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THAI ACTION MOVIES

In 1960s Thai Action movies genre was dominated partly by espionage thrillers. Under Thanin Kraivichian's government (1976-1977), Thai people were tought to be afraid of communism and that the way to survive was to protect the nation, the religion and the monarchy. This idea was present in many Thai films during the 1960s and 1970s (following the communist victory in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia). After the military coup in October 1976 made timely by the deaths of students in the Thammasat University Massacre, villains in Thai actions films (หนังบู๊) were communists, usually from Vietnam. Heroes were soldiers or members from right wing groups such as the Village Scouts (ลูกเสือชาวบ้าน). Popular plot was a secret policeman or soldier going to Isan to destroy a communist invasion. In the late 1980s, after the Communist party of Thailand collapsed, this plot became less popular.

  1. Year: 1967
  2. Thai title: 7 พระกาฬ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Adul Dulyarat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Ruj Ronnapop,Boo Wibunnan,Sukon Koewliam,Adinan Singhiran
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Preeya Roongrueng,Kwanta Buapliensri
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Seven convicts (ผู้ต้องหา) are inside a van. Their van has a crash so they can successfully escape. They have all different characters, i. e. Dam Prasakorn (ดามพ์ ดัสกร) a car robber, Tong Bai (ทองใบ) a former traditional folk singer (พระเอกลิเก), Han Meuang Tong (หาญ เมืองทอง), Ai Meut (มืด ธรณี), Khom (คม) a tireless card player, Boonmee (บุญมี) a gunman (มือปืน), Phayak (พยัคฆ์). Police is chasing them so some of them are stealing motorbike, car or horse to flee away. Han Meuang Tong, son of a village headman (กำนันเหิน), is having issues with local mafia leader Saen (พ่อเลี้ยงแสน). Saen accuses Han Meuang to have killed his younger brother ten years ago. He wishes to take revenge and sends ruffians to kill him in his hotel. Paeng - 1960 cliche of small virtue lady featured with a cigarette - is supposed to seduce Han Meuang while Pol shall shoot him. It fails and Pol is captured by police thanks to Han Meuang and Thong Bai. Han Meuang's father is unhappy with his son (เสือร้าย) and wishes to kill him as he is now a convict (โจร). Soi (สร้อย), daughter of Saen, helps to hide Khom in her room and asks her father to recruit him. Sia (เสี่ยมังกร), another local mafia leader involved in illegal sawmills, wishes Han Meuang to join him but Saen's ruffians injure Han Meuang following a trap. Saen’s ruffians terrorize the villagers to find where Han Meuang is hiding. His sister is even kidnapped. Han Meuang needs to fight back (สู้). A mysterious masked leader (นายอนันต์) reunited the seven fugitives (7 พระกาฬ) together and also all Saen / Sia ruffians. He needs them for a secret mission. They need to get a cargo of weapons to be sold illegally. But police is aware and tries to catch them. There is a police spy within the seven guys (มีหนอนบนไส้). A police inspector is captured to find who the spy is. It is Dam Prasakorn (กรมสืบราชการ). The police inspector (สารวัตร) finally succeeds to flee and it is discovered that three of the former fugitives are working for the police. Han Meuang, wishing to help Thailand, helps to release them. Traitors to Thailand (ทรยศขายชาติ) shall be stopped. Many fights and shootings are happening between the four men and the traitors. Police intervenes also. Ruffians are all killed and their leader's helicopter is shot down by Han Meuang. Finally Han Meuang is an undercover soldier (กองทัพ) so he reconciles with his father. There is moralist ending as Tong Bai also surrenders to police and gives back the money left in a suitcase by the ruffians. This movie includes a mix of action and comedy. it features a beautifully restored colorful picture and lasts 2h21mn. It reminds of 1954 “Seven Samurai” Japanese movie or 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” American movie. Another Thai movie named “7 พระกาฬ” was released in 1983.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: พญาโศก
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Cherd Songsri
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sawin Sawangrat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Choomporn Theppitak,Sukon Koewliam,Joomjim Khemlek
  7. 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.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: ยอดคนจริง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Ruj Ronnapop,Choomporn Theppitak,Sukon Koewliam,Preuhat Boonlong,Daonoi Duangjai,Chana Sriubon
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Somjit Sapsamruey

ยอดคนจริง is a Thai movie released in year 1969. It is in 16mm format so the movie is mute as such 16mm reels requires dubbing. Main actors are Mitr Chaibancha and Petchara Chaowarat. Other key actors include Ruj Ronnapop, Chana Sriubon, Choomporn Theppitak, Sukon Koewliam, Preuhat Boonlong, Daonoi Duangjai. It is a lost movie and only part of the first reel is left. A 16 minutes passage is available online. A few sequences are about Mitr listening to his boss (Preuhat Boonlong) blaming him. Mitr accepts to seat in a car following the driver’s advice for a job. There is a sequence in a nightclub with dance and music concert. Mitr is recruited as bouncer in this nightclub. Fight erupts in the nightclub with Choomporn. Mitr’s boss, aware of it, is going to cane him but Petchara prevents it. Working as gardener, Mitr gets comfort from his mum (Somjit Sapsamruey), Petchara and Ruj. The poster is great and shows sequences that are unfortunately not in the 16 minutes passage left. It shows that it is an action movie.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: จอมคน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Anucha Ratanaman,Sukon Koewliam,Choomporn Theppitak,Adinan Singhiran
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Kaenjai Meenakanit,Kingdao Daranee

Patheut (Mitr Chaibancha) is the son of village leader Thong. He is just back after many years away from his village. He is mistaken as a robber by Chat (Anucha Ratanaman), local subdistrict headman, and his sister Baanyen. A local influential man (พ่อกำนัน), Meun Phan, terrorizes the population (เขามีอิทธิพล) with his thugs. Thong has also a daughter called Choompu. Cheung, son of Meun Phan, wishes to marry Choompu but she refuses. Rampha (Petchara) is the daughter of Meun Phan. Boonnga (Kaenjai Meenakanit) is the young wife of Meun Phan. Rampha wishes her father to stop acting this way but he rejects her requests. She asks help from Boonnga but without success. Patheut has arguments in a cafe with thugs but a young man called Chai (Choomporn Theppitak) gives him a hand. Rampha asks to stop the fighting so Patheut meets her for the first time. Ruffians put a bomb in Chat's car. Luckily Chat and Patheut escape to death as a thug robs their car and dies in the explosion. Patheut finally understands that Rampha has a good personality (ดีมาก) and is not same as her father. Rampha promises to help Patheut but Patheut needs to promise not to harm her father. Meun Phan suspects Boonnga to have a hidden lover. Ruffians kidnapp Choompu despite Chat's resistance. Thanks to Patheut and Chai, she is released. Choompu and Baanyen find the thugs' hidden refuge but get captured again. Ruffian leader Meun Phan orders to kill Chat and Thong (ปล้นบ้าน). Boonnga tells to Chai where the secret centre is. Chat and Chai release them again. Boonnga is shot by a thug. Police is surrounding the camp. Meun Phan is killed as he understands, thanks to Rampha, that he is taken the wrong path betraying his own country but it is too late to change side and to warn the police. Chai is in fact part of the border police (ตำรวจชายแดน). Following fierce fighting, ruffians are all killed or captured. Patheut is in fact the new district-chief officer (นายอำเภอคนใหม่). This movie is part of nationalist trend movies during decade 1960s with highlights on protecting Thai soil against potential invaders. The movie “จอมคน” was shot in Trat area and was released in year 1969. It lasts 1h47mn. It is still a colorful movie but it is incomplete as some parts are missing.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: เทพบุตรสลาตัน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Sawin Sawangrat,Krai Kanchit,Pipop Pupinyo,Sukon Koewliam,Choomporn Theppitak
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Yaowaret Nisakorn,Kaenjai Meenakanit

Thai movie เทพบุตรสลาตัน was released in year 1969. The movie features Mitr Chaibancha as main actor and Petchara Chaowarat as main actress. A Vietnamese star is even featured as มิสชวนเชือง. Kantima (กันทิมา), veteran actress, is also present. The full movie is lost in Thailand but a sequence of 37 minutes is still left to be seen. A partial summary is still available. It is a part of nationalist movie trend (หนังรักชาติ) in the decades 1960s and 1970s. A summary is still available in old Thai stars magazines. Guerilla Maew Daeng (กองโจรแม้วแดง) wishes to take over Thailand. They are located on a mountain in Pitsanulok area. Thai government is aware and is sending police major Chat Chao Praya (ชาติ เจ้าพระยา) to handle this. Chat Chao Praya (Mitr Chaibancha) has to work jointly with Kundong (ขุนดง) (ชาญ กัมปนาท). Guerilla Maew Daeng is aware of the Thai government plans and sends somebody to kill police major Chat Chao Praya. Village headman Lao Song (ประมินทร์) is tortured by Sawin Sawangrat, leader of the guerilla Maew Daeng. Madam Noo (Kaenjai Meenakanit) is part of Maew Daeng guerilla. Krai Kanchit and Kundong help to release Lao Song. Three Maew Daeng members come to Bangkok. Fighting happens between them vs Choomporn Theppitak and Chat Chao Praya. Thida (Petchara Chaowarat ) is the daughter of village headman Lao Song. Krai seems to play a double game. Maew Daeng guerilla embuscades Chat Chao Praya in the jungle. Kundong helps Chat Chao Praya but gets captured. Following shootings, Chat Chao Praya is injured but succeeds to escape. He is cured by Thida. During a village fair, the guerilla (มือปืน) shoots villagers. Chat Chao Praya gets rid of them and is brought to the attention of Thida's father, Lao Song. The left sequence ends here.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: ลอยกระทง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Adul Dulyarat,Boo Wibunnan,Adinan Singhiran,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Lor Tok,Tat Ekathat,Sukon Koewliam,Adul Dulyarat,Joomjim Khemlek,Pipop Pupinyo
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Metta Roongrat,Wassana Chalakorn,Tukata Jindanuch,Mom Chan Phuangwan

Thai movie ลอยกระทง was released in year 1969. It is a 16mm film so in mute state and no complete summary of the movie is left. The movie is incomplete as only 2h08mn is left. Mitr Chaibancha, Adul Dulyarat, Boo Wibunnan are watching ladies Petchara Chaowarat, Wassana Chalakorn, Metta Roongrat launching krathongs in the river during Loy Krathong festival. A speed boat makes Petchara fall in the water. Mitr rescues her. The speed boat is driven by Petchara's brother. As he dislikes his sister meeting the three young men, fighting happens. The father Tat Ekathat interposes himself but he doesn't like Mitr either. The father forbids them to meet. The movie is named Loy Krathong but the movie is about Loy Krathong festival only at the beginning of the movie when both Mitr and Petchara initially met. The movie is then more an action movie. Mitr and Petchara try to help a young kid tentatively treated by a tribe shaman (Lor Tok). Other villagers interpose as they are not used to western medicine. At nighttime one of the villagers (Pipop Pupinyo) brings the kid for injection. Finally Mitr sympathizes with the shaman and ends up taking care of several children! Metta is aggressed by three ruffians and gets help from Mitr and also a group of children (including famous child actress Tukata Jindanuch). Those children are mischievous. Disappointed not to get Mitr's love, Metta ends up to be drunk. Metta does use a trick on Petchara in order for Mitr to be disappointed by her. Metta prevents her to see Mitr. Mitr and Lor Tok have arguments with policemen and end up in jail. Prachuap Ruekyamdee releases them by using violence and threatening policemen. Mitr injures by the accident a policeman. Arguments are happening between tribe kids and Thai local kids. Petchara is their teacher. Adul Dulyarat, a policeman officer, tries to seduce Petchara. The father Tat Ekathat threatens his daughter of closing the school. Tat Ekathat is aggressed by thieves on a mountain road. Luckily Mitr, Prachuap, Lor Tok are around and chase away the thieves. The three friends realise that Boo Wibunnan is trafficking drug. Behind this traffic, there is involvement of Tat Ekathat and ruffians leader. Fist fighting erupts involving Adinan also. Tat Ekathat stops everybody. It is discovered that the candles on the krathong contain explosives. It looks like Boo Wibunnan and Lor Tok die in an explosion. Mitr and Prachuap are arrested by Adul and Sukon Koewliam, a policeman. They get transfered under military authority, who releases them. Metta is captured with ruffians. Two policemen gets captured also. Meanwhile Mitr follows up Adinan but gets injured by Ekathat's fellow worker. Mitr hides in the school and is treated by Petchara. Adul discovers Mitr in Petchara's room. Things get worse as Petchara is kidnapped and Mitr and Adul are locked in a room with Prachuap. They succeed to flee. Meanwhile Petchara is crucified by hill tribe villagers. Mitr fails to help her and is also crucified. Meanwhile Prachuap follows the ruffians leader and tries to prevent Adinan to rape Wassana Chalakorn. Adul with a bunch of policemen try to release Mitr and Petchara. Finally Prachuap and Wassana Chalakorn flee and release all the hill tribes children. Hill tribes villagers change side seeing their children now released. Ruffians blaze the village. A four minutes trailer is still available and showing some final scenes not present in the 2h08mn left to be seen. A final fight happens between Mitr and the ruffians leader.

  1. Year: 1970
  2. Thai title: 7 สิงห์คืนถิ่น
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Choomporn Theppitak
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Metta Roongrat
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Saeng Rawee (แสงระวี), young lady, just weds with Sing's father but she still tries to seduce Sing (สิงห์) (Mitr Chaibancha). The father blames his son (ลูกอกตัญญู) and decides to break the relationship with his son (เลิกเป็นลูกพ่อกัน). Saeng Rawee has another lover called Kam Maen (คำแมน), who is the local ruffians leader (ดินแดนอิทธิพล). Seua (เสือ) is Sing's younger brother and becomes a bad guy under Kam Maen's guidance. Finally the father dies and legates everything to Sing. Saeng Rawee and Kam Maen try everything to destroy the testament (พินัยกรรม). Ruffians ask for the testament from doctor Phan. As he fights back he is shot dead and his wife is kidnapped. Phum Reun (ภุมริน), a friend, informs Sing regarding the latest news regarding his father death, the doctor death and his young brother becoming a bad guy (โจร). Doctor (หมอ) Phan was his friend so Sing needs to go home to investigate who killed him. Sing gathers 7 friends to fight back against Kam Maen. One of them is Dokrak (ดอกรัก). Doktoi (ดอกเตย), owner of a local bar, recruits Dokrak, good singer, as he protects her versus ruffians. Doktoi is Kam Maen's minor wife but there is no real love so she provides useful information to Dokrak. Sing and his friends prepare a plan. Seua, Sing's young brother, drinks heavily. Sing wants to bring him back to the right path (สายเลือดเดียวกัน). The two brothers fight and Sing doesn't want his brother Seua to become a bad guy. Ruffians would like to get the whole money so push the two brothers against each other. Sing meets Thaephee (Petchara Chaowara), who is a teacher inside the village. Sing's team eliminates one ruffians team. But Sing is then kidnapped. Seua plans to help his brother by exchanging Sing versus the Kam Maen's daughter Vick. Kam Maen sells weapons and bombs to reds insurrection in order to use for rebellion against Thai government. He is a traitor (ขายชาติ). Kam Mae needs the testament to get more money to buy weapons. He tortures Sing to know the truth. Thaephee is ready to everything (ยอมเป็นเมีย) to avoid Sing to become blind. But hopefully his friends can help and free him. The movie finishes with various shootings in which Sing's friends die, Seua dies and Sarawee dies by saving Sing's life against Kam Maen. Villagers are fighting against the traitors and the Thai flag is shown as the final image. The reds menace was present during decade 1960s in Northeastern region of Thailand. So such films were part of governmental propaganda. The movie is more than 2 hours and 20 minutes long. Some parts of the movie are missing and have been cut. Either they were in bad condition or Lepso Studio has to cut the movie to fit into a limited VCD format. There is no more original soundtrack as it is a 16mm movie. It is too bad as original songs are lost. Movie colors are wiped out.

Great Friday
  1. Year: 1971
  2. Thai title: ตัดเหลี่ยมเพชร
  3. English title: Great Friday
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Chalong Pukdeewichit
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Phairoj Jaising,Pipop Pupinyo,Robert Mitchum,Kecha Plianvithee
  7. Main actress: Pawana Chanajit,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej,Olivia Hussey
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Two CIA agent are slain in Pattaya by a mysterious scarface man. A CIA top management meeting is organised in Washington. A nuclear missile called Alpha has been stolen. Suspects are a communist terrorist group called Fuji and led by a Cambodian General named Keng, the KGB and an influential Thai businessman called Koo. All of them are implicated in this Alpha project. Another American agent called Reddy is flying from Hong Kong to find the missile hidden somewhere in Thailand. Reddy tries to meet Koo’s daughter, Erica. Reddy and Erica had a former romantic relation and still love each other after 4 years of separation. Zee (Krung Srivilai) is like a son for Koo and also his favorite henchman. Zee loves Erica also. He doesn’t trust Reddy and believes he is a undercover CIA agent. Two secret agents of Thailand are also supporting Reddy in his quest. Koo's mistress is played by Pawana Chanajit, the Pearl of Asia. She is in fact working for Fuji group. Koo doesn't want his daughter to see Reddy. An impressive car chasing and shootings takes place during Chiang Mai Songkran festival between Ruddy, Erica and Fuji members. Reddy is captured while entering Koo’s house. Erica helps Reddy to flee as he has been drugged. Reddy finally finds the missile after multiple fighting scenes against Fuji group and against Zee. Zee really loved Erica as he sacrifices his own life to avoid her being shot by Fuji members. This movie is fully packed with actions sequences such as train collision, boat chase, shooting, car chase, helicopter gunned down... The movie includes multiple treacheries and double agents. It is nice to see so many Thai actors in this international Hong Kong / Thai movie. Two international stars Robert Mitchum and Olivia Hussey brought more international exposure to this movie. In 1970s Krung Srivilai always played the good guy but in this international production, he is playing well the bad guy. The English dubbing is quite weird but the movie has really a nice budget. This movie is a Bangkok film production. It is available in Thailand as “ตัดเหลี่ยมเพช” and in Hong Kong on VCD format under the title "H-Bomb".

Gold
  1. Year: 1973
  2. Thai title: ทอง
  3. English title: Gold
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Chalong Pukdeewichit
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Krung Srivilai,Greg Morris,Pipop Pupinyo,Dam Datsakorn,Somsak Chaisongkram
  7. Main actress: Tham Thuy Hang
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A huge quantity of Thai gold is stolen. An American agent recruits some Thai mercenaries to build a tough team of experts. The team is responsible to get the gold back in Thailand. The gold is currently in Communist Vietnam. The team is parachuted there. A young woman is waiting for them to guide them into the jungle. On their way they met two other women that are trying to free their father imprisonned in the jungle by Vietnamese soldiers. It seems that one of the three ladies is a spy. Many difficulties happen before being able to retrieve the gold and not all of them can go back alive to Thailand... The movie "Gold" was the first big success of Chalong Pukdeewichit. The film was a phenomenal success locally and made a profit internationally. It became the first Thai film to be widely sold to international markets. Later on "Gold 2" (Gold Raiders - 1983), "Gold 3" (The Lost Idol - 1990) and "Gold 4" (In Gold We Trust - 1992) were even released. Chalong Pukdeewichit put in place an effective marketing strategy, i.e. a large budget, sex, violence and involvement of a famous internationally known actor to attract buyers. In movie Gold, American actor Greg Morris from the Mission Impossible TV series played alongside with Thai stars Sombat Methanee, Krung Srivilai. Same recipe was applied later to "H-Bomb". The Mission Impossible soundrack is even used a few times during the movie.

I Don't Want To Be a Lieutenant
  1. Year: 1974
  2. Thai title: ผมไม่อยากเป็นพันโท
  3. English title: I Don't Want To Be a Lieutenant
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol
  6. Main actor: Somphob Benjatikul
  7. Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan,Sasima Singsiri

It deals with the story of Phanto, a member of Thai secret service, who goes to Cambodia to be a spy. He is looking for informations useful for Thai security and has to face many threats especially from the "red communists".

Tabun Fai Talai Plerng
  1. Year: 1975
  2. Thai title: ตะบันไฟตะไลเพลิ
  3. English title: Tabun Fai Talai Plerng
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Phaophan Phongnathee,Kom Akadej,Boo Wibunnan,Krai Kanchit
  7. Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Metta Roongrat

A Chinese businessman (ผู้จัดการ) (Boo Wibunnan) needs to give protection fee to the mafia. Ratee (Pissamai Wilaisak) is secretary (เลขา) of doctor Kiet, owner of the club. She is also helping on finance management. Ratee has skillset in karate so she can give a tough lesson to ruffians believing she is a partner. Police has some undercover agents near the club to spy the mafia. A mafia member prefers to eat poison than being caught by the police. It looks like an organisation bigger than a standard local Thai mafia is involved. Doctor Kiet is killed by a bomb in his car. A motorbike driven by citizen Yang follows the ruffians but is finally overwhelmed by other motorbikers sent by ruffians. He succeeds to flee and take refuge in a home where lives a beautiful and not shy lady. She is part of the mafia group but is fond of Yang so she doesn't drug him. She dies while protecting him. Yang, chased by police and ruffians (ผู้ร้าย) decides to take a break at his blind mum's house. Per his promise to his mum, Yang refuses to be involved (ไม่รวมมือ) anymore. Yan is finally kidnapped, beaten and left for dead by the ruffians. Ratee, passing by with her car, helps him. Yang is in reality an undercover agent and is now wishing to take his revenge against the ruffians. Yan is surnamed Tabai Fai (ตะบันไฟ). The ruffians are leading an international ring involved in fake money and drug trafficking. Police Chief officer (played by veteran actor and famous action director Kom Akadej) asks Yan to join the ruffians (วงการ) in order to neutralize them from inside and so to help Thailand, his country. Yan gains the ruffians' confidence as they all escape from jail. Thanks to an hidden microphone, a bank robbery is foiled. But the organisation is now aware that there is a traitor among its members. The boss girlfriend (Metta Roongrat) is also suspected. Yan puts a hidden micro in another ruffian pocket so that he cannot be accused. Finally the organisation discovers Ratee and Yan are working on same side against them. Ratee is taken as hostage. The ruffians also kill Yan's mother as retrieval. Yan and the policemen storm their secret base and traitors to Thailand are all punished. The movie ตะบันไฟตะไลเพลิง was released in year 1975. It has a damaged but still colorful picture. it is a typical cold war movie from 1960s / 1970s reminding James Bond style movies. The main actor is Phaophan Phongnathee and is quite unknown as he played only in a few movies during 1970s decade. Fights with Yan reminds Tony Ja’s Muay Thai style fighting 30 years before while using slow pace filming on key movements.

Five overseas missions
  1. Year: 1976
  2. Thai title: 5 แผ่นดินเพลิง
  3. English title: Five overseas missions
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Dam Datsakorn
  7. Main actress:

Important documents have been stolen from a Thai official by crime syndicates. These documents could damage the security of Thailand if they fall in the hands of communist countries. Thai secret services put in place two teams to recover the documents. Those teams have to go to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong to get back those documents. Will the Thai people who hold these documents betray their country?

  1. Year: 1976
  2. Thai title: เสาร์ 5
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Sorapong Chatree,Phairoj Jaising,Nirut Sirijanya,Pipop Pupinyo
  7. Main actress: Piyamas Monayakol,Tasawan Saneewong,Piathip Kumwong,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej,Duangjai Hathaikarn
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5 friends are reunited for a mission in Northeast of Thailand. They were soldiers during Vietnam war. They receive sacred powerful Buddha amulets from a famous Buddhist monk in order to protect them during fighting. They have to swear, holding Thai flag, that they are willing to sacrifice their life for the nation, the religion and the monarchy. Sent on mission, they are facing a bunch of thieves, foreign people having a secret base with powerful rockets to threaten Thailand. Finally with the support of five women soldiers, they defeat the villains. Five major actors and actresses from the 1970s were featuring in this action movie.

The outlaw man
  1. Year: 1976
  2. Thai title: คมเฉือนคม
  3. English title: The outlaw man
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Phairoj Jaising,Nard Poowanai,Chaiya Suriyun,Kecha Plianvithee,Dam Datsakorn
  7. Main actress: Tasawan Saneewong
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Three men are arrested by the Thai police following a trip to Hong Kong as they are suspected to sell drugs. They are released as no proofs are found. They met a guy called Daeng in the cell and befriended together. A young lady, Maria, Tawai's assistant, pick them up. Daeng is trying to join Tawai's secret organization, which is buying and selling weapons and drugs. Such organization undermines Thailand. As Tawai orders Daeng to kill Krit (Sombat Methanee), Daeng reveals that he is a hidden policeman and convinces Krit, who is a drug smuggler, to join his side. Policemen and gangster groups go to the golden triangle, border between Thailand, Laos and Burma. Heavy fightings happen between both groups. The country traitors are killed or captured. Some policemen are killed but they didn't die in vain as they give their life for the nation, the religion and the monarchy. It is a typical action movie of mid 1970s in which Thailand needs to be protected against external red communist threat. There is a rupture with traditional movies as Thai actors shake hands, listen to western music and kiss ladies in front of spirits shrines.

  1. Year: 1976
  2. Thai title: ท้ามฤตยู
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Sombat Methanee
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Manop Aussawathep,Kanchit Kwanpracha,Kamthorn Suwanpiyasiri
  7. Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Metta Roongrat,Moeifa
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During Vietnam war Tua (Sombat Methanee) and his friend Kamleu help to extract American soldiers from the enemy field. A new mission is given to them. They need to eliminate a Lao mafia leader called Kosi. This is the third tentative (รับจ้าง) to get rid of Kosi. It takes place in 1972. Tua is sent on mission to Vientiane. Tua is having a few James Bond secret gadgets. He is captured by a mafia team led by Madam (Moeifa). He claims he has come to Vientiane to kill Mafiosi (เจ้าพ่อ) Kosi. Madam frees him in order to know where Kosi is hidding. Tua meets Jenny, Kosi's daughter. Kosi neutralizes Tua and believes that he is an American agent (มือปืนรับจ้าง) sent to kill him. Kosi is in business conflict with Madam. During a heavy gun fight between the two groups, Kosi is saved by Chinese soldiers and sent to Muang Sing in Northern Laos. Madam is killed. The mission has now changed. Tua and his friend Kamleu now need to extract Kosi from the Chinese soldiers and hand over him to American soldiers. Jenny is also captured by Chinese soldiers. Tua meets Kupan, an old friend who is now involved in drug trafficking. He understands that Kosi was involved in trug trafficking and weapons smuggling to support Red communists. Kosi has been transfered in an island close to Pattaya. Following a final batle involving a turtle shape submarine, Kosi is killed and his treacherous organisation destroyed. It is a typical action movie from mid 1970s with Sombat Methanee, who is directing this movie and also playing the main actor role. It is inspired from James Bond movies' theme with a main actor having gadget agent secret and behaving like a Don Juan. It still includes some Thainess with Tua asking for help from his Buddhist amulet. It is available in both Lao and Thai languages.

  1. Year: 1977
  2. Thai title: แหกค่ายนรกเดียนเบียนฟู
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Nard Poowanai,Yodchai Meksuwan,Sor Asanajinda,Manop Aussawathep
  7. Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun

During Dien Bien Phu battle, a few Thai soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a Communist Vietnamese working camp. They face difficulty through hard labour and few food given. Those who try to escape are killed. Rivalries appear between inmates, especially with those collaborating with the Vietnamese wardens. Life is hell there. The head of the working camp is a sadist. Thai inmates decide to flee. After a hard battle inside the camp, they need to reach the border to be safe but the head of the working camp has not given up...

  1. Year: 1977
  2. Thai title: หนักแผ่นดิน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Sombat Methanee
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Kanchit Kwanpracha,Lak Apichat,Manop Aussawathep
  7. 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.

Operation Black Panther
  1. Year: 1977
  2. Thai title: แหย่หนวดเสือ
  3. English title: Operation Black Panther
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Sombat Methanee
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Manop Aussawathep,Pipop Pupinyo,Kamthorn Suwanpiyasiri
  7. Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Moeifa,Tharika Thidathip
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Cheutchai (Sombat Methanee) spends a lot of time to read James Bond novels so behaves similarly and weirdly (บ้าๆ บอๆ). This movie reminds of French movie “L'animal” with Jean-Paul Belmondo. Cheutchai is mistaken as another Cheutchai by some ruffians at Bangkok airport. He is brought to a meeting of a mysterious secret organisation (องค์กร). They are all wearing animal mask to hide their real identity and call themselves by number. Traitors are killed by a black panther. Cheutchai is given a mission by sexy number 9, Sareuthai, to kill a politician. He is recruited as a hitman but doesn't shoot the politician so causing the ruffians' ire. He flees through a two driving sides Mini British car. There is a car chase through Bangkok, then until the top of the Golden Mountain and then through a side car. Cheutchai needs to hide in a brothel to escape the ruffians and then in a gogo bar. He finally flees with dancer Aranya and takes refuge in her home. Cheutchai asks help from Sareuthai. She suggests him to kill the organisation leader and gives him the building map. Sareuthai is later killed by the black panther due to her betrayal to the organisation. Cheutchai decides to enter in the building at nighttime but he is captured. Being joked on his qualification as Thai scout (ลูกเสือ), he punches back. During 1970s the Thai scout organisation was seen as a protector of Thai kingdom against external threats such a red communists. He succeeds to escape thanks to Aranya. Police arrives on time to rescue them. Cheutchai and Aranya neutralize the organisation leaders (ทำร้ายชาติ) at Don Meuang airport. In 1976 Don Meuang airport was still used for international travel. Aranya was in fact an uncovered policeman. This movie is a mix of action and comedy. The VCD includes two soundtracks. The second soundtrack in Isan language adds many oral jokes absent in the original Thai soundtrack. The movie features also a funky 1970s music soundtrack. It is produced by “Methanee film” company and Sombat Methanee is also the film director. It is a two hours movie.

  1. Year: 1977
  2. Thai title: เก้ายอด
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Phaophan Phongnathee,Tat Ekathat,Krai Kanchit
  7. Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Sirikwan Nanthasiri,Metta Roongrat

Thongchan (Phaophan Phongnathee - เผ่าพันธุ์ พงษ์นที) takes part successfully in a harsh training camp. He wishes to take part in a specific mission but is rejected and even imprisoned. He decides to flee. He escapes the base thanks to a plane. Lady Arunee (Metta Roongrat) (คุณหญิง) is married to Thongchai, an influential politician. Tat (Tat Ekathat), friend of Thongchai, is organizing his protection. Despite this protection, a murder tentative through injection is done on Thongchai. His son Thongchan is back and accuses Arunee but he gets arrested by Tat. Thongchan succeeds to flee. He gets involved in a political protest. Traitors (คนขายชาต) are trying to bring insurrection (วินาศกรรม) in Thailand. Ratchada (Pissamai Wilaisak) is distributing leaflets during protests and discovers a bomb. She is kidnapped by the ruffians. Witness of the kidnapping, Thongchan helps Pissamai as she is thrown away from the van driving at full speed. Thongchan rescues Pissamai and brings her to a safe hotel room. Ruffians use poisonous spiders to try to kill her but it fails. A mysterious organisation (องค์การ เก้ายอด) is using drugs to convince young people to follow them. Members wear Yak (ยักษ์) mask. A mysterious leader tries to stop Ratchada and Thongchan but they succeed to escape. Real 1973 or 1976 protests footage are used. Protests are politically motivated (ศัตรูของชาติ). The organisation has no pity for its own member as Thomas Cheng (Krai Kanchit) and Nancy (Sirikwan Nanthasiri) get killed. Arunee is also strangled. Tat is identified as the traitor leader. It turns ugly when Thongchan, Ratchada and Thongchan's father, Thai PM, are kidnapped. To avoid signing papers giving full power to the criminal organisation, the father sacrifices his life to release his son. Through a final confrontation, Thongchan, Thai boxing expert, defeats the ruffians using his martial arts skills. Thai Army arrives on time. The hidden den explodes and finally it is revealed that both Thongchan and Ratchada are undercover secret service officers. Thai movie เก้ายอด was released in year 1977 just a few after the tragic events of 1976.

  1. Year: 1983
  2. Thai title: เสือภูพาน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Krung Srivilai,Somsak Chaisongkram,Boo Wibunnan,Pipop Pupinyo,Chat Mongkolchai,Krai Kanchit
  7. Main actress: Nareerat Monsiri
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A group of traitors is led by a big chief (Boo Wibunnan). The big chief Leader wears vietnamese clothes with a communist red star. They are traitors to the Thai nation. His ruffians team includes Somsak Chaisongkram, Chat Mongkolchai and Pipop Pupinyo. They terrorize and ransack the local population. Kamnan (กำนัน) Lit is taking orders from a female boss (หัวหน้า) called Melan. Only two men, Seu (Sorapong Chatree) and Phupan (Krung Srivilai), are organizing resistance against them. Seu’s parents and younger sister were killed by the ruffians. Kamnan Yeun refuses to sell his land to the ruffians. Lit tries to intimidate Yeun. Seu helps a singer aggressed by Somsak Chaisongkram (เล่นผัวเมียกัน). Seu is kidnapped by the ruffians but refuses to divulge information on Phupan. The doctor Bua helps Seu to flee. A chase is engaged to catch them back. Kamnan Lit kidnaps Yeun to force Yeun’s daughter (Nareerat Monsiri) to be his wife. Her friend Promod helps. There is a secret informer, called Number 13, inside the ruffians team. Melan is finally uncovered as the hidden informer inside the ruffians. The Thai army, helped by Seu, storm the ruffians headquarters but faces strong opposition. Seu appears in hill tribes clothes. All ruffians are killed. Bua dies in the fightings. The movie เสือภูพาน, released under VCD by Lepso ltd, lasts only 56 minutes so for sure the original movie was cut a lot so making the whole story a bit difficult to understand. The movie เสือภูพาน was already released by Happy Time ltd so this version might be longer. It reminds of movies such as ชุมแพ 2 (1984) or เสือภูเขา (1979) where an hill tribe character had strong fighting skills.

  1. Year: 1983
  2. Thai title: เสือภูพาน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Pipop Pupinyo,Kecha Plianvithee,Lak Apichat,Rith Luecha
  7. Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Supansa Nuengpirom
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Thai movie เสือภูพาน was already released in year 1983 with another poster. This version was targeted for Thai provinces. Some investment was done with a new poster. Actors and movie director are updated (หนังรวมมิตรย้อมแมว). Similar to practices done by Lepso company, poster is changed and movie is maybe changed. It could be real movie เสือภูพาน or another one... It is a bit similar to Thai movie แผ่นดินเหล็ก, which was released again later under the name เสียงเพลงนักเลงโหด.

  1. Year: 1985
  2. Thai title: เพชรลำพระเพลิง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Pipop Pupinyo,Krai Kanchit
  7. Main actress: Nareerat Monsiri
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Some Thai Soldiers are fighting at the border against some communist invaders. Phet (เพชร) and Chat (ชาติ) are two key members of this unit. They deserve a rest. Phet brings Chat back to his village. Meanwhile the village headman (ผู้ใหญ่) is killed by a professional killer (มือปืน). Khun Thana, a local influent man, is responsible of his death. Mae Ploy, a child called Haeng, Phet and Chat are witnesses of the murder. Thana wishes to suppress all witnesses. As the future of the country (ชาติ) is endangered if children don't go to school, Phet and Chat decide to protect Haeng and the school. Luckily for the two soldiers, the two teachers, Porn (ครูศิริพร) and Plang (ครูปราง), are also beautiful ladies. Phet captures one of the killer in the city. Thana tries to use his influence to release the killer. Phet meets Lady Kanya (กันยา), a local company owner, having issues with local mafia. Jealousy starts between Kanya and Porn regarding Phet. Following a gun fighting in the school, a student is killed. A car chasing happens in the city and finally the child killers are punished. Phet is captured but succeeds to escape. Phet is played by Sorapong Chatree with a beard. A barber scene is inspired from Sergio Leone western spaghetti movies. Kanya (ขายชาติ) proposes to Phet to steal army weapons but he refused and is held prisoner. As Phet has disappeared, Chat and the two teachers look for him. Chat helps to release Phet. Two former solder friends (ทรยศชาติ) are now working for Thana. They complain that Thai government didn't support them properly. Finally following Phet's touching words, they change side and sacrifice themselves for the nation (เป็นคนไทย). The two former soldiers sacrifice their life to destroy the ruffians’ explosive stock. It is a typical action movie from 1980s with nationalist aspect and highlighting children education importance for the future of the country. It is only a 68 minutes movie so part of the movie might have been cut.

Hmong, blood for freedom
  1. Year: 2012
  2. Thai title: ม้ง สงครามวีรบุรุษ
  3. English title: Hmong, blood for freedom
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nard Poowanai,Suchao Pongwilai,Rith Luecha,Bin Banleurit
  7. 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.



Some action Thai movies (หนังบู๊) are sometimes similar to American western movies. In 1960s Thai Action movies genre was dominated partly by westerns. Most Thai action films were still made with low budgets and targeted at local audiences. Many of those movies deal with Thai cowboys and cattles in Isan (อีสาน) area in the Northeast of Thailand.

Seua Tao
  1. Year: 1960
  2. Thai title: เสือเฒ่า
  3. English title: Seua Tao
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Tae Prakardwutthisan
  6. Main actor: Luechai Natnat,Adinan Singhiran
  7. Main actress: Mom Chan Phuangwan

Seua Tao (เสือเฒ่า) is a Thai movie in 16mm format released in year 1960. Main actors are Luechai Natnat, พันคำ รับบทเสือเฒ่า, อาคม มกรานนท์, รุ้งลาวัลย์ พิบูลสันติ, เชาว์ แคล่วคล่อง, ไศลทิพย์ ตาปนานนท์, Adinan Singhiran, Mom Chan Phuangwan. The movie advertisement radio song is used as a soundtrack on the six minutes trailer left. The movie is lost in Thailand but only the trailer, given in year 1988 by Tae Prakardwutthisan himself to the Thai Film Archives, is still available. It is a Western type movie. The sequence left is only in black and white. The sequences shown include fighting, gun duel and ruffians abusing ladies. The movie was produced by Tae Prakardwutthisan and directed by ครูเนรมิต. Phan Kam is Seua Tao.

  1. Year: 1961
  2. Thai title: พสุธาที่ข้ารัก
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Sukon Koewliam
  7. Main actress: Amara Asavananda,Sulaleewan Suwanthat

Thai movie พสุธาที่ข้ารัก was released in year 1961 with Prachuap Ruekyamdee as main actor and Amara Asavananda as main actress. The movie is lost in Thailand and only a trailer lasting 5 minutes is left to be seen. Other actors include Sukon Koewliam, a little boy as new actor (ดาราเด็กๆ). He looks like the son of Prachuap and Amara. It is an action movie and the trailer features sequences showing many fightings and shootings. Prachuap Ruekyamdee did have a short time as main actor as other actors such Mitr Chaibancha, Sombat Methanee and Luechai Natnat emerged also and became more popular.

  1. Year: 1961
  2. Thai title: มือโจร
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Wichit Khunawut
  6. Main actor: Adul Dulyarat,Prachuap Ruekyamdee
  7. Main actress: Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng,Usa Atcharanimit

Thai movie มือโจร is a Thai movie released in year 1961. Main actors are Adul Dulyarat and Prachuap Ruekyamdee. In year 1961, Adul is still the main actor. Soon he got only second role as Mitr Chaibancha, Sombat Methanee and Chaiya Suriyun became new favorite actors. Main actress is เยาวลักษณ์ มณีเดช, a new comer. Only 54 minutes is left to be seen. It has been remastered so it has a colorful and sharp picture. This movie got three Thai cinema rewards. Younger sister Saen borrows necklace of 40000 baht (สร้อยเพชร) from her elder sister to go to a party. She lost it. Worried to be accused of stealing the necklace, she flees in another city. She meets Adul there. While travelling, their vehicle has a technical issue. The driver walks away to get another car. Meanwhile they are attacked by robbers led by Yot (Prachuap Ruekyamdee). Discovering that Adul is a doctor, Yot (Prachuap) kidnaps both Adul and the young lady. Yot’s wife is sick. She got malaria. Yot has finally a good heart. He was forced by life events to become a ruffian. The ruffians' troupe needs to flee to another place as police is chasing them. Sampan, Yot's wife, asks him to surrender (มอบตัว). Yot has arguments with one of his ruffians trying to steal his bounty. Yot is injured in the leg. While the troupe goes to find food, Sampan, the doctor and the young lady Saen flee. Knowing that she is pregnant, Sampan finally goes back to Yot to ensure her child has a father. Saen understands the doctor is a good man. Saen has to leave for Bangkok. Finally the doctor quits his job and joins her. Ratanaporn Intarakamhaeng and Usa Atcharanimit have two small roles as cameo. Famous director is Wichit Khunawut. He made a remake of his own movie in year 1972. It was then called หัวใจป่า.

  1. Year: 1962
  2. Thai title: วายร้ายตลาดเก่า
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor:
  7. Main actress:

วายร้ายตลาดเก่า is a Thai movie released in year 1962. It is a Western type of movie featuring gun duels, fightings, shootings. The movie is lost in Thailand but a sequence of 28 minutes (one reel) is still available to be seen. No poster and no summary are available. The movie features actor วิน วิษณุรักษ์ wearing a black costume, actress พร ไพโรจน์, actress สุทิน บัณฑิตกุล.

  1. Year: 1963
  2. Thai title: ศึก 5 เสือ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Taksin Jampol,Sukon Koewliam,Man Teeraphol,Anucha Ratanaman
  7. Main actress: Preeya Roongrueng,Boosara Narumit,Usa Atcharanimit

Thai movie ศึก 5 เสือ was released in year 1963. It features Chaiya Suriyun as main actor. The movie is lost in Thailand but eleven minutes of various sequences remain to be seen. 4 ladies are featured in this movie, i.e. Preeya Roongrueng, Boosara Narumit, Usa Atcharanimit and อภิญญา วีระขจร. Other actors featuring in this movie are Taksin Jampol, Sukon Koewliam, Man Teeraphol, Anucha Ratanaman as policeman. The movie is in 16mm format so no sound is available as this format requires live dubbing. There is a sequence when Chaiya Suriyun’s character is still a kid. Preeya Roongrueng is then the mother. A man is worried in his home despite being protected by police. Taksin Jampol is shot by the police while he was threatening this man (อาคม มกรานนท์) in his house. Chaiya visits Usa Atcharanimit in her room but gets pushed back. He kidnaps two ladies. Shootings with police happen. One of the lady trying to protect him against the shots but dies in his arms. Chaiya finally dies also following a duel with Man Teeraphol. Another version of ศึก 5 เสือ was released in year 1977 with Sombat Methanee.

  1. Year: 1964
  2. Thai title: เลือดแค้น
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Sompong Phonmitr
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Sompong Phonmitr,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Pipop Pupinyo,Tat Ekathat,Tawan Siriwat
  7. Main actress: Boosara Narumit,Somjit Sapsamruey,Preeya Roongrueng

เลือดแค้น is a Thai movie released in year 1964 with Mitr Chaibancha and Boosara Narumit. It is directed by Sompong Phonmitr who is also a famous comic actor and national artist. Other actors include Prachuap Ruekyamdee, Pipop Pupinyo (not yet with a shaved head), Somjit Sapsamruey, ดารายั่ว Preeya Roongrueng, leader of the ruffians played by Tawan Siriwat, Tat Ekathat. The movie was lost in Thailand but finally a partial reel was found in year 2013 thanks to a teacher and collector of old items in Songkhla area. A trailer of 2mn40 is left only but many short sequences showing many fist fightings and shootings in this action movie. The trailer is in bad quality but still watchable. The song advertising for the movie is still available.

  1. Year: 1964
  2. Thai title: หัวใจเถื่อน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Taksin Jampol,Lor Tok,Chana Sriubon,Tat Ekathat,Op Boonthit,Sukon Koewliam
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Kingdao Daranee,Yaowaret Nisakorn,Somjit Sapsamruey,Malee Wetpraseri

Thai movie หัวใจเถื่อน was released in year 1964. It features Mitr Chaibancha as main actor and Petchara Chaowarat as main actress. Other actor includes veteran Taksin Jampol. He tries to kidnap Petchara twice. The movie is lost in Thailand but a 8 minutes sequence is left to be seen. Other numerous performers are Lor Tok, Chana Sriubon, Kingdao Daranee, Yaowaret Nisakorn, Tat Ekathat, Somjit Sapsamruey, Op Boonthit, Sukon Koewliam, Malee Wetpraseri. It looks like an action movie. A few shooting sequences happen involving Mitr, Chana and Taksin. A few brawls happen with ruffians trying to kidnap Petchara. The company producing this movie belonged to Somjit and her husband Lor Tok.

  1. Year: 1965
  2. Thai title: ลูกผู้ชายชื่อไอ้แผน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Preeya Roongrueng,Boosara Narumit

This old Thai western movie, taking place in Chiang Mai area, has a complete new soundtrack. A man is surprised sleeping in the forest. He is injured by a young lady called Chalong (Petchara Chaowarat) believing he is a thief. Nobody knows his name and why he is coming here. His real name is Pen Moradok (Sombat Methanee). In fact he is sent by central government to neutralize a local mafia head called Salapan. Pen meets many girls, i.e. Chalong, Fong and Peri, owner of a bar who all love him. Pen receives a threat to leave city within 24 hours or face death. Fights happen between Pen and Salapan's ruffians. Peri dies when helping to fight the ruffians. Finally Salapan is captured and Pen wins Chalong's heart. It is a typical 1960s movie where the leading actor seduces many actresses (James Bond syndrome?). This is a very old Thai movie compared to Thai standards. The digitalization has been poorly done. The movie is only 15 fps and some scenes are strangely cut. It should be seen for historical purpose and enjoy the chance to see famous stars Petchara Chaowarat and Sombat Methanee acting. This movie follows the Thai traditional drama precepts with a clown always following the leading actor and the leading lady having a maid of honor.

  1. Year: 1965
  2. Thai title: สันดานดิบ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Chana Sriubon,Lor Tok
  7. Main actress: Pawana Chanajit,Kaenjai Meenakanit

สันดานดิบ is a Thai western movie released in year 1965. It features three famous awarded Thai actors, i.e. Pawana Chanajit, Chana Sriubon and Chaiya Suriyun. The whole 2 hours movie is still available amid local Thai collectors but was never released on the movie market. A 25mn sequence can be seen online. This old movie still has a colorful image. It is a 16mm movie so there is no sound as it requires dubbing. Below summary is based on the 25mn sequence available online. Pawana is a doctor always willing to help poor people. Chaiya plays a ruffian (นักเลงผมทอง) always holding two guns. Chaiya tries to seduce Pawana but it causes Kaenjai Meenakanit, playing the sexy girl role, to be jealous. Two groups of ruffians shoot each other for the possession of a mysterious box probably containing drugs. Even Kaenjai is shot. The movie ends up with a ruffian kidnapping Pawana but Chaiya rescues her on time following final shootings. Many gun duels happen in this movie as it was an era where westerns movies were very popular.

  1. Year: 1966
  2. Thai title: ชาติกระทิง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Phan Kam
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Luechai Natnat,Sukon Koewliam,Joomjim Khemlek,Lor Tok,Boo Wibunnan
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Sopha Sataporn,Preeya Roongrueng,Kwanta Buapliensri

Chat Krathing (ชาติกระทิง) is a 1966 Thai movie but only 6mn30 are left. Only a trailer is left. The whole movie is lost as it is a 16mm format reel so it was certainly shown until it became unusable. No movie summary is currently available. Only a commercial movie poster is left. This movie features four big stars, i.e. Sombat Methanee, Luechai Natnat, Petchara Chaowarat and Sopha Sataporn. They are together for the first time and for the only time. Some ruffians harass veteran comic Sukon Koewliam. So Petchara Chaowarat protects him by hitting one of the ruffians. On next sequence, the ruffians speed through a village but this time they face Sombat Methanee. Fist fights happen. Romance between two couples Sopha / Luechai and Sombat / Petchara happen. Famous director Phan Kam (พันคำ) is there again. Luechai is part of the fight party. Movies with him are hard to find as his fame period was during 1957-1960, just before Mitr Chaibancha golden period, and then between 1964-1972. Scenario is unknown but certainly good guys (Sombat and Luechai) are fighting against ruffians terrorizing a village. Even veteran actor Chinese Boo Wibunnan can be seen in the short trailer. Actors Joomjim Khemlek, Lor Tok, Preeya Roongrueng, Kwanta Buapliensri are also mentioned in the credits but unfortunately cannot be seen in the short trailer left.

  1. Year: 1967
  2. Thai title: ฟ้าเพียงดิน
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Phan Kam
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Choomporn Theppitak,Sawin Sawangrat,Adinan Singhira
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Sopha Sataporn,Chadaporn Wachirapranee

Fa Phieng Din (ฟ้าเพียงดิน) is a 1967 Thai movie with Mitr Chaibancha, Petchara Chaowarat and Sopha Sataporn. Only a trailer of 3m35s is left. Other veteran actors playing in this Thai movie are Choomporn Theppitak, Adinan Singhira, Chadaporn Wachirapranee (playing the jealous lady as usual - นางอิจฉา). The trailer is short but enough to see a few fist fights with Mitr. It looks like a Thai western or western Tom Yum Thai movie. Chomphu's (Petchara Chaowarat) father has been killed so she changes her name to Sakira as the murderers are also looking for her expecting to get the heritage. Thewarat (Mitr Chaibancha) is always arguing with Chomphu. He even gets slapped by her the first time they met but when he wants to hit back, he is welcomed by fresh eggs thrown by Chomphu's friends. Director is famous veteran Phan Kam (พันคำ). In 1981 a remake was released with actress Supansa Nuengpirom. It seems to be based on the same story.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: เจ้าหญิง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Phan Kam,Tae Prakardwutthisan
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sahat Piempongsan,Adul Dulyarat,Choomporn Theppitak,Sukon Koewliam,Joomjim Khemlek,Ruj Ronnapop
  7. Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Metta Roongrat,Kaenjai Meenakanit

Thai movie เจ้าหญิง was released in year 1969. The whole film is still complete, around 2h30mn, but it was never released in any video format such as VHS, VCD or DVD. The movie is stored at the Thai Film Archives and can be seen there. It is a 16mm movie so no sound is available as such movies were dubbed. A short summary is also still available. Busaba is played by actress Aranya Namwong. Her father died so she has to be responsible of the paternal ranch. Luang Soradet (Sahat Piempongsan) wishes to extend his own ranch but Busaba refuses to sell. Heun (Sombat Methanee) gets a job in Busaba's ranch but gets trouble with Luang Soradet's ruffians. Kaenjai Meenakanit is on Luang Soradet's side and tries to convince Heun to stay aside. This movie is a Thai western and a lot of action, i.e. shootings and boxing fightings, is happening. Heun does protect Busaba as she gets issues with ruffians (house burnt, kidnapping). As usual, it is disclosed at the end of the movie that Heun is in fact undercover District Chief Officer when all ruffians has been neutralized. The movie producer was famous director Tae Prakardwutthisan. The movie was given by Tae Prakardwutthisan to Thai Film Archives but it was never released commercially. The movie features 4 songs recorded in 35mm format. Comics are strongly present with veteran actors Sompong, Sukon Koewliam and Joomjim Khemlek.

  1. Year: 1969
  2. Thai title: ขุนตาล
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Sor Asanajinda
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sor Asanajinda,Chana Sriubon,Luechai Natnat,Joomjim Khemlek,Sawin Sawangrat,Somkuan Krajangsat
  7. Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit,Prim Praphaporn,Chatchadaporn Laksanawed,Sasithorn Phetrung

Thai movie ขุนตาล was released in year 1969. Main actor is Sombat Methanee and main actress is Aranya Namwong. The movie is lost in Thailand but three reels remain to be seen. The whole movie is reduced to a sequence of 47 minutes so making it difficult to understand in details. Sor Asanajinda is actor and movie director. No movie summary is left to be read. The movie is in 16mm format so without sound as such format requires live dubbing. Two friends always like to fight to settle their disagreement (เพื่อนรัก). They are living in a bandit village (ชุมเสือ). One of them, called Sing (สิงห์), is having a child with Prim Praphaporn. Their son is played by Sombat Methanee. Years have passed, he is now an adult. Following some fighting, Sombat becomes the new leader and gets a crown shaped like a tiger head (มงกุฎหัวเสือ). Sombat summons a spirit doctor (หมอผี) to cure Sasitorn Phetrung (ศศิธร เพชรรุ่ง), who is blind. Some ingredients are missing. In the city, a sequence shows Chana Sriubon, Chatchadaporn Laksanawed (ชัชฎาพร), Sawin Sawangrat and Sor Asanajinda talking together. Sombat and the spirit doctor enter in Pa Sor’s house to get some of the missing ingredients. Sombat meets Chadaporn and then Aranya. Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit is the mother of the two daughters, i.e. Chadaporn and Aranya. Sombat is injured by the bandit he defeated before to become the village leader. Chana Sriubon neutralises the bandit so that Sombat can run away. Luechai Natnat is then also injured in Pa Sor's house and flees. He is chased by ruffians but gets help from Sombat. Sombat comes back again to the house to have discussion with Pa Sor and ends up kidnapping Aranya and Sasitorn. Sawin and his ruffians chase them. Chana Sriubon tries to prevent them but gets neutralised. Sombat seems very unhappy over Aranya. Aranya saves Sombat's life while he is attacked again by the rogue bandit. Sawin captures Pa Sor and Chana Sriubon. Aranya asks Sombat to help Pa Sor captured by Sawin. Wilaiwan releases Chana. Luechai gets rid of Sawin. Final duel happens between Sombat and Pa Sor until they realise they are relatives (father / son?).

  1. Year: 1970
  2. Thai title: สิงห์สาวเสือ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sawin Sawangrat,Sithao Petcharoen,Sukon Koewliam,Chana Sriubon
  7. Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Metta Roongrat

Sing Sao Seua or สิงห์สาวเสือ is a Thai movie released in year 1970. There are seven songs in the movie. Only 4 minutes is left. The extract in 35mm format includes the love song between Sombat Methanee and Aranya Namwong. It also just features the sequence where Sombat Methanee is shot by a ruffian. A short summary of the movie is still available. Chatchai (Sombat Methanee) is a police student in his final year. When learning that his father has been killed, Chatchai quits the police and goes back to his home district, Wang Phan, to investigate on his father’s death. Patama (Aranya Namwong) is the owner of Wang Phan market. Aranya is using Seuahan to do the internal police in the market as many thugs are around. Sombat and Seuahan become friends. The ruffian leader responsible of his father’s death is Sia Bu (เสี่ยบู๊). Sia Bu wants to have Patama as his wife. As she refuses, the ruffians kill the forest guard. Chatchai takes over his duty. Sia Bu asks Chatchai to stop messing around but he refuses. While Chatchai and Patama are singing their love in the garden, one Sia Bu's ruffian shots Chatchai and kidnaps Patama. Hopefully Seuahan rescues Patama. While Chatchai is recovering at the hospital, things get worse with the market being burnt and Patama kidnapped by Sia Bu. Time for Chatchai to revenge his father and rescue his lovely Patama!

  1. Year: 1970
  2. Thai title: รักเธอเสมอ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Charin Nantanakorn
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Taksin Jampol,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Adul Dulyarat,Lor Tok,Charin Nantanakorn
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Wassana Chalakorn

รักเธอเสมอ is a Thai movie released 1970. The movie is lost in Thailand except the last reel of the film, which lasts 35 minutes. The last reel is in 16mm format so it is mute as 16mm movies require to have live dubbing. When songs happen, the format is then changed to 35mm as this format allows image and sound together. It looks like a Western type movie and featuring 9 songs. Song รักเธอเสมอ remains famous and was sung many time by various singers. The movie features เพลงลูกกรุง. Sombat (Sombat Methanee) is visiting a police station to inform them about his friends kidnapping. Adul Dulyarat is police leader. Taksin (Taksin Jampol) and Wassana (Wassana Chalakorn) have kidnapped Petchara (Petchara Chaowarat) and Prachuap (Prachuap Ruekyamdee). Police is surrounding the ruffians. Police cannot attack as they have hostages. Shootings start and Sombat helps to release them. Taksin and Wassana try to flee. Adul is injured. Wassana is shot by Taksin as she tries to flee on her own. Petchara gives comfort to Adul as he is injured but her heart is split between Sombat and Adul. Taksin comes back for revenge. Following an ultimate fight with Sombat, he falls and dies in a hot spring water. Charin Nantanakorn produced and directed the movie. During a final engagement, Petchara shall choose between Adul or Sombat.

  1. Year: 1970
  2. Thai title: จอมบึง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Sor Asanajinda
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Ruj Ronnapop,Tat Ekathat,Songthong
  7. Main actress: Aranya Namwong,Metta Roongrat,Prim Praphaporn

Thai movie จอมบึง was released in year 1970. Main actors are Sombat Methanee and Aranya Namwong. The movie was lost in Thailand but finally a partial reel was found in year 2013 thanks to a teacher and collector of old items in Songkhla area. One reel lasting 28 minutes is still available but only a 7mn50s sequence can be seen online. It is in 35mm format as actors voice can still be heard despite image and sound being in poor quality. The reel was found in year 2013. Aranya hits Sombat with her car. Finally she accepts to take him in her car as he claims to be hurt. Prachuap Ruekyamdee is doing a massage to Metta Roongrat. Suddenly the car driven by Sombat arrives swiftly in their house property. Ruj Ronnapop seems to enjoy alcohol. Seeing Sombat and Aranya together causes a big ire to Metta. She tries to get back Sombat but to no avail. The director is Sor Asanajinda. The movie features 16 songs according to the film poster.

  1. Year: 1972
  2. Thai title: หัวใจป่า
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Wichit Khunawut
  6. Main actor: Nard Poowanai,Sithao Petcharoen,Sahat Piempongsan
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Prim Praphaporn,Chosri Misommon,Metta Roongrat
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Thai movie หัวใจป่า was released in year 1972. It features 8 songs. Saeng (Petchara Chaowarat) is working in a nightclub as manager secretary (เลขา). Suda (Prim Praphaporn) is her close friend. The manager (เห็นใจ) tries to abuse her so she has to use a gun to protect herself. The driver accuses her of being a minor wife (เมียเก็บ) and to be responsible to have planned to kill the club manager. As police is looking for Saeng, Suda helps her to leave Bangkok. She goes in a remote area of northeast Thailand. While going to Krating, she meets Wissanoo (Nard Poowanai) with who she sympathizes. A music orchestra including Chosri Misommon joins them. On the way, some thieves including Sithao Petcharoen and led by Sahat Piempongsan stops their truck. Identifying Wissanoo as a doctor, Phi Ann (Sahat Piempongsan) orders him and Saeng, believed to be his wife, to follow them. The three ladies of the orchestra are also kidnapped. Phi Ann's wife (Metta Roongrat) called Yom is sick due to malaria (ไข้ป่า). Wissanoo gives her medicine. Phi Ann is not a bad thief as he stops his guys harassing the three ladies. Finally the three ladies have to choose by themselves their husbands! Police is coming so thieves have to move away. One of the rogue ruffians knowing that Saeng is not Wissanoo's wife harasses her. Wissanoo has to fight against him to protect Saeng. Yom wishes Phi Ann to stop being a thief. At nighttime, the rogue ruffian tries to steal Phi Ann's bounty. Following a deadly shooting, Phi Ann is injured in the leg. As the ruffians go to find food, Wissanoo and Saeng take profit to flee with Yom as Phi Ann is injured. Yot and the three ladies join them. While chased by Phi Ann, Yot is shot. Yom decides to go back to Phi Ann to ensure her child can get a father. Getting back Yom, Phi Ann stops chasing the doctor. Finally Wissanoo dismisses in order to join Saeng in Bangkok. This movie is a remake of มือโจร by director Wichit Khunawut in year 1961. The 1972 version lasts 2h22mn.

Tiger from River Kwai
  1. Year: 1975
  2. Thai title: ข้ามาจากแม่น้ำแคว
  3. English title: Tiger from River Kwai
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Franco Lattanzi
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,George Eastman
  7. Main actress:

Tiger from River Kwai (ข้ามาจากแม่น้ำแคว) is a Tom Yam Spaghetti western. Alone and getting out of a Buddhist temple in Thailand to get ashes, Krung heads to America to give them to the dead relatives. He also carries gems. Some ruffians, aware of this, are looking for the Thai man to rob him. A Chinese Hong Kong man, expert in small blades, is also around. Being mistaken as Thai, he finally helps Krung. Ruffians finally get defeated by Krung and the Chinese man. But Krung is injured. The ruffians, led by Jack, kill a family to know where the Thai man is. A beautiful lady offers refuge to Krung. Meanwhile the ruffians storm the city to know where the Thai man is hiding but the sheriff is protecting his city. While giving the ashes to the family (Mary and her mum), Krung falls in a trap but succeeds to escape. He gets shot and injured again. He gets help from the Chinese man. The ruffians kidnap Mila to exchange her with the Thai man. Krung accepts but refuses to disclose to the ruffians where the jewels are as they belong to Buddha. As often in 1970s Thai action movies, famous fighting kicks from Krung Srivilai are featured. They escape. The treasure is fact an elephant embossed with jewels. The ruffians kidnap some women and children to force an exchange with the elephant. One of the sheriff auxiliary is a traitor and helps to release imprisoned ruffians while killing the sheriff. They flee to the Mexican border. Mary and her mum are kept as hostages. Finally Krung defeat the ruffians with the help of the Chinese man, gets back the jewel elephant and offers it to Mary before leaving back to Thailand. The movie features a great 1970s soundtrack as usual in spaghetti movies. It is a "East meets West" western with a Thai actor, a Hong Kong actor and an American actor. Original Italian name is "La Tigre Venuta Dal Fiume Kwai".

Maha Hin
  1. Year: 1978
  2. Thai title: มหาหิน
  3. English title: Maha Hin
  4. Rating: 5/5
  5. Director: Kom Akadej
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sukon Koewliam,Adinan Singhiran,Sawin Sawangrat,Pipop Pupinyo,Phairoj Jaising,Kanchit Kwanpracha,Lak Apichat,Dam Datsakorn,Rith Luecha,Kecha Plianvithee,Manop Aussawathep,Kom Akadej
  7. Main actress: Piyamas Monayakol,Wiyada Umarin

Hin (Sombat Methanee) is a monk. One day he receives a letter from his younger niece announcing that his parents have been killed by ruffians, their house burnt and cattle stolen. Hin finally disrobes (ศึก). After so many years as monk, only a few people recognize him, i.e. Lung Kiaw (Sukon Koewliam) and his former teacher (Adinan Singhiran). Sombat Methanee shaved his head for this movie. Hin still behaves like a monk, speaks like a monk (โยม), carry his umbrella and stay calm but sometimes it is too much to endure and ruffians get smashed! Subdistrict headman Loi (Sawin Sawangrat) is now living on the land belonging to Hin's relatives. He is always protected by a bunch of ruffians including Pipop Pupinyo. Fon (Piyamas Monayakol) is the daughter of subdistrict headman Loi. Lom (Phairoj Jaising), Hin’s former classmate, is the son of subdistrict headman Loi. Phi Saen (Kanchit Kwanpracha) takes care of Neung and Sai, Hin's nephews. Ang (Lak Apichat) always follows Hin to help him. Lom’s girlfriend is called Chada (Wiyada Umarin) and is the daughter of Pho Lieng. Hin just wants to take care of his nephews and not bring trouble regarding the land (ผมมาดี). A new house is built and vegetables are planted. Hin wears colorful shirts (สีแปลกๆ). On the way to sell the corn, Hin's truck is stolen and Hin is beaten. Dam Datsakorn and Rith Luecha are the ones behind. They are Pho Lieng’s faithful lieutenants! As Hin is at hospital, Rith kidnaps Sai. Ruffians fail to kill Hin at the hospital so he is aware through Neung and Fon. Pho Lieng (Kecha Plianvithee), the big boss, wishes to marry Fon but Loi knows his daughter will never accept. Seua Tim (Manop Aussawathep) is seen with Pho Lieng but keeps his independence. Hin finds Sai but it is too late as she has been raped and killed. Hin has to forget his previous Buddhist vows (เรื่องคนชั่ว) to take revenge. Hin reuses the chain that was used to kill Sai in order to hit the ruffians. Fierceful fights happen between Hin and Rith / Dam in an underground casino. Despite Hin winning, Pho Lieng orders the ruffians to kill Hin but Seua Tim forbids as guns are not allowed in his casino. Hin kidnaps Fon to bring trouble to Kamnan Loi. Pho lieng orders to kill Subdistrict headman Loi as this latter refuses to enter in a bigger scale of corruption (แบ่งกันกินแบ่งกันใช่). Lom and Fon believes the murderer is Hin. Finally Seua Tim explains the truth to them. Justice happens and all the ruffians are killed. Hin leaves as a lonely cowboy. Movie Maha Hin (มหาหิน) was released in year 1978 and directed by famous action movies director Kom Akadej (เจ้าพ่อหนังบู๊เมืองไทย).This movie really features a big bunches of major actors during decade 1970s.

The Mountain Lion
  1. Year: 1979
  2. Thai title: เสือภูเขา
  3. English title: The Mountain Lion
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Kom Akadej
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep,Rith Luecha,Lak Apichat,Dam Datsakorn
  7. 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.

  1. Year: 1979
  2. Thai title: ลาบเลือด
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Phairoj Jaising,Manop Aussawathep,Sawin Sawangrat,Rith Luecha,Pipop Pupinyo
  7. Main actress: Piathip Kumwong,Mayura Thanabutr,Duangjai Hathaikarn
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Drunk ruffians are terrorizing a shop while listening to an old Boney M song. Sukol gives them a lesson. Seuabin (Rith Luecha) is the leader of the ruffians. They kidnap villagers and force them to work as slaves (ทาส). Sukol (Sombat Methanee) is working in a gambling den (บ่อน). He meets his old friend Phairoj Jaising. They were former Thai soldiers during the war in Laos. Both of them have been requested to meet in this remote Isan city by their old friend Siaw (Manop Aussawathep). Siaw requests help as his two sisters, Bao (Mayura Thanabutr) and Mon (Duangjai Hathaikarn), have disappeared. They are part of the working slaves (ทำไร่กัญชา) and have been lured by fake job offers. Bao is sick but to get medicine from the guards, women have to offer their body. No problem (มาเลย) for Chai (Piathip Kumwong), who is a former kind hearted prostitute, in order to help Bao. As usual Pipop Pupinyo is playing the ruthless ruffian also. Sukol loves to eat Larb Luat dish (ลาบเลือด). Phairoj, simulating to be an up country bumpkin, is recruited as worker by the agency offering expensive fake jobs. Seua Ling (Sawin Sawangrat) is the big boss. Meanwhile showing his fighting and shooting skills, Sakol is recruited by Seua Ling. Rivalry happens between Sakol and Seuabin as both are skilled gunman (มือปืน). When Chai is sick, nobody is helping her (ใจหมา). She dies during the night refusing Mon to sacrifice herself for her. Sakol asks Siaw to provide explosives. Sawin has an important 500 kg shipment to be done so extra ruffians come. New plan is to release all inmates and not only the two sisters. Seuabin prepares a putsch against Seua Ling as he is upset that Seua Ling is too friendly with Sakol and also wishing to get a bigger share of money. The plan seems to go wrong when Seuabin captures and tortures Sakol to know the truth. Phairoj organises the inmates uprising and uses weapons hidden by Siaw in the field. Through a thrilling and explosive final, all ruffians are defeated or killed. Finally Siaw offers his two sisters to Sakol and Phairoj as rewards. ลาบเลือด is a 2h08mn Thai western.

Nai Hoi Tamin
  1. Year: 1980
  2. Thai title: นายฮ้อยทมิฬ
  3. English title: Nai Hoi Tamin
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Sawin Sawangrat,Lak Apichat
  7. Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun

It deals about the adventures of Thai cowboys sending cattle through Isan area to Nakhorn Ratchasima. Outlaws are waiting to steal the buffaloes. The "Nai Hoi" were historical local cattle merchants leading buffalos from Isan to the central regions of Thailand to sell them. This movie has an unique feature, i.e. actors use Isan language to speak. This movie highlights the life of rural people in Isan in historical times. A Thai TV serie based on the movie was shot in 2001.

  1. Year: 1980
  2. Thai title: ฝนใต้
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Boo Wibunnan,Sawin Sawangrat,Pipop Pupinyo,Adul Dulyarat,Chat Mongkolchai
  7. Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom,Metta Roongrat,Duangdao Jarujinda

This movie is a Thai Tom Yum (ต้มยำ) western mixing action and comedy. Following a robbery, ruffians have to stop at a house to rest at night time and repair their car. They kill the whole family living there but the kid, called Yot, is only injured and promises to take revenge. He notices that the killer is wearing particular boots. Yot is rescued and healed by a Buddhist monk and doctor Meng (Adul Dulyarat). Twenty years have passed. Yot (Sombat Methanee) is coming back in the area to sell medicine. The area is under the control of mafiosi Lit and his thugs (Pipop Pupinyo and Chat Mongkolchai). Even local subdistrict headman (กำนัน) Cha (Prachuap Ruekyamdee) has difficulty to get authority from them. The district officer (นายอำเภอ) has been killed. The doctor Meng now indulges into alcohol to forget his worries. His wife, Busuba (Metta Roongrat), was deceitful and caused the death of his best friend. She is now Lit's girlfriend. A Thai country music (ลูกทุ่ง) singer (Sayan Chantaraviboon) is coming in the village and teams up with Yot. Lit (Sawin Sawangrat) tries to get rid of Yot, the country music singer and even local subdistrict headman Cha. Yot finds the 20 years old boots in Cha's barn so he believes that local subdistrict headman Cha is responsible of his parents' death. Various events (doctor Meng, Lit and Busaba die) happen until the thugs are neutralized thanks to Yot and the singer, who is in fact an undercover military officer. Remembering the Buddhist monk's advice, Yot doesn't do self justice and becomes the new district officer. It is a typical movie of end of 1970s decade with Thai country music songs, action, comedy, romance (Yot and Chewi (Supansa Nuengpirom), local subdistrict headman Cha's daughter), revenge. A previous version of ฝนใต้ was also done in 1970 already with Sombat Methanee.

  1. Year: 1981
  2. Thai title: ไอ้ค่อม
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Porjed Kaenpetch,Sor Asanajinda,Lak Apichat,Somsak Chaisongkram
  7. Main actress: Jarunee Sooksawad

It has a scenario based on the tale "The beauty and the beast". An deformed man, hated by all, is helping an endangered young woman.

  1. Year: 1981
  2. Thai title: ทุ่งกุลาร้องไห้
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Manop Aussawathep
  7. Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom

Some immigrants settle in a village in dry Isan (Northeast of Thailand) area. They are not welcomed by the already inhabitants. Incidents happen between the two communities. Who is responsible of these incidents?

  1. Year: 1983
  2. Thai title: ดวงนักเลง
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Winit Pukdeewichit
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Nirut Sirijanya,Pisarn Akraseranee,Settha Sirachaya,Sahat Piempongsan
  7. 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.

Tears of the Black Tiger
  1. Year: 2000
  2. Thai title: ฟ้าทะลายโจร
  3. English title: Tears of the Black Tiger
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Wisit Sasanatieng
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee
  7. Main actress: Naiyana Shewanan
  8. Trailer: View
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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.

Dynamite Warrior
  1. Year: 2006
  2. Thai title: ฅนไฟบิน
  3. English title: Dynamite Warrior
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Panna Rittikrai
  7. Main actress:
  8. Trailer: View
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At the end of 19th century, Lord Waeng Sirikorn is capturing and stealing Buffalos. He is selling them to a slaughter house. The rarity of buffalos is boosting his business of steamed tractors. He is using criminals to kill cattle traders and steal their buffalos. Siang is a mysterious local Robin Woods stealing buffalos from dishonest traders in order to give them to poor people. Siang is skilled in martial arts and fireworks usage. He learnt those skills by being involved in firework assembly for the Isan yearly festival called "Bun Bang Fai" (ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ). Siang is looking for revenge against trader Sing as he believed Sing killed his parents before. Trader Sing is also a powerful wizard. Lord Waeng needs to get rid of trader Sing to get his buffalos. He asks support from Black wizard, who was a friend of Sing twenty years ago and by lying, he also convinced Siang to help him. By using the blood of a virgin, they make Sing loosing his power. Finally it was Black wizard who killed Siang's parents. Sing and Siang then unite to defeat Black wizard and lord Waeng. The movie uses some recipes from popular movie Ong Bak as the movie producer is Prachya Pinkaew, who directed Ong Bak. Sometimes the movie has some flavors of former Western spaghetti movies. The movie takes place in Isan, northeast area of Thailand.



Some action Thai movies (หนังบู๊) take place in Thai Chinese community.

Flyer and Magic Sword
  1. Year: 1970
  2. Thai title: อัศวินดาบกายสิทธิ์
  3. English title: Flyer and Magic Sword
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat
  8. Trailer: View
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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”.

The Devilish Killer
  1. Year: 1970
  2. Thai title: ดาบคู่สะท้านโลกันต์
  3. English title: The Devilish Killer
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat
  8. Trailer: View

Devilish killer can defeat 15 men in a single combat thanks to his iron hands, strong kick and powerful nine ring golden blade. He requests a thunderbolt sword to a clan leader. The clan leader refuses as it is the Clan sacred sword. He sends his two sons Chi Wen (Chaiya Suriyun) and Chi Wu away with the sword. The devilish killer defeats the clan leader and its men. He is now looking after Chi Wen and Chi Wu. Chi Wen is also defeated but the godly beggar helps him to escape death and to flee. Chi Wu is also defeated but gets help from a mysterious blind fighter. Chi Wen is taught by the godly beggar how to better fight. He helps princess Ju Yen (Petchara Chaowarat) attacked by two ruffians. Love emerges between both of them. Her father has promised her to devilish killer. Aware of Chi Wen, the father makes him pass difficult but successful tests. He finally drugs him, disfigured him and throws him from a cliff. Chi Wen refuses to see Ju Yen again as he feels ashamed to be disfigured. Meanwhile Chi Wu meets a young lady miss Chow selling flowers in a temple. She is skilled in sword handling. Following altercation with ruffians, Chi Wu is about to be defeated by them but finally secured by his own masked brother. Chi Wen refuses to disclose his identity and trains Chi Wu to improve his skills. This time it is Chi Wu helping miss Chow in a fight against ruffians. Ju Yen also joins us as she hopes to get news of Chi Wen from Chi Wu. Chi Wu notices miss Chow has the same sword. Only twin thunderbolt blades can defeat devilish killer. Chi Wen takes the two swords in order to train himself. Chi Wu, miss Chow and Ju Yen defy the devilish killer. Will Chi Wen join them on time? They are finally defeated despite using tricks such as armor or water to extinguish fire bombs. Chi Wen arrives on time to defeat the devilish killer thanks to the twin thunderbolt blades. They are finally all safe and Chi Wen's face is restored thanks to his master. This Taiwanese movie 活閻王 was supposed to feature Thai famous actor Mitr Chaibancha but following his sudden death in 1970, he was finally replaced by Chaiya Suriyun. Mitr Chaibancha went to Hong Kong to play in three Wuxia films in his last year. But only "Flyer and Magic Sword" was completed. "Sword of Emei", "The Tiger and the Dragon" and “The Devilish Killer” were finished with other leading actor. This movie is also called " L'uomo della grande muraglia" overseas.

The King Boxers
  1. Year: 1972
  2. Thai title: หมัดสังหาร
  3. English title: The King Boxers
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Nard Poowanai
  7. Main actress: Pawana Chanajit

Movie The King Boxers - หมัดสังหาร - 小拳王 is a Hong Kong Thai co production released in 1972. Main Thai actors present are Pawana Chanajit and Nard Poowanai. Japanese main actor is Yasuka Kurata (Japan's No 1 top actor according to VHS cover). During Surin elephant festival, an overseas Chinese visitor called Yen, interested in Karate, enjoys the festival with his Thai friend Sha (Pawana Chanajit). She shows him Thailand even if there is inaccuracy with a sudden change location from Surin to Chiang Mai (Doi Suthep). At Nakornping stadium, they meet Thai boxer Chow (Nard Poowanai). Local ruffian tries to influence the match result by offering gold but the boxer refuses. Chow wins his match. The ruffians decide to take revenge as they lost a lot of money in betting due to him. Chow defeats the small ruffians but their leader is too strong for him. Hopefully Yen, thanks to his Kung Fu skills, defeats the ruffians leader. Chow asked to be trained by Yen. They visit together famous temples such as Nakhon Pathom chedi. Yen sends a letter to his sister in Hong Kong saying he will stay longer in Thailand. Yen is the leader of a Kung Fu school in Hong Kong. A Japanese school is rival of his school. Their leader Tu Pien comes to the school to defy them but Yen is overseas in Thailand. So he breaks their school board as a sign of defiance. Yen is finally back from Thailand. The fight can happen between both leaders. Yen defeats the Japanese leader but this latter starts to build his revenge. He invites Yen to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate peace but it is a trap. Yen is injured during the meal with a violin and then attacked by dozens of men. He is overwhelmed and finally killed. Ruffians prevent anybody to join the mourning. Yen's two Thai friends just arrive in Hong Kong in order to bring to Yen the tusk he ordered from Thailand. They discover he is dead. Chow and Sha are invited by Yen's sister during the mourning. Fight erupts between the two Kung Fu schools. Chow uses a mix of Thai boxing and Chinese Kung Fu taught by Yen. Tu Pien is about to win thanks to nunchaku usage but hopefully Chow reminds of Yen 's secret weapon and defeats Tu Pien. Most of the part in Thailand is filmed outdoor but the part in Hong Kong is played indoor. It is one of the five movies that Pawana Chanajit, the pearl of Asia, played in Hong Kong movie productions.

The Roaring Lion
  1. Year: 1972
  2. Thai title: ยอดชาย
  3. English title: The Roaring Lion
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Yodchai Meksuwan
  7. Main actress: Pawana Chanajit

A group of friends are workers in a sawmill. As the foreign boss badly treats his workers, a rebellion happens. The friends, including JeuEr and Chiaouza, have to quit their job. It makes JeuEr's mother very upset and she asks him to stop fighting. Chased by ruffians, they have to flee their village by boat. They are now working in an outdoor mine in Thailand. Workers are over exploited until exhaustion. Pawana gives them information on the ruffians. In Nakhon Pathom pagoda, one of the friends recognizes his sister. She flees but he follows her and finds she is now working in an entertainment place for adults. He tries to release her but fighting erupts. They get defeated by the head of the ruffians who is a strong opponent. To avoid the sister being harmed, they have to accept being defeated in some fighting tournaments. As Chiaouza refuses to lose during the fight, he is finally killed after a tournament overwhelmed by ruffians. JeuEr upset joins the tournament but gets defeated through a bad trick. Looking for JeuEr, ruffians storm his kung fu school. Upset he becomes the roaring lion and defeats a dangerous fighter using whip. Back to the entertainment club, JeuEr through his kung fu skills defeats a dozen opponents and affronts successfully their leaders. Thai actors Pawana Chanajit and Yodchai Meksuwan have participated to a few Hong Kong movies during 1970s decade. Pawana Chanajit, called pearl of Asia, has acted in five Hong Kong movies.

Big Boss 2
  1. Year: 1976
  2. Thai title: เพชฌฆาตทอง
  3. English title: Big Boss 2
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Lo lieh
  7. Main actress: Wang Ping
  8. Trailer: View

Movie เพชฌฆาตทอง is a Thai HK co production released in year 197x and featuring Krung Srivilai and Lo lieh as main actors. Chinese name is 唐山弟子 and English name is “Big Boss part 2”. A three minutes trailer is available. The movie was never released on VHS or VCD. A 10 minutes sequence is available on line. It seems there is not so much link with the first opus featuring legendary Kung fu star Bruce Lee except trying to wave on the success of this first opus. Some parts are filmed in Thailand with Krung taking part to fighting and shooting on a river with a M16. A young lady (Actress Wang Ping) is looking for some gold. Krung is part of her team. Main actor (Lo lieh) arrives in Thailand and wishes to take revenge on the man who killed his father. It is the same man that owns the gold that the young lady is looking for. So she decides to use Lo lieh but without mentioning the gold...

Soul of Bruce lee
  1. Year: 1977
  2. Thai title: สองเสือใจสิงห์
  3. English title: Soul of Bruce lee
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Sonny Chiba
  7. Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Somjit Sapsamruey

At the Thai border, Sonny's parents are killed by ruffians. He promises to take revenge. He gets a training in a martial arts camp. Sonny (Sonny Chiba) is now an adult. His master is assassinated by Sam, a former disciple. Sonny finds him but gets defeated. While being seriously injured, he is cured by a young hill tribe lady called Lipa (Etsuko Shihomi). Krung (Krung Srivilai) arrives to Bangkok by airplane. He has a meeting in Pattaya to deliver some diamonds. The ruffians try to double him through a mysterious man called Mr Chan in Hong Kong. The ruffians leader tries to put a beautiful Chinese girl in Krung’s way but it is not enough. Krung flees away with the drug and money but gets severely injured. Naowarat Yooktanun has also a small role and is taking care of Krung while he is sick. Krung has been separated with his mother (Somjit Sapsamruey) twenty years ago. Meanwhile the ruffians team leader tortures a policeman (Tadashi Yamashita) but the head of the organisation prevents his thugs to kill him. Sonny helps him to flee. Some ruffians are looking for troubles with Sonny. Krung comes back to help Tadashi and releases him. While fleeing through a daring operation including parasailing, Krung gets shot by the head of the organisation. Sonny is now living in a Buddhist temple. He is using electrical training device and needs to eat weird white powder to always calm down. Sonny and the policeman Tadashi get friends. Accelerated electrical shots are used by Sonny as a training in order to improve his muscles reactivity. Lipa (Etsuko Shihomi), young hill tribe lady, is killed while he is away. Sonny and the policeman storm the ruffians island. The old master was in fact the mastermind. The head of the organisation is defeated through a final fight involving Sonny and Tadashi. Without drug to calm down, Sonny finally dies also. This movie is a Hong Kong / Thai / Japan co production and it was released in year 1977. Thai name is สองเสือใจสิงห์. English name is “In the soul of Chiba” or “Soul of Bruce lee”. The scenario is bit confusing to follow up but people looking for Sonny Chiba’s action scenes won’t be disappointed.

Death Ring
  1. Year: 1984
  2. Thai title: เลือดตี๋ก็สีแดง
  3. English title: Death Ring
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich,Sayan Chantaravi​boon,Porjed Kaenpetch,Suchao Pongwilai,Kowit Wattanakul
  7. 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.

Ang Yee
  1. Year: 2000
  2. Thai title: อั้งยี่
  3. English title: Ang Yee
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon
  7. Main actress:
  8. Trailer: View
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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.

Yaowarat
  1. Year: 2003
  2. Thai title: เยาวราช
  3. English title: Yaowarat
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Shahkrit Yamnarm
  7. Main actress:

Bangkok Yaowarat district has so far been protected by mafia godfather Tong, with the assistance of Saleng as his right-hand man. Meanwhile, the Pahurat area is controlled by another gangster, Dada, and his close partner, Kaolad. The coexistence of the rival territories is shattered when Saleng and Kaolad challenge each other.



Some action Thai movies (หนังบู๊) deal about outlaws in 1940s and 1960s.

  1. Year: 1949
  2. Thai title: สุภาพบุรุษเสือไทย
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Tae Prakardwutthisan
  6. Main actor: Surasit Sattayawong
  7. Main actress:

Supha Burut Seua Thai (สุภาพบุรุษเสือไทย) is a Thai movie shot in 16mm format in 1948 and released in year 1949. It is a lost movie but in year 199x Tae Prakardwutthisan (แท้ ประกาศวุฒิสาร), famous Thai movie director and producer, gave to the Thai Film Archives a lot of documents and films. It included 'Supha Burut Seua Thai' movie behind the screen sequence. It lasts 10 minutes. ‘Supha Burut Seua Thai’ movie took 3 months to be filmed. The movie was shot in Ratchaburi as Tae is coming from here. One highlight is festival and boats competition shooting in เขางู. It was projected during 28 days and earnt 300k baht, a record for that time. It was one of the first Thai movie after World War 2 and is considered as the launch of Thai movies successful era in 16mm format. Movie Supha Burut Seua Thai (สุภาพบุรุษเสือไทย) includes Surasit Sattayawong as main actor and สอางค์ ทิพยทัศน as main actress. Anecdote regarding the movie is that police has to stay all the time as real gold was used during temple shots and to avoid cameras to be stolen by potential robbers. Due to a lack of dubbers, Tae and main actors have to do the dubbing by themselves in Chalem Krung theatre! One session was for the critics. Good overall critics (dramatic, first Thai movie at same level as foreign movie, usage of festival and culture) were received. Advertising was different from nowadays, i.e. big billboards on the theater, van with billboard going around the city, posters stuck on walls. It was a big success first in cinema Chalem Krung during 28 days, then it was shown in other Bangkok theaters and then in countryside. At that time, a movie included orchestra music, comic shows with Lortok, Dokdin and Somphong. For the first Thai movies oscars in year 1957, this movie received two rewards. Another movie with the same title was released in year 1979 with Sombat Methanee. Many movies about Seua Thai were then released during the next years and decades. A short summary is a below. Surasit Sattayawong is playing a subdistrict headman called Thai. He is accused of having murdered his wife. He has to flee in the forest and becomes Seua Thai, a bandit. One day, he is helping a young lady aggressed by ruffians. She then keeps following him. Seua Thai then decides to take revenge over those who accuse him of murder.

  1. Year: 1971
  2. Thai title: สุภาพบุรุษเสือใบ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Kanchit Kwanpracha,Prachuap Ruekyamdee,Sithao Petcharoen,Pipop Pupinyo
  7. Main actress: Petchara Chaowarat,Metta Roongrat
  8. Trailer: View

Wan is going to study to Bangkok. Nui and Yot are his friends. The war with Japan happens. A group, led by a Japanese sergeant, opens a torture camp to interrogate pretended traitors and weapons robbers. Some innocent villagers are arrested including Wan's father. Wan is back and is now a soldier. Wan meets Tawisak, a Thai working for Japanese soldiers and delivering water to them. He is seen as a traitor by Wan and Yot. Wan has issues with a Japanese soldier as he is arrogant so he needs to flee. Wan meets teacher Raiwan (Petchara Chaowarat), who is teaching adults in order for them to know how to read. They all agree to do resist to Japanese occupants. How to help those captured by the Japanese soldiers? Wan joins a group of workers building the railway to Burma. He has issues with the Thai guards, led by Sing, working for the Japanese soldiers (คนไทยทรยศ). He is imprisoned with his father. Meanwhile his friends are acting to free them while Japanese soldiers and Thai traitors are having food and alcohol. Tawisak is playing double game. They flee successfully. Wan decides to become Seua Bai (โจร), a ruffian, in order to fight again the Japanese invaders and the Thai traitors. They steal weapons from Japanese army and start resistance. Nong and her brother miss their father so quit the group. They are captured by another group of ruffians. Wan defeats their leader in one to one fight. Wan misses the teacher Raiwan. He is upset as living as a ruffian he cannot have a real love story with the teacher Raiwan but he does it for the country (เสรีไทย). They plan to disrupt the railway to Burma. Teacher Raiwan and Tawisak participate but are uncovered by a Japanese group led by Sing. Through an ambush, Tawisak is freed but Wan's father dies while protecting his son. Wan's team attacks the Japanese camp and releases Raiwan. As promised to his father, Wan stops to be a robber and surrenders to police (มอบตัว). Teacher Raiwan will be his guarantee. It is a typical action movie from 1960s-1970s with some nationalist and patriotic savor. It is a 2h15mn movie and the image quality is quite red tinted color and damaged. This movie is based on the life of Mr. Bai Sa-ad-dee (นายใบ สะอาดดี), who was one of the most famous Thai robbers in 1940s. His name was Seua Bai (เสือใบ). Other movie remakes on Seua Bai were done in 1984 and in 1998.

  1. Year: 1978
  2. Thai title: เสือเผ่น
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Krung Srivilai,Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep,Phairoj Jaising
  7. Main actress: Piyamas Monayakol,Mayurachath Muarnprasitivej

During World War II a man quits the police to go back in his village. There he becomes an outlaw by robbing local people. He joins force with the Thai police to enter resistance and fight Japanese troops. After the end of the war, he still continues to be an outlaw. This time, the Thai police won't allow it anymore...

Seua Bai
  1. Year: 1984
  2. Thai title: เสือใบ
  3. English title: Seua Bai
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chaiyan Sorakrai,Sombat Methanee,Dam Datsakorn,Chat Mongkolchai,Kowit Wattanakul
  7. Main actress: Nareerat Monsiri
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Bai (Chaiyan Sorakrai) is the son of poor farmers. Some cows disappear in the village. Ying, son of local subdistrict headman, is suspected (ชาวบ้านเดือดร้อน) to sell the cows to gamble. A fist fight happens between Ying and Bai as Bai challenges him on the money origin. Ying and his friends are strongly defeated by Bai and his brother Chom. Yiem (Dam Datsakorn), Ying's father (พ่อ), doesn't accept this and threatens to kill Bai if he doesn't apologize. Yiem hits Bai's father. Wishing to clarify the situation with Yiem, Bai and Chom end up fighting with Ying and his ruffians again. Ying shots Chom and Bai has no choice but shooting Ying also. Chom is only injured but Ying dies. Chom and Bai have to flee but subdistrict headman (กำนัน) Yiem promises to revenge his dead son. While fleeing, Bai helps Malee (Nareerat Monsiri) threatened (รังแก) by ruffian Riem (Chat Mongkolchai). Sia Thong is another godfather lending money then taking land and cows when villagers cannot repay. Bai has to play the robin woods to get back the illegal contracts from Sia Thong. Malee is Seua Fai's (Sombat Methanee) young sister. Yiem's ruffians kill Chom. Bai and his friend Sakorn (Kowit Wattanakul) take refuge in Seua Fai's territory. Romance starts between Bai and Malee. Seua protects villagers and punish those acting badly. Yiem's ruffians team perform robbery (ปล้น) by using Bai's name. They hide their face. The action is taking place during World War II with Japanese soldiers occupying Thailand. Bai and Seu Fai team help each other to neutralize a petrol stock maintained by Japanese soldiers. While visiting his mother, Bai is surprised by Yiem's ruffians. He succeeds to escape but a traitor is leading Yiem to Bai's hidden refuge. Yiem is bringing the police with him. Shootings happen. As Sakorn is seriously injured, he stays behind to stop Yiem's ruffians. Meanwhile Yiem sends teammates to kidnap Bai's parents so Bai's team has to split into two parts. Following his mother's request, Bai finally surrenders to the police. No thief can escape police. The real historical Bai is coming from Suphanburi province. He was a thief (โจร) very active after World War 2. He stayed in prison from 1953 to 1963. The real man Seua Bai (เสือใบ) has a small speech at the end of this movie. He is highlighting that his illegal life should not be followed. Other versions of Seua Bai were in 1971 (สุภาพบุรุษเสือใบ), 1998 (เสือ โจรพันธุ์เสือ). In 1971 version, the part related to the fight against Japanese invaders is much longer.

Dang Bireley and the Young Gangsters
  1. Year: 1997
  2. Thai title: 2499 อันธพาล ครองเมือง
  3. English title: Dang Bireley and the Young Gangsters
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Nonzee Nimitbut
  6. Main actor: Jesdaporn Pholdee
  7. Main actress:
  8. Trailer: View
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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.

Crime King
  1. Year: 1998
  2. Thai title: เสือ โจรพันธุ์เสือ
  3. English title: Crime King
  4. Rating: 4/5
  5. Director: Thanit Jitnukul
  6. Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon
  7. Main actress:

Just after World War II, many gangs were active in Thailand. One gang lead by Seua was even robbing rich bad men to give their money to poor peasants. This movie deals about the police chase towards Seua. The former rocker turned screen star Amphol Lumpoon received Best Actor Awards for this movie.

Satang
  1. Year: 2000
  2. Thai title: สตางค์
  3. English title: Satang
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Bandit Ritthakol
  6. Main actor: Jesdaporn Pholdee,Sahat Piempongsan,Chatchai Plengpanich,Santisuk Promsiri,Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep
  7. Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat
  8. Trailer: View
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During World War II, some bad Thai soldiers stole cash money but they have to hide it. After the war, some Thai people, living in a slum but coming from different social backgrounds, learn about this and decide to take their chance and look for the money. During their quest, some people become jealous and greedy. Bad Thai soldiers are also still seeking for the money...

New Born Blood
  1. Year: 2002
  2. Thai title: โก๋หลังวัง
  3. English title: New Born Blood
  4. Rating: 2/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor:
  7. Main actress:

This movie takes place in the 1960s featuring nice rock songs and costumes. It features a love story through the confrontation between two gangs.

Siamese Outlaws
  1. Year: 2004
  2. Thai title: 2508 ปิดกรมจับตาย
  3. English title: Siamese Outlaws
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Sombat Methanee,Krung Srivilai,Ekapan Banleurit
  7. Main actress:
  8. Trailer: View
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This movie is taken from real events of 1965, when a big market robbery occurred in Ayutthaya province. White Tiger, a notorious robber, teamed up with two gangs to carry out his plan. But teams betrayed each other before money sharing. A police inspector is then chasing them.

Gangster - Antapal
  1. Year: 2012
  2. Thai title: อันธพาล
  3. English title: Gangster - Antapal
  4. Rating: 5/5
  5. Director: Kongkiat Khomsiri
  6. Main actor: Krissada Sukosol,Phongphat Wachirabanjong
  7. Main actress:
  8. Trailer: View
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Chot (Krissada Sukosol) defeats Saeng (Phongphat Wachirabanjong) in a one to one knife fighting. Dang and Chot take over Saeng's illegal business (นักเลง) such as drug, gambling, gold shop and prostitution. This movie offers a great 1950s atmosphere representation including old standalone theater (โรงหนังเก่า) with live dubbing. A few historical mistakes are present as posters of Sirikwan Nanthasiri (ภาพโฆษณาสุราไก่แดง)(1972) and movie poster of คนกินเมีย (1974) are used. Piak and Tong are working in the cinema and wish to become ruffians also. Four kings are holding the business. Poo (ดังใหญ่) wishes to extend his territory. Dang wishes to ordain for his mother (บวชให้แม่) but Poo is bringing trouble as he wants his own territory (ที่). Chot is the first to use a gun so the gangster period evolves from knife to gun (ยุคมีด / ยุคปืน). Chot tries to shot Poo but fails to reach his target as the gun is defective. Police arrests ruffians and jails them. Dang dies in a car accident while going to south of Thailand. Four years have passed. The movie highlights the booming industry of Thai cinema in 1950s / 1960s by showing big billboards advertising latest film releases. Police has taken over the mafia and being the one receiving protection fee. Chot is released from prison. Piak and Tong are waiting for him. Police is also waiting to put him back to jail. Chot keeps seeing the ghost of the woman he unfortunately killed while trying to shot Poo as his gun was built with poor quality. Chot has changed and is more receptive to small shop owners’ problems. Some scenes are shot in a cinema showing “Hao Dong” (เห่าดง - 1959) famous movie. Chot is not as inflexible as before. Despite kidnapping a ruffian leader for execution, Chot gives him a last chance to fight back. Oti is a new strong ruffian. Piak defects from Chot's group to join Oti. Oti is a bloody fighter. He even shots with rifle the police leader. Through final shootings, Chot and his team attack Oti and his boss. Nobody survives. The movie Gangster - Antapal (อันธพาล) was released in 2012. The movie Gangster – Antapal (อันธพาล) is based on similar characters previously used in 1997's Dang Bireley's and Young Gangsters (2499 อันธพาล ครองเมือง) but it is not a remake. The movie goes beyond Dang character and shows the real gangster era through Chot’s character. The movie includes past stories or souvenirs from elderly people.



Some action Thai movies (หนังบู๊) are war movies.

Sasean
  1. Year: 1959
  2. Thai title: ซาเซียน
  3. English title: Sasean
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chaiya Suriyun,Sukon Koewliam,Tawan Siriwat
  7. Main actress: Raodee Sririwilai,Mom Chan Phuangwan

Sasean (ซาเซียน) is a Thai movie released in year 1959 and featuring main actor Chaiya Suriyun and main actress Raodee Sririwilai (เรวดี ศิริวิไล). The movie is lost in Thailand but a four minutes sequence as a trailer is still available. The image is still sharp and quite colorful. The short sequence includes war sequences, fist fighting scenes. Other actors include Sukon Koewliam, Tawan Siriwat. A lady is kidnapped but helped by a marine boat soldier. The movie is mute. No summary is available.

  1. Year: 1966
  2. Thai title: สิงห์สันติภาพ
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Luechai Natnat,Adinan Singhiran,Boo Wibunnan,Tawan Siriwat
  7. Main actress: Sopha Sataporn,Metta Roongrat

Thai movie สิงห์สันติภาพ was released in year 1966 and lasts 2h12mn. The movie is only available in mute state as the remaining film was in 16mm format only. Red berets soldiers including Adinan Singhiran, Boo Wibunnan and Luechai Natnat fight against each other in a bar due to a girl. Their boss เช้า asks them to stop. They go for a mission in the jungle. The soldiers team includes one lady played by Sopha Sataporn. While crossing a river, Sopha is dragged away due the strong current but Luechai is helping her. Fightings happen in the jungle. Leader เช้า is killed. Sopha becomes the new leader. Some men refuse to get a female leader so a fighting happens between Luechai and one soldier. Luechai wins. At nighttime another soldier tries to abuse Sopha but thanks to Luechai, she pushes back the attacker. Luechai and a soldier help lady Metta Roongrat being aggressed by blue berets soldiers while bathing in a stream. Metta guides them in the forest and helps them to make a piège to blue berets. Metta helps them also to push back a night assault. Romance starts between Metta and Luechai but it is bringing disappointment to Sopha. One soldier is injured and has difficulties to walk. They get attacked again and some soldiers, getting mad, lose their life by taking inconsiderate risks. Metta gets also killed. Lost, Luechai finally wakes up in a camp led by a lady (อัญชนา วงศ์เกษม). She is disappointed when seeing Luechai walking hand in hand with Sopha. Some red beret soldiers steal gems offered to the local deity worshipped in the village. Luechai gets accused but Sopha helps him as one of the leader (ทม วิศวชาติ), also loving the chief lady, despises Luechai. He is in fact a traitor. A final battle happens between soldiers. They finally reach the blue berets camp led by Tat Ekathat. A few soldiers sacrifice their life in order to release Luechai. Finally the blue berets camp is destroyed.

  1. Year: 1979
  2. Thai title: วีรกรรม นปข
  3. English title:
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Kecha Plianvithee
  7. Main actress: Duangcheewan Komolsen
  8. Trailer: View

Thai movie วีรกรรม นปข was released in year 1979. The movie is lost in Thailand but a few minutes trailer remains to be seen. It is a war movie highlighting sacrifice, patriotism (หนังแนวรักชาติ) and duty. Known actors are Kecha Plianvithee, Duangcheewan Komolsen and actor เสกสิทธิ์ สวัสดิ์รักษ์. This movie was not so successful as it lack a famous main actor as selling added value.

Refugee
  1. Year: 1983
  2. Thai title: แหกนรกเวียดนาม
  3. English title: Refugee
  4. Rating: 3/5
  5. Director: Toranong Srichua
  6. Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep,Lak Apichat,Krailat Kriengkrai,Kowit Wattanakul,Somsak Chaisongkram,Chaiyan Sorakrai
  7. Main actress: Suriwan Suriyong

In South Vietnam, protests happen to ask for US GI departure. The movie takes place in 1975 when America was leaving Vietnam. During Vietnam war, Thailand sent soldiers to South Vietnam to support USA as a partner. Last Thai soldiers (including veteran actor Lak Apichat) are about to leave also but their leader called Cobra (Sorapong Chatree) need them to perform a last task. Cobra and his team get support from Susan, a south Vietnamese soldier. They need to extract Nai Pol from the airport. Nai Pol is an important prisoner (นักโทษสำคัญ). Thanks to Vietnamese uniforms (สหาย), they succeed to infiltrate the base and release the prisoner. Salambo (Suriwan Suriyong), daughter of Nai Pol, joins them. A boat is waiting to evacuate them from Vietnam but Vietnamese soldiers will not let them go so easily. Arrived at the beach, thousands of boat people try also to flee. Susan refuses to leave and dies there. Some boats with Vietnamese soldiers are following them. In the sea, they find 3 stranded people, a banker, a prostitute and a mercenary. To avoid being captured, they have to stop by an island and dynamite their boat to destroy the military boat chasing them. But they have no way to quit the island. Another Vietnamese boat with their tough leader (Manop Aussawathep) arrives on the island to chase the Thai soldiers. Traps are placed in the jungle. Communist soldiers are displayed as heartless, i.e. killing helpless villagers (Krailat Kriengkrai). Dissensions appear as the banker, the mercenary and the prostitute want to go their own way. Tension and stress happen in the humid jungle causing some Thai soldiers to become crazy and less aware of dangers. Vietnamese soldiers defeated America but Thai soldiers are not willing to die one by one. Pol has hidden some microfilms in his leg. It contains the list of Vietnamese sympathizers in Thailand. So it is very important to avoid Bangkok becoming another Saigon. It also contains proofs that USA considered sending a nuclear bomb on Hanoi. The movie ends with various harsh fightings between Thai soldiers and Vietnamese soldiers. Only a limited number of Thai soldiers leave the island alive. Movie แหกนรกเวียดนาม / Refugee is directed by Toranong Srichua, a Thai veteran director well known for his action movies. This movie had a 12M baht budget.

Employ For Die
  1. Year: 1988
  2. Thai title: รับจ้างตาย
  3. English title: Employ For Die
  4. Rating: 1/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich
  7. Main actress:
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A former soldier thinks about his daughter, who is very sick. 100 000 baht are needed to cure her. A mercenary job is offered to him for 500 000 baht. He has 4 days to do the job. On the field in Laos, he is leading a team of 6 soldiers. They save a young lady, whose husband has been killed. She brings trouble inside the team as soldiers are fighting each other to seduce the lady. As she is indeed a spy, the leader killed her. Two soldiers die in traps in the jungle. They rescue a young lady held hostage in a village. They learn that their real mission is to capture a drug lord. But they are overwhelmed by the drug lord's tough men. They get tortured until the lady succeeds to rescue them on time. During the fight the drug lord, the soldiers and the lady are killed. The former soldier survives to see his daughter cured. This movie is surfing on the Rambo II wave that started in 1985. The montage sequence is very bad. Abroad, this movie is also known as "Cannibal Mercenary".

Employ For Die 2
  1. Year: 1989
  2. Thai title: รับจ้างตาย ตอน แลกตาย
  3. English title: Employ For Die 2
  4. Rating: 1/5
  5. Director:
  6. Main actor: Bin Banleurit
  7. Main actress:

Once again, Leu (Bin Banleurit) is ordered by his boss to form a mercenary team to stop drug propagation in Thailand and get rid of a dangerous drug lord, called Bad dog, protected by scores of tough men. It could be a "The Magnificent Seven" Thai remake. Six former soldiers join. Leu is reluctant to form a new team as all members died in the previous mission. Every new team member has a reason to join, i.e. need 300 000 baht to cure a sick mother... They go inside the jungle. They are on unofficial mission so even the police and army can shoot them. They are mercenaries (คนรับจ้าง) so they are employed for die. During the progression in the jungle two mercenaries die (through machete and acid bath). On the way, they help lost migrants including one lady with a baby. During the final face to face with the drug lord, all his teammates die. Leu would like to exchange his life (แลกตาย) with them as he promised that no team members should die. This is a typical 1980s Thai war movie with few interest. The action sequences are not credible enough. During the anti-communist years, movies with soldiers and mercenaries fighting in the jungle were popular. Most of these movies were low-profile, though some were popular as they played to the national sentiment. At the end of 1980s, when the communists were defeated, such action films faded. The movie lasts only 1h20mn.



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