "Shutter", Thai box office hit horror movie in year 2004. A couple and their boy ask for permission to stay in a Buddhist temple as they are poor. The abbot, who is paraplegic, gives his authorization. During every morning alms, the father and his son accompany the abbot to receive people donations. Many people give money as they wish the abbot to recover. The father keeps part of the money and then the son brings an envelop with the remaining money to the abbot. The son is shocked as it is bad deed to rob money from monks. He decides to hide some money and put it back in the envelop for the abbot. One day he surprises the abbot walking by him-self to check the money amount. This short film highlights the modern corrupted society with a father showing bad pattern to his son and an abbot lying to his followers to get more donations. Real life is cruel...

เรื่องตลก69
เรื่องตลก69

Year: 1999

Thai title: เรื่องตลก69
English title: 6ixtynin9

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Main actor: Sithao Petcharoen
Main actress: Lalita Panyopas

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Tum was sacked from a finance company. One day, she finds a noodle box that contains over a million baht. Her life was never the same again when gangsters started looking for the missing money. This movie got awards at Berlin and Brooklyn film festivals. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2015, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

กำแพง
กำแพง

Year: 1999

Thai title: กำแพง
English title: The Wall

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Phairoj Jaising
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A rich young boy is fond of a girl living in a slum. The boy's father, who is deputy, has decided to expropriate the slum inhabitants in order to build an estate. The young boy decides to help the inhabitants to build a wall around the slum. Their love story is endangered by the slum inhabitants, who doubt about the young boy sincerity, and his father, who doesn't accept a poor bride and doesn't hesitate to destroy the slum by fire. Shall their love overcome all these obstacles?

คนจร
คนจร

Year: 1999

Thai title: คนจร
English title: Konjorn

Rating: 4/5
Director: Attaporn Thaihirun

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich,Ray McDonald,Suchao Pongwilai,Krailat Kriengkrai
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It depicts a well-to-do Thai-Chinese businessman called Mongkol, his wife, two daughters and son. Things go wrong when two Burmese immigrants hired by the family to do household work get into a fight with his son. They are arrested, but escape from the police and return to the family's house. There they kill the daughter and attack the remaining family members. Dang, a homeless man, witnesses the entire thing. Dang comes from a troubled past, his father was a police captain who was drunkard. His mother's lover subsequently murdered Dang's family. Dang, shocked by the event, became mad and started wondering the streets. As he witnesses the immigrants attack the family, he has his own uncontrollable flashbacks of his own family getting murdered. He tries to communicate with the police to tell them what he sees, but is unable to do so. He is finally the one to help the Thai-Chinese family. It puts the stress about how Thai people are oppressed by the police (i.e. ruthless policemen beating illegal Burmese immigrants, policemen asking and receiving bribes, policemen taking advantage of prostitutes, policemen modifying proofs and truth to get promotion). The multi-layer visual style might turn off normal audience but this is a rare example of avant-garde Thai indie film.

เสือ โจรพันธุ์เสือ
เสือ โจรพันธุ์เสือ

Year: 1998

Thai title: เสือ โจรพันธุ์เสือ
English title: Crime King

Rating: 4/5
Director: Thanit Jitnukul

Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon
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Thai movie เสือ โจรพันธุ์เสือ / Crime King was released in year 1998. It lasts 2h04mn. Just after World War II, many gangs were active in Thailand. One gang led by Seua Bai (เสือใบ) was robbing rich bad men to redistribute their money to poor peasants. This movie is based on a real story. This movie deals about the police chase towards Seua Bai and his gang. The former rocker turned screen star Amphol Lumpoon received a Best Actor Award for this movie. Thai Police has to catch Seua Bai (Amphol Lumpoon) and his team within 6 months. Two of his men steal villagers’ money to gamble. They have to be punished. His girlfriend Lai wishes Bai to stop being given a robber and asks for their forgiveness. Police tries to locate Seu Bai and his team. Villagers don't speak as Seua Bai supports poor people. Fighting is happening in a gambling den as his men (ลูกน้อง) misbehave. Seua Bai is a smart robber so police fails to catch him. Soldiers attack a village, where they believe Seua Bai and his men are hiding during day time. Police and soldiers know the place as two members of Seua Bai’s team disclosed the exact location against money. Seua Bai wishes to take revenge but he falls in a trap. During the fightings, Lai is killed. Seua Bai is finally captured while paying respect to Lai's funeral urn. Following the 1932 Thai revolution which transformed the government from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, some people were unhappy to lose power. Some people wished to kill Bai as he was an Oxford erudite but they killed his wife instead. Bai had to become a thief to protect citizen against people abusing power. Seua Bai's teammates succeed to release him from prison following a daring escape. Seua Bai flees with Phi Bun to the South in Betong area. He tries to have a normal life but the family, who shelters him, faces issues with a local kingpin. Boolong, Phi Bun’s girlfriend, is killed. Revenge is needed. Police ask Seu Bai to surrender but he doesn't want to give up as all his friends are dead...

2499 อันธพาล ครองเมือง
2499 อันธพาล ครองเมือง

Year: 1997

Thai title: 2499 อันธพาล ครองเมือง
English title: Dang Bireley and the Young Gangsters

Rating: 4/5
Director: Nonzee Nimitbut

Main actor: Jesdaporn Pholdee
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Dang Bireley and the Young Gangsters (2499 อันธพาลครองเมือง) is a Thai movie released in year 1997 and directed by Nonzee Nimitbut. Daeng is the son of prostitute and has been in violence cycles since his young age. The action takes place in decade 1950s with youth references such as Elvis Presley or James Dean. Daeng always kiss his James Dean amulet to get good luck and not a Buddhist amulet. Daeng, Pu, Dam, Lem Sing, Piek are close friends (นักเรียน / นักเลง). Daeng's mother would like her son to ordain (บวช). Daeng would like his mum to stop such job. He meets Pra, a bar singer. He refuses to do normal job and keeps trying in order to become a ruffians leader in his district but other leaders are already present so it causes clashes. Daeng gets a gun to get revenge. During an outdoor movie performance in a temple fair with an old movie featuring Sor Asanajinda, Taksin Jampol and Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit, Daeng shots rival thug. Issues then happen with Dam and Pu. Piek ends up in jail. Friendship ends with Dam and Pu. Daeng cannot choose his path but can fight it. Daeng helps his friend Moo Chiem to protect the blue moon bar in Chonburi. Moo Chiem wishes to open a casino (บอล) but he is then in competition with local headman Taek. Moo Chiem hires Pu and Dam without telling Daeng. Pu and Dam have arguments with GIs causing the casino to be closed ten days. Moo Chiem is killed by a hitman. Taek is suspected. Taek hires Pu and Dam to destroy the underground casino. Daeng and his team takes revenge over Taek but Pu and Dam succeed to escape. Daeng goes back home to fulfill his promise to ordain to his mother. Despite threats to ruin the ceremony by Pu and Dam, Daeng decides to go ahead. During the ceremony, heavy shootings happen. Daeng, Pu, Laem and Dam die. Daeng’s promise to ordain as a monk was only to please his mother. His heart was not really sincere so he ironically dies before being able to enter the Buddhist temple. Another movie in 2012 called Gangster - Antapal (อันธพาล) was released and involving same protagonists. It was not a remake but another view on the same gangster era. This movie has taken over 75 million baht at the box office in 1997, an amazing figure by local standards.

ปีนเกลียว 3
ปีนเกลียว 3

Year: 1997

Thai title: ปีนเกลียว 3
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Krissanapong Rachata,Jai Juntamooltreem,Tony Jaa
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Thai movie ปีนเกลียว 3 (Jai Juntamooltree, ประภาพร สุนารถ, Krissanapong Rachata) was released in year 1997. It lasts around 1h18mn. A man called Son (Jai Juntamooltree) quits the Buddhist monastery and Luang Pho tells him to always keep cool temper. A Buddhist amulet helps him to stay calm under any circumstances. He is a former Thai boxing champion. Biaw, a tough man, prevents the workers to work. He hits all the men and promises to come back. Son arrives in this company to meet an old friend called Khaek. The owner’s brother is a ruffian and asks for half of the paternal house. The company owner refuses as he respects his father’s decision and the brother already got a lot of money previously. Biaw is now working for the ruffians' leader. Tony Jaa, assistant of a bigger ruffian, is playing a gay fighter. Taem is the beautiful daughter of the company owner. Biaw is back to prevent workers to work again. Son refuses to fight with him. Biaw finally leaves as Taem threatens to call the police. While Taem and his friends (Kaew, Kam) are visiting a temple, Biaw intervenes again. Son get severely beaten by Biaw as he refuses to fight. Kaew or Taem both start to like Son. Who will get Son's love? Taem brings Son on her motorbike. While they are eating a noodle soup, the ruffians arrive again. Humiliation continues but as one of the ruffians tears off Son's Buddhist amulet, Son gives them a harsh lesson as he is not hindered anymore by his promise to Buddha. It is Taem’s birthday. Having a small gift compared to Kam, he doesn’t dare to join the birthday party. Taem asks Son to teach her Thai boxing. The ruffians intensify their attack and now use guns to shoot the workers. Khaek, Son’s close friend, is killed. The business is stopped. Taem is kidnapped but Son is following the kidnappers through a motorbike. He is captured in the ruffians' den. The ruffians mock him (ดอกฟ้ากับหมาวัด). Final fighting happens with ruffians through gun, rifle shootings and Thai boxing. Son defeats Biaw, Tony Jaa and finally the big boss. As usual, there is full action in movies directed by Panna Panna Rittikrai's team (138/1 production).

ฝันบ้าคาราโอเกะ
ฝันบ้าคาราโอเกะ

Year: 1997

Thai title: ฝันบ้าคาราโอเกะ
English title: fun bar karaoke

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Main actor: Ray McDonald
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Pu, a young girl, has been dreaming that her mother, who had died some years before, is building a house. A fortune teller advises her that, should she continue to have this dream, her father will die when the house is completed. Her father, a playboy, is a karaoke regular. He eventually becomes involved with Yok who has connections with the Chinese Mafia. Noi, son of an American soldier who dreams of saving money, learn English and wants to leave for America. He is in love with Pu, but too shy to reveal his love for her. Pu cannot stop dreaming about the house. Her father's relationship with Yok brings him nothing but bad luck... This movie is a study as well as a satire of the co-existence of modernity and superstition.

เรือนมยุรา
เรือนมยุรา

Year: 1996

Thai title: เรือนมยุรา
English title: House of the Peacock

Rating: 4/5
Director: Cherd Songsri

Main actor: Saranyu Wongkrachang,Ruj Ronnapop
Main actress: Darin Kornsakoon

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In 1775, a Brahmin priest casts an eclipse. It was during Ayuthaya period when fights with Burma were frequent. Lady Nok Yung and her suite stays in the house of the Peakcock (เรือนมยุรา), which is now out of the time realms and out of reach of Burmese soldiers. Lady Nok Yung made a wedding promise to a noble soldier called Wai Wongsa. Nowadays, on the way to Ayuthaya, a young man, called Pranai, just avoids bumping in a young lady crossing the road. She smiles and disappears in a tree. Is she a ghost or a tree spirit (นางไม้)? Pranai has same face as noble soldier Wai Wongsa. Pranai is the owner of a Siam antiques shop. Today it is Pranai's birthday. He is still single. His sister tries to marry him but to no avail. His sister tries to push young lady Fai. Pranai still wants to meet the mysterious girl. He stays near the tree. Nok Yung needs food for 20 people for one month. Pranai agrees to give but wants to know and understand. Nok Yung agrees to visit Ayuthaya area. She realizes that Sri Ayuthaya was burnt down. Nok Yung asks Pranai not to visit her again. Pranai learns meditation to see his past. Pranai's sister and Fai believes he is possessed by a ghost (ถูกผีเข้า). They use a sorcerer (หมอผี) to cure Pranai and chase the ghost. Meanwhile Arawee, a local young actor, lies to Yipoo, another lady staying in the house of the Peakcock, in order to seduce her by pretending he is an Ayuthaya soldier. He succeeds to enter in the house and so the spell protecting the house is broken. Inhabitants have to flee. The sorcerer and acolytes fight over the gold. Fai's father, called Fa Feun, prevents the robbing. Pranai helps Nok Yung and invites her in his home. Fa Feun loves Nok Yung and gives money to Pranai in order that he breaks up with Nok Yung. Pranai refuses and is looking for a way to send back Nok Yung into the past. Arawee is Waiwongsa's current reincarnation. Believing into karma (กรรม) and in order not to break her promise done 221 years ago, Nok Yung accepts to marry Arawee. Pranai is in despair. Finally Fa Feun convinces Arawee not to marry as Arawee is more interested in his acting career. Pranai is not willing to marry Nok Yung anymore as he believes she is too nice to live in 20th century. The house goes back to the past but Nok Yung finally stays happily with Pranai. This movie questions the old-fashioned morals that are being lost in modern Thailand. Some traditions are getting lost (smile, not speak loudly, no lies). Bangkok development threatens the country-side. We need to take care more of our heritage. The trailer is the TV serie shot in 2540.

ล่องจุ๊น ขอหมอนใบนั้นที่เธอฝันยามหนุน
ล่องจุ๊น ขอหมอนใบนั้นที่เธอฝันยามหนุน

Year: 1996

Thai title: ล่องจุ๊น ขอหมอนใบนั้นที่เธอฝันยามหนุน
English title: Long June

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Suchao Pongwilai,Sahat Piempongsan
Main actress:

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Thai movie Long June - ล่องจุ๊น ขอหมอนใบนั้นที่เธอฝันยามหนุน was released in year 1996. Teens June and Nok are close friends. They are living in Nakhon Pathom. June's father is played by Sorapong Chatree. The father is separated from the mother many years ago. June is helping to transport goods every Sunday. He meets his father, who doesn't recognize him. On the same day, his mother announced him she is going to live with uncle Tor (Suchao Pongwilai). June is disappointed. Later on uncle Tor is finally a bad guy beating his mother. Following altercation, June stabs him and has to flee to Bangkok with Nok. Many years ago, the father splits with the mother as he wanted to have a minor wife but she refused. June is arrested by police in Bangkok and they found his father's business card. His father bails him (ประการตัว). Nok escapes the police. June has two young brothers. The youngest one has no interest in June and keeps asking for gifts from the father. The head of school (Sahat Piempongsan) warns June about fighting in the school. Sorapong is a strong father, who doesn't trust June and had never any interest into him. June is fed up of this world where only adults (เป็นผู้ใหญ่) decide and are always right (ผู้ใหญ่ประเทศนี้มันไม่เคยผิดแล้ว). The teacher told him not to use bad mood (อารมณ์) to make decision. June accepts to recognise his mistakes when he makes error (ยอมรับผิด). Nok is now a drug leader. Romance with the daughter of school headmaster happens. June's brother buys drugs from Nok. The father is disappointed (ลูกไม่รักดี) to see his youngest son expelled from school due to drug usage. The father gets injured due to car accident and entrusts June to finish an important work but June needs to quit school. He feels to be the one to be sacrificed. He has issues with the workers. Finally he succeeds to make it on time and gets appreciation from his father. He also helps his younger brother beaten by drugs dealers led by Nok. Friendship happens a last time between June and Nok as Nok helps him. The family is now reunited and Sorapong is proud of June.

เกิดอีกที ต้องมีเธอ
เกิดอีกที ต้องมีเธอ

Year: 1995

Thai title: เกิดอีกที ต้องมีเธอ
English title: Dark side romance

Rating: 4/5
Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Main actor:
Main actress: Kullasatree Siripongpreeda

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Thai movie เกิดอีกทีต้องมีเธอ was released in year 1995 and lasted 110 minutes. Thaen feels bad because his girlfriend Bee just died. Thaen travels by bus. A lady called Phiang (Kullasatree Siripongpreeda) seats near him. The bus has an accident on the way to Chiang Mai. Both Thaen and Phiang die in the accident. They decide to continue to Chiang Mai. Humans cannot see them (วิญญาณใหม่). Once a body is cremated, the spirit can pass through objects. Phiang was coming to see her boyfriend Chen but he is now leaving to Bangkok for her funerals. At Chiang Mai train station, they find other spirits. They told them Thaen and Phiang must be back at the place they died in seven days in order to be reincarnated. The spirit needs to be free of any earthly attachment. Some rogue spirits, sicking vitality (พลังชีวิต) from other spirits, chase after them but Thaen and Phiang succeed to escape and take the train to Bangkok. Phiang looks after Chen. Phiang is going to her own funeral. Chen tries to be in contact with Phiang as he feels she is still around. Phiang is able to tell him that she is chased (ถูกตามลา) by other spirits. Chen and Thaen's friend drive a car to bring them back to Chiang Mai. They finally succeed to get back to the accident place despite the rogue spirits harming them. Real love occurs between Phiang and Thaen as Thaen is ready to sacrifice his own rebirth to save her.

มนต์รักเพลงลูกทุ่ง
มนต์รักเพลงลูกทุ่ง

Year: 1995

Thai title: มนต์รักเพลงลูกทุ่ง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Bin Banleurit

Main actor: Bin Banleurit,Sombat Methanee
Main actress:

Movie มนต์รักเพลงลูกทุ่ง (1995) is sponsored by Mitsubishi motors company Ltd as the movie starts by a real mitsubishi advertisement. During the whole movie, the brand can be seen very often on tractors or various signs. Such movies are often called Nang Isan (หนังสายอีสาน / หนังภาคอีสาน). Such movies were targeted for provinces and not really for Bangkok area (ออกมาฉายตามต่างจังหวัด). Thon (Bin Banleurit) tries to seduce Pin (คืนนี้พี่จะบอก) and wishes to marry her but her father (Sombat Methanee) is not willing to give her hand to Thon. Sombat is old fashioned (โบราณเป็นน้อย). Some villagers are willing to help Thon. Thon is having issues with Chatchana as Chatchana wishes also to seduce Pin. Fighting over Pin happens between Thon and Chatchana. Dao, Chatchana’s girlfriend, arrives from Bangkok in the village. The green papaya salad (ส้มตำ) seller is Sombat's girlfriend and he always needs to find excuses to go to see her. Sombat forbids Pin to meet Thon again. A few romances happen in parallel (Ek and Tong Yoi). Dao, in order to make Chatchana jealous, announces her wedding with Thon! So Thon announces his intention to marry Pin! Misunderstandings happen (คนหลายใจ). A wedding procession (กระบวนแต่งงาน) led by Chatchana is on the way to Sombat’s home but he warns Pin at the last minute (เกลียดพ่อ). Thon and Pin decide to flee. A race of farm multi purpose trucks is organized. The winner will marry Pin. Despite his Mitsubishi motor Thon loses! Chatchana knowing he will never get Pin’s heart gives her to Thon. The movie lasts 1h56mn. It features new or quite unknown actors / actresses such as ศจีพันธ์ เจริญสุข-มรกต อุ่นบางหลวง-อาภรณ์ บุญเสนอ-ดลฤทัย ไอยรา. The sequences of successive gags in this movie remind some of the jokes found in Baan Phi Pop (บ้านผีปอบ) movies. There is typical usage of people having ill-favored face to look like ghost (ผี) same as actor Songthong two decades ago. Such Isan movies feature typical sequences with villagers peeping girls using sarong (ผ้าถุง) when taking a bath in local pond. Isan symbols such as farm multi purpose truck (รถอีแต๋น), green papaya salad are well featured. Movie มนต์รักเพลงลูกทุ่ง is a mix of romance, comedy and songs. Seven great songs are featured. This movie is inspired from the famous Mon Rak Luuk Thung (มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง) 1970 movie.

ปีนเกลียว 2
ปีนเกลียว 2

Year: 1995

Thai title: ปีนเกลียว 2
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Krissanapong Rachata,Jai Juntamooltree
Main actress:

ปีนเกลียว 2 is a Thai movie released in year 1995. This movie is a full packed action film. It was filmed in Khon Kaen area. The movie lasts 1h32mn. Such action movies were very popular in Isan area. Such movies are coming from Panna Rittikrai's trend. Action scenes are always real such as big jars broken on heads. Wut (Krissanapong Rachata / กฤษณะพงษ์ ราชธา) kills a ruffian per accident in a factory. His colleagues are chasing him by motorbikes and pickup car. Meanwhile the factory owner lies to the police telling them that Wut is a man addicted to drugs (ยาบ้า) so being a dangerous man. The chase starts in the forest and ends up in a market (หนีไม่รอด). Despite a rampage with shot guns, ruffians fail to kill him. Finally Wut surrenders to the police, who believes he is crazy with drugs. But the factory is in fact the one selling drugs! Wut finally flees by taking a policeman (สุรินทร์ สุขศีล / พัชรวัชร์ สุขศีล) in hostage. Wut tells the policeman that the factory ruffians have killed his friend and now want to get rid of him. He frees the policeman. Ruffians decide to follow Pom, Wut's girlfriend (ธัญญาลักษณ์ ราชธา), as Wut may takes refuge with her. Wut meets his girlfriend in a discotheque but ruffians led by Tom (Jai Juntamooltree) fail to kill him (ตามฆ่ากู) inside the discotheque. Some action even takes place in a theater (โรงภาพยนตร์แก่นคำ). The policeman follows them but the girlfriend helps Wut to neutralize him. Wut asks the policeman to check the factory as he is saying the truth. In fact Wut discovered that the factory where he was a truck driver was transporting drugs. Wishing to resign, the boss ordered to kill him but he succeeded to flee. Wut wishes to surrender (มอบตัว) but Tom tries to kill him. Tom kills Wut's girlfriend. Looking for revenge, Wut does a rampage in the factory and meets the policeman there. They are chasing the leader Sia (สมภพ วงศ์ก่อ) in his factory. The movie ends up with multiple shootings and hand-to-hand combats. Sia wishes to corrupt them through money but they are looking for justice (ความยุติธรรม). Sia ends being captured by the policeman and Wut doesn't do self justice.

โลกทั้งใบให้นายคนเดียว
โลกทั้งใบให้นายคนเดียว

Year: 1995

Thai title: โลกทั้งใบให้นายคนเดียว
English title: Romantic Blue

Rating: 4/5
Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Main actor:
Main actress: Suthida Kasemsant (Nook)

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Two brothers love the same girl. One is hard worker and has stopped his studies. The other continues to study but is more interested in courting girls. Their father is sick and is sent hospital. The hard worker brother decides to participate to car robbing in order to pay the hospital bill. Things get worse between the two brothers when the father dies. Moreover the car robber wants to get rid of potential witness. Will the boy cope and see his girlfriend again? This movie has won 4 Thai academy awards. It won the award for Best Movie of 1995 as well as being that year's highest grossing movie. The Romantic Blue used singer super-stars to play the hero and the heroine. Romantic Blues was extremely well-received and set a new record for Thai films. Generating 60 million baht at the box office, its revenue was at least double the industry average at the time. Romantic Blues turned out to be an award-winning film that went on to represent Thailand and Thai films at several international film contests.

เสียดาย
เสียดาย

Year: 1994

Thai title: เสียดาย
English title: Sia Dai 1

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

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

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

ท่านขุนน้อยน้อย แห่งสยาม
ท่านขุนน้อยน้อย แห่งสยาม

Year: 1993

Thai title: ท่านขุนน้อยน้อย แห่งสยาม
English title: The Little Lord of Siam

Rating: 4/5
Director: Somdet Suntipracha

Main actor: Saranyu Wongkrachang,Sor Asanajinda,Sithao Petcharoen
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A couple with 4 children (Lek, Klang, Yai) move to a new but old house that has a long history (บ้านความรัก). The old house (โบราณ) even belongs to some nobility Thai members during last century. Saran (Saranyu Wongkrachang) believes the house talks to him through an old uncle (Sithao Petcharoen) and through some dreams with old images. Some promoters want to buy the house to build a village centre. But Saran doesn't want to sell despite rumours of ghosts (ผี) and strange events. Some burglars looking for old artifacts leave the house in fear having seen a ghost. The father makes restoration work on the house (บ้านเรา). Ruffians are recruited to try any ways to have the family quit and sell the old house. A small children ghost spirit called Sin (ลูกของพระยา) helps to chase robbers away. He is the one displayed on an old picture. Only Lek can see him. His spirit (วิญญาณ) was stored inside the picture. Halloween is shown as a new tradition entering Thailand. Teen children want their father to hire a traditional healer (หมอผี), played by veteran actor Sor Asanajinda, to chase ghosts (บ้านมีผี). The father hesitates. The company offers to buy back the house ten times the initial price. Tension happens between the wife Chit and her husband. The wife believes her son is getting crazy as he is talking alone. Sin considers himself as as another child of Saran. Following Lek's plea, the traditional healer accepts to stop torturing the little ghost and explain to Lek how to use monks in order to release Khun Noi from Rama V period. Finally Noi leaves them in order to rebirth and stability is coming back inside the family. The Little Lord of Siam (ท่านขุนน้อยน้อย แห่งสยาม) was directed by Somdet Suntipracha, who is a member of Thai aristocracy. This movie reminds of other Thai movies such as “Tawipop” (ทวิภพ) or “House of the Peacock” (เรือนมยุรา) by director Cherd Songsri with a focus on protection of traditional disappearing heritage items or values.

กะโหลกบางตายช้า กะโหลกหนาตายก่อน
กะโหลกบางตายช้า กะโหลกหนาตายก่อน

Year: 1991

Thai title: กะโหลกบางตายช้า กะโหลกหนาตายก่อน
English title: The Dumb Die Fast. The Smart Die Slow.

Rating: 4/5
Director: Manop Udomdej

Main actor:
Main actress:

After a bloody robbery, a man flees in South of Thailand. He gets a job as mechanics. Recognizing him in newspapers as a robber, the wife of his boss orders him to open her husband's safe. As the man accuses her of treachery, the perfidious woman kills her husband. Nevertheless the man refuses to open the safe fearing the police and the woman. His friend, also safe expert, joins them in South of Thailand. Then suspicion emerges between the three actors. Who will get the money and who will die? Manop Udomdej's movie depicts the dark side of humanity but made only 4 millions Baht in theatres.

เฮโรอิน
เฮโรอิน

Year: 1991

Thai title: เฮโรอิน
English title: Powder Road

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai

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It is a Japanese co-production. The heroin "road" actually starts in Chiang Rai, comes down the Mekong hidden in ice blocks, and from the ice, the drug gang operates on Pattaya transvestites by putting it into their tits. The movie also raises environmental issues by referring to a Japanese factory, which causes rice field dryness in a village, forcing inhabitants to work in Pattaya.

ทวิภพ
ทวิภพ

Year: 1990

Thai title: ทวิภพ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Cherd Songsri

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich
Main actress: Metta Roongrat

Mainee always dreams about a man from the past time. She buys an old mirror from Rama V (รัชกาลที่ 5) era. She has a fiance, who is officer. She identifies that the man from the past time is Khun Luang (คุณหลวง) Thet, who was involved in negotiation with French officials last century, when French soldiers tried to take away some Thai territories. She has visions. The old mirror becomes a bridge between the past and the present (กลับเวลาไปสู้อดีต). Her fiance is in competition with somebody from the past. Mainee navigates between the past and present. Love emerges between Mainee and Khun Thet. The movie highlights old traditions that have almost disappeared (children sitting below adults, no singing - ผู้ดีไม่ร้อง, No black clothes except for funerals - แต่งดำใครตาย, dress appropriately - ชุดสั้น, pray before sleeping - สวด). She is an human from future (มนุษย์จากอนาคต). As usual with director Cherd Songsri, there is a strong focus on culture with shown representations from the Thailand cultural Centre. Mainee keeps staying in her room. All her relatives are puzzled because she often disappeared (ไปในอดีตมา). They believe she is becoming crazy. Khun Thet goes to a meeting with French representatives to show them that Thai culture is deep and old. A French general believes that Thai people are uneducated. Mainee needs to choose between present or past. Mainee keeps giving advices to prevent Thailand becoming a French or English colony. The mirror is damaged. She decided to marry with Khun Thet but she misses her mum. Despite the damaged mirror she takes the risk to come back a last time to see her mum. Then she decides to stay in the past as it is more useful for the Thai Nation (ประโยชน์สำหรับชาติ). The mirror is broken. This movie mixes romance, Thai culture and Thai real history.

เทวดาตกสวรรค์
เทวดาตกสวรรค์

Year: 1989

Thai title: เทวดาตกสวรรค์
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Kiet Kijcharouen,Suchao Pongwilai,Kriengkrai Unhanan
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej

Thep is part of a group of deities (Thewada - เทวดา) that comes to earth. Thep fails to go back to heaven. People in a slum (สลัม) are expelled from their home as a big company wishes to build a hotel. A journalist from CH8 (ข่าว 8) called Aep is showing the truth. Ruffians try to bring troubles but Thep protects Aep. Aep believes he met a crazy guy (เจอคนบ้า). As Thep has nowhere to go, he welcomes him in his home. Aep's sister, Kaew, is blind and makes flowers. Aep is having issues with a colleague, Watee, at the office. Other deities come to pick up Thep but Thep prefers to stay believing he is more useful in human world (มนุษย์). Aep is doing an enquiry on a kid that was kidnapped. He always highlights the opposition between poor and rich society. Aep interviews show real society so they are disturbing to his boss. Aep is worried (กลุ้มใจ) as her boss doesn't value his work. Thep starts to understand society hypocrisy (Good people – คนดี – only pretending, Charitable work – งานกุศล - is not only for those going to temple, do we value people only by their name particule – ทาน ?) Deities can be same as humans. As Thep is not willing to go back yet to heaven so he is helping Aep to do kindness (ช่วยทำความดี). Wattee and his boss (หัวหน้าผู้หญิง) are lovers. Wattee threatens her to nominate him at a higher position. An eye donation (บริจากตา) happens for Kaew. The donor is not compatible but Kaew accepts her fate. Meanwhile Wattee has no scruples. He dumps his girlfriend to pursue high professional hopes. He gets one video tape featuring a drug case but it is stolen by Da, one of the employee as it features her husband. She tries to protect her wedding and child as her husband is playing cards and dealing with drugs. Thep challenges the heaven that goodness should be seen before he heads back. To avoid bringing trouble to Da, the chief editor takes the responsibility of the missing tape. Things get worse as Da tries to get suicide as her husband has fled with her daughter. The deity leader tries to get back Thep but to no avail. Finally Da and her daughter are reunited. Through Kaew and the chief editor's action, Thep can see kindness on earth. Wattee is still jaleous with Thep and Aep. He sends some ruffians to neutralize them. Thep can vanquish them and Wattee is sent to jail as his boss doesn't support him (ตอบแทนความดี!). As Wattee is now in jail, it is time for Thep to go back to heaven. It was originally a Thai TV serie done in 1986 and then adapted to cinema in 1989. Another TV serie remake was done in 1998.

วัยดิบ
วัยดิบ

Year: 1989

Thai title: วัยดิบ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

Four friends at university just get their diploma. Among them, the main characters are a young lady called Na and a young man called Panit. Panit's father is a policeman. He catches people involved in drug trafficking. He disrupts drug selling gangs. His son gets university diploma (ปริญญา) but he is late to the diploma ceremony as he is always too busy. Na finds a job in a touristic hotel but Panit is still looking for a job. It is difficult to find a job nowadays. Panit meets friends involved in drug trafficking. They want him to work with them as he is worried (กลุ้มใจ) and cannot find a job. He comes back home drunk as he tried drugs. Drug dealers are freed following a procedure mistake. His friends are worried regarding Panit's new behavior. Panit shares the same flat with his father. Panit starts to take drugs (ติดยา). Panit's father is strict. There is no mother at home. The father discovers that Panit is now addicted (ทำไม). The policeman cannot understand that his son with high education can be a drug addict (ยังมีความรู้). The father forgives his son as he is also responsible of the situation by being always out of home. The policeman consults a monk. Panit continues to indulge in drugs not only joints but also heroin injections. He becomes a thug. The movie shows how drugs can change people life despite high studies if parents don't follow enough and if meet bad friends. Panit's father is suspended from the Police due to his expeditious way of working. Panit's girlfriend is raped and killed by other thugs. He takes revenge and kills accidently one thug. Meanwhile the father is reinserted in police and needs to arrest the killer (ผิดกฎหมาย). Vina is sad (เสียใจ) as her brother is dead. The thug that Panit killed is Vina's own brother! Panit is more and more addicted to drugs and has deep crisis. Vina and her friends try to help but drugs have done big ravage. Friendship (เพื่อนรัก) is still here. Panit recognises his failures (ฉันผิด) and that his father is a good man (พ่อเป็นคนดี), who follows the law (รักษากฎหมาย). Panit was his father's hope (เป็นความหวังของพ่อ). He dies when his father was going to arrest him.

ปีศาจสีเงิน
ปีศาจสีเงิน

Year: 1988

Thai title: ปีศาจสีเงิน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Krailat Kriengkrai,Kowit Wattanakul,Bin Banleurit
Main actress: Penpak Sirikul,Marsha

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Thai movie ปีศาจสีเงิน was released in year 1988. It lasts 1h40mn. Malee (Penpak Sirikul) is working in a brothel. Bookham (Krailat Kriengkrai) sympathizes with her. Bookham discovers that his wife Chaba is having an affair (ชู้) with another man (แม่เลวที่สุด). Malee's husband Thada is only interested in the money she brings and do not hesitate to sacrifice her to take profit of her beauty. Thada is violent and heavy drinker. Malee helps Bookham to feed his baby called Duangjai. Thada is selfish (ไม่กลัวรอคเอ็ดแต่กลัวรอคอด) so he refuses to have a child. Malee finds an abandoned child and wishes to raise it (เอาเด็กมาเลี้ยง). As Thada refuses, Malee asks Bookham to keep the child for her. The child is named Maem. To pay his own debt, he even uses Malee as money replacement. Finally Thada accepts to release Malee following a last sum of money. Bookham and Malee educate the two girls. Chaba keeps visiting Bookham to get money as claiming she wants to raise her daughter Duangjai by herself but Bookham refuses so he has to give her money. Duangjai and Maem don't get along so well. The real mother Wilai finds Malee but the daughter Maem flees her and gets hit by a car. Malee has to work again as prostitute to pay the hospital bill (ความสำเร็จของลูกสำคัญกว่า) (ทำเพื่อลูก). She has to go with Yamato, a Japanese man. He finally marries her but dies shortly due to cancer. She has to take over his hotel and meets an ambitious manager called Somchat (Kowit Wattanakul). Somchat has a lover already, his own secretary but he wishes to marry Malee to steal her money. Bookham warns her but she doesn't listen as love is blind. One night, Somchat brings her in a remote bungalow. Some ruffians hit Somchat and rape Malee. Pictures to blackmail her and request for one million Baht are sent. Bookham is accused by Somchat to be the mastermind. Malee finds Somchat in bed with the secretary. The secretary asks for 1M to forget Somchat. Being an adult already, Maem (Marsha) is back from overseas. Her fiance is Doctor Bin (Bin Banleurit). Doctor Bin wishes to be a countryside doctor to help poor people but this is not the kind of life that Maem is expecting. So clash happens. Thada (แมงดา) finds a job as server in the hotel. Malee has to name him as assistant manager to keep his mouth shut (ความจำเป็นจริงๆ). She wishes to protect Maem in order that she doesn't know her origin. Somchat and his ruffians hit Thada to know Malee's past. Somchat asks for 5M baht to kept silent but is chased as he is identified as the mastermind. Malee wishes to marry Maem with Bin but she is worried that problems could happen during the wedding ceremony. Somchat wishes to bring trouble but Wilai tries to stop him as she will not let anybody brings trouble to the happiness of Maem, her real daughter. During the fight she is killed. Bookham shots Somchat. Then Thada intervenes by threatening Malee with a gun. He discloses that Malee is a prostitute (ความลับไม่มีในโลก) to all and so bringing shame to Maem. Bookham also shots Thada. Maem blames Malee but gets slapped by Bookham as Malee has done everything to bring good education to Maem (ตระกูลไม่สำคัญ ความกตัญญสำคัญ). Bookham ends up in jail. Bin confirms it doesn't change anything for him and confirms the wedding with Maem.

เหยื่ออารมณ์
เหยื่ออารมณ์

Year: 1988

Thai title: เหยื่ออารมณ์
English title: Victim of lust

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol,Apichat Halamjiak,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Pissamai Wilaisak,Duangta Tong

A middle age lady Tien (Pissamai Wilaisak) has two children, Yetha (Duangta Tong) and Takasit (Likit Eakmongkol). The mother is having a young lover Somrit (Apichat Halamjiak) so getting disapproval from her both children (แม่ไม่อาย). Arop (Suchao Pongwilai) is having two families, one with the major wife Oon (daughter Pim but from another wedding) and one with a minor wife Plaew (daughter Leu). Takasit has just divorced with Yaboot (Jarunee Sooksawad). Somrit is having diner with Yaboot. Somrit is a seducer (ต้นไม้หลายดอก). Pim has seen Arop with Plaew and threatens to do everything she can to break this relationship (ช่วยไม่ได้). Takasit, aware that Somrit is seeing Yaboot, asks her to stop this before she gets disappointed. Yetha also sees Somrit in a disco with Yaboot. She is worried about her mother (บัดซบ / เกลียด). Yaboot's mother sees Somrit with Taen in a restaurant. Both Takasit and Yetha dislike Somit (แมงดา) and are afraid of the consequences on their mother (ไม่ยุติธรรมสำหรับแม่) as she gets love only because of her money. Tien offers a business to Somrit but there is a need to spend a lot of money on promotion. Misunderstanding increases between Yeuta, Tien, Yaboot and Takasit. Somrit is claiming nobody understands him. Yaboot is confused between Somrit and Takasit. Who does she really love? Could she marry again the husband she just divorced? Pim declares her love to Arop. Arop cannot accept this but Oon hears everything, i.e. a daughter loving her step father! Those two families are in middle of serious love crisis. Oon is the traditional Thai wife forgiving his husband’s mistakes such as minor wife. Finally the crisis are solved. Pim decides to go studying abroad and gets pardon from her parents Oon and Arop. Somrit’s double game is unmasked as he asks Yaboot for wedding. The love story with Tien is over and Somrit is chased by Yetha (ไม่ลูกผู้ชาย) under a weapon threatening without any indemnities. Yaboot finally goes back with Takasit and stops listening to her mother. Morality is safe. Somrit remains alone without anything. The movie เหยื่ออารมณ์ (1988) is about love (รัก), separation (เลิก), appearance and society constraints, i.e. no divorce in older age, no young lover for a woman. A previous version with Krung Srivilai, Aranya Namwong, Sahat Piempongsan was released in 1975.

ทอง ภาค 3
ทอง ภาค 3

Year: 1988

Thai title: ทอง ภาค 3
English title: The lost idol

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chalong Pukdeewichit

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Erik Estrada,Christoph Klüppel,Likit Eakmongkol,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Krung Srivilai,Rith Luecha
Main actress: Apiradee Pawaputanon

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Thai movie ทอง ภาค 3 / The lost idol (1988) lasts 89 minutes. Chalong Pukdeewichit is same director as previous sequels. A company of American soldiers is lost in Cambodia in 1975. They face Vietcong attack. They find a Brahma statue made of pure gold. The company carries it and their leader Oliver decides to hide it until the war is over. He betrays his own soldiers by shooting them but one, called Kirt (Erik Estrada), succeeds to flee despite being injured. The leader Oliver believes they are all dead. Meanwhile Red Khmer soldiers led by Sorapong Chatree are still chasing the US soldiers. They shoot Oliver and take for granted that he is dead. Kirt derives on a tree trunk and young Thai lady Lamyai helps him. He recovers and decides to stay with Lamyai. Meanwhile Oliver receives a promotion, a US medal and decides to go back to Thailand. He meets Catherine, his girlfriend, who is a US doctor working at the Thai Cambodian border. Colonel (ผู้พัน) Oliver asks Don (Likit Eakmongkol) to build a team in order to get back the statue from Cambodia. Part of this team are Krung Srivilai and Rith Luecha present in previous opus but with different roles. Christopher (Christoph Klüppel) is also part of the team. He was selected by Chalong Pukdeewichit thanks to his impressive bodybuilding. 1M baht is promised for each. Half now and half when the job is completed. Another group is following Oliver also. They threaten Katherine to get information. To force Kirt to join his team, Oliver kidnaps his daughter. Kirt has to accept to lead them through the Thai Cambodian border as it is full of mines. Meanwhile Katherine is going to Cambodian side to help poor people per her previous promise to Sorapong. It reminds the real story of Phanom Rung lintel stolen during Vietnam war and given back to Thailand in year 1988. Sayan Chantaraviboon and Apiradee Pawaputanon are part of the Red Khmer army. Sorapong's men are all killed during an embuscade and Katherine is captured. The Vietnamese soldiers wish to know why Oliver is back. Despite being tortured, Oliver refuses to speak. Kirt tells the Vietnamese about the gold statue (เทวดารูปทองคำ). The Vietnamese leader (นพพล โกมารชุน) plans to bring it back to Vietnam. One Cambodian man warns Sorapong that this statue belongs to Cambodian heritage and that it should stay here. They attack the truck convoy and the mercenaries free themselves. Sorapong asks mercenaries to join his team if they want to spare their life. If they survive, they will get freedom. The Khmer soldiers and the mercenaries attack the Vietnamese camp. Heavy fightings happen as Vietnamese soldiers have tanks. The Vietnamese leader succeeds to flee with the golden statue through an helicopter. Oliver sneaks in also. The statue finally falls in the lake and the helicopter crashes in the mountain. Chalong Pukdeewichit uses same recipe as previous sequels, i.e. famous Thai actors to be able to attract Thai audience and quite famous foreign actors to attract overseas audience.

ครั้งเดียวก็เกินพอ
ครั้งเดียวก็เกินพอ

Year: 1988

Thai title: ครั้งเดียวก็เกินพอ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Manop Udomdej

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol,Apichat Halamjiak,Somsak Chaisongkram
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai

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Lak is a modern Thai lady. She is fianced since two years but her fiance (คู่หมั้น) is always busy with his work and has no time for her. There is still no confirmed date for the wedding and she is upset by this. In Pukhet, to escape to boredom, Lak (Sinjai Hongthai) meets young bachelor Samon (Likit Eakmongkol). Samon is hot temper and asks for wedding with Lak after a few days of friendship only but she refuses as she has already a fiance. She starts to be fed up with Samon as she doesn't love him. Samon is a butterfly man. Samon invites himself (รังควาน) to Lak's appartement in Phuket. She refuses to tell anything to her fiance as there is nothing to say! Lak accepts to kiss Samon but nothing more. Then Samon forces her and she gives way to Samon. Despite her friend advice, Lak refuses to go to police to file a claim (แจ้งความ) as she is afraid and feels shameful. Lak is back to Bangkok. Samon continues to chase her in Bangkok. Samon contacts Lak's fiance and tell him he and Lak love each other and that he and Lak are lovers. A discussion happens between Lak and her fiance. She cannot stand his kindness and gives back her fiancee ring. He leaves to Indonesia. As Samon is still chasing her, she goes to police to complain. Samon is arrested. Samon's lawyer asks for compromise outside the court to protect her name but she refuses. She claims she was not consenting (ไม่เต็มใจ). Samon's lawyer tries to convince the tribunal that it was not a rape but a common acceptance. Lak changes home and quits Bangkok. She doesn't care anymore about the trial. She is now pregnant. Shall she keep the future baby or not? She doesn't want to destroy the baby future as it is still a life so she decides to keep it. She doesn't want to be forced again by Salmon's acts so she keeps behaving same as before, i.e. doing intensive gym. The foetus dies. She is now freed. She loses the trial as Samon is only condemned to a 600 baht fine. She meets him in an hotel again. He challenges her again. At night time, he succeeds to enter in her house but gets severely beaten and dies when falling from the stairs. She is sent to prison but released promptly. Her former fiance is waiting for her. This Manop Udomdej's movie is related to women position in Thai society (difficulty to prove a rape, abortion difficulty for single woman). This movie received four gold statuette awards (รางวัลตุ๊กตาทอง) in 1987.

เขาชื่อกานต์
เขาชื่อกานต์

Year: 1988

Thai title: เขาชื่อกานต์
English title: Dr Karn

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ruj Ronnapop

Main actor: Waruth Woratum
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat

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This movie is a remake of the movie "Dr Karn" shot in 1973 but with new actors. The previous version was directed by ChatriChalerm Yukol. Doctor Karn (หมอ) is a new doctor with strong principles. He wishes to treat all people. There is no priority for rich people as he is a public doctor (หมอรัฐบาล). Doctor Kan gets scolded by his management for this. Modern doctors have no wish to go to Isan poor region in northeast of Thailand. During his childhood his mother died while his father was bringing her to the nearest doctor by an ox cart. In rural areas, there are a few doctors so people have to travel far. He meets Areuthai (หฤทัย), his future wife, in Bangkok. Doctor Karn’s dream is to be a rural doctor (หมอบ้านนอก) to help and support poor people in Isan area. Karn and Areuthai know each other for 3 months only and decide to marry. Areuthai’s former boyfriend, Thomon, is disappointed and promises to wait until Karn stops loving her. They go to Isan region in a remote village using train and local bus through bumpy roads and dry fields. The local district officer (นายอำเภอ) welcomes them. He is quite rigid on standards. But his subordinates are playing cards with other colleagues and villagers! Areuthai discovers life on rural side with no fridge and no oven. Life is difficult (ลำบาก) for Areuthai as she comes from a rich family in Bangkok. There is no electricity after 9pm. First crisis with the district officer happens as he sent the nurses to work away but they still get paid with their governmental salary shared 50% / 50% with them and the district officer. The doctor Karn discovers that local villagers have to pay again for medicine despite it is already paid by government (ยาให้ใช้ไม่ใช่ให้ขาย). He starts to very popular so causing displeasure to the district officer. Doctor Karn is just and fair (ยุติธรรม). His wife helps as a nurse. This movie is a critic of corrupted officers (ราชการ) who prevent the country to develop properly. Doctor Karn doesn't do this job for money but to help poor villagers. Doctor Karn is working for the villagers’ health benefit but the district officer is working for his own benefit. He refuses to authorize doctor Karn to open a nighttime station (สถานีอนามัย) in case of emergency. Villagers shall go to the doctor's home! Areuthai wishes to be back to Bangkok as she misses her expensive beauty creams and her mum. Doctor Karn has issue with illegal medicine seller protected by the district officer (หมอจะเดือดร้อน). The district officer's wife tries to brain wash Areuthai about having her own house and being able to have good a school abroad for children. How can Areuthai get this with the small salary of a rural doctor? Areuthai argues that doctor Karn doesn't love her as he doesn't wish to improve their living. Doctor Karn is divided between pleasing his wife and helping poor villagers to get access to healthcare. Areuthai goes back to Bangkok to make a break. Doctor Karn stays as he cannot leave his patients. Areuthai's friend asks her to convince doctor Karn to open a clinic in Bangkok. Money is easy here. The former boyfriend, Thomon (โตมร), still wants to meet Areuthai. Areuthai accepts to meet him but for friendship only as she is married. They have a car accident as Thomon is upset that Areuthai still wishes to back to countryside. Doctor is diligent to do his duty (หมอทำหน้าที่). The district officer is having an illegal casino and protects it through his clique (ลูกน้อง). A fight erupts and one is seriously injured. Doctor Karn can do nothing as he lost too much blood already. Only way is to send him to hospital. Doctor Karn is now aware of the casino. He starts to know too much things. Doctor Karn befriends with a local policeman who indulged in alcohol as he can do nothing to stop the district officer. One evening the doctor’s house is shot a few times as a threatening warning. Aware of the accident through a telegram, doctor Karn goes back to Bangkok and finds that Areuthai has lost memory due to accident. Thomon (ลูกเศรษฐี) doesn't want Areuthai to be back with doctor Karn so he organizes his mutation abroad. The doctor headmaster doesn’t understand obstinate doctor Karn regarding rural people (คนบ้านนอกโง่หลอกง่าย). He is forced to accept the post or be dismissed. The district officer is under corruption investigation (ถูกย้าย) and he believes doctor Karn denounced him to Bangkok authorities. Finally doctor Karn and Areuthai will go abroad. Doctor Karn needs to go back to countryside a last time to get back his belongings. His policeman friend wants him to help regarding unwanted pregnancy abortion but he cannot do as it is against law. If policemen don't respect law who will respect the law? He unfortunately doesn't come back as he is shot dead as a revenge of the district officer. Doctor Karn was a good man (เขาเป็นคนดี). This story was also adapted 2 times for television in 1980 and 2011.

ฉันรักผัวเขา
ฉันรักผัวเขา

Year: 1987

Thai title: ฉันรักผัวเขา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Manop Udomdej

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol,Apichat Halamjiak
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai,Apiradee Pawaputanon

Am is singer in a music club. A young mysterious man called Win is coming every evening. Am refuses to sing a specific song "The last night" (คืนสุดท้าย) for him as it reminds her bad memories. She is living with her mother. She often thinks about her previous fiance, who lied to her as he had already a wife. She is now a singer and needs to be hostess with customers. A producer and a journalist are looking for new singers. They notice Am. Nowadays being capable (สามารถ) is not enough, the journalist would like to request more from Am but she doesn't play such bad game. She made a first music album with the producer. The journalist writes a bad article on Am regarding her relationship with a married man in order to boost record sales. She feels bad and drinks too much. Win brings her home. It is bad journalism. The journalist gets 2 baht per record sold. The journalist claims that nowadays talent (สามารถ) is nothing without advertisement (โฆษณา). The producer makes new songs for her, i.e "I love her husband" (ฉันรักผัวเขา) and "My heart hurts because of you" (ใจเจ็บเพราะว่าเธอ). Am accepts to sing these two songs even if she is worried that it will only corroborates the false news. Am is invited at the journalist's birthday in Cha Am. He tries to force her as he claims her success is due to him but Win knocks out the journalist and helps her. Win and Am become friends and start a relation (แฟน). The journalist continues to write bad news article on Am's love life. ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์ - she decides to ignore the news. Am discovers that Win has two children already with a woman called Kae. They are married but live separately. Kae has already a new boyfriend (มีใหม่แล้ว). As Win is not yet divorced, Am refuses to go inside his house to protect her honor (ขายหน้า). Win's wife refuses to divorce in order to bring him troubles and to get more money. It is a difficult situation for Am as she is a middle of a broken family. The kids want the mother to stay. Kae calls the journalist. Another dirty (สกปรก) news article is published. Kae takes the two kids to use them as a means (เครื่องมือ) to force Win. She teases (แกล้ง) Win to prevent any happiness for him. She finally agrees for divorce as her children don't love her and her new boyfriend threatens to leave her. Unfortunately when happiness seems to be possible, Win dies in a car accident when going to Pattaya to meet Am. She sings his song "The last night" (คืนสุดท้าย) as a last homage for Win while crying. This movie highlights modern items in Thai society, i.e. the bad journalism, the stigmata of being a woman breaking a married couple.

สะพานรักสารสิน
สะพานรักสารสิน

Year: 1987

Thai title: สะพานรักสารสิน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Piak Poster

Main actor: Ron Banjongsang,Sahat Piempongsan,Sawin Sawangrat
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat,Namgneun Boonnak,Sulaleewan Suwanthat

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Thai movie สะพานรักสารสิน lasts 1h35mn. It was released under VCD many years ago but a HD version remastered is available since year 2015. It is based on a real story happened in 1973 on Phuket island. Sulaleewan Suwanthat is playing the mother. Kotham (Ron Banjongsang) is a good son as he is working in a farm of rubber tree and coconut and giving all his money to his mum. He is also driving local small bus to help his friend. He meets Hiu (Jintara Sookkapat), an university student who has good heart (น้ำใจ) to protect him with her umbrella while he is changing a bus wheel during a thunderstorm. Hiu’s father (Sahat Piempongsan) is aware that his daughter is seating in the front with Tom so he forbids her. Kotham buys a doll (ตุ๊กตา) for Hiu knowing she likes it. Romance starts between Hiu and Kotham . While enjoying a local festival, Hiu is surprised by her father and slapped (ลูกไม่รักดี). Back home, she is severely beaten by her father, who even disapproves his daughter going to university. The father meets khun Arun, an administrative officer, as he wishes him to marry her swiftly. Hiu offers herself to Kotham but he refuses (บูชา Hiu). They finally decide to flee on a remote island. Kotham becomes a diver to catch pearls and seashells. Police finds them and Kotham ends up in jail as Hiu is not yet 20 years old. The local Kamnan (Sawin Sawangrat) convinces the father to remove the complaint on Kotham. But the father doesn't forgive. He hits his daughter with a stick in front of Kotham. Hiu is pregnant. Kotham loses his mother. The father still wants his daughter to marry Arun. Only suicide appears a solution for the youngsters. The mother and Kotham’s friends wish to stop them but they are too late. The two corpses are found later clinched to each other. As they are inseparable even in the death, Hiu’s father orders to bury them together. This movie has also been registered as National Heritage per the 2016 list released by the Thai Film Archive.

บ้าน
บ้าน

Year: 1987

Thai title: บ้าน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chat Korbjitti

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Sor Asanajinda
Main actress: Piathip Kumwong

This sad story relates the story of a man coming from countryside with his family to earn a living in Bangkok. They are living in a slum. He has two kids. He has to work hard on construction side. Their dream is to have their own home (บ้าน). His daughter is selling flowers on a street. His son is helping his mother to prepare the flowers. They have a third child. The family borrows money to build a house. His grandfather is also joining the family in Bangkok. The man becomes a fisherman and has to leave home from long periods. His wife has an affair and gets pregrant. He expelled her from home. His daughter is having an affair with a young man and he also expelled her from home. The fishing boat is caught in Cambodian seas and he is sent in jail for 6 months. His grandfather get hurt on his back and cannot walk properly anymore. His son is sent to youth jail as he robs metal to buy medicine for his grandfather. Feeling useless, the grandfather gets suicide. When he is back from Cambodia, his family is wracked. This movie depicts life in urban slums of Bangkok with all its suffering and hardship. It was the object of much enthousiasm and praise among foreigners in Thailand and Thai intellectuals. Everyone in the story suffers from an unkind fate. The problems of the whole family stem from its leader only.

กว่าจะรู้เดียงสา
กว่าจะรู้เดียงสา

Year: 1987

Thai title: กว่าจะรู้เดียงสา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Marsha

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Thip (ทิพย์), a 16 years old teen, is part of a family of well off people (เป็นลูกผู้ดี). She is not a villager kid (ลูกชาวบ้าน) so her mother doesn't want her to mingle with people of lower status. Her mother (Pissamai Wilaisak) plans to find a good husband for Thip. The mother is very strict and Thip is not allowed to go out without her mother's authorization. She forbids almost everything (อะไรๆก็ห้าม) despite her husband's advice (รู้จักโลก). Thanks to her friend, Thip meets Chaya (ไชยา), a young teen boy, working in a bicycle repair shop. He is very strong at football. Everybody is fed up with the mother's behavior as she is too excessive (ไม่สบายใจทุกคน, ไม่สนุกสนานหมือนเด็กอื่น, จะไม่ใครเหลือ). The husband spends long hours and nights working at the family factory. Believing that her husband is having an affair at the factory, the mother decides to work late also so Thip has more time to meet Chaya. Love emerges between Thip and Chaya. The mother wishes to put her in a boarding school (โรงเรียนประจำ) as she has no time for her (ไม่มีเวลาดูแล). Thip learns to drive and often spent time with Chaya at the Rose inn... Thip becomes pregnant. As the mother discovers that Thip has a boyfriend, she becomes so upset. Afraid to announce her pregnacy, Thip finally flees with Chaya. They go to Bangkok. Afraid to tarnish her family name, the mother forbids anybody to announce the news. The mother uses a hit man (มือปืน) to take revenge over Chaya's father, who has claimed the blame was on Thip (แม่มีเงินและอิทธิพล). Bangkok people are not honest (ระวังตัว) with provincial people. Thip and Chaya have a hard life in Bangkok. They meet a lady called Chalem, who is in fact interested to use Thip in a call girl ring. Thip is not used to do chore house or cook food so she experiments a harsh life. Their couple is under hard pressure. Chaya finds a small job (30 baht ซ่อมจักรยาน). Thip needs to become a domestic helper (คนใช้) as they don't have enough money. She is hired by a teacher despite she has a husband already. Thip and Chaya live in separated place (ดีอย่างหนึ่งเสียอย่างหนึ่ง). Chaya smokes now and meets ruffians. Meanwhile the teacher's husband tries to rape Thip. She has to flee but she cannot find Chaya as he moved out. He is now addicted to drugs. Thip's parents are now separated so she has no choice but to ask Chalem to find an escort job for her. She doesn't want to go with guests. Chalem wants her to abort but finally keeps the baby, who is a girl. Chaya is smashed by a car while fleeing following a robbery. Thip is sold to a prostitution ring in North of Thailand. During a bordel inspection, a relative of Thip recognizes her. Thip gives him the baby and then finally suicides herself. This movie highlights Thai society modern issues (lack of care and time for children, teens pregnancy, abortion, prostitution...).

ตำรวจเหล็ก
ตำรวจเหล็ก

Year: 1986

Thai title: ตำรวจเหล็ก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Kom Akadej

Main actor: Bin Banleurit,Sombat Methanee,Kom Akadej,Pipop Pupinyo,Chat Mongkolchai
Main actress: Marsha,Nanthida Kaewbuasai

Thai movie ตำรวจเหล็ก was released in year 1986. Kom Akadej is the movie director. The movie lasts 1h40mn. Sombat Methanee is a police police commander (ผู้บังคับ) enquiring on a murder. Chanyut was found dead in his swimming pool. 2000M baht have disappeared following the murder. Bin (Bin Banleurit) finds an earring there. Pim (Marsha playing in her first movie) is a journalist (นักข่าว). Muat (หมวด) Bin kills two ruffians having shot policemen. Singer Chengila (Nanthida Kaewbuasai) is harassed by (ขอตัว) Nai Chareun Phran, son of an influential banker and also targeting to be a parliamentary. Fighting happens in the club. Bin arrests Nai Chareun Phran but he is released thanks to his father. Investigations on hitmen are ongoing. Pim enters illegally in a Chinese temple to take pictures of a ceremony. Hitman Chat Mongkolchai is present. A money exchange shall happen between Chat and the son of Sia in order to release Sia. Pim recognizes Bin and reveals by mistake that Police is part of the Chinese lions dancers. Shooting happens and all ruffians are killed. Bin is looking for information on another hitman called Seua Weng. Weng is looking to flee overseas so looking to exchange Thai baht in dollar. He is shot by another fierceful killer, Ai Tong Bai boon Sung, before being able to flee. Bin suspects Kaewbuasai should be related to Chanyut as he found she is wearing only one earring. Chengila was the girlfriend of Chanyut. Chengila has seen the murderer, i.e. Nokhun, famous lawyer (ทนายความใหญ่) and even took a video. Entertainment place Chao Praya 3 is the place where the killer is coming every day to see a girl. Nai Chareun Phran, helped by his lawyer (Kom Akadej) frames Bin in a trap. Chengila blacklists the lawyer Nokhun by asking 200M Baht. The lawyer puts some fake policemen in front of Chengila’s condo but Bin arrests them. As usual Pim is here to take pictures. Bin suspects Chengila is not telling the whole truth to him as there should be a reason why fake policemen kept watching her flat. Later on the killer erupts in the disco and tries to shoot Chengila. She escapes thanks to Bin, who is injured. She flees but finally gets shot by the hitman. Before dying, she calls the police and talks about a tape hidden in the bathroom. Bin’s assistant finds it and the lawyer is identified as the killer. Nai Chareun Phran is afraid and sends the killer to get rid of the lawyer. He is only injured and ends up at the hospital. The lawyer tries to corrupt Bin’s assistant but to no avail. The killer erupts in the hospital and kills Bin’s assistant. The lawyer succeeds to flee. Final scene is happening around a political meeting scene. Nokhun injures Nai Chareun Phran and both get arrested. Bin with Pim’s succeed to neutralize the killer.

ตามฆ่า
ตามฆ่า

Year: 1986

Thai title: ตามฆ่า
English title: Twinkle Ninja Fantasy

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Lak Apichat,Krai Kanchit,Boo Wibunnan,Chat Mongkolchai,Pipop Pupinyo,Pao Porapak
Main actress: Sinaporn Philailak

Thai movie ตามฆ่า was released in year 1986 and lasts 1h46mn. The VHS release is very sharp. The movie was also released overseas by Filmark movie production. It is called "Twinkle Ninja Fantasy". It is mixing the Thai movie and Ninja sequences shot in Hong Kong. Vin (Lak Apichat) organises gambling on a mining site. Manager (ผู้จัดการ) Somchai (Krai Kanchit) decides to give him a harsh lesson. Kiet (Sorapong Chatree) interposes as Somchai is going too far. Fighting erupts and You (Sinaporn Philailak) has to stop them. The big boss Thana (Boo Wibunnan) refuses to fire Kiet as he is a good staff. You is Thana's girlfriend but she is also Somchai's mistress. As Kiet has to transport important company goods, Somchai plans to get rid of him. As Kiet's sister has a domestic accident, Kiet cannot go. Vin then leads the convoy, which is attacked by ruffians. Only Vin succeeds to escape as the ruffians believe he falls from a cliff. You pushes to marry with Thana (แม่เลี้ยง) but this latter wishes to inform his son coming back from overseas first. As the convoy is robbed, Somchai accuses Kiet to be the mastermind behind. Pinyo tries to convince Vin to accuse Kiet but as he refuses, he is beaten and left for dead. Thana doesn't trust Somchai so he wishes to replace him by his son. Aware, Somchai hires Chat Mongkolchai to attack the next convoy led by Thana and Kiet. All staff die including Thana. Only Kiet escapes but his sister gets killed as he takes refuge in his home. Somchai now plans to kill Thana's son called Virayut (วีรยุทธ รสโอชา). While exiting the train station, ruffians chase and shoot Virayut. Luckily doctor Wana (ปรางค์ วงศ์วัช)(แสนสวย) passes by and saves his life. Pipop Pupinyo and Pao Porapak storm the doctor's house to find the son. Wana chases them on time before any killing occurs. Virayut wishes to kill Kiet as You brainwashed him that he is the killer. Ruffians try to kill again Virayut but they fail so they kidnap the doctor Wana. Meanwhile Virayut follows Lak to find Kiet. Following fighting, Virayut understands that Kiet is innocent. Understanding that Somchai doesn't love her, You tries to release Wana but it is too late and she gets killed. Kiet gets revenge over Chat Mongkolchai by putting a grenade in his mouth. Knowing that Somchai is planning to flee overseas by boat, Thai police, Kiet, Vin, Virayut storm the pier to release Wana. The boat succeeds to escape but Kiet and Virayut are on board. Through a final fight, Somchai is killed. As often in Thai movies, it is discovered that Virayut is a Bangkok police officer. Before going to Bangkok, he promotes Kiet as new manager and Vin as intendant. This Thai includes many stereotypes from 1980s Thai action movies.

ราชินีดอกหญ้า
ราชินีดอกหญ้า

Year: 1986

Thai title: ราชินีดอกหญ้า
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Surasee Phatham

Main actor: Prompong Nopparith,Doo Dook Kradon
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad

A Molam performers group is going to quit playing (ลาเวที). They are going to play Manora performance for the last time. Benchawee is the main young lady singer. A photographer called Somwit wishes to join them. He wants to convince them not to stop as Molam is part of Isan culture but it seems too late. Finally they accept to resume one time as a donor pleads them. Molam is not so popular anymore. Mainly old people are watching. Molam performers have difficulties to compete face to modern Thai country (ลูกทุ่ง) music and need to renew their style. Molam is an art (ศิลปะ). Somwit understands the need to write down songs in order to have records as it is mainly passed orally from one generation to another. There are many kinds of Molam song style such as Molam Ploen (หมอลำเพลิน) , Molam sing (หมอลำซิ่ง) and so on... Somwit wishes to bring the Molam band to radio broadcasting. Somwit decides to mix Molam song with modern Thai song (หมอลำยังไม่ตาย). An example is “Siang Isaan” as a modern Molam music group. Sawit wants to bring Benchawee to Bangkok to increase her popularity. They meet an unscrupulous producer who only wants to abuse Rawee. They continue to tour around Thailand and start to become famous. Somwit has to go back for personal affairs in Bangkok but fails to come back. Benchawee misses him and has then difficulties to sing properly. Somwit finally comes back mixing Molam songs with a modern dancing music. Benchawee becomes the Molam queen. This movie highlights that traditions can survive and stay popular by adapting to the modern tastes. The producer realizes his mistake. Yearly best singer competition is going to happen. Who will be the next queen of singers? Duang Chan Duang Chai, Thai country music singer, has fans all over Thailand but Benchawee has only Isan fans but Isan workers are everywhere so spreading their culture. A vote happens and Benchawee is aware that she won. Somwit brings Benchawee to meet his parents. His father refuses this wedding as he is coming from high society. For him an Isan girl is same as a Lao girl so denigrating both. The game is cheated and Duang chan Duang Chai Chan is announced as winner. Molam couldn't be accepted by Bangkok elite (คนเศรษฐีโกหก) So Benchawee couldn't win. The elite has chosen but Thai people have chosen also. Benchawee’s concert is a huge success while Duang Chan Duang Chai concert is a complete failure as spectators flock to see Benchawee singing. She becomes the queen of grassroots (ราชินีดอกหญ้า) instead of the queen of flowers (ราชินีดอกฟ้า). The perjury is disclosed as hidden votes are found. It is fun to see Jarunee Sooksawad singing Molam songs (หมอลำสาวบ้านนอก). Lao and Thai languages are used in this movie shot in year 1986. The movie lasts 2h03mn. It got three rewards (รางวัลสุพรรณหงส์) during Thai film industry ceremony.

ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์
ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์

Year: 1986

Thai title: ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์
English title: I don't care

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai,Wiyada Umarin,Thitima Sangkapitak

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Pim is a very busy business woman. She is independent, smokes, drinks beer. She wears men clothes like suit and tie. She is a modern 1980s emancipated woman compared to Thai traditional standards. She only believes in herself. A young man called Bird and his friend are living together in a small flat. They have always no money. Pim needs a new model for an advertisement and is looking for one in Siam Square. She meets Bird in a cafe. Pim has a suitor called Komsan, who asks her for wedding. Pim is 30 years old already but she doesn't want to follow traditional ways, i.e. have husband, have children, stop working and stay home. So she refuses. Bird is recruited for underwear commercial shooting. Bird is younger than Pim. He follows Pim to a camping on Pattaya beach. Bird's mother needs 5000 baht. Bird needs to work again. He is Chippendales dancer in the "Rainbow" bar, a club for women, and then male prostitute for ladies. Bird is coming from Northeastern Thailand and has almost no studies knowledge. He is impressed by Pim (แม่โฆษณา) and her leadership. Pim considers herself same as prostitute selling her brain. Bird is fed up with his life as a gigolo. He only meets crazy ladies looking for sex only. One night, Komsan tries to force Pim but Bird chases him. They both tell their life. Pim has been traumatised by the Thai students massacre on 6 October 1976. Pim met Komsan during those events and loved him. But then Komsan changed a lot being mainly interested in money (เงิน) and power (อำนาจ). Regarding Bird, he is a farmer son and his real name is Wang. Pim has choice between Komsan, rich man and ละครพระเอก, and Bird. She is looking for a simple man (คนง่ายๆ). A love story starts between them. Bird is a good hearted man. Bird is often treated as a buffalo (ควาย) in his job as he is coming from countryside and doesn't have high studies knowledge. Bird leaves his job but then needs to do it again to get money to cure his sick friend. Pim's friend knows Bird. Due to jealousy, she announces Pim's relationship with Bird to Pim's boss and Komsan. But Pim doesn't care (ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์). She quits her job and decides to stay with Bird despite society and family reprobation. The particular punch of this story, apart of from its depiction of low life in Bangkok, was provided by the fact that Pim has been a member of the young radicals in the 1970s. The 6 October 1976 students massacre in Thammasat University has never been fully investigated. When Pim meets old friends, they sing old songs for life (เพลงชีวิต) reminding them about the 1976 events.

สองพี่น้อง
สองพี่น้อง

Year: 1985

Thai title: สองพี่น้อง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon,Chana Sriubon
Main actress: Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej,Pissamai Wilaisak,Jintara Sookkapat

Ken's mother left early when he was a baby as she has a mysterious decease. Even the father doesn't know the real reason. The father marries again and has another boy called Ann (Amphol Lumpoon). Growing up, there is always animosity between Ann and Ken. Ann believes their father loves Ken much more than him. Having hot and bad temper, it creates jealously up to the point Ann hits Ken. Willing to clarify with Ann, the father chases him and has a serious car accident. He is disabled. A friend doctor sends his fresh graduate daughter Bin Kaew (Jintara Sookkapat) to help for his recovery. The father is the head of a big farm. Being disabled, the intendant Tiu needs to replace him. The father is strong and strict with his son Ann. The father does not forgive his son's past mistakes. One brother is doing everything good. One brother is doing everything bad. Ken has difficulty to live without knowing why his mother left many years ago. A love story starts between Ann and Bin Kaew. Ann discovers that every month Tiu is going in a remote area in the mountains. Puzzled, he follows secretly Tiu and finds he brings food to a lady. This lady is Ken's mother. She has leprosy disease so hides her-self since 20 years. She is ashamed and doesn't want anybody to know she is still alive. Thinking doing good, Ann brings Ken to see his mother. Ken has still in mind his beautiful mother picture. He cannot stand the vision of his mother aged and disfigured by the leprosy. He flees away. Nobody knows where he is. A few days later, he decides to go to see his mother again but she has commited suicide already disappointed by her son rejection. Ann and Bin Kaew finds Ken on top of the mountain trying to suicide. Unfortunately despite Ann's desperate efforts, Ken falls from the cliff and dies. Ann brings Ken's body to his father and this one has an hemorrhage in the brain. On his bed, before dying, he forgives to his son Ann so that Ann can move forward in his life and not be eaten by remorses.

วัลลี
วัลลี

Year: 1985

Thai title: วัลลี
English title: Walli

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Apichat Halamjiak
Main actress: Piathip Kumwong,Tasawan Saneewong,Malee Wetpraseri

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It is based on a true story. Wally is a girl living with her blind grandmother and mother. Her mother is sick and Wally has to run every day 8 kilometers to go to school and go back to take care of her mother. Villagers think that there is an evil spirit "PHI POP" (ผีปอบ) in the mother's body and hurt her badly. Unfortunately Wally doesn't have money to cure her mother. Wally's bad fate and gratitude ("KATANJOO" - กตัญญู) towards her mother stirs up Thai people and she receives many donations including money and bicycles. But it is too late to cure her mother...

กว่าจะถึงวันนั้น
กว่าจะถึงวันนั้น

Year: 1985

Thai title: กว่าจะถึงวันนั้น
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Porjed Kaenpetch
Main actress: Piathip Kumwong

Ploeun (Piathip Kumwong) is a domestic helper in Chat's house. She has a baby but her husband is currently in prison. The owner of the house, while his wife and kids are away, try to abuse Ploeun. While protecting herself, Chat is stabbed accidentally. Ploeun gives the baby to a temple abbot who renames the baby as Pol. Ploeun surrenders to the police (มอบตัว). Ploeun is sent to jail for ten years. The abbot finally gives Pol to a couple unable to have children as he worries about the child's future if it stays in the Buddhist temple. The couple has finally a daughter called Ann and the secret about Pol’s birth is kept. Bad influence (อิทธิพล) is everywhere even inside the prison. Ploeun is condemned to 10 more years in prison following a tragic conflict with another nasty inmate. Pol and Ann are now grown up adults. Ann is fond of a pub singer called Sak. Famous song “กว่าจะถึงวันนั้น” (When that day will happen) is featured. Finally Ploeun exits from prison. The abbot is dead already but she succeeds to find her son. She doesn't dare to tell him the truth in order to avoid damaging his future. She finds a job as domestic helper in the parents' home. She over takes care about Pol so raising concerns by the main house supervisor. Pol is having trouble with his sister as she keeps seeing the singer. He even slaps her to stop this relationship. Exceeded the main house supervisor reveals to Ann that Pol isn't her real brother (ปากเสีย / ปากหมา). Ploeun is ready to stab the house supervisor to protect her son's future. Finally hearing a conversation, Pol knows the truth. Unsure about his future, he starts to work on a construction site (ฝึก). The singer Sak asks 300 000 baht to Ann for a business. Ann believe they will marry (เป็นเขย). As her mother is not so willing, Ann empties her bank account and put her jewels in a pawnshop. Sak loves nobody except money. Finally as Sak is unfaithful with Ann, arguments happens. As Pol is looking for his sister, he arrives at the peak of the arguments. Gun is used. Sak is found dead. Pol is arrested by the police and his step parents reject him arguing it was a waste to have educated him as the blood from his real mother was anyway stronger. In prison, Pol is aware who is his real mother (รับกรรม). During the trial, Ann finally reveals that she is the one who shot the singer. Knowing she was in danger, knowing that the singer made a sex video tape to blackmail her, the tribunal gives a light sentence. Moral of the movie is that good behavior is not always linked to birth circumstances as the birth state doesn't preclude if people will be good or bad. Movie “กว่าจะถึงวันนั้น” was released in year 1985. It is a movie coming from TV Channel 9 through a digital recording but as usual some dialogues are censored by a blank when actors are using strong words.

ผู้หญิงคนนั้นชื่อบุญรอด
ผู้หญิงคนนั้นชื่อบุญรอด

Year: 1985

Thai title: ผู้หญิงคนนั้นชื่อบุญรอด
English title: Her name is Boonrawd

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor:
Main actress: Linda Khatancharoen,Sarinthip Siriwan

Boonrawd is coming from a poor Isan family but she is proud and wants to succeed in work and family. During Vietnam war she works in a Pattaya restaurant and also opens a small bakery. An American officer, who speaks Thai language, wants to become her friend as he appreciates her strong spirit and mind. She faces the discrimination of prostitutes (Boonrawd is strong minded and refuses to become a prostitute for easy money), American GIs (they think all Thai women can be bought), Thai people (discrimination when she is seen with the American officer). Boonrawd faces pressure from her mother who wants her to become a prostitute (same as her sister) in order to pay her mother's lottery bills. She finally overcomes all difficulties and marries her American officer.

ไอ้ชาติเหล็ก
ไอ้ชาติเหล็ก

Year: 1984

Thai title: ไอ้ชาติเหล็ก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Toon Hiransap,Dam Datsakorn,Sombat Methanee,Doo Dook Kradon,Pipop Pupinyo,Chat Mongkolchai
Main actress: Linda Khatancharoen,Apiradee Pawaputanon

Thai movie ไอ้ชาติเหล็ก was released in year 1984 and lasts 1h50mn. It is available under VHS format. The picture quality is very sharp. Policeman Ran (Toon Hiransap) has to take over an important task, i.e. intercept a truck hiding illicit goods. Cannabis (กัญชา) is seized. The ruffians' leader Linda (Linda Khatancharoen) is upset so she wants to meet Police inspector Ra (หัวใจเป็นเหล็ก). Tanum (Dam Datsakorn) is working for her. Doo Dook Kradon and Tiu (Sombat Methanee) are playing foreign tourists and visit a gogo bar. Back to countryside, Tiu learns that his wife Jan was raped and killed while he was away. Doo discovers that his wife is living with Pipop Pupinyo now (เมียพี่มีชู้). Unable to give a lesson to Pinyo, Doo receives help from Tiu! Both Ran and policewoman Apiradee Pawaputanon are given to mission to find the drug traffickers in Isan. Waew (Chat Mongkolchai) has arguments with Ran, disguised as a ruffian (นักเลง อาละวาด). Waew receives some help from Tiu and Doo. Tanum, following a recommendation from Waew, hires Tiu and Doo as drivers. Following some shootings and fightings, Ran is framed by Waew and Tanum. As Ran's gunshot unfortunately another policeman and a ruffian, Ran is accused in front of other policemen to be a rogue policeman. Ran is arrested and dismissed as police officer. Anyway he continues his investigation in order to clean his name. Waew takes profit of the ruffian's death to abuse his wife. Tiu kills Waew as he is one, who raped his wife. Tiu and Doo flee. They take refuge in Linda's house per Tanum's advice. As Tanum fails a few times during drug transportation, a waitress played by Apiradee is suspected. She is kidnapped. Seeing Tiu and Linda close together, Tanum is upset and frames him by warning the Police regarding the next drug transportation. Ran releases Apiradee. Tiu escapes to the Police. Tiu is very upset as nobody told him what was inside the truck. This time, Tanum tries to shoot him but Doo is killed instead. Tiu kills Tanum through a fierce fight. Linda's birthday happens in weird conditions. Ran is captured and refuses to join the ruffians in drug trafficking. This time Apiradee releases Ran and they quickly go to the pier to catch all ruffians. Tiu and Linda are arrested. It is seldom seeing Sombat Methanee playing a bad guy. Life conditions push Tiu to become a bad guy as he followed Linda's asking for help. Being arrested, Linda asks Ran for compassion towards Tiu as she is the one sole responsible but Tiu will still have to answer about his acts to Thai justice.

นักรบประจัญบาน
นักรบประจัญบาน

Year: 1984

Thai title: นักรบประจัญบาน
English title: Cobra Thunderbolt

Rating: 4/5
Director: Toranong Srichua

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Krung Srivilai,Chaiyan Sorakrai,Dam Datsakorn,Somsak Chaisongkram,Pinyo Parnnui
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak

Thai movie นักรบประจัญบาน was released in year 1984 and lasts 1h47mn. Toranong Srichua is the movie director. The Thai VCD has a good image quality but is 4:3 format. A Japanese VHS version is in 16:9 format but only lasts 1h29mn. It is a Sahamongkol production. A group of heavily armed Thai terrorists (including Dam Datsakorn, Somsak Chaisongkram, Pinyo Parnnui) are trained in Thailand. The Thai army commander asks to neutralize them asap. Tet (Krung Srivilai), previous military officer and now disabled, is sitting on a wheelchair and is pushed by his wife (Pissamai Wilaisak). He is providing advices to Thai army commander. Det (Sorapong Chatree) is Tet’s previous best fighter (นักรบ). Tet was his superior (ภูพาน) in year 1971. Both Tet and Det were the only survivors following heavy fightings at the Thai border. Tet lost use of his legs. The Daily News Press director sends his best journalist Ann (ศิริพร เอี่ยมสุนทร) to enquiry on a factory building illegally war weapons. The factory owner is Somsak Chaisongkram. The journalist receives threatening to stop her investigation on the factory. Meanwhile Tet demonstrates to Thai army commander his latest armored vehicle (รถวิเศษ). His own daughter (ระพีพรรณ กรสกุล) is the driver. Somsak is also very interested but Tet refuses to sell to him. Somsak sold weapons to communists causing Tet’s former military unit to be decimated. Ruffians storm Tet's house and kidnap his wife. Police inspector (Chaiyan Sorakrai) wishes to help but Tet prefers to handle by himself as those kidnappers are not standard ruffians. Det, learning the news from a newspaper, decides to flee while doing community work in order to help his former boss. Ann helps him to find Tet. During tentative exchange with Somsak, Tet's wife is killed through a remote bomb hidden on her body. It is war. Tet provides proofs to Ann that Somsak sold weapons illegally to Cambodia, Lao and Vietnam. Tet is kidnapped. A bomb is put in Daily news’ office by a renegade police officer but Police inspector Chaiyan stops it on time. Police locates the terrorist camp and tries to destroy it. Det uses the armored vehicle. Tet's daughter joins him with an individual flying machine. As policemen get difficulties, they wipe the terrorist opposition and release Tet. For this movie, Krung Srivilai made his head bald and was sitting in a wheelchair during whole movie. Toranong Srichua used his movie as a reference to show what risks could happen in Thailand in the future. Some happened (domestic terrorists, police officer betraying country, remote bombs on people…).

ครูเสือ
ครูเสือ

Year: 1984

Thai title: ครูเสือ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Pisarn Akraseranee,Boo Wibunnan,Kowit Wattanakul
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom

A Thai Chinese type businessman is offering land (ค่าที่ดิน) for school extension. Kru Seua (ครูใหญ่), school headmaster, is accepting on behalf of the school. Kru Seua (ครูเสือ) has a good reputation with all villagers (ครูดี). A new Bangkok sexy lady teacher Boot (ผู้ช่วย) is arriving at the school. Miss Boot has high expectations but Kru Seua reminds her that all teachers have same level, same room, same toilets as it is countryside school (โรงเรียนบ้านนอก). So all teachers have to follow the rules, show good behavior including appropriate clothing and proper speech! Kru Seua chases pupils up to the waterfall as they try to escape his mathematics lesson. Pupils are punished using the old way, i.e. beaten severely with a stick. Teacher Boot tries to intervene and to oppose but to no avail. Kru Seua is respected by the villagers but Boot believes his teaching methods are outdated (โบราณ) and promises herself to win over him. Some children behave badly, steal other people belongings or play betting games (ทำดียาก - ทำชั่วง่าย). There is even a small mafia (นักเลงแทนนักเรียน). Kru Seua encourages pupils to share food as some of them do not have enough to eat. A mother has her son Pleun, being a former convict, released from prison after three years. His wife has gone and his son is sick. He needs money. Chinese businessman’s grandson comes to study at Kru Seua’s school but he has a bad behavior believing he can do anything as his grandfather funds the school. Kru Seua refuses his entry as all children shall be the same in school (short hair, same uniform). The Chinese businessman argues his donations give him any right but then where is the virtue (บุญ) of doing donation if there is a hidden compensation? The child brings itching powder in the classroom. Finally unable to accept more, Kru Seua cuts himself the boy’s hair very short (หน้าที่ของครู). The grandfather goes to police to fill a complain. Kru Seua refuses to bend to bad influence. Meanwhile the kid is kidnapped by Pleun. Kru Seua knows the kidnapper Pleun who is a former student in the school. Kru Seua is an easy man, eating simple food from villagers by using hands. A romance starts between Kru Seua and Boot. Boot tries to convince Kru Seua not to dismiss following the pressure he received from the Police and the Thai Chinese businessman. They finally find Pleun at old Prasat Muang Singh Khmer temple. Kru Seua convinces him to release the child and to surrender to the police. The former convict has always seen Kru Seua as his third parents (พ่อแม่ที่สาม). Kru Seua has decided to quit his job. Despite excuses from the Thai Chinese businessman and his son, despite cries from the children and Boot, Kru Seua seems inflexible. Will he change his mind? Many Thai movies produced in years 1978 to 1984 were related to teachers such as ครูชายแดน, ครูบ้านนอก, ครูสมศรี, ครูจันทร์แรม, ครูปิยะ. Teachers are always supposed to be a reference and show perfect behavior to Thai pupils.

น้ำพุ
น้ำพุ

Year: 1984

Thai title: น้ำพุ
English title: The story of Nampoo

Rating: 4/5
Director: Euthana Mukdasanit

Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

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It deals about a young man entering the drug realm and his lapse until death. It is a real-life story of a teenage heroin addict, who is neglected by his middle-class parents. The former rocker turned screen star Ampol Lumpoon received Best Actor Awards for this movie. In 1984, Ampol Lumpoon snatched Best Actor award at The First Southeast Asian Film Festival for his role as a drug-addicted teenager. He eventually made his name known in 1984 with Namphoo, which broke the blockbuster record held by the classic Phlae Kao and made Bt17 million at the box office. It was to be his most successful movie. This movie was praised by critics, academics and intellectuals.

มายาพิศวาส
มายาพิศวาส

Year: 1983

Thai title: มายาพิศวาส
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chana Kraprayoon

Main actor: Kriengkrai Unhanan,Suchao Pongwilai,Manop Aussawathep
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Pissamai Wilaisak,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej,Nipaporn Nongnuch

Dokbua (ดอกบัว), a young lady, is hurt by Chala's car. She is a poor girl coming from Chiang Mai to Bangkok in order to work but she was told a falsehood regarding the job nature. As she has nowhere to go, she can finally stay as a maid as Chala gets pity on her harsh life. Chala's HiSo family includes various members. Pen is a middle age woman. She is the new wife of Chon, who is paralyzed. Chita is Chon's sister. She never got married. Chon has three children, Chala, Chet and Lek. There is always a bad and oppresive ambiance in the family. Chala only spends money but does not earn anything. In fact Chala gives the money to a poor family. Chet and Pen are lovers. All men in the house fight over Dokbua. Pen wants to use Dokbua to take care about her paralyzed husband ardors so that she can have more free time with Chet. Dokbua played the stupid girl but she is in fact very intelligent. Only Chala knows Dokbua has entered the house with a specific idea. What is her goal and her hidden secret? This HiSo house is same as hell (นรก). People are doing bad deeds (มีบาป). Ten years ago, Chon, the father always partied in the house and brought girls. It only stopped when the father became paralyzed. Lek, the youngest daughter, has a boyfriend called Tat. Tat also tries to seduce Dokbua. Pen has a new plan and introduces Dokbua to a rich man called Tawat. Pen gets money in exchange of providing young girls to rich men. There are arguments between Tawat and Chon. Dokbua prefers to stay with Chon. Tawat takes over Chon's company as he looses face regarding Dokbua. It causes a heart attack to Chon. Dokbua talks to Chon privately on his hospital bed while he is dying. Chon is afraid about hell (กลัวนรก) due to his previous bad deeds. Before dying he updates his testament and gives nothing for his children. Everything goes for Dokbua. Chita relates Chon's story to Chala. Chon was behaving like a ruffian when he was young. After having a second kid the father starts to misbehave again with girls so the mother called Lamyong hanged up herself. Dusit was a former business associate of Chon but they had arguments. Chita and Dusit were in a love story and Chon made it broken up. Dusit later has another wife but Chon never forgave to Dusit and Dusit was shot in the back. Dokbua is Dusit's daughter. Dusit is still alive but is paralyzed. Tat still tries to seduce Dokbua as Lek is now a poor girl. Chet also tries to be nice. This hypocrisy causes Tat and Lek to break up. Pen and Chet also break up. Pen cannot stand it. Pen shots Chet and becomes crazy. Lek behaves as a bad girl. The whole family ends up in a turmoil even if Dokbua didn't intend to be such a mess. Finally Dokbua and Chala declares their love for each other. Dokbua gives all heritage to Chita. This movie highlight the high society hypocrisy. Chana Kraprayoon is famous for directing drama / romance movies and Thai TV series. This movie was adapted in a Thai TV serie in 2007. Jarunee Sooksawad got an award for her Best Actress performance in this movie.

สงครามเพลง
สงครามเพลง

Year: 1983

Thai title: สงครามเพลง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chalong Pukdeewichit

Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Rith Luecha,Manop Aussawathep,Settha Sirachaya,Somchai Samipak,Sayan Chantaravi​boon
Main actress: Pumpuang Duangchan,Naowarat Yooktanun,Thitima Sangkapitak

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Kata (Krung Srivilai) / Leuachai (Rith Luecha) and Manop Aussawathep always have music orchestra (วงดนตรี) competition (สงครามเพลง). Manop's group thinks it has won by using Settha Sirachaya as singer but the group led by Kata uses singer Pumpuang Duangchan. It degenerates and brawl fighting happens between the two groups. Everybody ends up in jail. Police inspector (Somchai Samipak) summon the two orchestra leaders by telling them that music orchestra (วงการเพลง) is an art (วงการศิลาปิน) and should not end up in fighting. Apika (Naowarat Yooktanun) pays the bailing fee (ค่าปรับ). Kata wishes to have the most famous orchestra with Pumpuang as superstar. Manop’s group needs to find a new singer able to compete with Pumpuang. They decide to hire heartthrob singer Yotrak salakchai. Many Luk Thung (ลูกทุ่ง) songs are featured in this movie. Sayan Chantaraviboon is featured as the owner of a recording studio. Kampi is younger brother of Kata. Kampi loves secretly a lady called Tosaen (Thitima Sangkapitak). Kampi writes love songs towards Tosaen and those songs are used by Manop’s orchestra. Apika, daughter of Manop, discovers that songs are written by Kampi and refuses to buy them anymore believing it is a trick of Kata again. Tosaen becomes lover with Kata. A romance starts between Yotrak and Pumpuang, between Apika and Kampi. It causes concerns to both Kata and Manop (น้องชายของศัตรู). Pumpuang flees so Yotrak leaves the orchestra to find her. Pumpuang is indebted to Kata but she chooses freedom and love towards being a singer. Kata and Manop decide to launch strong fighting (สงครามเพลง / สงครามเลือด) against each other. Amid a battle between the two groups, Pumpuang convinces them for a truce. Tosaen tries to get back Kampi. Leuachai is not ready for truce. Apika quits Kampi as Tosaen left on purpose a bra in his car. During a concert, Leuachai tries to shoot Kata and Manop but finally gets punched by Kampi and then slot by Police. It is the end of violence in music orchestra contest. Tosaen tells the truth to Apika so she can be reunited with Kampi.

เห่าดง
เห่าดง

Year: 1983

Thai title: เห่าดง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Pipop Pupinyo,Kanchit Kwanpracha,Kowit Wattanakul,Settha Sirachaya
Main actress: Suriwan Suriyong,Aranya Namwong,Piathip Kumwong,Mayura Thanabutr

Pleng (เพลิง) and Kam have arguments. Kam complains Pleng is not sincere. Pleng has to choose between being a ruffian (นักเลง, การพนัน) versus being an honest military officer (ยุติธรรม). They break up. The military head, Prachom, promises to help Pleng but this latter refuses due to his strong character (กระดูกแข็ง). Pleng has arguments with a debtor, who insults his mother. He stabs him, flees and quits army. Finally Pleng becomes a ruffian (เสียคน). Pleng is accepted in ruffian team by leader Prayak. Prayak and Chinta (จินดา) have a child called Bayan. Bayan is in fact a child being kidnapped. Prayak and Chinta need to flee the police and go overseas. Pleng promises to take care of Bayan. Many years have passed. Bayan has now grown up and is renamed Prao (พราว). She has learnt fighting skills (การต่อสู้). While doing shopping, a young policeman called Wut (วุฒิ) contacts Prao as Prissana but it is a mistake. But in fact Prao and Prissana are twins (ลูกแฝด)! They were separated 15 years ago following a robbery by Prayak in Prachom’s home. Hao Dong is a mysterious judiciary punishing ruffians and warning police in advance (ผู้หวังดี). Behind it is Pleng, who always felt guilty to have quit the army. During last affair, Pleng gets shot and killed while helping Wut. Prao replaces Pleng as judiciary. She revenges Pleng by putting a bomb in ruffian leader's car. Wut pretends to be Niwat, insurance representative, in order to investigate close to the daughter, Saisree (ไซซี), regarding her father death. Wut suspects Prao to be Hao Dong but proofs are not enough (ตำรวจมีหัวใจเหมือนกัน!). Chita and Phayak come back from overseas to support Prao. Prao still wants to catch the real leader of the mysterious society (วงการ). Saisree is now the head of Chinese style secret society. Saisree asks Wut to lie to Prao and makes her come thanks to a trick. He refuses. Due to Saisree's love towards Wut, the ruffians shot each other. Wut succeeds to escape but Prissana is kidnapped and shall be exchanged with Prao. Wut, the police and Prao storm the ruffians headquarters. Prao is reunited with her parents. A double wedding Prissana / Chao and Prao / Wut can happen. As usual on Thai television programs, bad things are blurred such as smoking a cigarette, alcohol bottle or putting a gun on temple. A first version of movie “เห่าดง” was released in 1958 with leading actress Amara Asavananda. The 1983 version is leading actress Suriwan Suriyong’s first movie. The movie song is "♪จะไปดูหนังไทย บ๊ะ ต้องเห่าดง ดาวดัง สรพงษ์ ผิวคล้ำ นำแสดง สุรีย์วัล สุริยง มาประชันขันแข่ง อรัญญา ก็มา ร่วมกันในเห่าดง♪".

คาดเชือก
คาดเชือก

Year: 1983

Thai title: คาดเชือก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Bandit Ritthakol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep,Pipop Pupinyo,Nirut Sirijanya
Main actress: Suriwan Suriyong,Mayura Thanabutr

After many years spent in jail, a man is coming back to his home town but he is not welcomed. His mother has become addicted to opium. Now being officer, he decides to expel the local drug kingpin from the town. But the local mafia strikes back and tries to get rid of him. Will he succeed? It is the first movie directed by Bandit Ritthakol.

ลำพูนดำ
ลำพูนดำ

Year: 1983

Thai title: ลำพูนดำ
English title: Desconocida

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Kowit Wattanakul,Suchao Pongwilai,Pipop Pupinyo,Paen Pleumsachai,Krai Kanchit,Rith Luecha,Somjin Thammatat,Pumi Patanayut,Somsak Chaisongkram
Main actress: Apiradee Pawaputanon,Thitima Sangkapitak,Piathip Kumwong,Ampha Pusit,Mayura Thanabutr

Thai movie ลำพูนดำ was released in year 1983. The movie was also released in Taiwan under the name "Desconocida" in VHS format. This version was released by Taiwanese company New Ship Film Enterprise Co Ltd and lasts 1h26mn. The movie is in Mandarin language. The original movie has been cut to fit in standard TV format so making the story cutting to be awkward. Other versions released in Thailand last 1h30mn (Cable TV version) or 1h47mn (VHS version). This movie features many famous actors / actresses from decade 1970s~1980s. Young lad, called Paen (Sorapong Chatree), visits famous monk (หลวงพ่อ) in a local Buddhist temple to discuss about his problems. His mother and sister are treated as mistresses by local kingpin Mek. Mek (Somjin Thammatat) also tries to steal the family land. The monk gives to Paen an unique Buddhist amulet called ลำพูนดำ to protect him. Paen is arrested by four policemen led by Paen Pleumsachai. They bring him to a remote area to execute him per Mek’s orders but bullets don't enter (นั่งเนี่ยว) as he is protected by the sacred amulet given by the monk. Paen shoots them back. Policeman Nard Poowanai, as หมวด, is also trying to catch him. Kingpin Mek and subdistrict headman Chat (Krai Kanchit) (ลูกน้องมือขวา) are concerned that Paen succeeded to escape. Paen has many enemies (ศัตรูเยอะ). Two ladies Lom (Piathip Kumwong) and Phit (Thitima Sangkapitak), Paen’s mother and sister, are visiting the village leader. Both are the village leader's mistresses and Lom is also seduced by Chat (เป็นชู). Thai police is still looking after Paen. Paen takes refuge in a village but the village leader (Pumi Patanayut) warns the police. Paen succeeds to flee by having an hostage called Lamai (Mayura Thanabutr). Paen learns who are his enemies through Somsak Chaisongkram. Paen kills three ruffians (มือปืน). Ruffians kidnap young lady Lamai but Paen releases her and injures the village leader trying to abuse her. Young lady Booklee is kidnapped to become Mek’s new minor wife. Khun Mom Sasingha (Kowit Wattanakul) meets Chaba (Ampha Pusit), niece (หลานสาว) of Kamnan Chat. He presents himself as a customer of the underground casino (บ่อน). Pipop Pupinyo is looking for troubles with Sasingha but gets beaten. Chat is then jealous that Sasingha is too close to Chaba. Seua Rit (Suchao Pongwilai) is hired by the village leader to get rid of Paen. Mek’s daughter, Pumarin (Apiradee Pawaputanon), is coming back from overseas following successful studies. Her real father is Rit but he doesn’t want her daughter to know that her father is a thief so the truth was never disclosed to Pumarin. Paen behaves as a Robin Wood (โจร) by giving free goods to poor villagers. A pact is agreed between Paen, Khun Mom Sasingha and Klot (Rith Luecha). Klot wishes to get revenge on Mek as he killed all his family members and kidnapped his niece Booklee. Paen refuses to meet his sister Phit anymore. Both Chat and Lom are buried alive as Mek discovers they are having an affair. Meanwhile Rit kills pregnant Lamai and her mother as they refused to disclose where Paen is hidden. Phit is having an affair with Seua Rit. Per her strategy to protect her brother, Phit claims to Mek that she has been raped by Rit so that Rit cannot harm Paen anymore. Paen releases Pumarin aggressed by ruffians kidnapping her. Klot gains the trust of Mek in order to better spy him. Paen wishes to get revenge on Mek but police surrounds him. The Buddhist amulet saves Paen one more time. Phit protects Paen a last time by shooting Mek but this latter shoots her before dying. Paen listens to Pumarin and surrenders peacefully to the police. A sequel released in year 1988 was called ลำพูนแดง.

จ้าวภูผา
จ้าวภูผา

Year: 1983

Thai title: จ้าวภูผา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Lak Apichat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Pipop Pupinyo,Somkuan Krajangsat,Manop Aussawathep,Rith Luecha,Chat Mongkolchai,Pao Porapak,Kecha Plianvithee,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress: Sarinthip Siriwan,Sawitri Samiphak,Hatairat Amatavanich

Thai movie จ้าวภูผา was released in year 1983 and lasts 2h04mn. It was released under VHS format only. Phanum (Sorapong Chatree) is getting trained by teacher (อาจารย์) Pipop Pupinyo in a training camp located on a mountain. Phanum has stayed in the training camp for two years but he cannot remember who he is. A man called Chan, who brought him there, has disappeared already. He decides to leave the camp to enquiry on his past. He is now skilled enough in martial arts (ใช้ได้). He meets young lady Feui (สาวิตรี สามิภักดิ์) aggressed by three ruffians. Feui's brother is Lak Apichat. Fortune teller (หมอดู เทวดา) Feng (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) is also looking for Chan. Young lady Yeewa (ฤทัยรัตน์ อมตะวณิชย์), daughter of village headman Kwat (เจ้าพ่อใหญ่). Feui's Father is Somkuan Krajangsat. It seems that Chan has ennemies looking for him. Chan is currently working for village headman Kwat (Manop Aussawathep). Sarinthip Siriwan is playing Kwat's wife. Chat Mongkolchai is village headman's assistant. Today is Kwat's birthday celebration. Somebody offers an ominous gift (ของขวัญวันตาย), i.e. a coffin (โลงศพ). A hitman, offering a gift, shots Kwat three times. Phanum and Feng are arrested as suspected to be involved as they were not invited to the party. Lit (Rith Luecha) sent the killer in order to be the new village headman (กำนัน). Kwat survives as he was wearing a bullet jacket. Feng has to demonstrate his divine skills to show they are not involved in the murder tentative. The birthday celebration continues but during the evening Lit's ruffians bring the mess. Fighting (การต่อสู้) between Pao Porapak and Panum happens. Nakorn (Kecha Plianvithee) learns about Panum and send two hitmen to get rid of him and Chan. Chan is played by Nard Poowanai. Nakorn's ruffians are killed by Chan. Chan has to flee again. Two ruffians sent by Lit fail to shoot Panum. Panum is divided between Yeewa and Feui. Chan helps Panum and Feng attacked by ruffians while sending money to a wood sawmill. A master (อาจารย์) helps Panum to remember his real name as Ek. Nakorn is Ek's uncle. Ek was back from studying abroad. His father was killed (ถูกฆ่าตาย) and Ek lost memory while being injured. Thanks to master (อาจารย์), Ek recovers memory. Through the final, they storm the ruffians' place and all of them are shot. Unable to choose between Yeewa and Feui, Ek marries both of them!

ดวงนักเลง
ดวงนักเลง

Year: 1983

Thai title: ดวงนักเลง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Winit Pukdeewichit

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nirut Sirijanya,Pisarn Akraseranee,Settha Sirachaya,Sahat Piempongsan
Main actress: Wiyada Umarin,Naowarat Yooktanun,Piathip Kumwong

A mysterious man arrives on a rainy night in a remote city and enters in the hotel bar. The hotel is half owned by young lady called Chonko (Wiyada Umarin). A crazy guy (Settha Sirachaya), always drunk (ขี้เมา), asks him to avoid troubles as bad ruffians are the real leaders here. The mysterious man is called Mek Suriya (Sorapong Chatree) and plays the judiciary guy against the ruffians terrorizing the drunkard (รับรองความปลอดภัย). Alcohol and cigarette are blurred on this movie digitalized from True Cable TV. Bamrong (Nirut Sirijanya) is playing cards against ruffians but lost accusing the ruffians to cheat. Mek ensures that the fight against Bamrong and a ruffian is fair. Mek and Bamrong win back the other half of the hotel from Dang, one of the ruffian working for godfather (เจ้าพ่อ) Sagnop. Serinya (Naowarat Yooktanun) arrives in the hotel and asks help for her brother Seri (Pisarn Akraseranee) who has just been beaten by ruffians. Serinya has come to teach Sagnop's children. Serinya and Seri meet Sagnop’s wife (Piathip Kumwong), Sumalee. Sagnop (Sahat Piempongsan) is a strong godfather and doesn’t hesitate to punish those who try to cheat him (เก็บใช้ในเมืองผี). Sagnop sends 5 hitmen to clear the issue with Mek. Mek always pays respect (ไหว้) to his Buddhist amulet after hitting some ruffians. Ruffians terrorized the city until Mek dares resisting them. One of the ruffians hitman defies Mek for an outdoor gun duel. It is a trick as other ruffians are hidden in the bush. The hitman is finally defeated and a strong message is sent to their big boss. Mek and Bamrong are too strong to be ordinary ruffians as they are well trained. Other ruffians storm the hotel bar but get defeated again by Mek (ผมไม่เคยตาย / อยากลองดู). Serinya and Seri are undercover policemen. They love each other (คู่รัก). Bamrong and Mek decide to go to Don Luang, Sagnop’s ranch, to be become his associates (ลูกน้อง). Sagnop is fond of Serinya and orders to kidnap her. Serinya has to marry with Sagnop but Sagnop is already married to Sumalee. Sumalee rescues Seri and bursts into tears follow up her many years of dispair with Sagnop. In the morning, Sumalee announced to Sagnop her decision to quit him, to go to Bangkok with her children and Seri. Sumalee is finally shot by Sagnop’s ruffians as Sagnop cannot accept this. Sagnop orders to kill Seri. Mek and Bamrong, warned by Serinya, go to help him. Bamrong is Sumalee's young brother. One of Bamrong’s nephew (หลาน) dies in a shoot out. Revenge is in the air... A final shoot out involving ruffians and army happens during Sagnop and Serinya’s wedding. Entertaining Molam dances are featured during the wedding. Sagnop and his ruffians are defeated. Mek Suriya, the mysterious judiciary, leaves (พี่ลาก่อน). The highlight of the movie is the first movie involving two big stars, i.e. Sorapong Chatree and Pisarn Akraseranee. Movie Duang Nak Leng (ดวงนักเลง) is not available on VCD or DVD in Thailand. Some digital versions from TV are available around such as a 1h29mn from Channel 9 (cut version) and a True Move Cable TV version of 1h54mn. It feels like a Tom Yam Thai western movie.

สงครามปาก
สงครามปาก

Year: 1983

Thai title: สงครามปาก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Permpol Choei-arun

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Lor Tok,Nirut Sirijanya
Main actress: Piyamas Monayakol,Wiyada Umarin,Pornpan Ketmamatsu

Atawut is working in governement as speaker. He is married to Pim and they have a young son. He has also a mistress called Nat. He claims buying hot fresh food to his wife when coming back late but the driver just heats it up on the car engine! His wife, Pim, starts to be aware. A lawyer, who loves Nat, is waiting that Nat is fed up flirting with a married man. Atawut is coming from Isan area, Northeast of Thailand. He wants to participate to local elections in the "People" party (พรรคประชาชน). He wears blue-cotton farmer clothes (มอฮ่อม) during his meetings. Pim, his wife, comes from a high society family but he is coming from a poor Isan family. He wins because his wife gives away money so that he can get popular. She couldn't allow her family name to be tarnished in case of defeat. Atawut cannot bear it, gets drunk and goes with Nat. But he is lying to his mistress also. He is a womaniser up to the point local newspapers publish a picture of him and a local cinema star. Meanwhile Pim's younger sister, Pamela, comes back from America. Fed up by Nat and Pim, Atawut takes a break and goes to Chiang Mai. There he meets Pamela visiting Chiang Mai also. Nat announces it to Pim and its circle (สังคมผู้ดี). She is insulted as a pandering lady (นางบำรุง). Pim looses face and decides to divorce. Atawut asks her to think twice in order to protect his representative title invoking that having mistress is common issue in Thailand. But this is not acceptable for women! As he sees his wife eating with another man (in fact for business purpose), Atawut loses temper. He uses a gun and injures Pim. The trial starts. The man who loves Nat is Atawut's lawyer. Atawut misses his family. He stays humble and simple. He finds an old Isan friend selling Thai coffee (โอเลี้ยง). His friend is not unfaithful. Atawut is rich but not happy. His friend is poor but happy. Atawut will loose child and everything due to his bad behavior. Parents of both sides try to corrupt the judge by offering gifts but despite living in small house, he refuses. Trial is over and the child shall stay in custody with the mother. Finally both side misses each other so much and for the good sake of the young son go back together for an happy ending. This movie raises many 1980s society issues, i.e. men able to cheat wives as a common society issue, corruption in elections, corruption in justice, divorce in high society, men vs women behavior.

ไอ้ ป.4 (ไม่มีเส้น)
ไอ้ ป.4 (ไม่มีเส้น)

Year: 1983

Thai title: ไอ้ ป.4 (ไม่มีเส้น)
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Pipop Pupinyo,Kowit Wattanakul,Panna Rittikrai,Note Chernyim,Manop Aussawathep,Chat Mongkolchai,Somsak Chaisongkram
Main actress: Suriwan Suriyong,Metta Roongrat,Sarinthip Siriwan,Thitima Sangkapitak

Leu (Sorapong Chatree) is a poor Tuk Tuk (สามล้อ) driver and has difficulties to find money to pay his son Tawan school fees. The headmaster (Sarinthip Siriwan) has limited understanding. One day fightings erupt with ruffians asking for protection fee to a Tuk Tuk driver. Leu and his friends (Panna Rittikrai, Note Chernyim) help. Leu hits violently Pipop Pupinyo. Yot (Manop Aussawathep) is head of ruffians. Kowit is a policeman but he cannot help that much. Wan (Thitima Sangkapitak) is owning a street restaurant, where Tuk Tuk drivers always eat. Tuk Tuk needs to pay a parking fee despite it is a public road. Leu is aggressed again while driving his Tuk Tuk so he is late at school to pick up his son. Teacher Panit (Suriwan Suriyong) sends his son back home. The teacher Panit complains on Leu not taking care enough of his son. Fighting erupts with ruffians looking for troubles with the teacher Panit but she has good fighting skills also. Panit is in fact the daughter of Yot. Ruffians fight again with the Tuk Tuk drivers as they refuse to pay extortion fee. They all end up in police station. Thanks to bad influence (อิทธิพล) of gangster Sia Boon Mak, ruffians are released first. The owner of Tuk Tuk cars pay finally for the release fee as the drivers are just renting the cars so they have no money. Leu is very late picking up his son so he meets the teacher again at his home. Sia Boon Mak (นักเลงใหญ่) forces Yot to work with him as he threatens his daughter. Brakes are damaged on Leu's Tuk Tuk as a warning. Tawan's mother, former teacher, died many years ago in a bus accident. Both Leu and Yot ended their studies at ป.4 level. Panit would like her father Yot to stop his dirty ways to do business (วิธีการสกปรก) by exploiting other poor people. Yot argues he had no choice as the society doesn’t give a lot of opportunity to succeed for people ending their studies at low level (ป.4). Following his daughter pressure and wishing to change his life, he agrees to stop. Meanwhile Sia Boon Mak’s ruffians cause Leu's Tuk Tuk to have an accident and his son dies. Leu promises to revenge and refuses to see Panit anymore. Panit proves him that her father is not involved in his son’s death. Yot is now on Leu's side. Leu fails to kill Sia Boon Mak but injures him. As revenge Yot is shot and killed. Wan is kidnapped and killed by Sia Boon Mak. It is too much and Leu assisted by Panit and an army of Tuk Tuk drivers storm Sia Boon Mak’s den. Police led by Kowit finally arrives. Leu doesn't perform self justice and lets police to arrest Sia Boon Mak. Justice will be performed but Leu has to lose his son for this justice to happen… Movie director is มนู วรรณายก. This movie was released in VHS format but never in VCD or DVD formats.

ปริศนา
ปริศนา

Year: 1982

Thai title: ปริศนา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ruj Ronnapop

Main actor: Kriengkrai Unhanan
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad

Prisana is a young Thai lady coming back from USA. Her life vision is influenced by her American education. Her future mate choice should be based on love and not based on family choice or wealth. Will she overcome Thai society rules?

ดาวพระเสาร์
ดาวพระเสาร์

Year: 1982

Thai title: ดาวพระเสาร์
English title: The Big Deal

Rating: 4/5
Director: Dam Datsakorn

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Toon Hiransap,Pipop Pupinyo,Rith Luecha,Lak Apichat,Dam Datsakorn,Kecha Plianvithee
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Thitima Sangkapitak,Wiyada Umarin,Duangjai Hathaikarn

ดาวพระเสาร์ (The Big Deal) movie is gathering three main stars from 1980s decade, i.e. Sorapong Chatree, Toon Hiransap and Jarunee Sooksawad. This movie is mixing action and romance. An impressive bunch of 1970s-1980s famous Thai actors are participating. Dam Datsakorn, more known for his ruffian leader role, is also the director. Dao Prasao (Sorapong Chatree) is similar to a lonesome cowboy but he has a strong kick (ตีนแรง) whenever somebody is looking for troubles. Taen (Toon Hiransap) wishes to befriend with Dao Prasao. Taen is chased by Sing Manorom's ruffians but gets help from Dao Prasao. Taen gives him a bag with 100 000 baht as a reward. Taeng, Taen's fiancee, is promised to ruffian Sing Manorom so Taen has no wish to live anymore. The 100 000 baht were supposed to be used while fleeing with Taeng. Diaw Dai (Wiyada Umarin), prostitute with sincere heart, helps them to hide from the ruffians. Tuang (Rith Luecha) is her evil pimp and wishes to take revenge following Diaw Dai betrayal. Dao Prasao promises to help Taen. Taeng (Jarunee Sooksawad) is the daughter of sub- district headman (kamnan) called Yot. Dao Prasao arrives as a mysterious wedding gift giver in order to enter more easily in Yot’s house. Causing a fire during the wedding eve, Dao Prasao takes profit of the mess to flee with Taeng. He is injured while helping her. Despite a plot from Tuang, all succeed to escape the ruffians. Diaw Dai has some feelings for Dao Prasao. Some feelings start also between Taeng and Dao Prasao. His real name is Kata. He left his home as his fiancee married his father while he was studying abroad. Meanwhile while visiting Taen's home, Taeng discovers he has already a fiancee! In fact his father wants to force him to marry a high society lady called Kaew (Thitima Sangkapitak). Feeling sad, Taeng is finally captured again by the ruffians. Aware of this, Dao Prasao with close friend Dang's support raid the ruffians nightclub. Jarunee excels in Thai boxing skill-set and they succeed to escape. Taeng is disappointed by Taen as he doesn't dare to oppose his father to protect their love (อยู่ในอำนาจบารมีของพ่อ). He is not as courageous as Dao Prasao. Taen feels hurt by Taeng’s words. Chumporn, head of ruffians, is leading a prostitution ring. They capture many ladies including Taeng, Kaew, Diaw Dai to sell them to an international buyer. Tuang kills Diaw Dai as a revenge. Dao Prasao and Taen successfully release the ladies through fierce fights on moving trucks and through motorized acrobatics. Taen wishes to show he has courage also. Kaew is killed during the battle. Taen and Taeng are reunited. Dao Prasao leaves them and continues his life as a lonesome cowboy. Dao Prasao has accomplishes his mission as Taen and Taeng can be happy together now. An earlier version with Sombat Methanee was shot in 1970.

เพชรตัดหยก
เพชรตัดหยก

Year: 1982

Thai title: เพชรตัดหยก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Kom Akadej

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Lak Apichat,Dam Datsakorn,Phairoj Jaising,Chat Mongkolchai,Kecha Plianvithee,Somsak Chaisongkram,Pao Porapak,Pipop Pupinyo,Norman Chu
Main actress: Suriwan Suriyong,Nanthida Kaewbuasai

Thai movie เพชรตัดหยก was released in year 1982 and lasts 1h54mn. It is a VHS featuring the movie in format 4:3 instead of 16:9 so left and right parts of the original image are lost. Kom Akadej is the movie director. The main character, Lao Thong, has special skills such as running very fast or jumping very high. This movie is considered as part 2 of Thai movie เสือภูเขา / The mountain lion (1979). Lao Thong (Sorapong Chatree) is a Meo hill tribe villager. Lao Thong's wife (Suriwan Suriyong) and his son are killed by ruffians led by Dam Datsakorn storming a Meo hill tribe village to steal the cattle. Lao Thong has to get revenge. Tong Chi (Lak Apichat) joins him. Lisu village leader wishes to marry his two daughters including Asuma (Nanthida Kaewbuasai). Per local customs, the husband (พิธีเลือกคู่) needs to win a fight between all contenders. Tong Chi is about to win but ruffians including Pao Porapak and Chat Mongkolchai storm the Lisu village and kidnap Asuma. Lao Thong helps and releases Asuma. He refuses her hand as he is under mourning period but promises to help getting guns to be able to fight against ruffians. In another village, Lao Thong helps a lady aggressed by thugs. She has same face as his former wife. Her name is Soyi and she has good fighting skills also. She is carried by Pipop Pupinyo and Somsak Chaisongkram. Lao Thong buys guns from her brother Lao (Phairoj Jaising), who tries to get rid of him and Lak. Soyi helps Lao Thong to flee so causing her brother's ire. A mysterious soldier (Hong Kong actor ฉีเส้าเฉียน / Norman Chu), called Norman, helps Asuma and her sister aggressed by ruffians. Tong Chi fights against Norman as he believes he tries to seduce Asuma. Lao Thong and Norman also fight. Norman asks to meet Lao to buy weapons. Norman kidnaps Soyi as he wishes to infiltrate the ruffians. Lao tries to release his sister but he is defeated by Norman. Lao Thong releases Soyi and takes away the weapons with Tong Chi. Lao Thong defeats Norman but spares his life. Tong Chi hides weapons inside Lisu village. The village is stormed by ruffians. All gather to storm the ruffians' place. The big leader is identified as Decha (Kecha Plianvithee). Fightings and explosions occur with all ruffians being killed but unfortunately Lao and Tong Chi also die.

นี่หรือมนุษย์
นี่หรือมนุษย์

Year: 1982

Thai title: นี่หรือมนุษย์
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Porjed Kaenpetch,Manop Aussawathep
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Wiyada Umarin,Apaporn Kornthip

Boonleuang is a lady coming from a poor family. She married Cheut coming from a rich noble family (ผู้ดี). Cheut's mother never accepted that her son marries such lady. Boonleuang and Cheut have one son called Sak. Cheut's mother succeeds to convince Boonleuang through moral pressure to let her educate her son in order that he can have a bright future. Following problems with police, one Boonleuang's neighbour entrusts her to take care of her new born daughter, Saichai, and flee with his son, Chai. He is finally caught by the Police. Cheut and Boonleuang also separate later on. Twenty years passed. Saichai meets Sak, a young lawyer, coming from a rich family. Boonleuang warns her daughter not to continue to meet Sak as rich people can become noble (ผู้ดี) thanks to money but can never become good people (คนดี). Sia is another older man interested Saichai but he has financial conflict with Sak. He tries to have him killed by using professional killer. Chai has become a professional killer and also loves Saichai. He tries to force her to become his wife but fails. When trying to kill Sak, he injures Saichai. The former neighbour exits from prison after 20 years and announces to his son, Chai, that Saichai is in fact his sister. This latter ashamed by his former behavior and knowing that Sia has placed a bomb under Sak's car sacrifices his life for his sister to have happiness with Sak. Boonleuang finally learns that Sak is her son. Knowing that Sia wants to kill Sak, she tries to stop him. He refuses. Sia is killed and Boonleuang recognizes she is the murderer. She has to go to trial. Sak is the defense lawyer but Cheut, Sak's father, is the defendant layer to protect Boonleuang. The son against the father. Saichai asks for pity for his mother but Sak refuses to mix love and professional duty. Sak is very harsh against her mother during the trial. The former neighbour acknowledges that Boonleuang only injured Sia but that he is the one that killed him. Sak acknowledges his defeat. Once Sak realizes that Boonleuang is his mother, it is too late, she has died due to deep sorrows.

สายเลือดเดียวกัน
สายเลือดเดียวกัน

Year: 1982

Thai title: สายเลือดเดียวกัน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Pipop Pupinyo,Somsak Chaisongkram,Kraison Saenganan
Main actress: Thitima Sangkapitak,Nanthida Kaewbuasai,Suphanee Jitthieng

Yoo (Thitima Sangkapitak) and Kasem (Sorapong Chatree) love each other. Yoo's father doesn't want her daughter to meet Kasem anymore as he is coming from poor background (บ้านนอก / จน). Kasem needs to fight back (ต่อสู้) but Yoo's father refuses to see his kindness and even hits him, so Yoo flees with Kasem. They live in countryside as farmers. Ten years have passed. They have now three children, Yupa, Decha and a baby girl. Yoo keeps crying having pity on her children as they are poor. Yoo wishes to go back to Bangkok but Kasem refuses as unwilling to be despised by the father again. Yoo is tired of this life. As Yoo is sick, Kasem goes to a neighbouring town to buy medicine. When he is back, Yoo has died already. The children are also tired of this hardship and would like their father to bring them to their grandparents. One day some ruffians claim rent fee for the last ten years. As Kasem refuses, he is beaten and left for dead. The house is burnt down. The children have no choice but to go to Bangkok. They finally go by train and are lucky to have another traveller paying their tickets as he has pity of them. Decha always think of eating sweets. Arrived in Bangkok, Decha is separated from Yupa. Yupa is hit by a car. Her eye vision is altered. Meanwhile Decha is recruited in a pickpocket gang (ล้วงกระเป๋า) led by veteran actor Pipop Pupinyo. The couple who hit Yupa with their car is considering adopting the children as they don't have their own kids but the woman has a concern on Yupa as she is already old enough to understand. Knowing this, Yupa prefers to leave in order to secure her small sister's future. Finally the family has another child called Thanee but keeps the secret about the other child named Wilai. Children are now grown up. Decha is deeply involved in robbing, pickpocket activities and even heroin traffic. Yupa (Nanthida Kaewbuasai) is begging as she is almost blind. Decha tries to seduce Wilai, an university student coming from a well-off family, whose wallet has been stolen by his team. Thanee, jealous about Decha, reveals to Wilai the robber background of Decha. Decha complains that no chance is given to him like his father (อยากเป็นคนดี). Thanee (ลูกอิจฉา) also reveals to Wilai that she is not real daughter but just an adopted street child. Reading a newspaper, Wilai's stepfather finds that Wilai's real grandparents search their grandchildren to give their heritage. Hearing a little girl singing his mother lullaby, Decha is able to find back Yupa. Yupa is not aware from where Decha money is coming from. Finally through a final touching sequence Decha loses a potential love with Wilai but finds back his lost sister. This strong drama movie highlights brother-sister bonds (พี่น้องต้องรักกัน).

ลูกอีสาน
ลูกอีสาน

Year: 1982

Thai title: ลูกอีสาน
English title: Son of the Northeast

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor: Krailat Kriengkrai,Tongchai Prasongsanti
Main actress: Sarinthip Siriwan,Sulaleewan Suwanthat

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It is about "ISAN" (อีสาน), area in the Northeast of Thailand. This is the poorest area in Thailand. This movie relates the life of Koon, a small boy living in a village. It is based on the book "A Child of the Northeast" ("LUK ISAN" - ลูกอีสาน) written by Kampoon Boontawee. It has won Thailand's first SEAW ite Award in 1979. The film is shot in Lao language. It shows the harsh life of Isan farmers. Some villagers are leaving the area due to drought. Remaining villagers have to quest for water every day. Raining is not coming so a cat ceremony is organized. Water is thrown to an encaged cat in order that his shouts make the rain deity to take pity on him. Monks are the advisors of the communauty and children go to schools located inside temples. Village shops are held by Vietnamese and Chinese people who argue together to sell goods to local people. Koon's family is setting up a caravan to go to the Mun river and stock fishes for a few months. Koon learns hunting skills from his father. Koon's cousin has to marry swiftly as her parents found she spent a whole night with one young man. Molam singers visit the village bringing joy and news from the outside world. An old woman is lamenting on her future as her husband is dead and her daughter only wishes to quit the village and its harsh life. This movie is winner of several international awards and was selected for the 1983 Berlin Film Festival. This movie is part of the first 25 films heritage list announced on October 4 2011, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

แม้เลือกเกิดได้
แม้เลือกเกิดได้

Year: 1982

Thai title: แม้เลือกเกิดได้
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chana Kraprayoon

Main actor:
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Wiyada Umarin

This movie is about prostitutes's hard life, i.e. rape, violent pimp, having a baby with no father, their life without hope and good future, the society disdain, their life as sex objects and without any consideration from their customers, the "MAMASAN" forcing to serve too many customers every night, the sadness of being old and still a prostitute, young prostitutes' suicide. One day a prostitute with a baby quits the bordel to live with a man, who really loves her. Unfortunately he is a killer ("MEU PEUN" - มือปืน). Will she ever find happiness?

สวัสดีไม้เรียว
สวัสดีไม้เรียว

Year: 1982

Thai title: สวัสดีไม้เรียว
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Phan Kam

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Sor Asanajinda,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Ampha Pusit,Namgneun Boonnak

A new teacher (ครูใหม่) called Sirin (Jarunee Sooksawad) is recruited. She notices that two students always arrive late. One is a boy called Satit coming from a rich family (ลูกเศรษฐี). One is a girl called Kalaya coming from a slum family (สลัม). The movie highlights the importance to study for teens but also the importance for teachers to keep interest from their students (รักเรียน). This school has a strict director and strict teachers keeping the same program and activities without changes over years. Sirin tries to change this mindset. In Thai schools students show respect to their teachers in the mornign and evening (ไหว้ครู) and get hit with a stick (ลงโทษ) when they fail to obey to the school rules. Sirin faces opposition from the teacher head when she wishes to punish Satit for his bad behavior. Only the poor child Boonmee gets punished. Sirin wants to have same treatment for all children either rich or poor. A fight happens between Satit and Boonmee. Satit's elder brother, called Narit, comes to complain about the new teacher at the shool. He trusts Satit and doesn't know he is behaving badly. Kalaya has no time to study. Every early morning she has to deliver newspapers. Her father is always drunk and hit his wife. Kalaya is too ashamed to say why she is late everyday. Teachers decide to buy a bicycle for her so she doesn't have to run in the morning (same as movie Walli - วัลลี). Satit keeps stealing things. This time he steals teacher belongings and accuses Boomee. Hopefully Sirin is aware of the stratagem but Narit refuses to believe that his younger brother has problems as he is coming from a rich family. Money doesn't buy happiness... Kalaya didn't come to school since many days as her father sold the bicycle to buy alcohol. She now works in a construction site. Students decide to share the workload regarding newspapers distribution so that she can be on time in school. Following a brawl, Satit is sent to Police station. Teacher Sirin confirm (รับรอง) her students integrity so that they can be released. The school is going to take part in sport competition with other schools. They have big hope in cycling with Kalaya and Thai boxing with Boonmee. Poor children train hard while rich children just enjoy beach. Sirin sees Satit stealing the director's ring. She prevents the robbing but gets injured as Satit pushes her violently. The director doesn't believe Satit could be a robber. Losing trust in her director, Sirin resigns. Students refuse to study until Sirin is back. Finally Satit tells the truth to his brother. This one asks the director to recruit back Sirin. Sirin refuses to acknowledge the director's requests but accepts when students implore her. Competition starts. The school wins in boxing and cycling. Satit becomes a good boy. Despite strange cuts in the editing, this movie is full of good feelings, i.e. school importance, teacher dedication, studies, rich and poor society opposition...

สาวน้อย
สาวน้อย

Year: 1981

Thai title: สาวน้อย
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Phan Kam

Main actor: Piya Trakulrard,Sor Asanajinda,Kraison Saenganan,Boo Wibunnan,Sompong Phonmitr
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Ampha Pusit,Penpak Sirikul,Chosri Misommon

Thai movie สาวน้อย was released in year 1981. Main actors are Jarunee Sooksawad, Kraison Saenganan (ไกรสร แสงอนันต์) and Piya Trakulrard. Other actors are Ampha Pusit, Penpak Sirikul, Sor Asanajinda, Chosri Misommon as friendly governess, Boo Wibunnan as film producer, Sompong Phonmitr. Movie director is Phan Kam. The movie lasts 1h43mn. A first version was released in year 1958 with Charin Nantanakorn as main actor and ทรงศรี เทวคุปต์ as main actress. The 1958 movie is still available in Thailand. It was shot in Koh Si Chang but the 1981 version happens in Koh Samet. The shooting took one week there. Sao Noi is a romantic movie. Suwalee (Ampha Pusit) is engaged with Siem (Kraison Saenganan). Siem’s father called Pla wishes to marry a young lady called Marasee (Penpak Sirikul)(แม่เลี้ยง) but Siem knows she is a bad lady. Marasee uses ruffians to hit Siem. He loses memory, ends up on a remote island and meets Nit (Jarunee Sooksawad). Love emerges between them causing Nit’s friend, Cheut (Piya Trakulrard), to be disappointed. Pla finds back his son. Siem brings Nit to Bangkok to his father's home. Following surgery, Siem (Kraison) remembers Suwalee but forgets Nit. As Nit sees Marasee having an affair with another man, Nit is accused of stealing jewellery and leaves their home. Luckily she succeeds to become a movie star. Real old standalone theaters are shown with huge real billboards of Jarunee Sooksawad (โรงเพชรรามา - Pratunam, โรงเมโทร - Ratchathewi, โรงหนังแกรนด์ - Wang Uurapha). She even wins a Thai oscar award. Disappointed by Siem and despite fame, Nit wishes to go back to her island. Cheut, looking for Nit, punches Siem, who then recovers his memory. He rushes to the island to find Nit. They finally reconcile. Cheut ends up with Suwalee.

เครือฟ้า
เครือฟ้า

Year: 1980

Thai title: เครือฟ้า
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Nirut Sirijanya
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom,Wiyada Umarin,Sarinthip Siriwan,Chosri Misommon,Marasri Isarangkul

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Thai movie เครือฟ้า (สาวเครือฟ้า) was released in year 1980. It is available under DVD format (1h49mn) and VCD format (2h01mn) released by former company Solar. During World War 2, Hoi is a military officer (นายทหาร) in Chiang Mai back from overseas. Hoi (ลูกผู้ดี / ลูกพญา) is coming from a high society family (Sarinthip Siriwan). Hoi (Nirut Sirijanya) meets a young Northern lady called Kreua Fa (Supansa Nuengpirom) at a traditional dance event. Chiang Mai is famous for the beauty of its ladies (เมืองคนงาม). Kreua Fa's father raised elephants. Local North people speak local northern dialect in the movie. Kreua Fa makes Hoi discover elephants’ life in the forest. A local old notable wishes to marry Kreua Fa. The notable involved in drugs trafficking wishes to get rid of Hoi. A plan is set up to have Hoi having a deadly accident in the forest with an elephant but Kreua Fa helps him on time. Romance starts between them. They finally marry following Northern traditions. As Thailand has declared war to Germany, Hoi needs to go back to Bangkok and then to fight in Europe. His plane is hit and Hoi lost his memory. Three years have passed. Champa has been taking care of him during his long recovery. Hoi's parents settle the wedding with this rich heiress (Wiyada Umarin). Meanwhile Kreua Fa has delivered a child. The evil notable kidnaps Kreua Fa's baby to force her to become his wife. Kreua Fa's friends use elephants to release her and the notable is arrested for drug trafficking. One day Hoi is invited to Chiang Mai to demonstrate Thai airplanes. Kreua Fa hearing the plane believes Hoi comes back for her. Hoi has the feeling he went to Chiang Mai before losing his memory (ความทรองจำ). The new wife is aware of Kreua Fa but hides the truth to Hoi. Officer Pla explains the truth to Kreua Fa that Hoi lost memory as his plane was hit during the war. Kreua Fa needs to wait. Kreua Fa tries to get suicide. Finally aware of a ball given by high society, she decides to find Hoi. During the ball, arguments arise between Kreua Fa and Champa but Hoi cannot remember Kreua Fa. Kreua Fa is so disappointed so she decides to kill herself. Hoi finally recovers his memory. While rushing to find Kreua Fa, he just arrives on time to have her dying in his arms. She entrusts her child to Hoi. This movie has been released in theaters before in year 1953 (Chalit Susewee and Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit) and 1965 (Mitr Chaibancha and Pissamai Wilaisak).

สิงห์จ้าวพยัคฆ์
สิงห์จ้าวพยัคฆ์

Year: 1980

Thai title: สิงห์จ้าวพยัคฆ์
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Chaiyan Sorakrai,Dam Datsakorn,Rith Luecha,Lak Apichat
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom,Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng

Lek (Chaiyan Sorakrai) asks for his father's shares from Reuang (Dam Datsakorn). Following heated arguments, Reuang claims he cannot pay now and sent his ruffians (including Rith Luecha) to kill Lek. Lek succeeds to escape. Lek learns that Reuang is the one who kills his father and drowns his mother (Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng). Reuang and Lek's father are former business partners. Lak Apichat helps Lek to recover from his injuries. Before dying, Lek's mother asks him to find his younger brother as the same pendant was given to both children. Kao, Hong Kong art martial performer, is used by Reuang as a bait to carry diamonds. Mona (หมีเซียะ) is a Hong Kong police officer looking for proofs against Reuang. Pha (Supansa Nuengpirom), daughter of Reuang, doesn't like his father job as ruffian (นักเลง) so she flees from home. Reuang likes Kao's skills (เยี่ยมมาก / ฝีมือไม่เบา) so Kao is used as a hitman (มือสังหาร) to get rid of Lek. During the fighting, Lek and Kao realise they have the same pendant so are brothers. They try to storm Reuang home at nighttime but face strong opposition. How can Lek and Pha stay together as Lek has to take revenge on Reuang (ฉันจะทำอย่างไร)? Reuang uses money (สินน้ำใจ) to corrupt officials. The three heros (Lek, Kao and Lak)) disrupt Reuang’s business. Reuang hires Keng, a strong kung fu fighter to get rid of them. Despite losing to him, keng lets them ago as he is a former friend of their father. Finally they attack directly Reuang and succeed to capture him. Unwilling to forgive, they put some explosives in the small cabana (ผีเฝ้าที่นี่) and flee the police. They finally surrender three days later and get a fair trial. The movie lasts 1h49mn. This Thai action movie mixes Thai and Hong Kong actors / actresses.

ขุนเดช
ขุนเดช

Year: 1980

Thai title: ขุนเดช
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Manop Aussawathep,Sompong Phonmitr,Pumi Patanayut,Somjin Thammatat
Main actress: Pornpan Ketmamatsu

Thai movie ขุนเดช was released in year 1980. It takes place in Sukhothai historical park area before it became an official park (1988) as there was still heavy vegetation around the Buddha statues. The movie lasts 1h46mn. This movie was only released under VHS in Thailand and Sweden. Two men are killed by Khun Det (Sombat Methanee) as they are digging in order to steal Buddhist artifacts. Ruffians arrive in the village and hire farmers to dig around in order to find relics. Village leader (ผู้ใหญ่) Sompong (Sompong Phonmitr) refuses to help as it is ancestor's' heritage so it shall not be sold to strangers. Sompong has a mute daughter (Pornpan Ketmamatsu). The leader (เจ้านาย)(ภูมิ พัฒนายุทธ) is looking for Buddha statues (พระสักองค์). Sompong informs the temple abbot that the ruffians even dig near old sacred pagodas but nothing the abbot can do (สัตว์นรก). Khun Det, aware, chases away the workers. Khun Det is then captured, crucified and suspended to a headless Buddha giant statue. Khun Det is rescued by Sompong and his daughter. Khun Det repairs an old gun (ปืนเก่า). As the ruffians are evacuating Buddha statues by boat, Khun Det sinks the boat thanks to his gun. It reminds the scene of Naresuan 2 with the King shooting very far away with a gun to defeat the Burmese king. The leader, seeing that Khun Det is bringing them serious troubles again decide to flee by car with some Buddha statues. Khun Det prevents him to flee by destroying his car and killing him. The father (Somjin Thammatat), in ire as his son is dead, storms the village with ruffians but is unable to find Khun Det. They burn belongings of villagers and threaten the abbot. The father destroys pagodas and tries to bury a big Buddha statue. Khun Det prevents them so the father finally calls Manop Aussawathep, a professional killer. He shots Sompong. This movie also reminds of western such as “The Magnificent Seven” with people protect villagers against ruffians as there is no police. Manop then buries men alive to force Khun Det to show himself. The villagers fight back. The father and his ruffians are killed. Khun Det defeats Manop through an epic final fight. It is a strong movie with violent deaths (heads cut as ruffians cut Buddha statues’ heads). Khun Det finally leaves. A Thai serie ขุนเดช was released in year 1999 with Phongphat Wachirabanjong. Another version was released in year 2012.

นายอำเภอคนใหม่
นายอำเภอคนใหม่

Year: 1980

Thai title: นายอำเภอคนใหม่
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Phan Kam

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Sombat Methanee,Sor Asanajinda,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Penpak Sirikul,Reuthairat Amatawanit

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In Northern Thailand, a district officer is shot in the back. He was fighting against illegal trees cut. It is the fourth officer killed on duty in five years. A new one (Sombat Methanee) is nominated. The new district officer understands very fast that a latent corruption happens and that local people (ชาวป่า) are expected to give gifts (chickens, daughter given as maid as a compensation of non paid debts...). The new district officer's adjoint is called Palat and is played by Suchao Pongwilai again with brio in the role of rogue officer. Sor Asanajinda plays the role of a brusque villager complaining indirectly regarding rampant corruption. His son Pol (Sorapong Chatree) is also very active. The minister who sent the district officer has problems with his own daughter, Nit (Jarunee Sooksawad), due to misunderstanding with his new wife. She leaves for the same village Daran Thong and becomes the local teacher. Nit has also medicine knowledge and has to face local fear of ghosts and sorcerer (หมอผี). Old people prefer using sorcerer instead of modern pills. Thanks to Nit and with Pol's leadership, the farmers ask for higher prices and debts resettlement to the trader. Local trader tries to corrupt the district officer but fails to do so. The corrupted subdistrict headman (กำนัน) and trader start to be very upset. They try to buy land as they know that a road will be built to the village but Pol asks villagers to refuse to sell. The subdistrict headman daughter Sophit is back from studying abroad. Palat is secretly fond of her. A young lady called Bukham is raped and killed by Palat. Palat accuses Pol with false proofs. Pol flees and discovers that many trees are cut illegally. Nobody speaks due to fear. The new district officer asks Pol to surrender if he is innocent. Pol's father is found hanged as he spoke too much (พูดประชด - พูดมาก) against corrupted officers. The adjoint uses local people to build the road at a cheaper price. Nit brings the villagers to the province officer to ask for full payments and she wins. Meanwhile Palat rapes the subdistrict headman daughter Sophit and strangles her. Pol's brother sees it and warns his brother. Sabin and Nit get attacked. Sabin is captured but Nit can flee. Nit and Pol come to help Sabin and bring Sophit's dead body to the subdistrict headman. This one wishes to kill Palat as revenge but gets shot before. Finally Palat gets smashed by a log in the illegal logging factory and the district officer helps to catch all ruffians. A school and hospital shall be built by the previous corrupting trader. The movie finishes happily, Nit is named school director (ครูใหญ่ใหม่), Pol is named new subdistrict headman (กำนันใหม่). This movie with social and meaningful messages also involves comedy and romance and not only pure drama. A new generation of government officials is here to replace the previous corrupted generation.

เสียงซึงที่สันทราย
เสียงซึงที่สันทราย

Year: 1980

Thai title: เสียงซึงที่สันทราย
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom,Naowarat Watchara,Sarinthip Siriwan

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In North of Thailand, a mother has got two daughters, Pim and Kaew. Pim has been a prostitute and has now a new boyfriend. Kaew is in love with a poor peasant. The mother pushes Kaew to go to Bangkok during one year to be a prostitute in order to buy her a house and pay her debts. Pim tries to hinder her mother but has to go to Bangkok. In Bangkok, she discovers that her boyfriend is already married. She also discovers that she is sick with leprosy. Meanwhile Kaew follows her mother's order and goes to Bangkok to be come a prostitute. Pim's boyfriend left her and now takes care about Kaew. Knowing this, the boyfriend's wife throws acid on Kaew's face. Nobody becomes happy. This movie shows the good view (girls going back to their home with nice clothes, gifts to family, money to buy house) and the sad view (girls beaten by pimps, forced to have many customers and getting diseases). It also emphasizes the cruel dilemma, i.e. stays poor or loses dignity but becomes rich.

เตือนใจ
เตือนใจ

Year: 1979

Thai title: เตือนใจ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Adul Phijit

Main actor: Tuanton Kammeesri,Surasit Sattayawong,Lor Tok,Thep Thienchai
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom,Aranya Namwong,Monrudee Yamaphai,Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng

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Surasit (Surasit Sattayawong) and Ratanaporn (Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng) have a teenage daughter called Teuan Jai (Supansa Nuengpirom). New soldiers selection (ทหาร) is happening. Lor Tok is their instructor. Strong regulation (ระเบียบ) is taught to them. Young lady Teuan Jai meets one cadet in the bus while going to university. Monrudee Yamaphai as student is her close friend. Tuanton (Tuanton Kammeesri) is married to Aranya Namwong (เมียตำรวจ). He has often nightmares. He is still a low rank policeman making his wife unhappy about his status. Suphansa receives a love letter from one of the soldier. Finally a group of five young soldiers cadets and five young ladies students including Teuan Jai meet each other. They all go to Pattaya. All boys have same goal to serve their country. There are drunkard ruffians at the street entrance leading to Teuan Jai’s home. Arguments happen with the young soldiers cadets (นักเรียนเป็นทหาร). One evening, Teuan Jai is raped and killed (มนุษย์ใจสัตว์). A wallet is found with prints on it. The police officer Tuanton investigates on the issue. He visits by night the murdering place and the corpse storeroom (ห้องเก็บศพ) to look for evidences. Thep Thienchai is arrested but he is not the culprit. This murder has caused big emotion and Thai police has to broadcast a message encouraging young ladies to wear appropriate clothing. There is a comparison of young Thai people doing sacrifice to become soldiers and other young people behaving very badly. People having usefulness for the country versus people being a burden. Finally the policeman catches the killer thanks to scratches proofs in his shoulder. As he refuses to acknowledge the murder despite proofs found, the policeman has to force him by using some beatings. Tuanton is finally expelled from the police. This movie is based on a real story, which happened in 1961, where a group of hooligans raped and killed a young student called Teuan Jai PhuangNak. The DVD lasts 1h32mn but the original film is longer. The movie director is Adul Phijit (อดุล พิจิตต์).

เลือดทมิฬ
เลือดทมิฬ

Year: 1979

Thai title: เลือดทมิฬ
English title: Revenge

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pisarn Akraseranee

Main actor: Pisarn Akraseranee,Lak Apichat,Witoon Karuna,Pipop Pupinyo,Sor Asanajinda,Manop Aussawathep
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Somjit Sapsamruey

Thai movie เลือดทมิฬ was released in year 1979 and lasts 2h04mn. The movie was never released in Thailand but a VHS with Swedish subtitles was released in decade 1980s in Sweden. This movie was also shown on Thai TV cable under a 1h32mn short version. Movie director is Pisarn Akraseranee. Movie starts with a speech about Thai soldiers protecting Thailand, Buddhism, the King and sacrificing their life to perform their duty. Da (Lak Apichat), Tong (Pisarn Akraseranee), Witoon (Witoon Karuna) are three soldiers and friends. The three friends end up in a bar during a recreation. Da fight against Wang (Pipop Pupinyo) regarding a lady. Tong is back to countryside to meet his parents Sor Asanajinda, Somjit Sapsamruey and his sister Prang. He meets Song (Naowarat Yooktanun), daughter of local mafia leader (เจ้าพ่อ) Boonleut. Boonleut wishes to get their land. Yord (Manop Aussawathep) is used as ruffian to force them. Yot (จีรศักดิ์ ปิ่นสุวรรณ) is another tough guy working for Boonleut. Sri Thong has become Yot's wife but she still loves Tong as she was forced by Yot. Today is Naowarat's birthday party. Upset that Sri Thong told the truth to Tong, Yot decides to send her working to a brothel (เข้าซ่อง). Sri Tong hangs herself following multiple rapes by Yot's men. While Tong is guarding Sri Thong's body, Boonleut, Yot and his men storm Tong's home, killing his parents and raping Prang. Tong kills two men and is now aware that Boonleut, Yot and Yord are behind. Police cannot help. Tong refuses to incinerate his parents' bodies until he has done justice himself. Prang, following shame and her parents' death, also hangs herself. Tong's life is in havoc. Tong wishes to revenge. He storms the ruffians' place and axes many of them. He then chases Yord by car and speed boat but Boonleut and his men embuscade him. Tong escapes death as police arrives at the right time. Tong flees from hospital and takes refuge in North of Thailand in Da's home. Da, Tong and Witoon are back with war weapons. They storm the ruffians' home and perform a rampage. Yot is hanged by Tong. Tong loses sanity as he shoots unarmed members of Boonleut. Yord is also killed and Song, Boonleut’s daughter, is captured. Tong behaves badly with Song (เหมือนคนบ้า, สัตว์นรก, ไม่ใช่คน) but finally recognizes he is wrong as she is not responsible of her father’s behavior. Song understands Tong and flees with him. Romance start between Tong and Song. Meanwhile police is chasing them as Boonleut believes Tong forces his daughter to follow him. About to be captured by Police, Thong asks Song to shoot him as he doesn’t want to end up all his life in jail. Song follows him… เลือดทมิฬ is a powerful and violent movie.

เสือภูเขา
เสือภูเขา

Year: 1979

Thai title: เสือภูเขา
English title: The Mountain Lion

Rating: 4/5
Director: Kom Akadej

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep,Rith Luecha,Lak Apichat,Dam Datsakorn,Chat Mongkolchai,Somsak Chaisongkram
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Nit Alisa

Lao Thong (Sorapong Chatree) is a Hmong leaving in Northern part of Thailand. He has a wife called Siew Fa and a young boy named Soo Noi. While he is away, his wife Siew Fa has been kidnapped by ruffians, who have been threatening the mountain villagers since years. Lao Thong's nickname is the Mountain Lion (เสือภูเขา) as he can run very fast. Lao Thong goes after the ruffians and find their camp. Their leader is Museudam. Lao Thong and Siew Fa have to kill Chayo, Museudam's brother, in order to escape from the ruffians' camp. They need to flee with their son from the Hmong village as Museudam seeks for revenge. Unfortunately Lao Thong and his family are captured by another ruffians group. Hopefully their leader, Cha Teun, is a former sergeant who knows well Lao Thong. Some ruffians believe they are undercover policemen so Lao Thong has to fight and defeat them to win his freedom. Opium trade has always been a huge traffic in Northern Thailand due to Golden Triangle (Burma, Laos and Thailand). Lao Pho (Lak Apichat) is a Hmong village working with the police border to neutralize local ruffian gangs. Cha Teun's gang is attacked by the Police. Cha Teun believes that Lao Thong is the traitor who warned the police. Then both gangs decide to take revenge over him. They decide to hire another Hmong as only a lion can catch a lion. His wife, Siew Fa, is injured. Na Cha (Jarunee Sooksawad), Lao Pho's sister, helps them. Museudam and Cha Teun try to hire Lao Pho (แมวไม่ฆ่าแมว) but to no avail. So Museudam kills Lao Pho's father and accuses Lao Thong so he suceeds to convince Lao Pho's to chase Lao Thong. Na Cha fights very well but is in fact a girl. Siew Fa finally kills herself to avoid being the one slowing her family down. Lao Thong takes revenge over the ruffians, who disband. The two ruffian groups even kill each other and only Cha Teun succeeds to flee as his own gang is wiped away. A love story starts between Lao Thong and Na Cha. Na Cha succeeds to convince her brother that the culprit is Museudam and not Lao Thong. Museudam kidnaps Lao Thong's son. Lao Thong, Cha Teun, Na Cha and Lao Pho storm the ruffians' campement. Ruffians are defeated but Lao Pho dies while protecting Lao Thong. The Mountain Lion is one of the most famous movies directed by Kom Akadej. It is shot within beautiful Thai northern landscapes. It was one of the few Thai movies dealing about Hmong community. The Mountain Lion - เสือภูเขา (1979) movie remains famous for its Kung Fu scenes. This film was one of the first to mix elaborate stunt work and well choreographed fight scenes.

ตลกร้องไห้
ตลกร้องไห้

Year: 1979

Thai title: ตลกร้องไห้
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Lor Tok,Sahat Piempongsan,Sukon Koewliam,Thuam Thoranong
Main actress: Nipaporn Nongnuch,Malee Wetpraseri,Chosri Misommon

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Four comics have no success as their comical shows in slums or market are failures. One of them knows famous and rich comic Lor Tok and thinks to ask him to be their teacher (ครูบาอาจารย์). During one TV show, Lor Tok sees a young beautiful lady called Kloi (Nipaporn Nongnuch) singing a song related to old men attractiveness. He wants to know more about her. Lor Tok wishes to be her sponsor (ผู้อุปการะ) to help her to become famous. Lor Tok has become a capricious star (ดาราดังมาก, ลืมตัว, สร้างบารมี) believing his fame can allow him all excesses. Lor Tok rejects the four comics’ request to be their teacher and mentor. He has a wife and daughter already. His wife is unhappy as he changed a lot since being a star. Lor Tok wishes to drop everything for Kloi and promises house, car, career to her but she is afraid. His wife, fed up, considers to quit him (เลิก). Lor Tok has only Kloi in mind and refuses all movie, interview or show proposals as they are too low for a superstar like him. So he starts to alienate people around him. Lor Tok has no gratitude (ไม่มีกตัญญู) for show owners who helped him before when he was not famous (ไม่มีวันดับ). Following heavy drinking, Lor Tok has a car accident with Kloi. Lor Tok's wife flees away. His manager has to sell the house and two cars to cover the hospital expenses. He now lives with his daughter in a rented small bungalow. He keeps indulging in alcohol and had often serious pains in the chest. Finally without money, Lor Tok stops drinking and looks for show representations to pay for his daughter school fees. Nowadays people like comic groups and not anymore individual comic so he has no more success. The four guys are now a famous comic troupe in Thailand. His daughter is back with her mother. Finally Lor Tok accepts to play as a team with the four guys he denigrated before. He succeeds to regain fame (เป็นอาจารย์) and during a singing contest, Lor Tok sings a touching song regarding his life errors. At the end of the song, he dies following heart attack. On his cremation day, all his former friends including Kloi pay sincere homage to him.

มนต์รักอสูร
มนต์รักอสูร

Year: 1978

Thai title: มนต์รักอสูร
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Pisarn Akraseranee,Pete Thongjure,Sompong Phonmitr
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Sulaleewan Suwanthat

มนต์รักอสูร is a Thai movie released in year 1978. Nam Pheung (Naowarat Yooktanun) is a teacher but she needs to miss school often as her parents are sick. The father (เชาว์ แคล่วคล่อง) cannot see anymore. The mother (Sulaleewan Suwanthat) is sick also. The school headmaster (ครูใหญ่) cannot keep her in the school but proposes his help as he loves Nam Pheung. She refuses. Phan (Sompong Phonmitr) recommends Nam Pheung to Teut (Pisarn Akraseranee), a rich man looking for a domestic helper and teacher for his son. The son (Pete Thongjure) is very badly educated and doesn't listen to anybody (เด็กอาละวาด). The father is alcoholic and has a bad temper (คนใจยักษ์ใจหมา). Nam Pheung shall get 30 000 bath for one year and her parents to be sent to hospital in Bangkok so she accepts. Villagers comment that Teut bought Nam Pheung. The son Nan dislikes her as he is worried she wants to replace his deceased mother (อีตาหวาน). Despite her willingness to improve the house (better food, birds), Nan still dislikes her (เกลียดมัน, อยากเป็นแม่เลี้ยงของฉัน, พ่อเอาเป็นเมีย). The headmaster is still chasing Nam Pheung for wedding but she still refuses. Nan invents that he saw them kissing. So Teut is upset by Nam Pheung and forces her one night treating her like a slave (นาย / ทาส). Theuan (อัญชลี ชัยศิริ), sister of the deceased wife, still dreams of making Teut her husband. She receives a letter sent by Nan asking for help. While visiting his tea factory, Teut is injured at the head. Nam Pheung is acting as nurse. Theuan hasn't a good behavior (beer, smoking) compared to Nam Pheung. Theuan arranges to chase away the domestic helpers close to Nam Pheung and Nam Pheung herself. Theuan has to do the cooking and cleaning by herself as she has chased everybody out of the house and it turns to be a disaster. Teut misses Nam Pheung. Theuan wishes to go back to Bangkok. Finally Teut declares his love to Nam Pheung and Nan considers her as his new mother. The movie is ending too fast. Probably part of the movie end has been cut. The movie is lasting 1h43mn and this version is coming from a Vhs copy. A first movie version was released in year 1954 and Thai TV series were released in years 1989 and 2004. Following the success of romantic movie รักเอย, the movie producer used the two same main actors. The movie was shot in 9 days only.

เกวียนหัก
เกวียนหัก

Year: 1978

Thai title: เกวียนหัก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Sor Asanajinda,Somphob Benjatikul,Dam Datsakorn,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Lak Apichat,Kecha Plianvithee,Sawin Sawangrat
Main actress: Nantana Ngao Krajang,Sarinthip Siriwan,Duangcheewan Komolsen

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Thai movie เกวียนหัก was released in year 1978 and lasts 1h26mn. The DVD picture is not sharp as the original 35mm film was certainly very damaged and incomplete. The DVD was released by Happy Home Entertainment in year 2014. Aunt Sarinthip Siriwan is taking care of her nephew Rien (Nantana Ngao Krajang), whose beauty impresses many men. She is just 16 years old and is the daughter of subdistrict headman Kecha (Kecha Plianvithee). น้อง Kuay (Duangcheewan Komolsen) likes Faeng but he prefers Rien. Sor (Sor Asanajinda) is the Faeng’s father. Taming (Dam Datsakorn) is a robber. Sayan Chantaraviboon and Lak Apichat are part of his team. Sawin Sawangrat is the village leader (ผู้ใหญ่). Today is an important day to perform good deeds at the Buddhist temple (ทำบุญที่วัด). Chan (Somphob Benjatikul) tries to seduce Krajang. Festival, dances, songs, fireworks do happen after the religious ceremony. Faeng wins a small contest similar to rocket festival (ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ) versus Chan. Faeng (Sorapong Chatree) loves Rien so it generates jealousy from other men in the village. While trying to kiss Rien, Faeng is injured by her to the arm by her spade (ไม่เสียหาย). During the night Taming robs some houses. Faeng is summoned to subdistrict headman's house. Faeng is accused to have joined Taming the night before to rob houses. Faeng has an injury at the arm so he must be culprit. Rien admits she was the one to injure Faeng (เรื่องปล้นหรือเรื่องปล้ำ) because he tried to kiss her. Kecha loses face in front of the villagers! Disappointed, Kuay enters in Faeng's room. He pities her and tells an old secret story about the village leader being the one robbing houses before. They almost become lovers but Faeng asks her to go back. Chan declares his love to Rien but she is not interested. He wishes to ask her hand to her father. Rien and Faeng love each other but the subdistrict headman forbids Faeng to meet his daughter again. The father shall bring her away on the next day. Faeng and Rien become lovers (รักเหมือนโจร). Taming promises to help. Faeng's father is found dead. Faeng storms the subdistrict headman's place as he believes he knows who is behind the murder. Fightings occurs and the village leader is killed. Faeng learns where Chan and Rien are heading. Love circumstances towards Rien push Faeng to become a ruffian. Fierce fightings happen when Taming, Faeng and the ruffians storm the convoy led by Chan. Faeng defeats Chan but Rien dies following her injuries caused by the cart (เกวียน) falling on her.

รักเอย
รักเอย

Year: 1978

Thai title: รักเอย
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Pisarn Akraseranee,Aphorn Tonawanik
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun

Parun's wife, Tum (ต้อม), goes to London to visit her mum. Their couple is not doing well as Tum is easily bad tempered (หงุดหงิด). Parun takes a break and goes to Chiang Mai for one week to rest at his sister’s home. Parun meets Noi (เจ้าน่อย), young lady, at Wattana's birthday. They are both coming from Thai aristocracy. Piak (เปี๊ยก) is Noi’s close friend. He is the son of a housekeeper working at Noi’s parents home. Piak loves secretly Noi since years. Parun is having a business in Chiang Mai sending artifacts abroad such as umbrella, carvings, silk... Parun often invites Noi to go out. It makes Piak very jealous. Love starts to emerge between Parun and Noi. Wattana asks Parun to break up with Noi before it is too late as she is still a young lady and Parun is a married man. But Parun continues his romance. Noi's father chases Parun from his home as he discovers that Parun is already married. His wife comes back from England and flies to Chiang Mai. She is pregnant. Noi cannot forget Parun. Piak, upset, has arguments with Parun as this one claims he can love two women. Parun promises to Noi to divorce with his wife to marry Noi. Noi also promises to wait for Parun. Parun doesn't know yet that his wife, Tum, is pregnant. Finally the two women meet and Parun presents his wife to Noi. Disappointed by men, Noi wishes to make a break and takes refuge in Piak’s friend farm. With Piak, Noi starts to smile again. Noi cannot forget Parun but is now aware of Piak's true love. While painting landscape, Noi is bitten by a snake. Jum (จุ๋ม), also loving secretly Piak for years, helps Noi. Piak doesn't see Jum's love. Noi doesn't see Piak's love. Tum accepts to divorce with her husband as she knows there is no more love from him and Parun feels obliged to honor his promise to Noi. Piak asks to marry Noi but Noi also feels obliged to honor her promise to Parun. The domestic helper finally reveals Tum's pregnancy to Parun. Parun and Noi meet each other again and agree to cancel their promise (เลิกสัญญา). Parun and Tum are back together. Piak and Noi also. “Love can be sweet or bitter, we are still looking for it” is the conclusion of this sweet moralist Thai romance movie. A few romantic sweet songs with guitar are performed during the movie. The shooting highlights the beautiful landscapes of North of Thailand.

เหนือกว่ารัก
เหนือกว่ารัก

Year: 1978

Thai title: เหนือกว่ารัก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Yodchai Meksuwan
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Aranya Namwong,Nipaporn Nongnuch,Tharika Thidathip

A poor woman has to leave her daughter as she cannot take care about her and is giving her to a wealthy family. When growing, the daughter discovered that she has another real mother. In order not to destroy the wealthy family harmony, the poor woman has to play the role of a bad woman, the role of a prostitute to disappoint her daughter. As it is not enough to break her daughter's love, she is no choice than to become a nun ("MAE CHI" - แม่ชี).

โตไม่โตซัดดะ
โตไม่โตซัดดะ

Year: 1978

Thai title: โตไม่โตซัดดะ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Lor Tok,Pinyo Parnnui
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Naiyana Shewanan,Metta Roongrat

Ananda, high society lady, is pregnant. She has to give away her child to save appearances. Twenty years passed. Ananda is still thinking about her lost child. Ananda is the elder (พีใหญ่) and has two brothers Klang (พีกลาง) and Lek (พีเล็ก). She is married to a man called Boon and they have a daughter called Phiu. Klang (Sombat Methanee) refuses a wedding with Phiu as they are like brother and sister (ญาติ). Klang is fiance to a singer called ReudeeWan (Naowarat Yooktanun). Klang is ashamed that ReudeeWan is a singer but she wants to keep her freedom. Tia (Naiyana Shewanan) is a young girl living in a poor family. Her brother is called To. He is deformed like Quasimodo. They are selling food by using a mobile cart. Drugged people kill Tia and To's mother to get money to buy narcotics. One day accidentally Klang destroys Tia's cart and asks her to work as domestic helper with her brother when he learns about her mother's tragic death. One evening Lek is drunk and Phiu takes benefit of it to secure her future. ReudeeWan fights with Tia as ReudeeWan sees Tia as a rival. Tia uses sharp tongue with Phiu, ReudeeWan and Ananda. Tia has feelings for Klang. Boon always plays cards and loses. One day Boon is drunk and tries to abuse Tia. As he is the master (เจ้านาย), he believes he can have right over Tia (ดูถูกคนใช้) and treats her as a prostitute. To protects his sister, To hits Boon. Tia slaps Ananda as this latter despises her. Tia and To leave the home as there are not happy (ไม่สบายใจ) here. Tia finds a new job as beautician. To becomes a thief! 200 000 baht are stolen by ruffians. To is captured but is released as he helps the Police to get back the money. The head of the ruffians is Boon! Tia is working in a beauty shop (ผู้เสริมสวย). Ruffians kidnap her as Boon wants Tia to be his wife (เมีย). She succeeds to flee and threatens to fill a complaint (แจ้งความ). Following Klang's request, To and Tia are back to his home. Later To is shot by gun. Ananda is selfish (ใจร้าย) as she refuses to stain her car with To's bleeding body. In fact To is Ananda's lost child. To is safe (ปลอดภัย). Still looking for revenge, Boon orders to kill Ananda but To sacrifices his life to save her. To asks Ananda to take care of Tia (ฝาก). Boon gets shot by his own ruffians. This movie highlights that perceptions can be wrong. Poor people can be good also and high society people (ผู้ดี) can be bad also. This two hours movie features nice 1970s songs.

น้ำค้างหยดเดียว
น้ำค้างหยดเดียว

Year: 1978

Thai title: น้ำค้างหยดเดียว
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Nit Alisa

Movie น้ำค้างหยดเดียว (1978) starts with a depiction of Bangkok daily life with street children selling newspapers to drivers, traffic jams, bus over packed, people rushing to office. Prang, 24 years old young lady, has the bad news she has been dismissed. Ton, her 7 years young boy, is not going to school and is selling newspapers (Daily news, Thai Rath). His father Plot is handicapped and cannot walk anymore. He decides to cut his veins (อยู่ไปก็ไม่มีประโยชน์). Ton arrives on time. Private hospital refuses to take him as he has no money. Hopefully it is still on time in overcrowded public hospital. Prang wishes her son to stop selling newspapers as she is worried he could be hurt by a car. She finds a job selling insurance (ประกัน) but needs to give her body away too to finalize contracts. She has difficulties to find a job as she didn't study high. The doctor also tries to have favours from Prang. As Prang needs to pay doctor bills, she has no choice but going to pawn shop (โรงรับจำนำ) managed by a Chinese owner. Unfortunately a robber steals the gold necklace Prang wanted to pawn. The police is too slow and useless to help. The factory owner refuses to take any responsibility in the accident that caused the father to become handicapped. Having no job, having no money, she finally accepts the doctors advances. What is the meaning of life (ชีวิตคืออะไร)? Fight (การต่อสู้)? Pay for karma (กรรม)? She has to trade her body against free medicine and feels guilty. The doctor recommends her for a work in a private VIP club. One of the club customers, Khun Kleup, proposes her to become a singer and renamed her as Nam Kang Diaw (น้ำค้างหยดเดียว). Prang surprises her son still selling newspapers. Her wrath disappears when she understands that Ton wants to buy a wheelchair for his father. The father tries hard to walk again. Khun Kleup brings back a bird to Prang and visits her home meeting her husband and son. Jealousy and doubt happen on the husband side. Doubt also happens on Prang's side. Will her husband ever recover? Prang rejects Kleup’s advances. This causes Kleup's ire. As he is driving too fast, he collides with a motorbike. Kleup and Prang need to spend part of the night at police station. As Prang gets home very late, both Ton and the husband Plot believe she spent the night with Kleup. The movie ends tragically. Plot jumps to death from the building. Ton gets suicide believing his mother is responsible of his father's death. Prang's life is wracked. This is a powerful social drama from decade 1970s showing how poverty can destroy people life. In opposition to many social dramas, the man, Plot, is here the weak character and the woman, Prang, is the strong character.

แม่ดอกกัญชา
แม่ดอกกัญชา

Year: 1977

Thai title: แม่ดอกกัญชา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Dokdin Kanyaman

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Dokdin Kanyaman,Choomporn Theppitak,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Lak Apichat,Suriya Chinaphan
Main actress: Mayura Thanabutr

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Yuak (Dokdin Kanyaman) is involved in a shooting with police. He is part of a drug gang selling cannabis (กัญชา) hidden in garlands sold by kids. Yuak is finally arrested and spends 6 years in jail. His release happens just during Songkran period. His relative has taken care of his now grown-up niece, Klong (Mayura Thanabutr) (เด็กสลัม). Local policeman warns Yuak (หม้าว้ด) to beware of any misconduct if he doesn't want to go to jail again. Klong's mother Kae Son has left and stopped sending money to her. The mother went to live with a ruffian called Rot (Choomporn Theppitak). He is a violent man stealing Klong's school fee. Rot is now involved in cannabis traffic also and has a new wife. While Yuak, Klong and Songthai (Suriya Chinaphan) are playing music, police arrests some drug traffickers nearby. Afraid of police, Yuak flees in front of inspector Pheung's (Sombat Methanee) despite being innocent. They are arrested and then released but Pheung gets scolded by Klong. Prachuap (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) is a doctor fighting drug usage. He is the father of one of Klong's best friend, Phanit. Pheung is Phanit's brother. Pheung's girlfriend, Chat, dislikes immediately Klong as she is having a famous family name (สกุล) which is improbable as being a poor girl from slum (สลัม). Klong and Yai have issues with Rot and it ends up at the police station but Rot flees before as he is involved in narcotics. Yai is severely sick. Klong has no money to cure her so one of her friends in the slum sacrifices herself with men to find the money. Following an advice from Yuak, it is discovered that Chaiyut (Lak Apichat), Chat’s secret lover, is involved in drug trafficking with Rot. Following gunfight with Pheung, Rot is shot. Chatchai, Phanit's boyfriend, is also involved in the traffic. Songthai helps Phanit to flee from Chatchai. Phanit and her friends are addicted so a detoxification is needed with special herbs tea by Yuak. Prachuap hits Songthai believing he mistreated his daughter. It is a weird situation as despite having a father fighting against drug usage, a policeman brother fighting against traffickers, Phanit is still a drug addict. Prachuap finds that Klong is the lost granddaughter (หลาน) of a rich heiress. Romance starts between Klong and Pheung. The old lady caused Klong's parents to split up as she couldn't accept a poor maiden for her son. So knowing this, Klong leaves her being very angry. Pheung understands Klong’s kindness versus Chat’s selfishness. Meanwhile Chat organises the kidnapping of the old lady. Klong and Pheung help on different side to neutralize Chaiyut and his team. The old lady is freed. Ruffians are shot by Pheung. Happiness can resume in the family. Dokdin's movie แม่ดอกกัญชา is a high criticism of usage of cannabis in Thai society, either in poor neighborhood or either high society. Cannabis sinners are shown on a torn tree (Buddhist symbolism). Dokdin’s movie highlights drug traffic, prostitution and drug taking in slums. As usual, Dokdin movie mixes comedy, romance and action.

คู่ทรหด
คู่ทรหด

Year: 1977

Thai title: คู่ทรหด
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Settha Sirachaya,Krung Srivilai,Sorapong Chatree,Adul Dulyarat
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Tasawan Saneewong

Ithipon (Sorapong Chatree) is a police inspector (สารวัตร). He doesn't have a car (รถแข่ง) as he refuses any corrupting money from the mafia. Yot (Krung Srivilai) is another policeman, who has a hot temper (รุนแรง) and uses easily guns to stop robbers (ผู้ร้าย). In a single day, he shot four robbers. It makes big headlines in newspapers. Ithipon always follows the law (ความยุติธรรม) and wants to give a good image of the police to Thai citizens. His family is poor. It includes his sister, Am, and his mother. Am is still a student and is addicted (ติต) to marijuana (กัญชา). Ithipon needs to solve many issues linked to the facts that policemen do not always behave well in private life also (club singer pregnant and dropped...). Ithipon sometimes acts like a social assistant. Ithipon’s team deals with heroin dealing case, prostitution cases, rape case, police corruption but also everyday ordinary cases. This movie shows the kind of crimes faced by Thai society in 1970s. Yot, by killing some drug dealers, puts the mess again (มือปราบจับตาย) as no proofs and information can be got from dead bodies. Yot’s behavior is linked to his past when he was ten years old. His mother was murdered by a carpenter who was acquitted due to lack of proofs despite he saw him with his own eyes! So nowadays he has become a harsh policeman. Yot has been suspended (ถูกราชการ) following the drug failure case. Rich people use their power to influence police. A businesswoman wishes to have her son released! Ithipon needs to arrest his own sister Am as she was caught smoking opium (ติตยา) in an illegal den. Ithipon remains inflexible. The law is same for all so he refuses to help his sister and has to perform his duty (นาที). Yot continues to shoot illegally some bad people and wish to clean the Thai society. Ithipon meets Eewa, his former girlfriend. Ithipon is poor so he couldn't marry with Eewa. As Eewa's parents were sick, Eewa had no choice than becoming the mafia leader Kongwan’s mistress. As her parents are both dead, Ithipon proposes to take care of Eewa and hides her. Kongwan's ruffians are looking for Eewa. They storm Ithipon's home, hurt the mother and kidnap him. As Ithipon refuses to speak and to accept dirty money every month, Kongwan drugs him with heroin to make him dependent and to know where is Eewa. Finally Ithipon breaks down and tells them where Eewa is. Being inflexible with law, what did Ithipon gain? His mother is injured, his sister is in hospital and he is also addicted now (ตรงกับกฎหมายไม่ได้อะไร). His family is wrecked and his sister despises him. Eewa is kidnapped by Kongwan again. While being under treatment Ithipon flees from hospital. Being beaten by drug sellers, he is rescued by Pen. She was a prostitute Ithipon helped before to leave this profession. As a way to thank him she takes care about him until he can recover. Redemption is always possible (ยังมีทางแก้). Both his sister and mother have died. Yot continues to do his own justice by cleaning Bangkok from bad guys. Ithipon starts his own revenge by storming and burning Kongwan's heroin warehouse and by shooting ruffians. Kongwan orders to kill Ithipon. He shoots Eewa as she was going to warn Ithipon. Ithipon is injured again. The violence cycle has no end. There is a dirty policeman inside the police station, who always informs Kongwan. Kongwan does the cleaning of informants as a trial against him is ongoing. Yot won't let him go away. While leaving the hospital and going back to his slum house, Ithipon is shot by Kongwan. But this time Kongwan cannot escape his responsibilities and is caught by the police. Ithipon finally wins by following the law (ชนะตามกฎหมาย). This movie includes the 1970s top actors and features a funky "Shaft" 1970s soundtrack. This interesting movie deals about Thai police hardship and difficulty to have a clean police due to low monthly salary and extra judicial killings. It is still an issue nowadays. In 2011 senior police officers own a big illegal casino in the heart of Bangkok. It was was overseen by local police and allowed in only high-stakes gamblers.

หนักแผ่นดิน
หนักแผ่นดิน

Year: 1977

Thai title: หนักแผ่นดิน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Sombat Methanee

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Kanchit Kwanpracha,Lak Apichat,Manop Aussawathep
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Tasawan Saneewong

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Ruffians attack a bus and put fire into it. Hopefully military can help on time but some passengers die. Who was behind the ruffians? A local villager Chat is having financial difficulties. Nemana and Data, owners of the local sawmills, lend money to poor people with high interest. Chat bought a truck. He is close friend with Tai (Sombat Methanee), who is a village scout (ลูกเสือชาวบ้าน). The Village scouts was a right-wing group sponsored by the King and Queen of Thailand to promote national unity in 1970s. Villagers are helping each other. Due to debts (หนี้) Chat needs to give his rice fresh crop to Nemana. Poor (จน) people just work for the rich! Nemana gives him back the truck against his wife’s rice fields guarantee and allows him to cut trees in forest. He befriends with Prachan, who is Nemana’s close associate. Despite Nemana's promise, some other ruffians try to catch Chat so he has to fight back for his life. As he shots two men, he has to flee to Bangkok. They lie to him as the ruffians are not dead. He is driving a taxi in Bangkok. He gets framed by Prachan who puts drugs in his car (เล่นละคร) in order to increase Chat’s dependence to him as Chat needs to pay back his gratitude. He accepts to join their team. Nuan and Tai marry. Chat, due to easy money and lust, forgets his pregnant wife Bua (กรุงเทพสวรรค์คนมี นรกคนจน, คนลืมตัว). Back to the village Chat complains about the corruption of officials and how to benefit from it! Tai wishes to fight against this corruption that is bad for the country, fight against the bad parliament members. Tai and Chat disagree so fight (คนโทรยศแผ่นดิน). Nemana and Tai have a disagreement regarding rice selling. Tai pushes his democratic concept as villagers can sell to anybody (สหาย). It is democracy versus communism. Nemana proposes to share power and influence (แบ่งอำนาจ). As Tai refuses, they kidnap Nuan, his wife, who is teacher in order to force Tai to join them. Tai refuses their ultimatum and decides to act at nighttime. Faced to a Buddha statue, Tai prays in front of the Thai King and Queen pictures. Thai Buddhism, the monarchy and the nation were high symbols against Communism in 1970s. Patriotic songs are played in the background (รักชาติ). Tai has to use a floating wing similar to a hang-glider to enter silently their camp. He succeeds to release Nuan but they are captured while trying to escape from the camp. Chat's mother dies on a mine while trying to convince her son (คนขายชาติ) to release Tai. Through his treachery he loses his mother (สร้างกรรม). He changes side so frees Tai and Nuan. Chat dies while holding the Thai flag. Tai takes over the Thai flag. Meanwhile villagers holding Thai flags and singing patriotic songs go towards the camp. Thai army is joining them. The ruffians are defeated and some of them injured or killed. Through high compassion, soldiers give help and priority to treat them. Tai successfully removes the red (communist) flag and replaces it by the Thai flag generating cheers and dances. The song “Nak Phaendin” was released in 1975. It is was a patriotic song (เพลงปลุกใจ) against the communist influence (คอมมิวนิสต์). During 1975-1980 years, Thailand was surrounded by Communist countries (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam) and was at high risk to fall also. This movie from an historical point of view shows nicely this trouble period and how the government propaganda was done.

ล่า
ล่า

Year: 1977

Thai title: ล่า
English title: The Hunter

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Somsak Chaisongkram,Somphob Benjatikul,Pinyo Parnnui,Lak Apichat
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Wiyada Umarin,Lalana Sulawan,Metta Roongrat

A group of ruffians (Pinyo Parnnui) indulging in drugs and alcohol is terrorizing a slum. Mateson (Aranya Namwong) is married to Atisak. They have child called Pheung (Lalana Sulawan). Atisak has a mistress so Mateson has no choice but to divorce. The house remains under Atisak's name as she made the mistake to give him money in order for her parents to believe he was a richer bachelor (ผู้อุปถัมภ์). They have to move in a slum to get cheap rent. They get some support from their aunt (Metta Roongrat). Mateson is looking for a job. Karucha (Sombat Methanee) interviews her. Hearing the unfair rumors on Mateson, he decides to recruit her. Karucha has also a daughter. A fight happens between Karucha and Atisak as they meet in a restaurant. Police, led by police inspector Lak Apichat, is looking for evidence that the ruffians are selling drugs in the slum. Karucha wishes to marry Mateson but she refuses. Meanwhile police shoots the ruffians. Their leader, injured, consigns a bag of heroin to Pheung. When Mateson is back, drug is given to police. Ruffians promises to take revenge on the mother and the daughter. Police is looking after their house. One evening as Karucha couldn't send them back home as his daughter has to be sent to hospital, they get caught in a serious storm and the ruffians catch them inside the slum as the taxi refuses to go up to their home. Both get raped. Mateson still refuses to go in Karucha's home. Pheung remains in a shocked state despite support of the doctor (Wiyada Umarin). The ruffians get released later. Mateson decides to take revenge by herself as men never take responsibility. She frames Atisak in a trap by disguising herself as a black prostitute. Atisak's new girlfriend, being jealous, shoots him. She learns how to make up well. She then shots three ruffians by attracting one of them by playing a junky. All those killings start to have an impact on Mateson's spirit. People start to make a link between the ruffians killings one by one and the number of dolls given to the daughter. Killing happen in atrocious ways such as acid and cut by a train on railway. Two are left, i.e. the leader Yong (Somsak Chaisongkram) and Paew (Somphob Benjatikul). Paew discovers that she is Mateson but finally all die. Mateson has become crazy. She succeeds to kill them one by one but her eager wish to take vengeance leads her to madness. This 2h10mn movie was produced by ChatriChalerm Yukol.

มนต์เรียกผัว
มนต์เรียกผัว

Year: 1976

Thai title: มนต์เรียกผัว
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej

Pak is the wife of company owner Cheut. Pak is very jealous as the job of his husband makes him frequenting top models. Cheut is fed up with his wife excessive jealousy. One night, he goes out to drink alcohol and gets drunk. He met a young waitress called Deuan. A few days later, this waitress is raped by one customer. She is not killed as she promised to keep silence. Rose, top model, is pregnant following a relationship with an associate of Cheut called Ram. He rejects the baby and gets called "คนใจสัตว์" (man with no heart) by Rose. He hits her and forces her to accuse Cheut regarding the pregnancy. The same rapist later aggress again Deuan but this time Cheut is around to help Deuan. He discovers that eight children are living in Deuan's home with her mother. There are children from poor prostitutes, who cannot raise them. Cheut finds her a job during daytime instead of night time. Pak thinks she is a mistress and makes her lose face. Cheut wants a baby. He is fed up with Pak and declares his love to Deuan. Deuan tells the truth to Pak that she is not a good wife. Pak gets upset, drinks a lot and goes out with Ram. Sak, Cheut's friend, hopefully protects Pak and Cheut punishes Ram later on. Deuan is now pregnant with Cheut. The doctor warns she may dies after pregnancy but she wishes to keep the baby for Cheut to thank for all the good things he has done for her family. Pak tries to make efforts to win back Cheut's love but it fails. Finally on the way to hospital, Cheut gets kidnaped by Rose's brother in order to force him take responsibility regarding Rose's pregnancy. Pak decides to help Deuan to go to hospital. Ram gets shot by Rose. When Cheut arrives at hospital, Deuan is dead already. Deuan and Pak take responsibility of all children. This movie highlights the difficulties of life for main wife (เมียกลาง) and mistress (เมียน้อย), their place in society, the choice for the husband between two wives and the way some Thai men can abuse women in Thai society (Deuan is ashamed of having been raped and will not go to police to fill a complain).

ขุนศึก
ขุนศึก

Year: 1976

Thai title: ขุนศึก
English title: The War Lord

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Manop Aussawathep,Sahat Piempongsan
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Duangdao Jarujinda

It deals about the opposition between two men during Ayuthaya period. One is part of aristocracy, one is a commoner but both love the same woman. The commoner is forced to live in clandestinity. But thanks to courageous performances during war, he deserves respect and title. This movie has won Three Thai oscars. A remake was done in 2003.

เทวดาเดินดิน
เทวดาเดินดิน

Year: 1976

Thai title: เทวดาเดินดิน
English title: Grounded god

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Boo Wibunnan
Main actress: Wiyada Umarin,Namgneun Boonnak

Two young guys are dealing with heroin. The police failed to catch them. The two guys take refuge in a young lady's home, who is the girlfriend of one of them. They are modern Thai hooligans. Sorapong Chatree plays a hooligan in bell-bottom jeans in a film that mirrors the youthful chaos of the year 1976. The movie was shot in 1976 at the time of the violent crackdown on leftist students and protestors that occurred in the grounds of Thammasat university. The three young hooligans are living thanks to small thefs (stealing goods, wallets...). They are in rebellion with the society, i.e. they like damaging public installation, breaking windows, frightening middle class people, eating in restaurant without paying. One of them is keen on drugs also. One of the hooligan is rebelling again the system as when he was soldier, he was told to kill communist villagers but those people were good people worshipping the King of Thailand so he lost faith in Thai official institutions. The Chief of police looking for them was his former military superior. When robbing a house and neutralizing the occupants, they get a gun. While stealing a car, they face a strong owner who fights them. He is shot dead. They become more and more violent. They are caught in a whirlpool. They rob banks and shot policemen. Followed by police, they finally find refuge in the South of Thailand around Yala where they continue their bank robbing. They get too much media coverage. Journalists called them Grounded gods as they can do whatever they want, they always escape and nobody can catch them. They have nothing to loose and know they will die sooner or later. Surrounded by the Police, they hide in the jungle and are captured by a muslim community. The community is fighting against Thai institutions also but have real motives. It is precursory regarding current violent events happening in South of Thailand. The three hooligans finally died under Police bullets. It reminds of Stanley Kubrik's ultra violent "Clockwork Orange" movie and Bonny and Clide story. It is unofficially claimed that Oliver Stone was inspired from "Grounded God" for his controversial "Natural Born Killers" as many parallels are visible.

เสือ 4 แคว
เสือ 4 แคว

Year: 1976

Thai title: เสือ 4 แคว
English title: Four Devils

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Krung Srivilai,Choomporn Theppitak,Kecha Plianvithee,Pipop Pupinyo,Dam Datsakorn,Chana Sriubon,Kom Akadej,Lak Apichat,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Pan Borapet,Paen Pleumsachai,Pumi Patanayut
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Rewadee Pattaphong

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Thai movie เสือ 4 แคว was released in year 1976. It lasts 2h20mn. Pleung (Krung Srivilai) and Chat (Sombat Methanee) are always fighting in a prison. The head of prison decide to transfer them to another prison. To avoid any issues during the transfer, they are hogtied together. During transfer, Pleung's teammates attack the police armed escort. Pleung and Chat flee together. Choomporn Theppitak is playing a policeman. They do realize that they have a common enemy called พ่อเลี้ยง Do Tawan (Kecha Plianvithee). Do Tawan is aware that Pleung is now free. Choi (อัมรัตน์ ขัตติยา) is Do Tawan's girlfriend. Four devils [เสือ4แคว] (Pipop Pupinyo – Seua Wang, Dam Datsakorn - Seua Nan, Seua Ping - Chana Sriubon, Seua Yom – โดม สิงห์โมฬี) are called by Do Tawan to kill Pleung. 1M Baht reward is promised for the one who succeeds to kill Pleung. น้อง Kaew (Rewadee Pattaphong), a teacher, is Do Tawan's younger sister. She knows the secret behind her brother. Do Tawan (โจรใจบาป) is selling drugs. Pleung, a former teammate, asked him to stop but ended up in jail because of Do Tawan. Pleung's younger sister Wallin (Naiyana Shewanan) is still kept captive by Do Tawan (ตัวประกัน). A bomb is hidden in her bungalow. Kaew prevents her brother from abusing Wallin. ภูมิ พัฒนายุทธ, Kan (Kom Akadej), Wai (Lak Apichat), Suki (Sayan Chantaraviboon) meet Chat in the restaurant (เอาเต็มที่). He claims to be เสือ4แคว. They sympathize with Chat, who sends them to help Pleung against the 4 devils. Meanwhile, Chat plans to enter Do Tawan group in order to spy them and release Wallin. Pleung, being attacked by Seua, decides to fight back and attack them directly also causing Dam to flee. Do Tawan hires Chat. Seua Ping’s team includes veteran actors Pan Borapet, กฤษณะ อำนวยพร and Paen Pleumsachai. Chat pushes the teams against each other. Chat succeeds to exchange Wallin with Kaew simulating a kidnapping. Meanwhile Choi helps to provide information on Do Tawan's business. Chat is identified as the traitor. Chat shall be smashed by a train but Pleung helps him on time. Knowing that Chat is not dead, Do Tawan moves his stock of drugs in a safer place. Pleung identifies the place and decides to attack it. Chat, being finally a policeman, also comes with reinforcement. All ruffians are killed by the Thai A-team. Unable to flee, Do Tawan prefers to explode the warehouse to avoid surrendering. Pleung has to go back to jail but Chat promises that his efforts to catch Do Tawan will be taken into account to reduce the severity. This movie features a huge number of famous Thai actors and actresses.

แผ่นดินของเรา
แผ่นดินของเรา

Year: 1976

Thai title: แผ่นดินของเรา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Sor Asanajinda

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sor Asanajinda,Nirut Sirijanya,Phirapon Piyawan
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Naiyana Shewanan

แผ่นดินของเรา is the movie introducing famous Thai actress, Naowarat Yooktanun, for the first time. Sor Asanajinda, Thai national artist, is the movie director and also actor. A father comes to rest in a house close to sea with his three grown up daughters, Yai (อัจฉรา) the elder, Eung and Pak (ภัคคินี), the youngest. Tamlong (ธำรง), is the one who has transformed this hostile land into an oasis due to his hard work. Pak is the youngest daughter and always dares doing things. All the three girls are impressed by Tamlong's strong personality. During a boar chase, Tamlong saves Pak's life but is injured at the leg. During his recovery at Pak's parents home, Pak and Tamlong declare their love to each other. Tamlong is twice older than Pak (ผู้ชายแก่ๆ). Wedding takes place. Pak marries before her elder sister Yai so Yai is quite upset as according to Thai traditions, she should have married first. Yai is still waiting for her fiance Narin (นเรนท์) to go come back from his studies in France. Pak and Tamlong settle on their new land (แผ่นดินของเรา). Finally Narin and Pak meet. Both of them are hot temper (คนผีทะเล). Yai is too old style (โบราณ), too traditional for Narin. He is fond of Pak. He gets fun of Pak having married an older man. While wandering in their domain, Pak is bitten by a snake but Narin helps her on time. Love feelings start between both of them. Narin becomes jealous of Tamlong and considers stopping his engagement with Yai. Finally Yai accepts Narin advances knowing he is hot temper. Being forced by his parents, Narin shall finally marry Yai next month but it is not a love wedding. Yai is too reserved for Narin. Narin is modern as he studied abroad so he doesn't like Thai traditional stuff anymore and wants external signs of love similar to western behavior. Finally Narin and Pak start an affair as Pak is convinced by Narin's true love. But Pak doesn't dare to leave Tamlong for Narin and is worried to hurt her sister Yai. Tamlong knows something has changed. Pak is challenged by Narin about her real feelings. On the wedding day, Pak and Narin disappear and send a letter to Yai and Tamlong to explain their decision. While fleeing on a boat, Narin and Pak are robbed by ruffians so they run out of money already. Pak discovers harsh life with Narin as he is not a good lawyer and being addicted to alcohol also. They live in a slum. Pak needs to become a street vendor (แม่ค้า). Yai is pregnant with Narin so she feels ashamed. Yai takes refuge in Tamlong's home to hide her pregnancy to her parents. Pak discovers that Narin has a mistress. A night he is out, a fire burns the slum. They lose everything. As Narin is sick, Pak needs to prostitute herself. Tamlong finally finds Pak and asks her to come back to their land. Pak cannot leave Narin as he is sick (ไข้ป่า) and she still loves him. She values Tamlong’s kindness (ความดี, น้ำใจ), who forgives her and gives her money. Narin is sent to jail following a robbery. He refuses to see her again trying to push her to get a new life. Pak finally goes back to Tamlong's land to die there due to severe sickness. This 1976 movie highlights society conflicts between modern and traditional patterns.

หนี้รัก
หนี้รัก

Year: 1975

Thai title: หนี้รัก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Nard Poowanai
Main actress: Tanyarat Lohanan,Sarinthip Siriwan

While being kids, young girl Nut meets young boy Toum and his two friends Taksin and Rangsee. They promise to never separate and to wait to each other (ความดูแลของผม) until Toum's overseas studies are over. Young girl Oon was also Nut's best friend. Years have passed. Nut's mother has died. His father sent her to study in Bangkok. Ten years have now passed. Nut (Tanyarat Lohanan) is now a beautiful young lady. The father never dared to tell her the truth but she has the disagreeable surprise to find her father has remarried with Tiyana (แม่เลี้ยง) and has three children. They finally get on well. She meets her old friend Wan. Her brother is Rangsee (Nard Poowanai) and his friends are Toum (Sombat Methanee) and Taksin, her former childhood friends. Nut is hired in Rangsee's company. Misunderstandings happen between Nut and Toum as Rangsee invites her for lunch. Toum seems to have a secret. Toum reasserts his promises done ten years to always take care about Nut. While doing shopping, Toum meets her old friend Oon. She is pregnant and the father is Toum! She is shocked to understand Toum's hidden secret (เจ็บให้จำ). Nut's grandmother (Sarinthip Siriwan) dies (อะไรที่รักคงจากไป) and Rangsee helps her while acting as the host (เจ้าภาพ). Due to a promise of wedding between Oon and Toum by their parents, Toum had no choice but to marry Oon even if he didn't love her. Nut asks for time to Rangsee as her heart is troubled. Misfortune continues for Nut with her garden house (บ้านสวน) being burnt due to a fire. Toum helps as usual. Nut accepts Rangsee's proposal to shelter her and the children. Oon is getting sick (ฝากลูก, ฝากToum) and enters coma. Oon finally dies. Toum is the one who bought the bracelet and the garden house to avoid somebody else can get them. Nut cannot forget her first real love and refuses Rangsee's wedding offer. After Nut's hesitation, they finally marry. This 1975 romantic movie หนี้รัก is 2h12mn long and was never released on VCD or DVD. In 2012, it was shown for the first time on Thai cable TV. It was first movie for Tanyarat Lohanan.

ทะเลทอง
ทะเลทอง

Year: 1975

Thai title: ทะเลทอง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Man Teeraphol,Manop Aussawathep,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Choomporn Theppitak
Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Duangdao Jarujinda

Many years ago, Laem Kun Thalae (Sombat Methanee) and Mae Plae (Naiyana Shewanan) were tied to a pole, beaten and left to die in the sea. Laem Kun Thalae survived thanks to his friend Fong but Mae Plae died. Their child was left to a teacher. Many people believed they both died in the sea during high tide. The teacher has three children, i.e. one boy, Pu (Sayan Chantaraviboon), and two daughters, Nang (Naiyana Shewanan) and Neua Oon. Nang is the baby given many years ago. Nang is hard worker but Neua Oon is lazy. Sak, son of Sou (Man Teeraphol), a local ruffian, always wants to bring the two sisters out but Pu refuses and Nang is not interested to go. Sak becomes lover with Neua Oon (ได้เป็นเมีย). Kun (Sombat Methanee) and his friend Fong (Manop Aussawathep) are always seen around. Kun always helps Nang in difficult situations. Pradet (Choomporn Theppitak) is the local policeman officer but is bending to Sou. Sou wishes Pradet to arrest Kun as he is a trouble maker. Nang and Sak's two sisters (Nit and SiriPorn) are kidnapped by overseas woman traffickers. They are rescued by a boat carrying Kun, Sak and Pu. Kun decides then to keep Sak and his sisters as hostage. They take refuge on an island. Pu and Siriporn become lovers. There is a suggestion for Kun to surrender to police (มอบตัว) as Sou is following up them. Nit (Duangdao Jarujinda) promises to help as she loves Kun. Kun doesn't believe in the police fairness so he flees with Nang. As the action is taking place close to Cambodia border, their boat gets attacked by red Cambodian soldiers. They have to jump from the boat but are caught up in a storm. They are finally protected by Mae Plae’s spirit (วิญญาณ) and rescued by a boat. Sou and his ruffians team capture Kun and Fong. They are ready for a final vengeance. Nit believes Kun and Laem Kun Thalae are the same individual. Situation is reversed thanks to Kun’s skills. Sou, Sak and Nit are now prisoners under Kun. The policeman Pradet agrees to speak and discloses what really happens many years ago between him, Sou and Laem Kun Thalae. Finally Nang's real father is policeman Pradet. His wife Sai is Sou's younger sister. Pradet has a short relationship with Mae Plae. Through jealousy, Sai and Sou took vengeance on Mae Plae and innocent Laem Kun Thalae. So Kun and Laem Kun Thalae are the same man. Despite his initial desire for vengeance, Kun leaves it away and stays with Nang. Thai movie “Thalae Thong” (ทะเลทอง) was released in 1975.

นายอำเภอใจเพชร
นายอำเภอใจเพชร

Year: 1975

Thai title: นายอำเภอใจเพชร
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Nard Poowanai,Pipop Pupinyo,Krai Kanchit,Sawin Sawangrat,Sukon Koewliam,Choomporn Theppitak,Lak Apichat,Dam Datsakorn
Main actress: Tanyarat Lohanan,Orasa Isarangkul,Somjit Sapsamruey

Thai movie นายอำเภอใจเพชร was released in year 1975. The movie is lost in Thailand. A twelve minutes sequence in bad state can still be seen. Other actors not seen in the remaining sequence include โดม, Krai Kanchit, อัมรัตน์, Somjit Sapsamruey, Sawin Sawangrat, จรัสศรี, หมี. The new chief district officer wishes to clean the district and to get rid of the dark influence. He is getting support from local people. The chief district officer (Nard Poowanai) just arrives in his new district. He visits his subordinates including Tanyarat Lohanan working in school and invites them for introduction lunch. Pipop Pupinyo being around with other ruffians warns the new chief district officer that real power (อำนาจ) is with weapons here. Later on while Pipop is busy with a young lady played by Orasa Isarangkul, he gets warned by corrupt policeman that this new chief district officer is different. Pipop promises to manage him. During the introductory lunch, the new chief district officer scolds many of his subordinates for not being dedicated to their job and to local citizens. Sukon Koewliam, Choomporn Theppitak, Lak Apichat are part of the guests. Dam Datsakorn, Pipop and two other ruffians arrive and invite themselves to the party. As they are looking for troubles, the chief district officer removes his shirt and insignia to give a boxing lesson to Dam. The remaining sequence stops here. Even when Nard Poowanai became real government officer as assistant district officer (ปลัดอำเภอ), Thai people still refers to him as chief district officer (นายอำเภอ) as this movie was really very famous and popular.

ถนนนี้ชั่ว
ถนนนี้ชั่ว

Year: 1975

Thai title: ถนนนี้ชั่ว
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sawin Sawangrat,Lor Tok
Main actress: Tasawan Saneewong,Tanyarat Lohanan,Malee Wetpraseri,Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit

ถนนนี้ชั่ว is a thai movie released in year 1975. It is a social drama movie. Only 1h31mn is left so unfortunately not the movie full length. This movie was never released officially on VHS, DVD or VCD. Young kids face bad example (ถนนแห่งความชั่ว) shown by their parents featuring a drunkard father and absent mother. The children are the one to suffer the consequences (ผู้รับกรรม). Finally the mother quits the whole family. The grandmother (Malee Wetpraseri) then educates all the children, Oon (Tasawan Saneewong), Oi (Tanyarat Lohanan) and Inn. Oon has promised to buy a watch to Oi but the grandmother refuses as her salary of 800 baht for the whole family is already small. The neighbour (Lor Tok) likes Oi very much and keeps peeping. The three daughters finally find back their mother. The mother is now rich (Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit). Oi wishes to open a beauty saloon but needs to study first. The mother is married to a pimp called Banchup. The mother uses her own daughter to achieve her goals. She sends her daughter to a hotel room, where Ratapong (Sombat Methanee) is waiting (บังคับให้มา?). Purity is lost. As Oi wishes to wear beautiful clothes, have jewels, be rich so she accepts (ด้วยความเต็มใจ). It is her first time. She has to eat pills (ยาคุม) secretly. Ratapong wishes to meet her again (เด็กดี). Sawin, an older rich man, is also fond of her (ติดใจ). The mother and her new husband want Oi to go with Sawin again but she is reluctant. Arguments happen between Oi’s mother (แม่ดอกทอง) and Oi’s grandmother. High society (สังคมผู้ดี) takes advantage of poor people. Finally her mum convinces her to meet Sawin for his birthday. Oon is upset with her mum (ไม่เสียหายอะไร). The mother has modern conception of life and society (พ่อไม่เคยขายลูก). Oon asks to meet Ratapong as he was the first one to go with Oi. She finally starts to work in his company. Inn leaves home. Noi is pregnant with the grandfather. Wishing to rescue her sister, Oon is finally kidnapped with Oi. To avoid Banchup hurting Oon, Oi accepts to go again to Cha Am to meet Sawin. Oon finally succeeds to escape and warns Ratapong. Ratapong storms Sawin's home. Fightings happen with Banchup and his thugs. Oon shots Banchup to protect Ratapong and Sawin to revenge her sister Oi. Oon ends up in jail. Ratapong promises to Oon to marry Oi. The mother is devastated (แม่เสียใจ) and the only thing she can do is to give love (ต้องการความรัก) to her remaining children. Things she hasn’t done before. This movie is a strong critic over old rich men that can afford young poor ladies in hotels.

แด่คุณครูด้วยคมแฝก
แด่คุณครูด้วยคมแฝก

Year: 1975

Thai title: แด่คุณครูด้วยคมแฝก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ruj Ronnapop

Main actor: Nard Poowanai,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Nirut Sirijanya
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Donnapha Sophee

Thai movie แด่คุณครูด้วยคมแฝก was released in year 1975. The last reel lasting 24mn is left to be seen. A VHS was also released many years ago. Two teachers are killed as they refuse to mingle with the local leader. Chai (Nard Poowanai) is nominated as new school headmaster (ครูใหญ่คนใหม่) for village Krok. Teacher Tawon is played by Sayan Chantaraviboon. Ruffians are always looking for trouble (ขอเรื่อง). Old teacher Piek is often drunk as unable to oppose to the ruffians. The ruling here is done through guns (กฎหมายที่นี่คือปืน). Chai meets Duang Kaew (Aranya Namwong), daughter of the ruffians’ leader called Krot. Duang Kaew doesn't want to help anybody else despite Chai asking her to bring usefulness to society and nation. Teacher Yim is played by Nirut Sirijanya. The father Krot refuses to help to build a new school. Chai wishes to teach children as the villagers’ knowledge need to increase. No future without knowledge. Teachers are keys in the development of children (ครูคือแม่ที่สอง) in remote villages as parents are busy in rice fields. Young teacher lady Raem (Donnapha Sophee) goes with Yim as Chai refuses her advances. Ruffians kidnap teacher Raem and rape her. Disgusted, Duang Kaew humiliates the rapists, blames her father (สังสอนพ่อ) and joins villagers' side (ลูกอกันตันยุ) to fight injustice. Krot’s son uses violence to build popularity (สร้างบารมี) for his father. Old teacher Piek goes for duel with ruffians but he is shot by them. Angry by this death, rebellion happens led by teacher Chai. The father and his men surround the village. Duang Kaew is on the villagers’ side. Pushed by his daughter, the father wishes to change and condemn the rapists but his son Kampaeng is not willing. Shooting happens as Kampeng wants to kill teacher Chai. Following confusion and houses burning, Kampaeng is also shot and dies. The father asks to stop the killings and promises to change. He asks teacher Chai to stay and commits 300 000 baht to build a new school. The teacher offers him a book about karma.

คุณครูคนใหม่
คุณครูคนใหม่

Year: 1975

Thai title: คุณครูคนใหม่
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Phan Kam

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Nirut Sirijanya,Pinyo Parnnui
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Naiyana Shewanan

Teacher (ครู) Rabiep (Pissamai Wilaisak) leaves Nakhon Sawan school as she needs to bring her mother for treatment in a modern Bangkok hospital. Her sister is Mon (Naiyana Shewanan). Another school headmaster, following a recommendation from his Nakhon Swan friend, asks her to join his school and teach a boys class (นักเรียนอะไรไม่มีมารยาท). Santhi comes to school but doesn't enter class so gets scolded by teacher Rabiep. Rabiep is torn between her concern towards her sick mother and her teacher duty (หน้าที่). She takes deep concern in her pupils future and wants all of them to pass exams (พ่อแม่ที่สองของนักเรียน). Rabiep is still single. As a young teen Thong (Pinyo Parnnui) is chased away from Santhi's home, Rabiep accepts to shelter him. Santhi comes back to Thong to ask him to join his ruffians group but he refuses so gets severely beaten. Per teacher Rabiep's code, Santhi is canned six times as he refuses to apologize to Thong. Khun Sathan, Santhi's father, comes to complain to the school. He has funded the school (นายทุน). 18 years ago Sathan (Sombat Methanee) and Rabiep had a love story but finally Sathan married another lady. Sathan believes Rabiep takes revenge over him through his son and asks the school headmaster to fire Rabiep. The headmaster is in a difficult situation as he is indebted to Sathan. Meanwhile Mon goes to complain to Sathan's but only meets doctor Nophol (Nirut Sirijanya). Santhi is arrested by the police following fighting in a bordel. Teacher Rabiep makes him leave the jail and Sathan understands Rabiep's kindness towards her Pupils. Per doctor Nophol's request, Mon, university student in her last year to become teacher, accepts to give private lessons to Santhi. As he tries to abuse Mon, he gets slapped by his father and flees from home. Following his wife's death, Sathan didn't educate him in a right way (ตามใจ). Due to lack of money and difficult life in slum house, Santhi finally accepts to go back to school but tries to tarnish Rabiep's name (ทำให้เสียชื่อ) as he is aware of the love story 18 years ago. As Sathan chases away his son, he ends in a coffee shop where he is beaten by thugs. Teacher Rabiep recovers him from the police and offers him a new chance by giving him a shelter in her home (รักครูเหมือนแม่). Santhi becomes a good guy helping on chores and is studying well. He accepted in the army. Sathan forgives to his son and starts a new romance with teacher Rabiep. All bad pupils have become good guys and give their respect to teacher Rabiep (วันไหว้ครู). The movie highlights teacher dedication and their importance in their duty to transform children into good adults. It is the first movie for veteran actor Pinyo Parnnui.

ประทีป อธิษฐาน
ประทีป อธิษฐาน

Year: 1974

Thai title: ประทีป อธิษฐาน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Uten Boonyong,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Suriya Chinaphan,Lak Apichat
Main actress: Pawana Chanajit,Chosri Misommon,Somjit Sapsamruey,Runglawan Sripatimakul

Thai movie ประทีป อธิษฐาน was released in year 1974. It lasts 1h57mn. It was shown on Thai TV cable. Pan (Pawana Chanajit) and Kalan (Uten Boonyong) meet during Loi Krathong. Kalan announces to her that he is her future boss as Hotel manager! Chosri Misommon is Pan's aunt. She always asks for money as she keeps gambling. Pan's mother had a lover as her husband didn't take care of her and her daughter. Upset, the husband wished to bring her to her lover for clarification but a car accident happened on the way and both died. So Pan stayed with her aunt. Sek (Suriya Chinaphan) loves Pan and always does courtship her as a gentleman. Kalan's mother is played by Somjit Sapsamruey. Somjit introduced Da (Runglawan Sripatimakul) to Kalan and wishes for a wedding. The mother believes Pan cannot be trust as cashier as her aunt Chosri is a big spender (การพนัน). Aunt Chosri ends up in jail. While nobody wants to be the guarantor, Kalan offers the money to bail her out. Pan is promoted to manager assistant (ผู้ช่วยผู้จัดการ). Karun (Sayan Chantaraviboon), the second son, is back from overseas but he has heart disease. He likes Pan also. An American tourist is always trying to seduce her also. So four men have hopes on her. Finally she marries Karun. The aunt gets a big amount of money (ใช้หนี้). She knows she doesn't love him. Karun is unable to perform husband duties per a congenital disease. Kalan was former lover of Pan's mother but Kalan confirms it was a platonic love. Smoking scenes and love scenes are blurred. Pushed back by Kalan, Da goes with Lak Apichat to Hua Hin. They become lovers. Karun, being over jealous on Pan, ends up at hospital. Kalan decides to marry with Da to avoid any more jealousy crisis. Unfortunately fightings happen at Kalan's wedding as Karun sees Pan talking to Sek. Pan flees. Kalan announces to Da that he cannot love her as he knows she is pregnant with somebody else (Lak). Kalan finally finds back Pan. Meanwhile Karun is getting crazy and even shoots two people at night believing it was Kalan and Pan. Being a bad girl, Da quits Kalan. Finally Kalan and Pan can have happiness. This is a romantic drama from 1970s with much more realistic story compared to 1960s decade movies.

คุณหญิงนอกทำเนียบ
คุณหญิงนอกทำเนียบ

Year: 1974

Thai title: คุณหญิงนอกทำเนียบ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Neramit

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Jamroon Nuatjim
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej,Suthisa Putnuch,Metta Roongrat,Chosri Misommon,Marasri Bangchang

Thai drama movie คุณหญิงนอกทำเนียบ was released in year 1974. It features Sombat Methanee as main actor and Aranya Namwong as main actress. The movie is lost in Thailand but a sequence of 48 minutes remains to be seen. It is the final sequences of the movie. Supasatee (Aranya Namwong) also called Sajee has arguments with the son, who treats her as a minor wife (เมียเก็บ). The father is Chit (Sombat Methanee). His younger sister (Metta Roongrat) also doesn’t accept that Sombat has a new younger mistress. Sajee and Chit deny any wrongdoing. Chit sends Sajee back to the slum through his mercedes so people are gossiping including her own grandmother (Chosri Misommon). Her own grandmother tells her not to forget her own roots but Sajee wishes to climb the social ladder without taking in account other people’s critics. Chit is celebrating the birthday of Suthisa, his wife (Suthisa Putnuch). Metta brings doubt in Suthisa’s heart but is in fact disappointed that Chit would choose Sajee over her! It causes Lady Suthisa to die as she has a fragile heart already. Even Kaew (Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej), Sajee’s best friend and Chit's daughter, believes Sajee wants to take the place of Suthisa. Finally romance happens between Sajee and Chit. The grandmother believes Sajee will be back as same as lotus, she comes from dirty slum soil so she cannot adapt to rich soil. Kaew is pregnant. Sajee has to find an abortion doctor for her. One day while driving with Chit, she sees a woman hit by a car. It is her own mother. Sad event showing she starts forgetting her roots. Chit is also having heart issues. His new wife Sajee gets rejected as Lady nomination (คุณหญิง) as she is not coming from a proper background. Chit ends up at the hospital where Sajee asks to modify the heritage terms. Worried about heritage, Chit's children cause their father's death by asking too many questions instead of letting him rest. On the opening of the testament, Chit's children realize Sajee is not asking for a single baht and is just going back to her slum. Rich people looked wrongly at Sajee. She was the one having a good and true heart.

หนุมานพบ 5 ไอ้มดแดง
หนุมานพบ 5 ไอ้มดแดง

Year: 1974

Thai title: หนุมานพบ 5 ไอ้มดแดง
English title: Hanuman and the Five Kamen Riders

Rating: 4/5
Director: Sompote Sangduenchai

Main actor: Yodchai Meksuwan,Phirapon Piyawan
Main actress: Tanyarat Lohanan

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Producer-director Sompote Sangduenchai has made movies covering the "Thai-style kaiju" and costumed Ultraman movies made in years 1970s and 1980s. He has reused footage from other Kamen Rider movies so making this movie montage a little bit strange from time to time with a succession of sequences without link. There are kitsch fx effects from 1970s decade including super computers with many big lights and weird sounds. Those movies are under Chayo productions. All Chayo movies (ไชโยภาพยนตร์) have Sompote's specific touch. King Dark, monsters' leader, needs to drink blood from women or children. Hopefully the Five Kamen Riders (ไอ้มดแดง or red ants) can always stop them. Those Japanese characters are adaptated to Thai customs. The five Kamen riders always succeed to be there when problems with monsters (สัตว์ประหลาด) occur. King Dark refuses to drink blood dog so he needs to find a way to get rid of the Five Kamen Riders. Three men fall in hell (ตกนรก) as they stole Buddha statue heads. A kid tries to stop them but is shot dead. He is reincarnated into Hanuman. Sinners (ทำบาป) are punished and Buddha heads are restored. Yama (พระยม), the hell god, checks his hell book (บัญชี is a map!) and they are condemned to many torments. Sompote Sangduenchai's adaptation is certainly not a film for children as many naked women and men are tortured in the representation of Buddhist hell. The monsters help one of the sinners to escape hell in order to fight the Five Kamen riders. He succeeds to capture famous Doctor Wisut. Doctor Wisut refuses to help but the monsters kidnap his girlfriend Julie to coerce him. He has no choice but to accept doing a Frankenstein creature to fight the Five Kamen riders. The new creature has the same face as Frankenstein in foreign movies. A succession of fights take place and King Dark's aliens are defeated. King Dark needs to move to Ayuthaya (เมืองใหม่). The Doctor is forced again to do a machine to make monsters to catch young ladies for their blood. Their blood is not good as they eat bad food. So they break their promise by taking Julie's blood (กินเลือดสาวบริสุทธิ์จะมีอายุนาน, มีพลัง). The Five Kamen Riders are finally defeated by King Dark but Hanuman helps them (ทำให้ฟื้น). They make an alliance against the monsters. They enter in their headquarters then free doctor and Julie. King Dark flees and starts a rampage in Bangkok same as Godzilla. Nobody can stop him except Hanuman. Hanuman fights in a Thai relax dancing way (สบายสบาย) and defeats King Dark. The traitor is brought back to hell (ตกนรกอีก) and his head is cut (ทำบาปก็ต้องใช้บาป). The movie is worth as it is a Thai adaption of Japanese characters by famous director Sompote adding a lot of Thainess. A 1976 agreement limited Sompote's copyright to only nine movies made by Sompote Sangduenchai in the 1970s.

กระสือสาว
กระสือสาว

Year: 1973

Thai title: กระสือสาว
English title: Ghost of Guts Eater

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Choomporn Theppitak,Sawin Sawangrat,Lor Tok,Songthong
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Metta Roongrat,Sulaleewan Suwanthat

กระสือสาว is a Thai movie about a traditional folklore ghost called Kraseu (กระสือ). It is a filth- eating floating ghost with a head, a trailing heart and intestines. This ghost loves to eat cordon umbilical and placenta from newborn babies (ผีกระสือจะมากินรกเด็ก). Villagers found many dead chicken in their farm. They were eaten by a Kraseu ghost. Villagers followed the floating ghost and hit it critically. A grandmother was in fact possessed by the ghost. Before dying, she gives a ring to her granddaughter, Bua Klee (บัวคลี่), and asks her not to burn her corpse (so opposite of Thai tradition เผาศพ). Bua Klee then becomes possessed by the Kraseu ghost (ถูกวิญญาญกระสือ). Boon Muang (บุญเมือง) is her husband. Chat (ฉัตร), a local thug, still tries to seduce her. Phi Chood (จู๊ด), Boon Muang’s closest friend, and Boon Muang chase Chat away. Bua Klee is now pregnant. The Kraseu spirit is inside the ring and is hungry (ไปหากิน). Bua Klee goes outside to look for filthy food and is identified by a villager. She is named as Krasao Sao (กระสือสาว) as the ghost has a young and pretty face! A fight erupts between Chat and Boon Muang as all villagers claim she is a ghost (ผีกระสือ). Boon Muang refuses (ไม่เชื่อ) such allegations but the villagers push him to verify if his wife is a ghost. So he hits her with a stick to chase the ghost but nothing is happening except tears from Bua Klee. A local shaman (หมอผี) Pradit invokes a dead spirit (ผีโขมดพราย) to take revenge on Boon Muang and Bua klee. Yomatut, the hell guardian, comes to get his life as he is a nasty man (ลงนรก). Boon Muang decides to leave the village. They take refuge in a relative home, i.e. uncle Chaeng. Bua Klee meets another Kraseu old ghost in the village. Bua klee is delivering her baby in traditional Thai way by holding a rope attached to the ceiling. The Kraseu old ghost and its husband try to steal the baby. Boon Muang fends them off and hits back. The husband (ผีกะหังและกระสือแก่) dies and the Kraseu old ghost dies in the early sunshine. Boon Muang visits the subdistrict headman of Dong Dok Kaew area to bring him some gifts from uncle Chaeng. Madeua is the daughter of the subdistrict headman and is fond of Boon Muang. While accompanied by Madeua, Boon Muang is shot in the arm by Chat. Madeua is disappointed to learn Muang is already married. She used love potions trick to make him forget his wife and son (เสน่ห์ยาแฝด). Meanwhile Bua Klee wishes to get a treasure (สมบัติ) by seeing an ignis fatuus. When a flame is coming from the ground, it is a spirit haven according to traditional belief. She can get the treasure by showing her nudity! But finally needs to give the treasure back to the guardian as she still needs to pay for karma (กรรม). Boon Muang and Madeua marry. Following Bua Klee's request, Chaeng goes to the subdistrict headman home. The son Chiep is also coming with a sacred thread to recover his father. On the way Chaeng and Chief see each other without head! This is a bad omen indicating a forthcoming death! Uncle Chaeng has to shoot Madeua to protect Chiep. The subdistrict headman wishes to revenge his daughter. Uncle Chaeng and Chiep are shot dead during the fight. Chood is beaten by Chat. Bua Klee finds the uncle Chaeng and Chiep dead bodies. Both Chood and Boo Muang are captured by Chat and the subdistrict headman. Bua Klee interferes as a Kraseu ghost and causes the subdistrict headman and Chat to shoot each other. Boon Muang refuses to go back with Bua Klee as she is a Kraseu ghost. Following advice from an hermit, finally the body of the grandmother is burnt and Bua Klee becomes a normal being again. Kraseu Sao 35mm movie brought new Fx effects in 1971 such as double impression to show the spirit quitting the dead body. It took 3 to 4 months to be shot in the jungle. Thai Film Archives has still a 16mm copy as, in 1973, 16mm projectors were still popular in provinces. Thai Film Archives got it from a donation from a company showing outdoor movies in villages (หนังขายยา). The movie is a bit similar to Nang Nak scenario. It is a Lost movie in Thailand but it was found in Sweden with an original picture, Thai sound and with Sweden subtitles. In 1970s decade a few Thai movie rights were sold in Scandinavia. This movie shows interesting traditional behaviors and patterns such as traditional baby delivery, staying above a hot pot after delivery (การอยู่ไฟ), 100 days ceremony after a relative death, vision of people without head indicating forthcoming death, hidden treasures kept by deity and signalled by an ignis fatuus, Kraseu ghost belief, love filters.

คนึงหา
คนึงหา

Year: 1971

Thai title: คนึงหา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Daonoi Duangjai,Choomporn Theppitak
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Khomapat Attaya,Prim Praphaporn,Metta Roongrat

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Pum (Mitr Chaibancha) loves Deuan Chai but his parents want him to marry Prakai Fa (Khomapat Attaya), a young lady he doesn't love. Mitr consults his lawyer Pattai (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) and they set up a plan. As Deuan Chan is still studying in Japan for 8 months, they need to find a fake lady to convince the aunt (คุณหญิง) that Pum is already married to Deuan Chai and to cancel engagement with Prakai Fa. A job advertising is posted. Yai (Pissamai Wilaisak)(นางหนู), old style young lady, answers to it. Daonoi Duangjai is playing funny character as usual. The aunt is very direct (ปากร้ายใจดี). As wife and husband, Pum and Yai need to share the same room so it causes some issues. Pum's mother doesn't like Yai and wishes to cancel Pum and Deuan Chan's marriage. The mother tries to add jealousy between Pum and Yai by pretending Yai and Pattai are close together. Sathi (Metta Roongrat), close friend with Pum, has a fiance called Pirapee. Prakai Fa arrives and is shocked to discover Deuan Chan as she is supposed to get engaged with Pum. Pum is very jealous regarding Yai. It seems Yai has also a fiance (กุมาร) called Prasan (Choomporn Theppitak). In fact Yai, real name Ranaree, is coming from Songkhla and is also coming from a rich family. Her brother is Pirapee. She has to follow her parents' decision (ต้องทำตามคำสั่งของพ่อ). This movie features the last sequence in Mitr Chaibancha's life. Real Deuan Chan (Prim Praphaporn) is back so Yai prefers to leave. Pum has to disclose the truth to his aunt. The last sequence of the movie is using a replacement of the main actor as Mitr Chaibancha was already dead. Finally the movie ends happily with Pum and Yai staying together.

วันที่เราจะพรากจากกัน
วันที่เราจะพรากจากกัน

Year: 1971

Thai title: วันที่เราจะพรากจากกัน
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Sithao Petcharoen,Songthong,Sawin Sawangrat,Sukon Koewliam,Chana Sriubon,Ruj Ronnapop
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Naowarat Watchara,Sopha Sataporn,Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng

ไม่มีวันที่เราจะพรากจากกัน (There is no day we will split) was released in year 1971. The full movie lasts 2h27mn. The remaining film is in a poor condition. The image has no more color and is only tinted. Unfortunately the sound is distorted and barely hearable. A full movie summary is still available as some old Thai movie stars magazines can still be found nowadays. The movie remains famous for its 9 to 10 songs. A few songs are sung by Sithao Petcharoen and Songthong. One of the famous singer in this movie is กังวานไพร ลูกเพชร, a countryside singer (นักร้องลูกทุ่ง). He is acting as a couple with Naowarat Watchara in this movie. Main actors in this romantic movie are Aranya Namwong and Sombat Methanee. Interesting to see that Aranya Namwong is wearing big sunglasses that are back to fashion in decade 2010s. Other actors include Prachuap Ruekyamdee, comic actor Sukon Koewliam, Naowarat Watchara, Chana Sriubon, Sopha Sataporn, Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng, Ruj Ronnapop. Kampee (Sombat Methanee) is orphan but gets patronized by his older sister Rampoei, who is married to rich merchant Vivat. Kampee (คัมภีร์) is engaged with Rewadee (Naowarat Watchara). He goes to study abroad. When he comes back, his fiancee Rewadee is going to marry Pinjo, who was a former friend. Kampee, disappointed, causes big arguments during the wedding, gets beaten and thrown away in the water. When he wakes up, he meets for first time a young woman called Ailada (Aranya Namwong), riding a bicycle and going to help him. Surprised, he leaves rashly by taxi (คนบ้า). Kampee leaves his home as Pinjo’s father forces him to go to Sukhothai province. Rampoei wants Kampee to marry Walli, younger sister of Vivat. Kampee meets Ailada again in Phitsanulok train station and they argue again. Kampee shall be the head of forest guards in district Huay Krai. Kampee is welcomed by Plang (Prachuap Ruekyamdee), his assistant. Ailada is Plang‘s daughter! Kamnan Preuang (Sawin Sawangrat) is doing illegal business in the forest by cutting trees. Plaew, son of Kamnan Preuang, loves Ailada since they are kids. Plang and Kampee have a plan to stop those illegal activities. Having learnt this, Ailada informs Preuang. So Kampee's plan fails. Aware that Ailada is the one who disclosed the plan, Kampee has arguments with her but Ailada finally understands and recognises her mistake. Love starts to emerge. Walli is coming to visit Kampee. To get rid of Walli, Kampee claims he is already engaged with Ailada so she has mischievous behavior with Kampee! Kamnan Preuang and Plaew get agreement with Pinjo to use Rewadee to ease Kampee. Pinjo wishes to kill Kampee as he cannot stand to have Rewadee close to Kampee. It is discovered that Plaew is the real son of Plang and not Preuang. Plaew and Ailanda are then brother and sister! Plaew and Ailanda are looking for Kampee knowing he is endangered by Pinjo’s plans to kill him. A thunderstorm happens. Kampee and Ailanda take refuge in a cave. A snake is threatening them. Plaew and Rewadee take refuge in a cave also. Pinjo misunderstands Plaew’s intention to help Rewadee. He finally falls in the river and dies. Back from the forest, learning that Kampee and Ailanda plan to marry, Rewadee still tries to get back Kampee and simulates to have spent the night with him. It causes Ailanda’s ire, who then flees away. Rewadee apologizes but it is too late. Ailanda is gone and Kampee is back to Bangkok. Kampee indulges in alcohol and finally accept his sister’s proposal to marry Walli. Rewadee is pregnant with Plaew. As Ailanda is back to district Huay Krai, Plaew decides to stop Kampee’s wedding with Walli to ensure Kampee can marry Ailanda! Plaew lies that Kampee made a young lady pregnant in district Huay Krai so he needs to assume. Finally Kampee and Ailanda are reunited.

แม่ศรีไพร
แม่ศรีไพร

Year: 1971

Thai title: แม่ศรีไพร
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor: Nard Poowanai,Sahat Piempongsan,Songthong,Sithao Petcharoen
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Metta Roongrat

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Celebration of the wedding day between Chan (Sahat Piempongsan), District Chief Officer (นายอำเภอ), and Konthong (Petchara Chaowarat) is ongoing but on nuptial night, the husband is drunk. Konthong is then kidnapped and transported on an elephant into the mountains. She is no idea why she has been kidnapped as her abductor refuses to disclose the truth (แล้วก็รู้เอง). The abductor is called Inton (Nard Poowanai). Aratae (Metta Roongrat) is taking care of Konthong (ผู้หญิงไทยดื้อ). Hillside villagers (คนดง, คนป่า) are very cheerful to Konthong. Inton is called father (พ่อ) as he takes care of the village. Chan is on the way to get back his wife using jeep to go through the mountains and being accompanied with a bunch of ruffians. The kidnapping is in fact Inton's revenge over Chan. Inton, Chan and Taptim were children who shared friendship during childhood. On Inton and Taptim's wedding day, Chan takes advantage that Inton is drunk to rape Taptim as he was jealous Taptim didn't marry him. Willing to kill Chan with a gun, Inton argues with Taptim and a lost bullet kills Taptim. Inton has to flee in the mountains. Inton finally doesn't rape Konthong (เห็นกับตาของจะเสียได้อย่างไร) as he has pity on her and proposes to send her back. How can Konthong go back? Who will believe she is still pure? She acknowledges she doesn't love Chan. So a romance starts between Inton and Konthong. One of the villagers, Tasuey, is chased by Inton from the village following a rape on a girl refusing to love him and her fiance’s murder. The stranded villager meets Chan and his ruffians. He decides to lead them to the village to take his revenge on Inton. The movie features alternate sequences of fun, romance and sequences of the ruffians approaching the mountain village. It is a very long movie 2h54 released by company Phanmitr, who used the latest film reels available. The image is very damaged, red and green color with many vertical lines (เส้นฝนตกมาก) but still a pleasure to watch Petchara Chaowarat. To avoid endangering the villagers, Inton decides to flee temporary before Chan and his ruffians led by Tasuey reach the village. Konthong is following up. Aratae loves secretly Inton. Villagers refuse to disclose where Inton and Konthong are hiding. Chan uses persuasion to convince Aratae to tell the truth. If Chan gets back Konthong, his wife, then Aratae can get Inton, her secret love, back. Chan gets Aratae's virginity (ความสาว) as Inton gets his wife also. The ruffians chase Inton and Konthong inside the deep forest (ป่าลึก). As Konthong catches malaria and they run out of food, Inton has no other choice but surrender to Chan. Chan thinks of shooting Inton like a dog but finally changes his mind reminding their former friendship. He even forgives him (ให้อภัย) but Konthong shall stay with him. While Inton is going to the village with the mountain villagers, Konthong lies she is already pregnant so asks Chan to release her so her child can stay with her real father. While Inton and Konthong can have happiness together, Aratae has no choice but to stay with Chan (คนที่แพ้ต้องอยู่ด้วยกัน). A dozen of songs are performed including by famous singer Songthong, singers สมัย อ่อนวงศ์ and กิ่งดาว จันทร์สวัสดิ์. A funny comic encounter happens between comic actors Songthong and Sithao Petcharoen. Movie แม่ศรีไพร by famous director Wichit Khunawut was released in year 1971. It was adapted as Thai TV serie in 2010. It is the first played by Nard Poowanai. Mitr Chaibancha should have been the main actor but his accidental death prevented this.

จำปาทอง
จำปาทอง

Year: 1971

Thai title: จำปาทอง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Chat Mongkolchai
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Wassana Chalakorn

A mother talks to her son Virathep (วีระเทพ) (Mitr Chaibancha). She tries to convince him to marry a young woman called Soraya (โสรยา) (Wassana Chalakorn) coming from a rich family also. Virathep is reluctant and flees from the house. Virathep is a former art student graduated in painting. Having a sip in a bar with a friend, Virathep helps a man (Chat Mongkolchai) beaten by a few ruffians as he was protecting a mother and his daughter. Virathep is welcomed in the mother's house. Virathep's mother is upset that he left the house. Around the forest near the house some tree nymphs (น้างไม้) wearing traditional Thai dresses and living in trees. While painting, Virathep hears Aranya (จำปาทอง) singing so he asks to do her portrait. Virathep’s mother is still pushing him to marry. The original film is mute as it is in 16mm format but some songs can still be heard a bit as those parts were recorded in 35mm format. Virathep goes back to Bangkok and misses Aranya. They pray and go back to the past during Ayuthaya period. They loved each other but Virathep was killed during a fight with Burmese soldiers. Learning Virathep's death, Aranya died on the spot and her spirit (วิญญาณ) became a tree nymph. Will their love be successful this time? The mother and the girl fiancee to Virathep meet Aranya. Issues happens between them. The fiancee follows Aranya up to the forest but Aranya chases her away by making her clothes fly away. The fiancee realizes she is a ghost. As usual there are second comic relief roles in Mitr Chaibancha's 1960 movies. The mother and fiancee hire an expert (อาจารย์) to chase Aranya away. They put some magic cloth (ยันต์) on her tree to prevent her to enter it again. Aranya becomes invisible and plays tricks to the mother and fiancee. Afraid, the mother orders to cut all trees near Aranya's refuge. Meanwhile Virathep gets from another magic expert a potion. A fight erupts as Virathep tries to prevent ruffians to cut trees. Invisible tree nymphs help him as ruffians are numerous. After pouring the sacred water on Aranya, she becomes visible again. Aranya is now a human being also. First the mother rejects this union as she has a promise to fulfill with the fiancee's mother. But finally their love will win. The movie is 1h32mn left only as the last movie reel is missing. When Mitr Chaibancha came back from Hong Kong on 05 Oct 1970, a few sequences (when wearing old Ayuthaya soldier clothes) for this movie were filmed on the 06 October. Mitr Chaibancha died during an accident on 07 Oct during movie Insee Thong shooting.

จงอางผยอง
จงอางผยอง

Year: 1971

Thai title: จงอางผยอง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Songthong
Main actress: Suthisa Putnuch,Juree Osiri

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A Thai Chinese community is celebrating Chinese New Year (ตรุษจีน) though dances (รำ) and songs. Even Songthong is singing a few songs before being killed as suddenly the village is attacked. Hin is the leader of the pirates (โจร) who attack the village. Many villagers are captured or killed. Four children, two boys (Phet, Chiang Ho) and two girls (Kae, Lilin), promise to revenge their parents and punish Hin. The kids get separated. Fifteen years have passed. Seua and Kae love each other but their love is endangered as it is discovered Seua is Koeb's son. Koeb has cut Kae's mother arm during the village attack fifteen years ago. Their love becomes impossible. Back home Kae finds her mother dead. Chiang Ho and Lilin are back from China and ready for revenge. They meet Kae and look for Phet, the last friend. Phet has been raised by Hin and is called Praew. Hin, following the fall of Ayutthaya, has become lord of the province. The three friends attack directly Hin's fort but are defeated as Phet supports Hin, the pirate leader, and is now a traitor (ทรยศ). The two girls are captured as Seua also betrays Kae. Seua is the one who killed Kae's mother. Phet had to lie and simulates as he is an Ayuthaya soldier (งานของแผ่นดิน). He loves the king and the kingdom. Hin is making an alliance with Burma to sell canons (โจรขายชาติ). Phet's double game is disclosed. He is captured by Hin and his fingers are broken to prevent any fighting. Hopefully Chiang Ho can help and they flee from the fort. Lin takes care (รักษาพยาบาล) of Phet. They ask support from their old teacher but he refuses to believe that Hin is a traitor. Finally faced to the truth he decides to help. Surpassing the pain, Phet fights for the kingdom (ช่วยแผ่นดิน). Elephants are used to defeat Hin’s soldiers. Despite being outnumbered, the fierce Siamese soldiers succeed to defeat the traitors and Burmese soldiers in order to save the King. Many sword fights and kung fu / Thai boxing fights typical from 1970s Hong Kong movies are featured. The King’s face cannot be seen but Thai royal music is played to indicate his presence. This movie is really typical from years 1970s when patriotic movies were shot due to the communist threats at the Thai borders. The movie features two Hong Kong movies stars. It takes two years to shoot the complete movie. It was an expensive movie to make as real soldiers were used, a fort has to be built along a mountain and then destroyed by explosives.

โทน
โทน

Year: 1970

Thai title: โทน
English title: Tone

Rating: 4/5
Director: Piak Poster

Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Ruj Ronnapop,Sahat Piempongsan,Songthong,Sayan Chantaravi​boon
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Jaruwan Panyopas

Tone movie is the first movie done by Piak Poster. It features many Thai modern 1970s songs from ‘The Impossible’ group (วงดิอิมพอสซิเบิ้ล), some classical and traditional Thai songs and even some American songs including ‘Scarbourough Fair’ in Thai. The main characters are living in a provincial village, i.e. Pon (Chaiya Suriyun), Sang Thong (Songthong) and Nong Kulap (Jaruwan Panyopas). Sang is Pon's best friend following up everywhere. Pon loves Nong kulap sincerely but Kulap sees him as a close friend only. She also needs to go to Bangkok to continue her studies so they will be separated (ห่างกัน). Pon didn't do high studies and is living in a Buddhist temple with Luang Ta as a monk's attendant (ลูกศิษย์วัด). He was an orphan (เด็กกำพร้า). Ot (Sayan Chantaraviboon) is a Bangkokian young man visiting some relatives in the village. While having a drink, some ruffians (นักเลง) led by Amnat provoke him and a fight erupts. Pon is involved as he was just passing by and finally he is helping Ot to get rid of the ruffians. The abbot wishes Pon to continue his studies in Bangkok. Ot proposes to help and Pon is now relocated in Bangkok. He meets Rut, Ot’s elder brother (Ruj Ronnapop) and Daeng (Aranya Namwong), Ot's modern young sister. Daeng hates (เกลียด) Pon immediately. It seems Kulap has forgotten Pon. Sang is having quarrels with the ruffians, who shot him. Ot meets Kulap at hazard in Bangkok. Ot loves Kulap but Pon is not aware that Kulap is now in Bangkok. Daeng's boyfriend Long (Sahat Piempongsan) is a ruffian trying to take advantage of her. Hopefully Pon sees the stratagem and helps her. He gets injured. Daeng starts to see Pon's kindness and now loves secretly Pon. It is Ot's birthday (วันเกิด). Kulap (แฟน) comes to his birthday. It is the first Thai movie showing the 1970 youth with modern Thai and English music, dances and mini dresses. Daeng understands that Pon still loves Kulap and suffers. After a discussion between Pon and Ot, Ot accepts it (ทำใจ) and takes care about Daeng. Love story starts. Long is still cross with Daeng and Pon. He kidnaps Daeng and Kulap. Pon, trying to help, is also captured. Ot is chasing them. Long wishes to sell the two ladies to his friend Amnat. They will work as forced prostitutes. Daeng and Pon fail to escape and Long rapes Daeng. Thanks to Ot, Long is neutralized and is shot by Daeng. Pon shots Amnat so revenging his friend Sang Thong. It is time to forget the bad past and look forward to the bright future. Piak Poster began as a painter of movie posters. He paint ‘Tone’ movie poster. The movie features seven songs. Songthong became famous thanks to the songs he performed in ‘Tone’ movie. It was the first movie in which the leading actress is raped. Thanks to the modern songs, ‘Tone’ movie reaped 6M Baht. It was a record in Thai movie history in 1970. It was also one of the first movie to use 35mm film instead of 16mm. ‘Tone’ movie was adapted two times for TV as a lakorn, i.e. in 1992 with Santisuk Promsiri and more recently in 2000s decade with Vinai Kraibutr and Metinee Kingpayome. Tone was the first movie in Thailand to break the monopoly of Mitr- Petchara movies. This movie is part of the first 25 films heritage list announced on October 4 2011, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day. The swimming suit worn by Aranya Namwong became a hit also as it shown the belly. All young ladies in year 1970 bought it. Tone was Piak Poster’s first movie as director. A promotional movie 17mm long, shot in black and white, in 16mm format, can be seen online and is showing behind the screen sequences. The movie shooting was done over two years as Piak Poster liked perfection, details and used a lot of film.

กำแพงเงินตรา
กำแพงเงินตรา

Year: 1970

Thai title: กำแพงเงินตรา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Lor Tok,Sompong Phonmitr,Adul Dulyarat,Boo Wibunnan,Choomporn Theppitak,Adinan Singhiran
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Somjit Sapsamruey,Chosri Misommon

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Thai movie กำแพงเงินตรา was released in year 1970. The movie lasts 1h40mn. Prachuap Ruekyamdee is bringing Yong (Mitr Chaibancha) on a boat. Yong meets Nam Pheung (Petchara Chaowarat) and Sarai (มิสฮันหวา), daughters of subdistrict headman (กำนัน) Lor Tok. Yong is interested in Sarai but Nam Pheung doesn't trust him. Sompong Phonmitr, subdistrict headman's domestic helper, also dislikes Yong. Nam Pat, subdistrict headman's wife, is aggressed while meeting her lover Phi Bun, who is killed. Subdistrict headman Lor Tok is aware his wife was having a lover but forgives her. A new chief district officer (นายอำเภอคนใหม่) called Tamanoon (Adul Dulyarat) visits subdistrict headman's house. He is widowed with three kids. Yong and Sarai love each other but Nam Pheung (เด็กบ้า) tries to break their relationship and wishes to push Sarai toward the new chief district officer by using Prachuap to write false letters. Aunt Chan (Somjit Sapsamruey) has debts towards the subdistrict headman so Yong, being her nephew, repays the debt by working in their house. Yong is a music teacher. Yong helps Tamanoon aggressed by ruffians. Tamanoon asks for Sarai's hand so Yong decides to flee with Sarai. Mae Pat wishes to join them to be Sarai's domestic helper. Nam Pheung hears them and informs Tamanoon. During a celebration organised by the subdistrict headman, they wish to flee but Nam Pheung brings mess again and foils their plan. So finally Yong ends up kidnapping Nam Pheung. Upset, Yong forces Nam Pheung. But then Yong regrets his act and takes good care of her as she is sick. Choomporn Theppitak is his close friend. At nighttime Nam Pheung tries to flee and is aggressed by ruffians. Yong helps on time but is seriously beaten. Nam Pheung understands he is a nice guy. Yong accepts to bring back Nam Pheung to his father and to face whatever her father, a subdistrict headman, will do to him. Probably shoot him dead! Tamanoon wishes to help and prepares a plan in secret. While the father is unable to decide who to punish, his daughter or Yong, Adinan Singhiran attacks the father per Tamanoon’s plan. Yong, unware of the plan, protects the subdistrict headman and gets slightly injured. The subdistrict headman seeing that Yong is brave and good man forgives to him and allows the wedding. Yong and Nam Pheung can marry happily. The DVD picture is really beautiful. Toh Phanmitr (คุณโต๊ะพันธมิตร) has done a great job by restoring this movie and releasing it.

มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง
มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง

Year: 1970

Thai title: มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Sukon Koewliam,Lor Tok,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Somkuan Krajangsat,Man Teeraphol
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat

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This folk-music movie is one of the most famous Thai movie. It run during six months in Bangkok and generated more than 7 millions baht revenue. It features 14 folk or "LUUK THUNG" (ลูกทุ่ง) songs. It is about a love story between a poor farmer and a young woman coming from a richer family. Movie fans from Nakhon Pathom, Ayuthaya and Singburi have been hiring at least two buses a day to take them and from the theatre in Bangkok. It was a winning combination of the most Thai popular film stars and folk songs of the time. "Mon Rak Luuk Thung" (มนต์รักลูกทุ่ง) has been adapted in many other movies versions (1982, 2004) and TV series (ละครรีเมค) (1995 CH7 with Saranyu Wongkrachang, 2005 CH7, 2010 CH3 with Jintara Sookkapat as the mother and Santisuk Promsiri as the local mafia head). This movie is part of the first 25 films heritage list announced on October 4 2011, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

ฟ้าคะนอง
ฟ้าคะนอง

Year: 1970

Thai title: ฟ้าคะนอง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Sorapong Chatree,Sukon Koewliam,Ruj Ronnapop,Surasit Sattayawong
Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Pawana Chanajit,Chosri Misommon,Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit

ฟ้าคะนอง is a Thai movie released in year 1970 and featuring main actors Chaiya Suriyun, Aranya Namwong and Pawana Chanajit. Thanks to a group of former dubbers performing with 16 mm movies, old reels with small parts of lost films were found in year 2013. Two reels (45 minutes) are left for this movie. The image and sound are quite bad but it is still an unique chance to see this famous movie in same lineage as ปราสาททราย (1969). A reduced version of movie ฟ้าคะนอง was restored and shown on Thai TV. Sorapong and Pawana take a bus to go to Fa Khanong pier. Sorapong Chatree, one of the most famous Thai actors with Mitr Chaibancha, Sombat Methanee, was still an unknown actor at that time playing side roles. Everybody discourages Pawana to go to Fa Khanong island. People are talking about ghosts... It seems many people died before due to pirates. Spirits (วิญญาณ) are said to be around. Chosri Misommon is playing Pawana’s domestic helper (คนรับใช้). Mysterious deaths happened previously on the island. People who take the job of nurse (นางพยาบาล) before Pawana all died... Ruj (Ruj Ronnapop) is playing a crazy disabled man (เล็นตุ๊กตา) always scold by the governess. Khun phujing (Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit) is disabled. Her mother needs also to take medicine. Pawana is responsible to take care of them as a nurse. Khun Lek (Aranya) is Khun Phujing’s younger sister. During a storm, Pawana has a vision, i.e. seeing a hirsute man asking for medicine. The following day, Pawana meets Chaiya and believes the hirsute man and him are the same person. On the same day, crazy Ruj harass Chosri and Pawana. The governess scolds and beats again but it turns badly as he cuts the governess head! During this messy situation, Pawana loses conscience and disappears probably kidnapped by Ruj. The island superintendent Durong (Surasit Sattayawong) is hoping to find a secret treasure (สมบัติ). He has a relationship with Khun Phujing. Chaiya and Lek try to flee Fa Khanong island by boat. The superintendent, a few tough men, Chosri and Khun Jing follow them by boat also. Both boats capsize but they can all escape the sharks. Stranded on a small island the superintendent is willing to check the treasure again but also to catch back Chaiya and Lek.

อัศวินดาบกายสิทธิ์
อัศวินดาบกายสิทธิ์

Year: 1970

Thai title: อัศวินดาบกายสิทธิ์
English title: Flyer and Magic Sword

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat

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This movie is a Chinese movie shot in Hong Kong and Taiwan. It is similar to typical Hong Kong Chinese movies around 1960s-1970s decades. it is the first international movie in which Mitr Chaibancha took part. Two versions of the movie were shot, one with Hong Kong Chinese star (กว่าง หลิน) as the leading actress for the international version and one with Petchara Chaowarat as leading actress for the Thai version. As Mitr died in an accident in 1970, an actor from Chayaphum province called Chat Chayaphum (ชาติ ชัยภูมิ) was used in order to finish the movie. Mitr also started playing in another Chinese movie จอมดาบพิชัยยุทธ (1971) but was replaced by another actor Luechai Natnat (ลือชัย นฤนาท). Lan Choo, her father and his guards are attacked in their home by a group of armed men led by another clan. Wai Chin (Mitr Chaibancha) saves Lan Choo (คู่รัก) but the father is left at his own fate. She leaves angry and then meets a mysterious man expert in blade, who declares his love to her. The two clans are fighting over a salt mine. Lan Choo's father stole the salt mine. He has issues with Phi Lun, the mysterious expert in blade, so the two clans decide to support each other. Lan Choo's father expects help from Wai Ching by promising a wedding with his daughter but Wai Ching refuses as he cannot forget the past. Lan Choo's father killed Wai Ching's father. Phi Lun is half crazy and a rivality emerges with Wai Ching as they both love Lan Choo. He has become crazy (คนบ้าฆ่าคน) as his mother was raped and killed in front of him. Following a fight between Phi Lun and Wai Ching, Phi Lun is defeated. Then the two clans make alliance against Wai Ching. Wai Ching is welcomed by the father, who organises a big feast. This is a trap and Wai Ching is captured. Phi Lun, who didn't die yet, helps Wai Ching to escape. Phi Lun helps as he wishes to kill Wai Ching by himself. Finally Wai Ching defeats Phi Lun again. Wai Ching flees thanks to Lan Choo and the two clans kill one another to get the salt mine. The movie includes flying acrobatic fights shot in Hong Kong's Sai Kung country park. It looks like a Chinese western spaghetti with a dark soundtrack similar to Ennio Moriconne movies. The VCD includes the international version so the old movie is in perfect condition. The VCD also includes 52 minutes of old damaged footage with Petchara Chaowarat playing Lan Choo. In the Hong Kong version, Chinese actress Ling Fan has the main actress role. This movie is also known under the name "อภินิหารดาบทองคำ" or “Hooded Swordsman”.

ลำพู
ลำพู

Year: 1970

Thai title: ลำพู
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Cherd Songsri

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Choomporn Theppitak,Sawin Sawangrat,Lor Tok,Daonoi Duangjai,Songthong
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Prim Praphaporn

ลำพู is a Thai movie released in year 1970. 1h23mn is left so only three reels. Normally movies in decade 1960s~1970s often last two hours minimum. The picture is still colorful. The reels left are in 16mm format so the movie is mute as such format requires dubbing. Famous director Cherd Songsri is behind the camera. The below summary is based on understanding as there is no sound available. Choomporn (Choomporn Theppitak) and two young ladies, including Prim, have arguments in the market with local sellers. Few comics make fun of them. Sawin (Sawin Sawangrat), influential local man, is linked to Choomporn. Choomporn sees the comics during a fair and chases one of them. Petchara (Petchara Chaowarat) is dancing and wearing a beautiful traditional costume during this fair. Prim (Prim Praphaporn) is jealous of Petchara as Sombat (Sombat Methanee) is in relationship with Petchara. A few Isan songs are featured as singer is using a Kaen (แคน). The movie quits the countryside to the seaside where Sombat and Petchara have fun singing, playing unreal music instruments and playing in the water. Prim have arguments with Petchara while she is keeping her suitcase following her trip to seaside. Prim and Petchara are sisters? While Petchara is sick following overwork, her friends take care of her. Sombat is back from abroad. Prim wishes to become the official fiancee and to replace Petchara in Sombat’s heart. She organizes Sombat’s kidnapping but it fails. She finally drugs him. Meanwhile Petchara is kidnapped by Choomporn and Sawin. A huge storm is coming. Awaken, Sombat pushes back Prim and rushes to look for Petchara. People like Sawin struggles to bring their wealth with them but finally dies in house explosion following their greedy attitude. This movie is certainly one of the first Thai catastrophe movies. The movie includes real footage of a storm, i.e. Talumphuk storm in Nakhon Sri Thammarat on 27 october 1962. The severe storm called Talumphuk (ตะลุมพุก) devastated Pak Phanang coast and Talumphuk cape. It killed 769 inhabitants. Petchara falls from a passerelle during the storm. Sombat falls also during the storm. After the storm, many corpses can be seen. Sombat is looking for Petchara anxiously. She cannot be found. Petchara's friend blames Sombat. She is finally rescued by the hospital but her face is disfigured to the big delight of Prim. Petchara thinks about suicide but her mother prevents her. Sombat is still looking for Petchara despite her parents saying she has disappeared. Recognizing her clothes on a clothesline, he knows she is hiding in her parents’ home. She refuses Sombat's love as she is now ugly. Sombat promises to take care and to pay for hospital bills regarding facial surgery. Prim hires Choomporn, promising sweet rewards, to pour acid on Petchara’s face while she is recovering at hospital. He does so but does it on the wrong person! At a big party, Sombat is accompanied by Petchara back to her full beauty causing Prim’s wrath. The movie stops here.

ปราสาททราย
ปราสาททราย

Year: 1969

Thai title: ปราสาททราย
English title: Sand Castle

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Sawin Sawangrat,Sukon Koewliam,Sahat Piempongsan,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Adul Dulyarat
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Metta Roongrat,Chadaporn Wachirapranee,Khomapat Attaya,Wassana Chalakorn

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A testament is written by an aging father. Everything will be given for the granddaughter, Rung Na Pha (รุ่งนภา), i.e. money and the family house called Sand Castle (ปราสาททราย). So his two sons (คนเลว), aware of this decision, are unhappy. The uncles want to force Rung Na Pha to sign a property transfer. She refuses to do so she is locked inside a hidden room and is put an iron mask on the face (หน้ากากเหล็ก). In Bangkok Ang Madison, young man, meets inadvertently a young student girl called Dao. Ang Madison is neighbor of the Sand Castle (วัง). One of the uncles, Sulasit, also finds Dao, who is having the same face as Rung Na Pha. He brings her back to the family house but villagers and other family members start to notice that she (คุณหนู) has changed a lot. Back to his home, Ang Madison meets Dao but she tells him there is misunderstanding as she is Rung Na Pha and not Dao. Sulasit’s daughter likes Ang Madison a lot and wishes to marry him as he is coming from a rich family. Sulasit is friend with Det, a local ruffian head (เจ้าพ่อ). Both uncles don't want half of the house but the whole house including Ang Madison’s land. Both uncles’ daughters fight to get interest from Ang Madison. They are jealous about Dao as Ang Madison has more interest in her. Ang Madison wishes to share his land with poor villagers to help them. Ang Madison refuses to sell his land to Sulasit, so Sulasit asks Det to kill Ang Madison. Dao and her friends find the real Rung Na Pha in her hidden cell. There are nice old Fx twin effects as Dao and Rung Na Pha both played by Petchara Chaowarat appear on the screen. Dao and her friends cannot release Rung Na Pha on time. Sulasit hits Rung Na Pha harshly causing her death. Sulasit forces Dao to be present as the official opening of the testament. Det is ready to act following Sulasit’s order but wishes to play his own plan to get all money and diamonds. Sulasit’s son helps and Dao tells the truth about her real identity during the testament opening. Det’s irruption brings a mess. Fights happen. Family members fight for pink Diamond. Tragedy happens. The two daughters drown. Sulasit fights with Ang Madison. Finally the father’s crazy daughter, mother of Rung Na Pha, puts the fire inside the palace and it explodes. Dao and Ang Madison are safe. In year 1969, this movie became famous. Phanmitr (พันธมิตร) company got the last film copy and shared it with all Thai movies fans.

ปีศาจเสน่หา
ปีศาจเสน่หา

Year: 1969

Thai title: ปีศาจเสน่หา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Phan Kam

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Sukon Koewliam,Choomporn Theppitak,Preuhat Boonlong,Krai Kanchit
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Kaenjai Meenakanit,Boosara Narumit,Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit

Kangwan (กังวาน) and Karaket (การะเกด) meet each other in a Buddhist temple at night time. Kangwan, young and rich bachelor, is studying magic and ghosts knowledge (วิชาชุบชีวิต). Karaket brings flowers to her mother grave, Nang Sopha. Ladies O and Karaket are half sisters, i.e. same father but different mothers. O's mother was the main wife. Karaket's mother, Nang Sopha, was the minor wife (เมียน้อย). Kangwan's father and the two daughters' father agreed to have Kangwan marry one of the two daughters. O and her mother are jealous towards Karaket especially as Kangwan has more interest into Karaket than into O. The mother decides to have Karaket killed. She is already responsible of Karaket's mother death twenty years ago by poisoning. The mother and her maid try to poison Karaket's drinking water. Nang Sopha ghost protects her daughter but no killing shall be done to avoid adding more sins to her karma (กรรม). The poisoning attempt fails thanks to the ghost intervention. The bad mother then uses a monk to purify the house and install a sacred thread around the house to prevent ghosts from entering. Kangwan has to go to India to continue his studies. Meanwhile the bad mother attempts another trial to kill Karaket by putting a snake inside a box. This time due to sacred tread (สายสิญจน์) the ghost cannot help her and she dies following the snake bite. Kangwan is at Taj Mahal when Karaket's spirit asks for help. It is time for judgement in hell and Phra Yom (God of the underworld) takes Karaket with him. Kangwan has to fulfill the earlier promise between both families and is forced to marry O. But thanks to his knowledge in white magic, his soul (วิญญาณ) goes to hell to pick up Karaket and brings her back in the living world. The trueness behind Karaket's death is known. The mother sizes a gun and kills her maid, who has revealed the truth, and is strangled by Nang Sopha ghost before being able to kill Karaket a second time. Kangwan and Karaket can marry happily. In this old movie, there are typical dog howlings to indicate ghosts coming and Fx effect are limited to images superposition for ghosts apparition. This great old 1960s movie with superstars Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowara is typical of old Thai movies with the bad girl (นางอิจฉา) trying everything to be the main actor's girlfriend and always trying to get rid of the leading actress (นางเอก).

พญาโศก
พญาโศก

Year: 1969

Thai title: พญาโศก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Cherd Songsri

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sawin Sawangrat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Choomporn Theppitak,Sukon Koewliam,Joomjim Khemlek
Main actress: Suthisa Putnuch,Pawana Chanajit,Kaenjai Meenakanit

During World War 2, a man betrays his country (ขายชาติ) and even kills his wife Narinee as she refuses to keep silent. The father then disappears. His own daughter flees and is rescued by a young man called Boripat, who put her in a well off family. She is renamed Lamphap. A few years have passed. Lamphap (Suthisa Putnuch) is a beautiful grown up lady. Boripat plans to become deputy (ผู้แทน) in Phatalung province. Boripat and Lamphap love each other. Cheutchalao (Kaenjai Meenakanit), a jealous lady who wishes to marry Boripat, shows to Boripat’s mother a picture of Lamphap’s mother. Is it good that Boripat as a future deputy marry a country traitor? Following a night with Boripat, Lamphap flees away as she is ashamed of her background. Boripat looks for her. When he is aware of her parents’ background, he breaks up with her and finally marries Cheutchalao. Lamphap is followed by her father's bad reputation. Boripat has become a member of parliament. Cheutchalao introduces Khun Yousapong (Prachuap Ruekyamdee), who is a salesman, to Boripat. Boripat needs to pay back the funding he receives from him through some sales advantages with government projects. Boripat rejects and resigns as he refuses to betray his own principles. Cheutchalao is very upset as Yousapong is in fact her hidden lover. She even refuses to keep the child she is currently having with Boripat! Cheutchalao has an argument with Boripat’s mother causing her to fall from the stairs and dies. Boripat then indulged in alcohol and, being sick, decides to die in the place he met Lamphap the first time. He dies in her arms. Kenang is the child born of their brief union. Many years have passed. A young lady called Pen (Pawana Chanajit) stops by the village due to a flat tyre and is helped by Kenang (คนป้า). Pen is daughter of the salesman Yousapong. Salesman is still with stepmother (แม่เลี้ยง) Cheutchalao. Yousapong has always been concerned about money only (ไม่รู้ค่าความรัก). Pen dances on a show and displays her great dancing performing skills (รำไทย) to pay back his father as studies compensation. She gets a reward and wishes to offer it to Lamphap but Cheutchalao prevents her to do it as Lamphap is daughter of a country traitor (เป็นกรรม). Chatkalin, Lamphap’s second son (Choomporn Theppitak) doesn't want anybody to mention he is Lamhap's son anymore as he wished to marry Pen. He is in fact Boripat and Cheutchalao's son. Cheutchalao left the child in an orphanage and Lamphap, having pity, raised him. Well off people (ผู้ดี), having status, are seeing down poor people. As a revenge Kenang kidnaps Pen and brings her to a remote place near seaside. Chatkalin burns Lamphap's house as retaliation. Kenang, having finally freed Pen, arrives on time to save his mother. Following a fight with Chatkalin, a passer-by is shot. They all accuse Kenang. Lamphap chases everybody. A policeman offers her an opportunity to clean her name but she has to give information regarding the secret place where her traitor father and his team are hiding. After reaching the place in the mountain, Lamphap’s father wished to test her if she is not a spy. She shall kill her own son, Kenang, as he has been accused by Cheutchalao, Chatkalin and Yousapong of having killed the father’s own son, i.e. the passer-by. Only Pen defends Kenang. Lamphap has to do a sacrifice (เสียสละ), i.e. Kenang’s life against the four other lives (Cheutchalao, Chatkalin, Yousapong, Pen). Finally one of the ruffians revolts for the sake of his country preventing Lamphap to make an impossible choice. Bad characters are punished. Some episodes were cut in this Lepso VCD release, i.e. one episode where Sombat Methanee is singing and another climax episode when the ruffian forces the mother (Suthisa Putnuch) to shoot her own son (Sombat Methanee) but finally changes his mind. Sombat Methanee plays both the father Boripat and the son Kenang. This 1960s movie shows that faithfulness to country is more important that faithfulness to own family. It is typical of many 1960-1970s movies, which featured nationalist elements against the red communist threat. พญาโศก is a less known good movie from famous director Cherd Songsri. It also includes many references to the Thai royalty.

ยอดแก่น
ยอดแก่น

Year: 1968

Thai title: ยอดแก่น
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Neramit

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Sukon Koewliam,Paen Pleumsachai
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Prim Praphaporn,Metta Roongrat,Mom Chan Phuangwan

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Thai movie ยอดแก่น was released in year 1968. Thai movie ยอดแก่น, directed by Neramit, lasts 1h57mn and still has colorful picture. Parts of the movie are missing. While being threatened by robbers, Khun Chak (Mitr Chaibancha) meets Raem (Petchara Chaowarat), a naughty young lady (เด็กเวร). Oon (Prim Praphaporn) is already engaged with Chak. Bancha is a bad man and Oon's aunt warns her as he is used to put drugs in drinks to abuse girls. Raem often comes to talk to Chak. Raem even gives his purse back to Chak mentioning that robbers lost it while fleeing. Raem has no mother and her father never took care of her. Chak believes Raem is a young man or a “kathoey” (กะเทย) as Raem has short hairs. In fact, Raem's father called Seua is the head of the robbers but he is not her real blood father. Finally Chak pays the father to adopt Raem (น้องบุญธรรม). Raem comes to Bangkok and helps first in domestic tasks. Arguments occur with Oon (อีเด็กบ้า). Chak asks her to stay calm (ต้องอดทน) as Oon has bad character and Raem can be bad mouth. Nit (Metta Roongrat) is engaged with Tanin (Prachuap Ruekyamdee), who is a policeman. Chak asks Tanin's help to clarify if Raem is a boy or a girl. They decide to use Nit for this task. Boramet (เด็กเกเร) is Nit's younger brother. He always spending a lot of money in gambling. He is also Oon's lover and their plan is to steal money as much as they can from Chak. Nit identifies that Raem (เด็กกะโปโล) is a girl. Oon, aware, accuses Raem to try to steal her fiance. She announces to break the engagement. Raem decides to flee the house to avoid causing trouble to Chak. Meanwhile Boramet has arguments while playing cards in an underground place and kills a man. The owner asks for 30 000 baht to keep silent. Oon, hoping to marry Boramet, is pushed away by him as he needs to find the 30 000 baht as soon as possible. Chak keeps looking for Raem. Unable to find Raem, Chak asks Raem's father, Seua. They decide to search together in Bangkok. Boramet steals his own father’s money. Seua happens to be there at the same time. Fighting happens and Seua shoots Boramet. Buddhist Karma cannot be escaped as Boramet is in fact Seua’s real son. Raem's real father is Khun Tiwa. Many years ago, Seua exchanges Boramet and Raem to revenge over Khun Tiwa. Bad deed causes bad act. Raem is reunited with her father Khun Tiwa and her sister Nit. Chak marries Raem.

สาวบ้านแต้
สาวบ้านแต้

Year: 1968

Thai title: สาวบ้านแต้
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Sukon Koewliam,Daonoi Duangjai,
Main actress: Suthisa Putnuch,Metta Roongrat,Malee Wetpraseri,Mom Chan Phuangwan,Yaowaret Nisakorn,Preeya Roongrueng,Manat Boonkiet

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Thai movie สาวบ้านแต้ was released in year 1968 and lasts 2h23mn. It is available under VCD format by famous company XxX owned by Toh Pantamit. It is a romantic sad movie (หนังรักโศก). The image picture is still very colorful. Nawin (Sombat Methanee) and Khon (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) visit a village administrated by village leader Sukon Koewliam. Pong (Daonoi Duangjai) is their friend. Nawin, learning how to ride a bicycle, makes young lady Khangpu (Suthisa Putnuch) falling. ChangDee (Metta Roongrat) is her elder sister. Khangpu's mother was seduced by a Bangkok man many years ago and thrown away when she was pregnant. Due to shame, she got suicide. Khangpu doesn't know who her father is. So grandmother Malee Wetpraseri tries to prevent Nawin and Prachuap to meet the young ladies ChangDee and Khangpu. Better beware of Bangkok people (คนกรุงเทพ). They continue to follow the ladies up to an outdoor cascade or local market. Ruffian Ma tries to seduce and abuse Khangpu. Hopefully Nawin and his friends beat them away. Khangpu still cannot trust them per her grandmother's advice. Ma and ruffians are back. Nawin is injured at the head so he gets pity from the young ladies. Both Khangpu and Changdee love Nawin as Pong sent Nawin's love letter to the wrong person, i.e. Changdee. Nawin and Khangpu finally become lovers. Nawin has to go back urgently back to Bangkok per his mother's request. She found a fiancee called Orapin (Yaowaret Nisakorn) for him! Her sister Chana is played by Preeya Roongrueng. The mother rejects the request of Nawin to break the engagement. Khangpu believes Nawin has another wife in Bangkok. Khangpu is pregnant 3 months already. Months pass and Nawin is not back. Khangpu delivers a small boy. Wedding ceremony with Orapin is happening and many guests are joining the party. 3 years have passed and Khangpu is crying every day. The grandmother suggests they go to Bangkok to find Nawin. They find him and Nawin explains he was forced by his mother to marry Orapin. The mother (Manat Boonkiet) invites Khangpu (เมียบ้านนอก) to stay in her home but it is a trick. The mother, Orapin and Chana try everything to have Nawin breaks up with Khangpu. They succeed. Finally Orapin was having an affair with another man. It turns badly and she is strangled. Nawin is accused of murder but his friends can demonstrate that he is not guilty. Nawin and Khangpu can have happiness together.

ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ภาค 2 ตอนบุเรงนองลั่นกลองรบ
ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ภาค 2 ตอนบุเรงนองลั่นกลองรบ

Year: 1967

Thai title: ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ภาค 2 ตอนบุเรงนองลั่นกลองรบ
English title: The Conqueror of Ten Directions II

Rating: 4/5
Director: Neramit

Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Chana Sriubon,Man Teeraphol
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Metta Roongrat

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This part of the second part of the "The Conqueror of Ten Directions" trilogy. Sadet (จะเด็ด) starts to be also named as Buren Nong (บุเรงนอง), his future name as a King. Sadet (จะเด็ด)(Chaiya Suriyun) is now staying in the kingdom of Phrae. Prince Sopinya from the kingdom of Hongsawadee is coming for an official visit to the kingdom of Phrae. Katima (Metta Roongrat) is also in Phrae. She is doing sword street performances to make a little money as she lost her purse. Khairoo, head of Hongsawadee swordmen, wishes to buy Katima's sword and has arguments with her. A soldier helps Katima. Katima is dressed like a man. Sadet doesn't recognize Katima and befriends with her. Sadet still uses sweet words with various princesses. Arguments happen between Sadet and Sopinya. Sadet succeeds to have Khairoo judged for malversation causing Sopinya's ire. The king of Phrae uses Sadet as councillor. Sadet is called under the name of Wang. Following Sopinya's bad influence, the king of Phrae finally decides to arrest Sadet. Sopinya proposes to the king of Phrae an alliance against the kingdom of Taungoo. Princess Kusuma (กุสุมา)(Pissamai Wilaisak) tries to warn Sadet and finds Katima in Sadet's room. It is too late. Sadet is imprisoned. Mangtra's help is needed. Mangtra is now the king of Taungoo. Taungoo's army besieges Phrae but needs to retreat. Taungoo's army is swapped away as night time in their encampment. Hongsawadee henchmen brings troubles during the blocus and Sopinya convinces Kusuma to follow him. Sopinya takes advantage over Kusuma while she is sleeping. Meanwhile taking profit of the mess, Katima succeeds to free Sadet and the other prisoners following fierce fights. Mangtra is angry with Sadet and claims he is a traitor (ทรยศ) as he stayed with Phrae instead of Taungoo. He threatens to cut his head following the 40 000 soldiers, who died for nothing. Hopefully the old monk can interfere and saves Sadet offering his own head as a guarantee. Sadet is ordered to seize Phrae and is offered 60 000 soldiers but he only requests 20 000 soldiers. If he fails, his head will be cut. Sadet wins a first battle over a fort on the way to Phrae thanks to a better strategy. Learning that Kusuma has been sent to Hongsawadee, he leaves the army and decides to go there. Sadet gets the confidence of king of Hongsawadee while Sopinya is away. Kusuma still loves Sadet and wishes to die as Sopinya forced her. A fire is provoked in Hongsawadee by Sadet's henchmen. Sadet steals Sopinya's boat and takes back Kusuma with him. The second opus features an impressive performance by actor Chaya Suriyun. The movie continues to mix romance and historical characters.

ผู้ชนะสิบทิศภาคสมบูรณ์ บุเรงนองถล่มหงสาวดี
ผู้ชนะสิบทิศภาคสมบูรณ์ บุเรงนองถล่มหงสาวดี

Year: 1967

Thai title: ผู้ชนะสิบทิศภาคสมบูรณ์ บุเรงนองถล่มหงสาวดี
English title: The Conqueror of Ten Directions III

Rating: 4/5
Director: Neramit

Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Chana Sriubon,Man Teeraphol
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Metta Roongrat

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This is the last opus of The Conqueror of Ten Directions trilogy. Sadet receives armors and award from Chantra, king of Taungoo kingdom. Chantra, Chantra's sister, still loves Sadet. Kusuma, Phrae kingdom princess, who also loves Sadet, hears everything and leaves for Phrae kingdom. Despite honors given, Mantra is still unhappy with Sadet, following the former military defeats but can do nothing against Sadet as he is seen as a soldier with many virtues (ทหารบารมี). Sadet comes back officially to Taungoo kingdom. The monk mentor protects Sadet as Mantra has still not decided what to with Sadet. Recently Mantra indulges in alcohol. The two men are angry against each other. The war is still ongoing between Hongsawadee and Taungoo kingdoms. Sadet decide to ordain (บวช) to wash his sins and mistakes. Chantra visits him before ordination. They declare their love towards each other once again. Chantra refuses that Sadet ordinates as the kingdom is on war. Sadet captures Khairoo, head of Hongsawadee swordmen. Then Sadet visits Kusuma in Phrae kingdom. Sadet wishes to take Kusuma to Taungoo kingdom. Sadet wants to have both ladies, Chantra and Kusuma, as wives. Khairoo, head of Hongsawadee swordmen, flees from jail and kills the monk, who was the mentor of Sadet and Mantra. Sadet decide to destroy Hongsawadee kingdom as retaliation and defeats their army. Sopinya, Hongsawadee kingdom prince, and Khairoo make an alliance with another warlord to fight Taungoo kingdom. Sadet captures the warlord. The warlord changes alliance and Hongsawadee city is definitively destroyed. Mantra defeats and kills Hongsawadee's king (พระเจ้าสการะวุตพี). Sopinya and Khairoo pay for their sins and are killed. Sadet is also loved by another lady called Katima, who is commoner. Unfortunately seeing that there is no way she can get Sadet's love for her alone, Katima gets suicide. Mantra finally renunciates to the kingdom and Sadet becomes the new king of the three unified kingdoms. The whole trilogy is more than 7 hours long. Even if the 3 VCDs are full, the original movies were in fact cut to fit the VCD format, which means 2h30mn maximum. What a pity Lepso company never releases them in DVD format!

เกิดเป็นหงส์
เกิดเป็นหงส์

Year: 1966

Thai title: เกิดเป็นหงส์
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Adul Dulyarat
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Prim Praphaporn,Uamdeuan Uttsada

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Thiyu, a gruff cowboy, falls from his horse as it is frightened by Thula’s car klaxon. So Thiyu meets with Kramon (กระหม่อม) Thula, member of Thai aristocracy. Thiyu also meets Saengson, who is Thula’s faithful admirer. Thula’s mother pushes her to meet rich bachelor Saengson as she has debt 2 millions baht due a failed automotive business. Thiyu's mother is dead. Pathet, his half brother, has already three wives, i.e. Kwanta, Pom and Puang. Kwanta is having an affair with Viwat, house attendant. Thiyu and Kwanta are former sweethearts (แฟน) but he broke up with her as she is only interested in money and has bad behavior (หัวใจชั่ว). Pathet saw a beautiful high society lady in Bangkok and wishes her to become another of his wives (เมียใหม่). This lady is Thula... The minor wives decide to help each other (ร่วมมือ). A friendship starts between Thiyu and Thula. Saengson wishes to marry Thula but Thula chases him away and reminds him to verify with his mum first! Rumors spread by Saengson's mother mention that Thula is bankrupted. Kwanta is pregnant and wishes to flee with Viwat. Viwat doesn't want to be responsible of this kid. Viwat resigns from his job (ลาออก). Pathet is infertile (เป็นหมัน) so others know Viwat is the father. There is an heritage issue as Thiyu never got anything when his father died. He now wishes to fight back for this heritage. Pathet offers a high salary to Thula and also offers to buy back the mother's debt. As Thula’s father dies in a plane crash in Hong Kong, she accepts Pathet’s offer believing it is a job offer only. Pathet believes his money will help him to get Thula’s love. So the new member in Pathet’s house is Thula! Thiyu is so surprised. Kwanta's parents complain to Pathet about her pregnancy. Kwanta claims Thiyu is the father! Thiyu has to accept to be the father. Both are upset. Pathet believes in money power (บูชาเงิน). There is a severe misunderstanding between Thula and Thiyu. Thula is upset Thiyu has hidden to her he has a pregnant wife already. Thiyu is upset Thula accepted to be Pathet's fourth wife. Pathet took his heritage now his love. It is more than he can endure. To make Pathet jealous, Pom and Puang claims that Thiyu and Thula love each other behind his back. His money cannot buy Thula's love and he starts to be violent with Kwanta and Puang. The house becomes a hell (เป็นนรก). Fed up being Pathet's slave, Thiyu forces Thula to flee with her. Thula is upset as it is not a situation matching her position (ฐานะหญิง). Pathet chases after them. Finally all misunderstandings are cleared between Thiyu and Thula. Pathet knows he cannot get Thula's love. Through a final gun duel with Thiyu, Pathet is shot by Puang. Pathet has paid for all the bad deeds he caused to others. It is a beautifully colorful remastered 2h22 movie.

โนห์รา
โนห์รา

Year: 1966

Thai title: โนห์รา
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Cherd Songsri,Wichit Khunawut,Sor Asanajinda

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Lor Tok
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Preeya Roongrueng,Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng

Tiew is a young man performing Nora (รำโนราห์ใต้) dance in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. The Nora is a traditional dance of South Thailand. In South Thai language it is called the "Chatri" (ชาตรี). Tiew is in love with a lady called Pimpa (Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng). Pimpa is pregnant with him but her grandmother refuses this love. She drugs Pimpa with a sleep potion in order that a Bangkok lawyer becomes her husband instead of a Nora dance performer. Pimpa wishes to get suicide but her aunt convinces her to tell the truth to Tiew. She doesn't dare and Tiew rejects Pimpa. Pimpa decides to keep the child and gives her child the name "Nora". 18 years passed. Pimpa is only a minor wife (เมียน้อย) and works as a domestic helper to pay for Nora studies. The lawyer's daughter, called Kaekae (Preeya Roongrueng), dislikes Nora (Pissamai Wilaisak) and likes to spread rumours that Nora's mother works as prostitute. Other students mock Nora. Nora and her real father miss each other. Nora sells sweets in school to help her mother. Kanchit (Sombat Methanee) is Kaekae's boyfriend. Kanchit is seeing many girls as he is rich, single and handsome. Nora learns to perform Nora dance. Kanchit gets interest in Nora despite Nora has already a boyfriend called Sompop. Kanchit is fed up with hi-so girls (ร่างกายสวยแต่ใจไม่สวย). Kaekae's mother hires a ruffian to hurt Nora after a performance. He throws some acid on her face. Sompop is not willing to visit Nora anymore due to her ghost (ผี) face. Hopefully Nora succeeds to recover. Kanchit plans to marry Nora. Following Kaekae's mother orders, Nora is kidnaped. Kanchit follows up the kidnapers and the Thai police is giving a hand. Kaekae got punished as being raped instead of Nora and she becomes crazy. The mother is jailed. Tiew still performs Nora but gets no more interest from the public (โนราห์สมัยเก่า - โนราห์สมัยใหม่). Tiew dies on the stage following a lost bullet. Art (ศิลป์) needs to be kept. Nora needs to perform to honour her father's memory. There is a conflict with Nora and Kanchit wedding day. Kanchit cannot change the date and threaten to cancel the wedding. Nora chooses to go to Nakhon Sri Thammarat. The movie highlights cultural aspects, arts protection and conservation. It is a cherished theme by director Cherd Songsri. This movie is Cherd Songsri's first movie and has still an excellent color conservation. As often, Preeya Roongrueng plays the bad girlfriend. It is a typical 1960s movie with leading actor (พระเอก) coming from rich background, leading actress (นางเอก) coming from a poor background, villains (ตัวกง) wishing to hurt Nora, funny comedians supporting the leading actor (ตัวตลก - Lor Tok as Kanchit's driver), bad girls (นางอิจฉา) played by Kaekae and her mother. It mixes action, love, comedy and drama. It was the most successful Thai movie in 1966. This movie has also been adapted as a Thai TV serie (ละคร).

ศึกบางระจัน
ศึกบางระจัน

Year: 1966

Thai title: ศึกบางระจัน
English title: The Battle of Bang Rajan

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Taksin Jampol,Ruj Ronnapop,Adul Dulyarat,Sawin Sawangrat,Preuhat Boonlong,Anucha Ratanaman
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Preeya Roongrueng

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This movie is about Bang Rajan village. This village is located north of Ayutthaya, the old capital of Siam, predecessor state to modern Thailand. The village played a famous role related to its resistance against the Burmese in the war that saw the destruction of Ayutthaya city in 1767. Tap is a Siamese soldier leader. Siamese people have internal conflicts while they are also fighting with Burma (พม่า). Siamese soldiers kidnap two ladies, who are Tap's sister and Tap's fiancee. They are raped. Tap has the difficult task to choose between rescuing his sister and fiancee or leading the villagers far from Burmese soliders. They take refuge inside Bang rajan village. They help and support each other. Siamese from various villages lure a group of Burmese soldiers with the promise of young women and then turn upon them and kill the whole group. This event leads the whole Burmese army to Bang Rajan. Tap, after taking care of the villagers, goes to rescue his sister and fiancee. His fiancee is soiled (ตัวเสีย) so they cannot come back together. Tap forgives to the Siamese men as they promise to take care of the young ladies so they join his group in Bang Rajan. Burmese army starts to assault Bang Rajan. Burmese has guns but Siamese people have only swords. Women are fighting also. It is the duty for men to become soldier and protect the nation. Burmese come with elephants and big guns. Siamese people needs a big gun to fight back Burmese army. Ayutthaya king refuses to give them a big gun as Bang Rajan is a small village only. Ayutthaya people donate utensils for Bang Rajan to mold a big gun but it is fissured during moulding. Siamese are disadvantaged by their lack of firearms. As Burmese do not succeed to enter inside Bang Rajan with their infantry, they build forts surrounding the village. Siamese soldiers cannot destroy the forts built by the Burmese and suffered casualties from infantry assaults upon those forts. One of the Siamese leaders becomes drunk and furious. Upon a water buffalo, he takes a few men and attacked the Burmese. This event remains a forever legend and has been reused on poster of the 2000s Bang Rajan movie. He was killed and his men routed. Tap and his men succeed to neutralize the big gun before it destroys Bang Rajan walls. But they fail when Burmese use weapons similar to Katyusha multiple rocket launchers. Villagers are outnumbered and killed. Bang Rajan villagers and soldiers sacrifice their life for the nation. Tap and his new girlfriend are the only one to survive. They are rescued by future King Taksin, who liberated Siam from Burmese occupation after Ayutthaya fall in 1767. Such movies were very popular during nationalist era of Thailand, i.e. 1960s with communist threat risk and the 2000s folliwing the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. This movie highlights the sacrifice of villagers not supported by the official administrators. Sombat Methanee got a gold statuette award (รางวัลตุ๊กตาทอง) received from HM the King for his best actor work. In 1966 the government renovated Bang Rachan camp (ค่ายบางระจัน).

ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ตอน ยอดขุนพล
ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ตอน ยอดขุนพล

Year: 1966

Thai title: ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ตอน ยอดขุนพล
English title: The Conqueror of Ten Directions I

Rating: 4/5
Director: Neramit

Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Man Teeraphol
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Metta Roongrat,Kaenjai Meenakanit

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This story takes place during Ayuthaya period around 1530. It is about politics regarding three kingdoms, i.e. Taungoo - ตองอู (Burma), Phrae (Thailand) and Hongsawadee - หงสาวดี (Mon). It relates the fabulous destiny of Sadet (จะเด็ด) (Chaiya Suriyun). One day he will become King Bayinnaung (พระเจ้าบุเรงนอง), Burmese King, known as "The Conqueror of Ten Directions" as his empire extended up to a big part of Southeast Asia including Thailand. When he was a baby, a monk promised to Sadet a bright future. He was brought up by a royal wet nurse in Kingdom of Taungoo. Mingyinyo (พระเจ้าเมงจีโย) was the King of Taungoo from 1486 to 1531. Sadet becomes very close with King Mingyinyo's children, i.e. Mangtra, the son, and Chantra (จันทรา), the daughter. Sadet is brave, has a nice presence, speaks well so all ladies like him and fall in love with him. Sadet needs to be separated from princess Chantra. He is surprised with Chantra in his room. Their different social status doesn't allow such behavior. He leaves for Hongsawadee. Mangtra wants Sadet to speak to princess Thavadee on his behalf. Princess Thavadee loves Sadet also despite Sadet's attempts to tell how good Mangtra is. Sopinya, Princess Thavadee's brother, is angry with Sadet's behavior and would prefer to have Mangtra as brother-in-law. Khairoo, head of Hongsawadee swordmen, prepares a plan. Jewelry is stolen and found in Sadet's room. Sadet has to flee. The monk tells Sadet to take refuse at Thayaki's sword school. Sadet fights with some ruffians in a restaurant. Those are part of Thayaki's sword school. Sadet has chance to meet Thayaki, his son and his daughter Katima (Metta Roongrat), who likes Sadet a lot. Sadet has opportunity to defeat Khairoo, who was treacherous with him in Hongsawadee. In 1531, Mangtra becomes new king of Taungoo and is now called King Tabinshwehti (พระเจ้าตะเบ็งชะเวตี้). As an acquinted childhood friend to the new king, Sadet gains the royal trust and is made the royal brother-in-law. Sadet then goes to Phrae and meets princess Kusuma (กุสุมา)(Pissamai Wilaisak), whom he tries to seduce also. The movie is divided into three parts. ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ ตอน ยอดขุนพล is part 1. It is based on Thai novel "ผู้ชนะสิบทิศ" or "The Conqueror of Ten Directions" from writer Chote Phraepan (pen name "Yacob" - ยาขอบ). There are ten directions as it includes eight compass directions and it also counts heaven and hell. The Thai novel was adapted to a TV serie, a movie serie and a musical comedy. The song of the same name from the movie series, performed by Charintra Nanthanakorn (ชรินทร์ นันทนาคร) remains one of the most recognizable and popular songs in Thailand. This 1960 old movie has still colorful and clean image that allows enjoying the nice costumes. It lasts 2h30. Old Thai and royal language (ราชาศัพท์) is used during the long dialogues. Big part of the movie is shot indoor.

ชุมทางหาดใหญ่
ชุมทางหาดใหญ่

Year: 1966

Thai title: ชุมทางหาดใหญ่
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Sor Asanajinda

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Sor Asanajinda,Tawan Siriwat,Ruj Ronnapop,Sukon Koewliam,Choomporn Theppitak,Taksin Jampol,Adul Dulyarat,Tat Ekathat,Somkuan Krajangsat,Chanee Yotchai
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Preeya Roongrueng,Sarinthip Siriwan

Thai movie Chum Hat Jai (ชุมทางหาดใหญ่), directed by Sor Asanajinda in year 1966, is lost in Thailand but luckily a sequence of 1h08mn (three last reels) is still left. It was stored in a museum of a Thai temple in the north of Thailand. Only incomplete summary is available. This movie is a mix of comedy, romance and action. This movie was shot in Songkhla area so showing how this southern city was fifty years ago. As the movie is in 16mm format, it requires live dubbing so the remaining extract is in mute state making it more difficult to understand. Sena Prachan (Mitr Chaibancha) is an army officer. Jing Gang (Petchara Chaowarat) is a fearsome young lady (ไม่กลัวใคร). Sena Prachan is pretending being crazy (อาคารเป็นบ้า) in order to spy Chao Likim's (Tawan Siriwat) activities. Ai Darling (foreign actress) is Chao Likim's daughter. Sena's kisses are able to calm down Ai Darling and also Jing Gang while he is investigating on ruffians. Many other characters are present such as Chanee Yotchai as ruffian, Ruj Ronnapop (Mayong), Sukon Koewliam, Choomporn Theppitak, Taksin Jampol (Bo Bang Rajan), Preeya Roongrueng, Adul Dulyarat (captain). Ai Darling and Jing gang fight over Sena Prachan. Tat (Tat Ekathat) is head of police. Mayong is shot facing seven ruffians. Chao Likim hits his own daughter considered as a traitor (ลูกสาวทรยศ). Sena Prachan helps but is also finally captured. Jing Gang’s parents are Somkuan (Somkuan Krajangsat) and Thanyong (Sarinthip Siriwan). Thanyong gets shot while helping Bo Bang Rajan, who is also an undercover military officer. Sor Asanajinda is also playing. A train is chased by a car and an helicopter through Songkhla region landscape. Somkuan, a repent (ผู้ร้ายที่จะกลับใจ), is forced by Chao Likim to be part of a prisoner exchange deal (แลกตัว) but he is carrying a bomb. The movie ends up with multiple shootings between ruffians and the heroes. Somkuan gets shot by Chao Likim but this latter also gets shot by Jing Gang and Sena Prachan.

วังไพร
วังไพร

Year: 1966

Thai title: วังไพร
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Adinan Singhiran,Preuhat Boonlong,Tat Ekathat,Lor Tok,Adul Dulyarat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Kingdao Daranee,Somjit Sapsamruey,Preeya Roongrueng,Manat Boonkiet

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Thai movie วังไพร was released in year 1966 and it lasts 1h45mn. The original movie is certainly longer. It was released under VCD and DVD format by Thai company TripleX owned by former dubber คุณโต๊ะพันธมิตร. Rumours say there is a ghost (ผี) around Wang Prai (วังไพร) domain. Adinan Singhiran tries to prevent hunter Wikrom to go there. Wikrom is bitten by a snake (งูเจ้า) while entering in Wang Prai to find the ghost. Wang Prai is a 2500 rai domain. Kramom (Preuhat Boonlong) and Ekarin (Tat Ekathat) are now enemies (ศัตรูของพ่อ) due to old family stories over the domain possession. Chai (Mitr Chaibancha) is son of Kramom. Lor Tok is Kramon's attendant. Choompu (Kingdao Daranee) is one of Ekarin’s daughter. Somjit Sapsamruey is Ekarin’s wife. Prapayon (Preeya Roongrueng) wishes to marry Chai but this one has more interest in Koi (Petchara Chaowarat), Ekarin's second daughter. Chai's parents don't like Koi. In fact Chai doesn't approve elders’ decision to be enemies. Phi Pong (Adul Dulyarat) is Koi's elder brother but he has disappeared for many years. In fact Pong is hiding in Wang Prai as he is disfigured following a virus caught during war. Chai is helping him and ghosts rumors are only there to frighten anybody to come near Wang Prai. Chai's brother (Prachuap Ruekyamdee), a doctor, comes back to Thailand with a lady called Nathalie and her kid. They are Pong's family. 500 000 baht are needed to cure him. Koi and Chai succeed to find enough money by lying to elders. Pong is finally cured but elders refuse to allow weddings between Chai Phi / Koi and Chai Nong / Choompu. So the youngsters simulate fleeing and hide in Wang Prai. As the grandchild is about to fall from a cliff, the grandfathers help each other and regain friendship. Weddings are authorised. Other actors / actresses are วิน, เปรมชัย, มนัส.

ดวงตาสวรรค์
ดวงตาสวรรค์

Year: 1964

Thai title: ดวงตาสวรรค์
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Adul Dulyarat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Preuhat Boonlong,Sukon Koewliam,Daonoi Duangjai
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Sopha Sataporn,Sarinthip Siriwan

Thai movie ดวงตาสวรรค์ was released in year 1964. Director is Wichit Khunawut. Main actor is Sombat Methanee and main actresses are Pissamai Wilaisak and Sopha Sataporn. Other actors / actresses include Adul Dulyarat, Prachuap Ruekyamdee, Preuhat Boonlong, เชาว์ , Sarinthip Siriwan. Sukon Koewliam and Daonoi Duangjai are playing as domestic helpers roles. Pissamai Wilaisak got a Thai cinema award (ตุ๊กตาทอง) for this movie. Wichit Awut also got a Thai cinema award for his directing skills for this movie. This is the first movie played by Sopha Sataporn. This movie is lost in Thailand and only a sequence of 23 minutes is left to be seen. Pissamai is coming from countryside but changed her name ("อีแพน") as she wants to increase her status in Bangkok society ( สาวสังคม / นักเที่ยว). She is now a cinema star (ดารา). She likes Rawin (Sombat Methanee) but he is already engaged with Sopha. Teun (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) is disappointed that Pissamai finally married with Chai (Adul), a teacher training painting arts. Pissamai marries with Adul to have opportunity to be closer to Rawin. Teun and Pissamai know each other since they were youngsters in the countryside. They were lovers before. Before the wedding, Rawin congratulates Pissamai but gets slapped as she tells him she doesn’t love Chai. Teun keeps drinking alcohol as he is disappointed. Pissamai's father visits her knowing she is now a star and married to a rich man. Pissamai is very bad (ร้าย) as she chases away her father and younger brother by trying to give them money. The left sequence ends here. Another recent version was shot in 1981 and features Sorapong Chatree and Pisarn Akraseranee. Thai TV series were also released.

จำเลยรัก
จำเลยรัก

Year: 1963

Thai title: จำเลยรัก
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Amara Asavananda

Thai movie จำเลยรัก was released in year 1963. This movie features Mitr Chaibancha as main actor and Pissamai Wilaisak as main actress. The movie is lost in Thailand but a succession of sequences lasting one hour and 20 minutes is left to be seen. It is remaining out take sequences session (หลุด). Other actors and actresses are Amara Asavananda and Prachuap Ruekyamdee. Remaining sequences allow seeing Mitr blaming Pissamai, who is then crying, Amara Asavananda teasing Mitr... Another version of จำเลยรัก was released in year 1978 through a DVD still available. It features Phairoj Sangwaribut and Naowarat Yooktanun.

อวสานอินทรีแดง
อวสานอินทรีแดง

Year: 1963

Thai title: อวสานอินทรีแดง
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Neramit

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Sithao Petcharoen,Phirapon Piyawan
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Preeya Roongrueng,Yaowaret Nisakorn,Wanna SaengChanThip

Thai movie อวสานอินทรีแดง was released in year 1963. The movie under VCD format lasts 1h38mn. Parts of the movie are missing but it still has a colorful and sharp picture. Insee Daeng (Mitr Chaibancha) always provides useful information to the police inspector (สารวัตร). But one inspector called Chat still wishes to catch him. Tamrong (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) following a stage with Scotland Yard also wishes to capture Insee Daeng (อินทรีแดง). In public life Insee Daeng is Rom (Mitr Chaibancha), a journalist a bit coward and often drunk so that nobody could think both men are the same! Wassana (Petchara Chaowarat) is his journalist girlfriend. Chat is captured by an evil organisation (กลุ่ม Bodam) who tries to bribe him (พวกขายชาติ) but he refuses so gets imprisoned. The main police inspector and Song try to release Chat. Meuan gives the code to enter the house to them through coercion. They get captured also and meet Chomchai (Preeya Roongrueng) imprisoned by Phi Decha. Hopefully Insee Daeng helps them on time. Wassana gives support to Chomchai. Suthee (Yaowaret Nisakorn) is Tamrong’s sister. Tamrong fails to catch Insee Daeng. Meuan gets killed by one hitman from the organisation. As the hitman is caught by police inspector, the organisation also shots him to avoid he reveals any information to the police. Veteran comic actor Sithao Petcharoen as a photographer succeeds to take a picture of Insee Daeng without his mask (ชมหน้าอินทรีย์แดง). Insee Daeng fails to take back the film. Rom tries to get it back from the newspapers but Decha steals it first. Chomchai is captured back by Bodam organisation. Rom fails to get the film back from Decha as he is lying mentioning he is part of Bodam. Bodam now thinks Rom could be Insee Daeng as he is putting so much efforts to get back the film. Insee Daeng finally escapes from the ruffians and Daeng meets miss TinYong (Wanna SaengChanThip) from Hong Kong. She tries to persuade him to join Bodam organisation. Finally Insee Daeng steals the film back from Tamrong following a fist fighting. Tamrong suspects Rom could be Insee Daeng as he has many bruises supposed to be due to a fall in the stairs. Rom simulates a love story with TinYong to enter in Bodam organisation's hidden place. Police is warned also. Wassana frees TinYong seen as traitor, Suthee and Chomchai attached to a pile of dynamite. Once again, Insee Daeng helps Tamrong stuck in difficult situations. Once the ruffians are defeated, the corpse of Insee Daeng is found by Tamrong. Of course, it is only a simulacre put in place by Rom to ensure Tamrong stop looking for him.

บันทึกรักของพิมพ์ฉวี
บันทึกรักของพิมพ์ฉวี

Year: 1962

Thai title: บันทึกรักของพิมพ์ฉวี
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha
Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Chadaporn Wachirapranee

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Countryside young lady Pim lives with her grandmother. Pim Chawee and boyfriend Athon love each other (ใจเดียว). Athon needs money to go to study overseas. She gives him all her money and even a family golden brooch to sell. She becomes her wife before his departure. Abroad Athon keeps asking money to Pim. Pim is now pregnant. Lung, Athon's father, needs to arrange a fake wedding (รับเป็นเมีย) for Pim with local villager Chaoson in order that her child gets a temporary father. Pim is concerned about Athon's reaction if he learns this but she believes she should be able to explain to him. Being a single mother would the shame on her and her grandmother. The baby is born. Kratin, Athon's sister, loves secretly Chaoson and is upset by this situation. Athon's father and Kratin go to Bangkok to welcome Athon at the airport but Pim cannot come as the father refuses to pay the ticket for her. Chaoson finally brings her at airport. Athon arrives accompanied with another young lady. His father lies mentioning that the child is Chaoson's child. Back to the village as Athon and his family refuses to recognize the child and Pim, the grandmother threatens to disclose the love letters if they refuse to give back the money used to finance Athon's studies. Finally Athon accepts but Pim shall stay in countryside and cannot go to Bangkok with him. Athon has his new fiancee Taemduang there... Pim visits her to explain she is Athon's wife already but she has no proof (ไม่มีหลักฐาน) to back up her statement except a small book that she leaves for Taemduang to read. Athon doesn't believe Pim, trusts his father and even slaps Pim as she is bringing trouble with Taemduang. Chaoson proposes to take care of Pim but she cannot accept as she still loves Athon and knows that Athon's sister, Kratin, loves Chaoson. Taemduang and her mother visit Athon's family on countryside but Taemduang is a city girl so she cannot match well with the place. Taemduang's mother wants Athon to clarify about his relationship with Pim. Athon asks Pim to declare that there is nothing between them but she refuses. As Athon becomes angry, a fight occurs with Chaoson. A pawnshop owner now asks Pim and her grandmother to pay their debt. If not they will be expelled from their home. Pim has no choice than to ask Athon to help and to accept his request. Before Athon and Pim can find an agreement, Taemduang refuses to give any money to Pim. Pim decides to hang herself. Hopefully Phi Sanoo, a local rich man, prevents her to die and promises to help. Sanoo fails to be here when the pawnshop owner claims the house back. He finally comes back and installs Pim in a beautiful house. Meanwhile Taemduang is trying to seduce Sanoo as he is richer than Athon! Finally Duang and her mother perjury is disclosed and they end in prison. Athon's father becomes crazy. Athon wishes to leave Pim again as he is not a good man and doesn't deserve Pim's compassion and forgiving. Finally couples Pim / Athon and Chaoson / Kratin can have happiness together. This film is Petchara Chaowarat’s first movie. It is an old movie beautifully restored and colorful. There are 1960s stereotypes actresses roles such as the jealous girlfriend (นางอิจฉา) smoking, wearing sexy clothes versus the pure leading actress (นางเอก).

จอมไพร
จอมไพร

Year: 1957

Thai title: จอมไพร
English title: The Autumn Phoenix

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ho

Main actor: Surasit Sattayawong,Taksin Jampol,Op Boonthit
Main actress: Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit,Jeanette Lin Tsui

Thai movie จอมไพร (The autumn phoenix - 秋鳳 - Qiufeng) was released in year 1957. It is a Thai HK Taiwan co production. It lasts 1h18mn40s. The movie is lost in Thailand but it can still be seen at Taiwan Film Archives or HK Film Archives. A trailer lasting 1mn02s can be seen online. Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong are playing. The director is Ho. It is Ho’s first colour film, i.e. “The Autumn Phoenix” (1957) starring Jeanette Lin Tsui. Despite being a 60 years old movie, it still has a colorful and very good quality picture. It features two songs. The movie starts by showing working elephants driven by mahouts in the jungle and pushing trunks. They also get latex from tree. The characters are Op Boonthit (the father), his son Lilan (Surasit Sattayawong), his daughter Yuen Lai (Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit). Their close friends are uncle wang and his daughter Tsiu Fung (Jeanette Lin Tsui). Lilan has a lame leg and loves secretly Tsiu Fung. Yuen Lai always likes to make fun and wears always colorful nice dresses. A man wishes to become a new partner for timberland activities but the father Op refuses. Luwan, the son, (Taksin Jampol), is looking for troubles. Uncle Wang is hurt by elephants due to the mess caused by Luwan. It is Buddha day. Friends are talking about an old Chinese tragic tradition, the hanging ghost, when young ladies get suicide when raped. Friends are going out and bathing in waterfalls. Luwan is around riding a horse and is looking for trouble with Lilan. Fighting happens. Lilan is knocked out so Luwan tries to rape Yuan Lai. Tsiu Fung gets some help. Uncle Wang arrives on time and beats Luwan severely. Luwan is looking for revenge. His ruffians lock Uncle Wang’s home doors and scorch the house. Uncle Wang and Tsui Fung succeed to escape. They know it is a criminal act done by Luwan. On a visit to the Duke, Yuen Lai is kidnapped. Yuen Lai is given back but she was raped. Family honor is engaged. Her father wants to avoid spreading this as Duke would learn. Uncle Wang learns it from drunkards. Uncle Wang has arguments with them and Duke’s house keeper also learns it. The Duke, Yuen Lai’s fiance, cancels the wedding and engagement. Tsui Fung visits the Duke’s home to explain the truth to him and to beg him. He accepts. Too late as Yuen Lai has already hanged herself. The father Op has an heart attack. Both are dead. Chinese rites are performed. Uncle Wang is looking for revenge. One of the rapist was bitten severely at the hand. Uncle Wang identifies him and forces him to say the truth. Chase happens inside the temple with Luwan. Uncle Wang kills him but is severely injured. A car brings him home. He dies after entrusting his daughter Tsiu Fung to Lilan. Honor is washed. The Chinese Taipei Film Achieves said that the copyright of this movie originally belonged to a HK company but the HK company sold the rights to Taiwan Film Culture Co., which was a movie company belonged to Taiwan Provincial Government. Since there is no Taiwan province now, all the assets of Taiwan film culture Co., is now taken care of by Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture authorize the Chinese Taipei Film Achieves to take care of these films, including The autumn phoenix year 1957. This movie cannot be copied or viewed online. The only way to watch this movie is to go there. The quality of this movie is not good since it is transferred from 3/4 to digital betacam.

น้ำท่วมกรุงเทพ ปี 2485
น้ำท่วมกรุงเทพ ปี 2485

Year: 1942

Thai title: น้ำท่วมกรุงเทพ ปี 2485
English title: Bangkok Flood of 1942

Rating: 4/5
Director: Tae Prakardwutthisan

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This old documentary is about Thai floods, which happened in 1942 / 2485. Those floods were very serious. The movie shows Sanam Luang (สนามหลวง) and Wat Phra Kaew (วัดพระแก้ว), Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall (พระที่นั่งอนันตสมาคม), Democracy monument (อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตย) and Victory Monument (อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ) under water. Thai people are circulating by boat. Some people even put in place a business renting small boats. The Hua Lamphong (หัวลำโพง) train station is not flooded very high. Public Bus (รถเมล์เทศบาล) are still circulating on Yaowarat road. Drinking water is delivered through tanks. Member of Thai Parliament are arriving by boats. This documentary, done by cinematographer Tae Prakardwutthisan, is part of the first 25 films heritage list announced in 2011. This movie was selected on October 4 2011, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day, reminding the current situation as Bangkok was under a flooding threat in 2011 almost 80 years after the great floods in 1942.

ช้าง
ช้าง

Year: 1927

Thai title: ช้าง
English title: Chang: A Drama Of The Wilderness

Rating: 4/5
Director: Merian C Cooper

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Movie ช้าง - “Chang : A drama of the wilderness”, film is a US movie shot in Thailand in 1927. Merian C Cooper, who later went on to produce King Kong, made this film in Nan province, featuring an attack by a herd of rampaging elephants on a forest village. Krung Lao is a tribesman. His family is living in a stilt house. He has three children. Dog is brought upstairs every evening and ladder is removed to avoid jungle animals entering at night time. A leopard is eating his calves despite a fence so he sets up a trap to catch it. Buffalo is used as a transportation mean. Many wild animals are featured such as tiger, bear, snake, porcupine, gibbon, varan. The leopard is finally captured and killed. The movie shows traditional ways to capture and kill tiger and leopard. A baby elephant is also captured by Krung through a traditional hole trap. The mother elephant wants to get back her calf and does a rampage on Krung's house. The family has to flee by boat. They are then chased by a tiger and a leopard. Krung succeeds to kill the tiger and captures the leopard in a trap. Later on, a whole village is destroyed following a rampage by a herd of elephants. Traditional way to capture a herd of elephants is also featured by guiding elephants to a big area surrounded by high fences. The family builds a new house and has their own new elephant. This 90 years old movie is impressive with a huge live elephants herd featured and no Fx.




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