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Suchao Pongwilai

Suchao Pongwilai (1946) - สุเชาว์ พงษ์วิไล

Suchao Pongwilai - สุเชาว์ พงษ์วิไล
Suchao Pongwilai
Suchao Pongwilai played bad guys, corrupted policemen or official administration officer

This Suchao Pongwilai movie page contains 43 records.


ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ
ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ

Year: 2012

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

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Suchao Pongwilai,Rith Luecha,Bin Banleurit
Main actress:

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

ดุ ดวล ดิบ
ดุ ดวล ดิบ

Year: 2012

Thai title: ดุ ดวล ดิบ
English title: Fighting Fish

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

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

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”.

ท้าชน
ท้าชน

Year: 2009

Thai title: ท้าชน
English title: Fireball

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai,Kowit Wattanakul
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Tan (แทน) is in coma state in hospital. He was severely beaten. He needed money to pay the caution for his brother Tai (ไท) to be released from prison. They are twin brothers. Pang, Tan's girlfriend, is still waiting for his hypothetical wake up. Tai is a former player of fireball basketball, which is a mix of basketball and Thai boxing. Tai wants to understand who did injure his brother. He is recruited by a boss building a new team made of Zing, Iq, Muk. A few famous veteran actors are present in this movie, i.e. Suchao Pongwilai, Kowit Wattanakul. Den is the team boss. Misunderstanding happens inside the team as it is a more of collage of individuality. Tai finds the man who crushed his brother. But revenge can only happen during an official match to avoid team disqualification. Pang will not drop Tan as he helped her a lot to pay for her studies. Matches are very violent and competition is harsh to reach the final. Iq dies during the second match. Muck tries to throw the third match away for money. He is beaten to death by the mob. Due to Pang's debts to cure his brother, Tan is forced to accept a money deal to lose the final. Tai's condition is getting critical and a lot of money is needed to pay for an operation. Pang is worried Tai will end up like Tan. During a thrilling final, Tai's team wins and the man who injured Tan is defeated. But only Zing survives during the final game. Tan wakes up at the moment Tai dies. This recent Thai action movies surfs on the Thai Muay action movies wave. The movie made 8M Baht in year 2009 and well below its 35M Baht budget.

โยมผีพ่อ
โยมผีพ่อ

Year: 2009

Thai title: โยมผีพ่อ
English title: Yom-Pee-Poa

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Kiet Kijcharouen,Suchao Pongwilai,Jaturong Mokjok
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun

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A turbulent boy, called Yung, becomes a Buddhist novice. It is a relief for the village as this boy spent his time annoying villagers. A ghost is seen inside the village Buddhist temple. Villagers use talismans (ของดี) to protect themselves against the ghost. The ghost, called Tik, is pacifist and even funny (ผีตลก). Tik is Yung's father. He requests his son to find his wife (Yung's mother) with whom he misbehaves before. They are going to Bangkok. The mother, called Tom, is working in a Karaoke. Tik cannot rebirth (เกิดใหม่) if Tom doesn't forgive him. Chao, Tom's father, tries to help. Tom is protected by a mafia boss. The mafia boss shots Tom. Both Tom and Tik can rebirth happily. This movie is another ghost comedy with Buddhist monks. This comedy includes visual gags, sonorous gags, witty riposte in dialogues. It is targeted for a rural audience public. This movie messages are related to gratitude (กตัญญ) over parents and to always try and never give up. It is a typical comedy movie of 2000s decade, i.e. quite pleasant to see (หายความเครียด) but immediately forgotten.

2022 สึนามิ วันโลกสังหาร
2022 สึนามิ วันโลกสังหาร

Year: 2009

Thai title: 2022 สึนามิ วันโลกสังหาร
English title: 2022 Tsunami

Rating: 3/5
Director: Toranong Srichua

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai,Choomporn Theppitak
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This movie takes place in 2022 eighteen years after the 2004 Tsunami. Three young people, i.e. Phu, Cindy and Phi Phi, are working with Dr Siam. The three young people participate to events and demonstrations to enhance population awareness regarding the worrying climate changes. Doctor Siam has lost his son during 2004 tsunami. Since he has worked on an alarm system to detect tsunami and earthquakes. Phu and Cindy are traumatised by 2004 tsunami events. In 2022, the climate has changed a lot. Thailand is no more safe regarding earthquakes. Three false alarms have been already raised by Dr Siam so the prime minister is in difficult position towards his coalition partner complaining that population evacuation hurts Thailand business. His main coalition partner wishes to replace the current prime minister and his son is a corrupted real estate investor only seeing his own interest. He is selling drugs also and wishes to expel Moken people from his paradise island. Nobody can stop him as he is the son of a politician. Rawai, a Moken, warns Dr Siam, regarding separations under the sea announcing underwater volcanoes explosions. Despite the danger Doctor Siam goes to his underwater lab to get important data and sacrifices his life. There is an urgent need to evacuate Bangkok due to coming 30m high tsunami waves. The mother nature takes revenge. The movie includes references to monarchy, Buddhism and Thai nation in a way similar to 1970s movies. Big earthquakes happen. Bangkok is submerged. The Prime minister is a modern politician capable of sacrifice for his nation and people. From his helicopter, he saves children from drowning but remains stranded on their school bus as the helicopter is overloaded already. A miracle happens as the giant Buddha statue in front of Bangkok gets detached from its pedestal, floats and gets the Prime Minister in its hand preventing him from drowning. The coalition partner dies as his luxury boat is overwhelmed by the huge waves (ความดีต้องชนะความชั่ว). The Doctor Siam body is wrapped into a Thai flag. The movie plays on the environmental and disaster films wave in 2009 (Home, 2012...). It has an environmental message that we all need to change our behavior to save the planet. It raises various issues (corrupted politicians, business interest versus citizen interest, sea-based Moken minority situation, society debauchery). Effective Fx are used but not good enough to make it believable.

ณ ขณะรัก
ณ ขณะรัก

Year: 2008

Thai title: ณ ขณะรัก
English title: A Moment in June

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Shahkrit Yamnarm,Suchao Pongwilai,Krissada Sukosol
Main actress: Deuan Tem Salitul

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This movie relates about a love story that failed to succeed 30 years ago. A young man is already married and following his best friend's departure for Japan, he has to look after his friend's fiancee. A love story happens between both. This love is reciprocal but he finally fails to flee with her as his wife is pregnant. Thirty years later, the woman wishes to meet the man again. There are analogies with a two young men love story that are going to break up, this 30 years old love story and this love story with a new chance 30 years later. Based on misunderstanding and lack of effort or compromise, love stories can fail. One of the young men, Pakorn, is making a theater piece outline related to this love story. He is in fact the son of the older man and has done the theater piece following the older woman request. The love story magic happens again but his own love story fail as his lover died in a train accident. This movie includes colorful atmosphere of 1970s era.

โลงต่อตาย
โลงต่อตาย

Year: 2008

Thai title: โลงต่อตาย
English title: The Coffin

Rating: 3/5
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Main actor: Ananda Everingham,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Karen Mok,Tasawan Saneewong

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This movie is inspired by the Thai Buddhist ritual of lying in coffins to get rid of bad luck (นอนโลงให้โชค). A young Thai man, Chris, and a young Hong Kong woman, Sue, decide to go through this ritual. Chris does it in the hope of saving his Japanese fiancee who is dying of terminal cancer. Sue does it to save her own life after being diagnosed with a brain tumor one week before her wedding with Jack. After the ritual, Chris and Sue experience some miracles in their respective lives. Soon they find themselves confronted by a series of scary events. Chris always see a woman and her baby. She is his ex-girlfriend who died along with her child. Sue learns that her fiancee is dead and gets haunted by him. Sue consults an expert in the paranormal and later Chris to try to solve her supernatural difficulties. Chris and Sue decide to go again a last time through the ritual to reverse the wheel of Karma...

ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน
ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน

Year: 2007

Thai title: ผีเลี้ยงลูกคน
English title: Ghost mother

Rating: 3/5
Director:

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

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

สุดสาคร
สุดสาคร

Year: 2006

Thai title: สุดสาคร
English title: Legend of Sudsakorn

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai,Charlie Trairattana
Main actress:

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This film is based on a story from Phra Aphai Mani, an epic poem by Sunthorn Phu. "Sudsakorn" is one of the best-known parts of the classic Thai epic poem. It was written by Thai poet Sunthorn Phu in the 1800s. A young boy is the son of a mermaid. He is sent on a mystical quest to find his father. The story was previously adapted in a Thai animated fantasy film, The Adventure of Sudsakorn (สุดสาคร). Released in 1979, it was the first and only Thai animated film until 2006 when the movie Khan Kluay (ก้านกล้วย) was released. Sudsakorn is raised in the ancient traditions of magic by his grandfather. He never knew his father. His mother, a mermaid, sends him on a quest to find his father. Armed with his grandfather's magical stick, Sudsakorn enters into mysterious worlds riding a half dragon - half horse. Sudsakorn encounters dangerous ghost creatures, faces an hermit who cheats him and steals his magical stick, fights against deadly vampire butterfly creatures, helps to defeat an army and finds his father. The film uses the very latest in special effects and has cost more than Bt80 million to make.

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.

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.

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
Main actress:

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.

303 กลัว กล้า อาฆาต
303 กลัว กล้า อาฆาต

Year: 1998

Thai title: 303 กลัว กล้า อาฆาต
English title: 303 Fear Faith Revenge

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Ananda Everingham,Jesdaporn Pholdee,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

In 2503, it is the start of the new school year at St George School. All young boys are from rich noble families (ผู้ดี) except one poor boy, Chaiden, from North of Thailand. He needs to help cleaning the church. There are strong rules and hazing. Chaiden and 4 teens from the same room declare friendship. By checking old school pictures, they found that a former student, Mum Rachawong, who was a model of excellence, kills himself in 2495. Nobody neither wants to know more, neither wants to speak to them more on this topic. They become friend with Nam Khaeng, young daughter of the director. They decide to call Mum Rachawong's spirit (วิญญาณ) to know the truth through an occult ceremony. They learn he was killed. The students decide to enquiry to know the truth. The 2495 school record miss many signatures. Weird crimes start to happen. One student dies by falling from balcony. A second student dies by electrocution in shower room. The main priest (หลวงพ่อ) would like all students to exit the school but the bad weather prevents it. A third student dies killed by a spade. Sisamut, one of the teen, is always afraid, weak, always follow orders and is the other teens' black sheep. Chaiden and two friends are arrested due to Sisamut's delation. Murders continue. Nam Khaeng has disappeared. Sisamut performs killings in the school as a revenge of being others' black sheep. Sisamut is possessed by a ghost who already committed a killing rampage a few years ago as the school management, including the main priest, was pushing for student hard selection and elite perfection. During this rampage many teens were killed including Mum Rachawong. Chaiden and his friends help to release Nam Khaeng just in time and succeed to defeat the ghost thanks to Mum Rachawong's supernatural help. A new management team now rules St George school. There is no more forced hazing.

18 ฝนคนอันตราย
18 ฝนคนอันตราย

Year: 1997

Thai title: 18 ฝนคนอันตราย
English title: Bullet Teen

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Suchao Pongwilai,Pongsak Pongsuwan
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun

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Dong (โด่ง) is released from prison. His friend Tor (ต่อ), his brother Ta (ต๊ะ) and his girlfriend Ploy are waiting for him. Ta is mute. They work in a family garage repairing cars. Ta and Dong try to become good teens now. They also try to have happy love stories but fights often happen with local gangsters. Dong loves Ploy, sister of Kong, a local gangster leader. One day Ta’s girlfriend Ying is gang raped in front of him by four men from Kong's gang and Ta cannot help. Revenge is inevitable. They storm Kong's gambling den. Following gun fight, one of the ruffians is shot dead. It turns badly (ทางที่ไม่ต้องการ). They kidnap Kong's girlfriend as protection ( ตัวประการ) and also grab a bag containing money and amphetamine drugs (ยาบ้า). Police is involved through inspector Sarawat (สารวัตร), who is wearing amazing colorful “Luk thung” clothes. The father is disappointed by his sons (ลูกชั่ว). The teens are misunderstood but they cannot turn back anymore. Kong is chasing them for the bag not for his girlfriend. Veteran actor Sorapong Chatree is playing the bad corrupted cop. He seldom plays bad guys. Veteran actor Suchao Pongwilai is playing the honest cop Vilai. It is ironic that he plays the rightful policeman this time as normally he always plays the corrupted official role. Things get out of control. Kong and the inspector try to catch them. Following a gun fight, a policeman is shot by the corrupted inspector and the teens get accused again. There is no rightful law in this modern society. There is a 2 millions baht reward to catch them. Ta is injured. Even Ying is endangered in the hospital. They help her on time and bring Ploy as nurse to take care of Ta. Ta leaves a love message for his father (ผมรักพ่อ). Surrounded by the police, they have to jump from a Bangkok bridge. Vilai starts to notice the close relationship between Kong and Sarawat. They take shelter in the Christian church in Thonburi. Kong attacks the parents’ house. The father is injured and Ta dies. Only Dong and Tor are left but Ploy prevents them to rush for revenge (ใช้่อารมณ์). Forced by Kong, Ploy refuses to leave for Hong Kong. Relations get sour between the police officer and Kong. The police officer kidnaps Kong's young brother to get a ransom. During the exchange, Dong and Ta irrupts causing a mess and gun fights between all. The movie then features 15 last minutes of intense action and bloody scenes. It ends tragically for all protagonists. The movie song is sing by Seua Thanapol (เสือ ธนพล). Due to 1997 Asian financial crisis, the movie didn’t perform as good as it should have at Thai box office (25M baht).

ท้าฟ้าลิขิต
ท้าฟ้าลิขิต

Year: 1997

Thai title: ท้าฟ้าลิขิต
English title: Who is Running?

Rating: 5/5
Director: Oxide Pang

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

Kwan and Siep are girlfriend and boyfriend (แฟน). She is pure traditional Buddhist believer. She often goes to Buddhist temple (วัด). He is not a believer. When coming back from Khao Luang cave (ถ้ำเขาหลวง) in Phetchaburi, she is hurt by a car. Her body is not hurt but there are serious internal problems. She has only 20% chance to survive. Siep goes back to Khao Luang cave to ask for Buddha to protect Kwan as she has never done doing bad to others. The abbot explains to him that Kwan current situation is linked to her karma (กรรม) but Siep doesn't understand (กรรมเก่ามีจริง). Kwan was a robber in her previous life and killed 5 people. Siep needs to save lives of 5 people in exchange of redemption (ชดใช้) for his girlfriend. First he prevents a policeman to bet 300 000 baht on a horse that is favorite but shall finally lose. If he doesn't prevent the policeman to play, the policeman would have lost the money and gets suicide as it is not his own money. Siep also asks the policeman to give back the money he wrongly intended to use. Then Siep saves another life. A teen under the strong pressure of his parents to succeed his exams cannot bear it and wishes to kill himself. Another teen girl wishes also to throw herself under a train at the train station because her boyfriend wants to break up. He stops her just in time. He gives to her and the boyfriend the business card of the policeman so that he can help them to solve their problems. This movie is positive as it shows there are always solutions to problems. A robbery is going to happen in a Chinese jewelry with 5 people including bombs and shootings between robbers and police. His intervention allows to catch the robbers and avoid one policeman death. In another intervention aiming to save a running kid going to be crashed by a speeding car, Siep saves the wrong kid. So Kwan dies (เวรกรรม). Siep cannot find the abbot anymore. There is no monk since many years in Khao Luang cave... When going out of the cave, he gives some coins to an old beggar lady. So he gets another chance to save the kid (ทำดีได้ดี). This time he succeeds and Kwan wakes up. This movie got 5 Thai film awards in 1997. Director Oxide Pang is coming from Thai advertising industry so he uses different methods (fast shooting to indicate the speed and then slow movement for the last poignant seconds).

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.

ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย
ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย

Year: 1992

Thai title: ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat

Based on a true story, a young girl decides to become a teacher at 15 years old in order to promote reading awareness among mountain villagers that cannot go to school as they are not recognized as Thai citizen. She also convinced local poor parents that children are not goods to be sold and not listen to Bangkokians that promise false job offers. She also convinced villagers not to use drugs and young girls not to enter the flesh trade.

ผีสองนาง
ผีสองนาง

Year: 1989

Thai title: ผีสองนาง
English title:

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor: Bin Banleurit,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

Phi Song Nang movie is based on a real legend in Nongkhai province. Two sisters drowned in the Mekong river with a treasure chest while escaping Vientiane during the Thai looting in 1828. They become ghosts protecting the treasure chest. They can metamorphose themselves into giant mystical snakes or พยานาค. A witch doctor is helping to rescue a girl, who has been kidnapped by the two ghosts, as she lacked respect to them. He succeeds to get her back and even takes the treasure chest after a fight with the snakes. The two ghosts hire two others black magic sorcerers to fight against him. The first one fails but the second one succeeds to neutralise the witch doctor and decides to keep the treasure chest for himself. He even destroys the ghost shrine. Finally understanding that the first witch doctor uses white magic and not black magic like the cheating sorcerer, they help in order to defeat him. They forgive the witch doctor for taking initially the treasure chest and the ghost shrine is rebuilt. Do good deeds, get rewards. Do bad deeds, get death. The shrine is located in a Thai Buddhist temple in Sri Chiang Mai.

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.

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.

ลายพาดกลอน
ลายพาดกลอน

Year: 1987

Thai title: ลายพาดกลอน
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

San is a soldier. His father and sister, called Samon, are working in a mine concession looking for precious stones. The father finds a big ruby. The head of the concession wants to buy it at a low price but the father refuses. While San is at the Thai border, the head of the concession uses tough men to get the gem. San's father is killed but the gem is not found. The head of the concession takes San's sister as his girlfriend as she believes he is a nice man. Back to the village, San knows that the head of the concession is responsible of his father's death and has arguments with his sister. The concession head uses tough men to get rid of San and he is badly injured. He takes refuge in a Buddhist cave and is rescued by a wandering forest monk. He gives him a sacred Buddha amulet for protection. People with good intention are protected by the Buddha sacret amulet. Thanks to the sacred amulet, bullets cannot hurt San. San finally overcomes the head of the concession and his tough team. This movie is typical of 1980's action movies where the main actor always faces local god father protected by many tough men. He fights without support from the police. Local people enjoyed such kind of movie enhancing family relationship, Buddhist traditions and moralistic story.

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...).

คำสิงห์
คำสิงห์

Year: 1986

Thai title: คำสิงห์
English title:

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor: Krailat Kriengkrai,Suchao Pongwilai,Sompong Phonmitr,Kowit Wattanakul
Main actress: Marasri Bangchang

Thai movie คำสิงห์ was released in year 1986 and lasts 1h54mn. Kam sing (ธนา สินทรัพย์) is a Thai boxer leaving for Bangkok and recalling his past while travelling by train. He is coming from a poor family. Due to debt, his father had to give the land title (จำนองที่ดิน) as compensation so they are finally expelled from their house. Her mother (Marasri Bangchang) sent him to learn Thai boxing in a Buddhist temple as he is always fighting. He befriends with Bulong (Krailat Kriengkrai). The rich local man Boon increases the interest rate so much so they have no way to pay back to get the house. They finally steal the debt recognition from him through a fight. Police is now looking for Kam Sing and Bulong. Kam Sing and the rich man's daughter Nit (อภิญญา คุ้มตะบุตร) know each other since childhood. Kam Sing finally decides to flee to Bangkok. Her mother doesn't wish him to become a Thai boxer (เจ็บตัว). Suchao Pongwilai is the heartless owner of ring. Sompong Phonmitr tries to abuse from Kam Sing. As all chances have been exhausted (หมดสภาพ), Bulong fights on a Thai boxing ring but is severely injured to the brain. While getting Bulong out of hospital, they are caught by police. Kam Sing ends up in jail as he was the one to hit Boon. Kam Sing is sent to isolation quarters (คุกมืด) as Kam Sing hits an inmate wishing to have relationship with him. His mother, tired by his behavior, becomes a nun (บวชชี). Knowing this, Kam Sing promises himself to become a good guy and to do something his mother would be proud of him. He decides to become a professional Thai boxer. Kam Sing wins all his fights as he is training very hard. He shall now face Kowit Wattanakul, Thai boxing champion. To trick the match, Suchao Pongwilai puts Kowit in a lower category so Kam Sing needs to lose weight to match 70kg causing him to become much weaker. Following an epic fight, Kam Sing finally defeats Kowit. He is back to his town and is shown as an example. He left as a pariah and comes back as a champion. He can now show to his mother that he really changed.

หยุดโลกเพื่อเธอ
หยุดโลกเพื่อเธอ

Year: 1985

Thai title: หยุดโลกเพื่อเธอ
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Chatchai Plengpanich,Prompong Nopparith,Sor Asanajinda,Settha Sirachaya,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

During World War II in Thailand, three men love the same woman, one is a Japanese officer whose former wife looks like same the Thai lady, one is a dumb Thai man, the last one is a Thai man collabotating with Japanese soldiers but in fact being an insurgent helping British intelligence.

อิสรภาพของ ทองพูน โคกโพ
อิสรภาพของ ทองพูน โคกโพ

Year: 1985

Thai title: อิสรภาพของ ทองพูน โคกโพ
English title: Freedom of Citizen (Citizen II)

Rating: 5/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Suchao Pongwilai,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress:

It is the second opus of the movie Citizen. As the Citizen I movie's main actor has died, Sorapong Chatree was used instead. It is about Thongpoon Khokpoh, a convict going out of prison, and looking for his son. His son refuses to meet him as he was left over many years. His father was in prison and his mother lives abroad with a foreigner. Thongpoon wishes to get reunited with his son. The movie deals about the lack of freedom about ex prisoners, i.e. difficulty of reinsertion, difficulty to find a job, bad image - an old convict will always be a bad man. He sympathizes with a young girl, who is a pickpocket. People don't trust Thongpoon as he is former convict but he is also not trusting the young girl when she brings back money, thinking she has stolen it. A pickpocket will always be a thief. Thongpoon is a nice guy, never wishing to break rules, never lying or doing something against law. So people call him stupid or buffalo! Thongpoon has difficulty to find a job as he is too honest and always says he is a former convict. Once you're in jail, you're always in jail, in this society. Once you get out of jail, you are still branded by the evidence. He is still an outsider. Through a misunderstanding, he is also confronted to bad policemen (Suchao Pongwilai) who don't believe Thongpoon can seek redemption but the head of police trusts Thongpoon. When a car bumps him, he refuses to sue the car driver and blames his own careless mistake. Finally the car driver seeing his kindness recruits him in his restaurant for tourists. Unfortunately one of his former inmates abducts his son and threatens Thongpoon to hurt his son if Thongpoon doesn't kill his boss, who has an issue with local mafia. Thongpoon's choice is difficult and is put in analogy with an ongoing Ramayakian dance (Rama facing demons) in the restaurant. Finally Thongpoon simulates his boss' murder in order to be reunited with his son and has to work hand in hand with the policeman, who formerly looked down on him, to stop the gangsters. The policeman acknowledges his misjudment on Thongpoon. Thongpoon, his son and the young girl are leaving to Udon Thani. This film highlights conflicts between poor people (Thongpoon, the pickpocket girl), the government officials (policemen) and wealthy influential businessmen.

ผีเสื้อและดอกไม้
ผีเสื้อและดอกไม้

Year: 1985

Thai title: ผีเสื้อและดอกไม้
English title: Butterfly and Flowers

Rating: 5/5
Director: Euthana Mukdasanit

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Duangjai Hathaikarn

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This movie is focusing on a poor Muslim community in South of Thailand close by the Malaysian border. A teenager boy, called Huyan, has to sell ice cream to help his father as his father is not rich enough to pay education for his three children. His teacher and his best friend, a girl called Mimpi, are sorry about this decision. The teacher asks Huyan to continue to pass this year exams as education is important for his future. He can sell ice creams in the school thanks to the teacher kindness. Huyan has one smaller brother and sister. He has no mother any more. Business competition is hard as other ice cream vendors have bicycles to go from one place to another but Huyan needs to walk. Her friend Mimpi goes to Malaysia but promises to come back. Everyday Huyan waits at the train station hoping for her return. He finally sees and goes to the Malaysian border with her as he forgot to exit the train. During the trip, Huyan meets other youngsters making a living by smuggling rice. Meanwhile his father is looking for him and gets hit by a train. He is disabled and cannot work anymore. The son has remorse. He has to take responsibility of the whole family. There is a swift change from the school protected environment to adult responsibilities. He helps to smuggle rice between Malaisia and Thailand. It is illegal as no taxes are paid on the rice. He has no choice based on family survival necessity (ความจำเป็น). To escape controllers, he has to go on top of the train wagons where youngsters risk their live if they fall. He has also to run away to escape the police. But he gets money and can send back his brother and sister to school. Following the tragic death of his friend, he decides to stop doing this illegal business and to sell flowers. Movie Butterfly and Flowers got Best Picture from the Hawaii Film Festival in 1986. It made only 5 millions baht in Thailand, most of that in Bangkok. This movie is part of the first 25 films heritage list announced on October 4 2011, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.

เหล็กเพชร
เหล็กเพชร

Year: 1984

Thai title: เหล็กเพชร
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Sor Asanajinda

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Suchao Pongwilai,Lak Apichat
Main actress: Suriwan Suriyong,Metta Roongrat,Thitima Sangkapitak

Thai action movie เหล็กเพชร was released in year 1984. The movie is lost in Thailand but a two minutes trailer remains to be seen. The movie producer is Sor Asanajinda. Main actor is Sorapong Chatree. Suriwan Suriyong is the main actress and Manop Aussawathep is playing her father. Other actors are Metta Roongrat, Lak Apichat, Sayan Chantaraviboon, Suchao Pongwilai, Thitima Sangkapitak… The trailer shows some fighting over a moving truck transporting tree trunks. In year 1967 Sor directed the same movie เหล็กเพชร in 16mm format. Sopha Sataporn was then the main actress. The 1967 version is still available.

เลือดตี๋ก็สีแดง
เลือดตี๋ก็สีแดง

Year: 1984

Thai title: เลือดตี๋ก็สีแดง
English title: Death Ring

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Porjed Kaenpetch,Suchao Pongwilai,Kowit Wattanakul
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom

The master's daughter, In Mai, sees her lover Dialin Chi in secret. Her father already has plan to marry her to another man called Hang Fai. But he surprises them together. A fight erupts between Hang Fai and Dialin Chi as he lacks respect to his fiancee. Hang Fai uses cowardly a knife during the kung fu fight and finally gets stabbed. Dialin Chi has to run away. He takes refuge in Thailand during three years. Uncle Lu promises to revenge his son, Hang Fai. Many years have passed. In Mai has now a son called Dai Cheung. Uncle Lu's second son is still looking for Dialin. Dai Cheung is looking for his father in Thailand as he earned a living by being a boxer there. Dai Cheung contacts Miss Ko and Fan, the assistant, for boxing job opportunities. Dai Cheung finds a job as sand bag training partner but Thai boxer Salek refuses to use him. They become friends. Salek dreams about a fight with a strong Thai boxer called the leopard. Salek has recognized Dai Cheung's father picture but would not tell who he is. Following arguments, Miss Ko has barred Salek from any Thai boxing match. Dai Cheung succeeds to be recruited as sand bag training partner by the Leopard in order to work up his style but is heavily beaten. He doesn't think Salek can beat the Leopard. Finally it is discovered that Salek is also Dialin Chi's son with a Thai woman. Miss Ko accepts to organise a fight between Salek and the Leopard. The match happens despite Dai Cheung trying to prevent Salek to assist. Salek gets killed on the ring following the Leopard's hard punches. His half-brother is dead. Dai Cheung decides to become a Thai boxer to revenge his half-brother. He trains hard to be able to get a fight versus the Leopard. Finally following a difficult fight, he succeeds to defeat the Leopard but uncle Lu's family members are still around for revenge also... This Hong Kong action movie particularly shines when Chatchai Plengpanich and other Thai actors are around. Hong Kong Kung Fu actors are Lee Chung-Yat and Ti Lung.

บ้านสีดอกรัก
บ้านสีดอกรัก

Year: 1984

Thai title: บ้านสีดอกรัก
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Thongchai McIntyre,Suchao Pongwilai,Krung Srivilai
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Jarunee Sooksawad,Pornpan Ketmamatsu

A young lady Apple is supposed to get married. On her wedding day, another lady comes to get back her husband (หลอกเรา). Apple is disappointed again. Apple is part of a group of three ladies, who are close friends and always help each other. One is Pen (Naowarat Yooktanun), one is sexy Nook (Pornpan Ketmamatsu) and the last one is Apple (Jarunee Sooksawad). They decide to focus on money first instead of love as all men are liars anyway. They find a job in the same company. At night time, they play an escort role in a gambling casino (บ่อน) in order to try finding rich men but the police raids the place. Apple gets refuge in Chatri's car as she mistakes it as a taxi in order to escape to the police. Apple tries her luck again in her search for a rich man (เศรษฐี) in a sport club. They meet Krit (Thongchai McIntyre), who invites them to Chiang Mai in his countryside house. Apple asks Chatri (Sorapong Chatree) to drive them to Chiang Mai. As his car is broken, they just dropped him to go for hitchhiking. Chatri also is also rescued by Krit. He knows the game played by the three girls and have strong sarcasms over them. While wandering in the forest, they have arguments with illegal loggers. They are kidnaped but succeeded to flee except Nook. Krit saves Nook. They finally go back to Bangkok as they run out of money. Pen put the furnitures in a pawn shop (โรงจำนำ) to get money. Krit orders the furnitures to be replaced. Apple is fed up with rich people so she leaves her friends. The movie ends happily with the three ladies getting married. This movie is a typical romantic comedy from 1980s led by local superstars Sorapong Chatre and Jarunee Sooksawad. It also shows modern women vision and status in 1980s Thai society.

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.

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.

สายสวาทยังไม่สิ้น
สายสวาทยังไม่สิ้น

Year: 1982

Thai title: สายสวาทยังไม่สิ้น
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich,Pisarn Akraseranee,Suchao Pongwilai,Sor Asanajinda
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai

A father has got two children, i.e. a son spending his youth in bar and a daughter, and has also adopted a boy. This latter, after doing successful studies, is promoted general director of the father's company. The first son is very jealous and promises to get a revenge. Once the father is dead, he starts to destabilize the couple.

แม่แตงร่มใบ
แม่แตงร่มใบ

Year: 1982

Thai title: แม่แตงร่มใบ
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Sombat Methanee

Main actor: Toon Hiransap,Sombat Methanee,Suchao Pongwilai,Boo Wibunnan
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Ampha Pusit,Duangdao Jarujinda

Two families making a living on agriculture don't esteem each other. They unite when some gangsters threaten them in order to buy goods at low price. Love stories happen between young people from both families.

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...

พยัคฆ์ร้าย 6 แผ่นดิน
พยัคฆ์ร้าย 6 แผ่นดิน

Year: 1981

Thai title: พยัคฆ์ร้าย 6 แผ่นดิน
English title: Asian King

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Sahat Piempongsan,Suchao Pongwilai,Songthong,Rith Luecha,Phairoj Jaising
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Piyamas Monayakol

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An international police squad (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea and Philippines) investigates on a crime ring called "Asian King". This movie is also wrongly called "เปิดฟ้าผ่าโลกัณต์" by Lepso Studio. David is accused of international diamond robbery but released as proofs are not enough. He left for Hong Kong. Thai police follows him there to spy his activities. Finally he is found not guilty and joins the team to fight the Asian King gang, which is stealing diamonds. A whole international team is created to fight them. Win (Sorapong Chatree) is one of the Police team leader. Lady Napossa (Naowarat Yooktanun) joins the team as her jeweller father was killed by Asian King gang. Diamonds are stolen again during a top model show despite the police presence. Rumours are heard that Asian King team needs to gather in Pattaya. Asian King team tries all ways to get rid of the special police force but to no avail. Asian King team cache is hidden under a hotel swimming pool. The army comes to help the policemen to neutralize the Asian King tean. Through a final battle, many characters are injured or killed while assaulting the Asian King fortress. Win's self sacrifice inside the fortress succeeds to destroy it. A Thai TV serie or Lakorn (ละคร) based on this story was done in 2003. This movie is part of Thai heritage (มรดก) cinema serie. Despite a classic scenario, the highest value of this movie is to include the finest bunch of Thai actors from beginning of 1980s decade. A remake for TV was done in 2003.

เงินปากผี
เงินปากผี

Year: 1981

Thai title: เงินปากผี
English title: Ghost Money

Rating: 3/5
Director: Chana Kraprayoon

Main actor: Jatuphol Poopirom,Lor Tok,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Nipaporn Nongnuch,Chosri Misommon

Malee (Chosri Misommon) is married to Lor Tok, an alcoholic caretaker. Lor Tok has a daughter called Lao (Nipaporn Nongnuch) and a son called Lo. Malee has also a son from a previous wedding. He is called Mon (ทะลึ่ง). Lor Tok is a husband believing his wife more than his children so relationship is very bad between his children and the new wife. Teacher Awan (Naowarat Yooktanun) meets Pop (Jatuphol Poopirom) visiting the countryside per invitation from his friend, a policeman played by Suchao Pongwilai. The father doesn't give money anymore to his children so Lo thinks about stealing the coins from dead corpses (เงินปากผี). With two friends (Biaw and Pui), Lo goes in a Buddhist temple at night time to steal coins from corpses stored in a morgue. The teacher brings Pop to a famous sacred cave where birds can be heard but not seen. Many people died there. The three children spent all their pocket money so decide to go to the sacred cave to look for additional coins. They dig up a coffin with a corpse still in perfect condition (ผีเขมร). One of the kids forces to open the mouth in order to get the coin so causing the dead spirit to be very upset. Biaw dies because of the ghost. The boy Lo wishes to give back the coins to the spirit but Mon has stolen the coins and plan to sell them in Bangkok. The policeman enquiries on the coins found on Biaw. Biaw's mother gives the coins to the teacher. The spirit then possesses the teacher and frightens Pui at night time. Pui is found with burnt hands. As Lo recognises his stealing, the spirit doesn't hurt him but forces him to watch Pui digging endlessly. The spirit is now after Malee and sends hell birds (นกนรก) to punish her as she is a liar. Pui finally dies. A spirit doctor (หมอผี) arrives in the village and warns the teacher Awan that she is possessed. He asks to meet her in the sacred cave to perform an exorcist ceremony (พิธี) but he is found dead. The spirit kills both Malee and Mon. Villagers finally request the help of a Buddhist monk in order to neutralize successfully the evil ghost. In 2014, this movie was fully restored in beautiful colorful HD version by Five Star company.

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.

ไผ่แดง
ไผ่แดง

Year: 1979

Thai title: ไผ่แดง
English title: Red bamboo

Rating: 5/5
Director: Permpol Choei-arun

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Suchao Pongwilai,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress: Lalana Sulawan

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Red bamboo is a novel writen by famous writer M.R. Kukrit Pramoj in 1954. It was reprinted 19 times and translated in 9 languages. It is adapted from "The Little World of Don Camillo". The movie deals about the opposition between the new faith (Communism) and the old faith (Buddhism). It is about the conflicts that arose between traditional Thai village life and the forces of modernization that were transforming the country. It takes place in Isan region, northeastern part of Thailand. It is the hot season. Kwen is a local villager but he is seen as a communist even if he doesn't fully understand the doctrine foundations. He wants to refuse the help from government. Monk and government are working together to give food to poor villagers. Evan Luang Pho Buddha statue is magically giving advice to the abbot, Sompan, as sometimes he has also doubts ansd weaknesses. Kwen, the red communist, helps villagers and challenges the local power regarding debt cycle and the current society behavior. When Kwen was a child, he was friend (สหาย) with Sompan. Kwen believes that religion is hurt by the politics as they are too close. The government uses the Buddhist religion as an ally. Both Sompan, the abbot, and Kwen, the red communist, want to help poor people but not in the same way. The abbot is seen as a traitor (ทรยศ) by the communists. The rain finally comes. Kwen thinks that religion is only helping people when they are hungry in order that later they do donations to the temple. A Chinese moneylender, called Sia, is present in the village. The villagers believe time has arrived and that communist rebellion will happen. They plan to get weapons and arrest the monks. Kwen warns his friend Sompan but he refuses to leave. Finally the rebellion was only a falso rumour. Tom is one of Kwen's partisan. Tom doesn't want to ordain 15 days but finally accepts to ease his aging mother (ไม่นับถือศาสนา). Sompan is first reluctant to accept. Another Kwen's partisan, Thip, causes trouble. Thip’s girlfriend, Kathiem, is three months pregnant. Kathiem would like to follow up traditions but Thip refuses (ไม่ย่อมแต่ง) to follow as traditions are a threat to own liberty (เสรี). Love shall prevail over traditions. Finally the wedding happens. On top of this Tom is not willing to disrobe. So Kwen is angry with Sompan (หลอกชาวบ้าน). A fake monk raises belief into spirits in order to get money from villagers but he is expelled by Sompan. Meanwhile the Chinese moneylender gets some villagers' land and rent it to them! There is still no school in the village. Sompan and Kwen support each other to help financing the school (บริจาค). As the money is not enough, Sompan gives money from the temple to help build the school (โรงเรียนประชาชน). Tom and the subdistrict headman’s daughter like each other so Tom disrobes. Tom's mother has no land anymore as she sold it to get money from the Chinese moneylender. There is an issue to decide on the location of the school. The two villages are separated by a small bridge. A meeting is organized in the Buddhist temple to solve the conflict (โรงเรียนใหม่). The school shall be built on the bridge so it is really in the middle of the two villages. But the soil now belongs to rich moneylender Sia. Sia already agreed with the district Chief Officer to build a dam so arguments raise between Sia and the villagers. The soil transfer is found as illegal as it was not officially stamped. Ruffians come with guns. So the villagers have to flee but Kwen prepares a plan to fight back. Kwen wishes to fight against corrupted officials. Villagers capture Sia and his ruffians during nighttime. Finally a high ranking official recognizes that Sia is a dishonest man and thanks the villagers for their action towards him. The school can now be completed. Collaboration between Kwen and Sompan is finally successful as Kwen accepts to ease down his communist aspirations. In 1990, a Thai TV serie (ละคร) based on the same story was produced This movie has also bee registered as National Heritage per the 2016 list released by the Thai Film Archive.

ครูขาหนูเหงา
ครูขาหนูเหงา

Year: 1978

Thai title: ครูขาหนูเหงา
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Phan Kam

Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej

Wannee is a ลูกครึ่ง or "luk kreung", i.e. half Thai and half foreigner. Her mother is Thai but she doesn't know who is her father. She is staying in an internship who other girls. Her mother, who is a "rented wife" (เมียให้เช่า), visits her from times to times. She is often seen with a different foreigner so many teens laugh at Wannee. Wannee's mother is doing such job to pay for her daughter school. Some of Wannee's friend have also problems, one girl has no official parents, one is half Thai half American from a black US sailor that quit Thailand after Vietnam war. Thirty years ago, half Thai / half foreign kids were not as popular as nowadays. Another girl seems to have a normal family but her parents don't love each other, have no time to get interest in their daughter and just stay together for appearance. Fed up by mockeries, Wannee rejects her mother. Later on, Wannee starts to get blind. She realizes that her mother was finally a good caring mother. Her mother is now dying of an uterus cancer. Why children have to bear with their parents' decisions and mistakes?

เทพธิดา บาร์ 21
เทพธิดา บาร์ 21

Year: 1978

Thai title: เทพธิดา บาร์ 21
English title: The Bar 21's Angel

Rating: 5/5
Director: Euthana Mukdasanit

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress: Chantra Chaiyanam

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In Bar 21, customers can forget their problems thanks to the beautiful ladies and alcohol (มาเที่ยว). Hostess Thida quits her job to stay with her four years boyfriend, Parn. Parn is younger than Thida about five years. She leaves her job to stay in Chiang Mai. Girls working in Bar 21 are called "Partner". Their dream is to be a normal person also but they are often denigrated (ดูถูกผู้หญิง). They need to get money (เกิดมาจน) but can enjoy a certain kind of freedom (เสรี). All are waiting for a new life (ชีวิตที่ดีกว่า), waiting for the day they will quit Bar 21 (ชีวิตใหม่). Linda arrives in Chiang Mai just on time for Parn’s university diploma ceremony. She offers to him a beautiful watch and cash money but Parn seems to have forgotten his promise to marry her when he gets the diploma (จบแล้ว). He refuses to fulfill his promise. He is now a diploma university holder so he cannot marry a “partner” as he has now a certain status (เกียรติ). Despite she pays for his studies and now stops working for him, he refuses this love saying he cannot (ไม่มีบุญคุณ). He took advantage of her during many years. Marrying a “partner” would stain him for the whole life. He doesn't want to offer her a chance of redemption. In the train back to Bangkok, Linda is harassed by three young men taking advantage that she is a “partner” so an "easy" lady. She meets in the train two other young farmers (ทำนา), Sing and Rot, coming from countryside (บ้านนอก) and going to Bangkok to find better jobs. Sing and Rot have arguments and fight with the three young men to protect Linda. Rot is shot. The three young men cannot escape punishment despite one of them, Akom, is a son of parliament member. Linda is back to work in Bar 21. Sing is lost in Bangkok (เมืองหลวง). Sing is hungry and has no money. He meets a little girl living in a slum (สลัม). She is a small robber. Sing helps them to sell opium in the slum. Sing and the family are caught by the police (ผมไม่ผิด). There is analogy between countryside people coming to Bangkok and Linda, the “partner”. They are all doing low cast jobs. Linda meets a son of a rich family, Thanong. He is really nice to her and invites her to his birthday. Linda starts to dream again (อาจเป็นคนนี้). She has a lot of fun (ดื่มเหล้าเก่ง) and happiness during this evening. After the party, Thanong asks her to help his brother Akom, who is now in jail. She should wrongly testify in front of a trial. She understands that everything was a lie. Thanong, ผู้ดี, just tries to use her. As she refuses to lie, strong arguments between values of poor people, “partner” and rich people are bitterly raised. She refuses money offered to her in order to lie. Back home, she is attacked at nighttime by two ruffians. An old man (ท่าน) helps her but he is in fact Akom's father. He succeeds to convince Linda by playing on her motherhood feeling, the possibility to do a good action and become Angel (เทพ) Thida. In the police station Linda accuses Sing. Poor people are in hell and rich people are in heaven because of money difference. Akom's father gives money to thank her but she doesn't want money but social recognition. Sing flees from police station and goes to see Linda so that she tells the truth at the trial. Sing is poor but kind hearted. She accepts as knowing she has been deceived by rich people. As Thanong just visits Linda to abuse her, Thanong and Sing fight. Sing is shot by the police. It is a dark and sad movie about poor and uneducated people abused by rich Bangkokian people. Of course Thanong stops visiting Linda. It is more a showpiece than a social study, the film is nevertheless remembered for its undaunted subjects. The film was not successful at box office but received good reviews and two awards (ตุ๊กตาทอง). It is a drama social move mixed with a musical comedy as many songs are featured. A Thai TV drama serie based on the same story was released in 1990.




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