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Year: 1983

Thai title: วีรบุรุษสงคราม
English title: Jungle heat

Rating: 3/5

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Der Doksadao,Doo Dook Kradon,Supakorn Srisawat,Pipop Pupinyo
Main actress: Piyamas Monayakol,Preeya Roongrueng,Sulaleewan Suwanthat

Thai movie วีรบุรุษสงคราม / Jungle heat was released in year 1983. It is a Thai / Hong Kong / Taiwanese coproduction. Multiple versions were released, i.e. a Thai version never released on any VHS / VCD format and targeting local Thai market, a Hong Kong / Taiwanese version for international market. The Thai version is lost but an incomplete version lasting 1h20mn was shown before in Thai film archives. The overseas version was released under the name of Jungle Heat. An IFD version lasts 1h17mn. It is available through various VHS versions in Japan (lasting 1h30mn), Philippines, Taiwan and China. Some Thai actors are still part of the international version such as Piyamas Monayakol, Pipop Pupinyo, Preeya Roongrueng. Main actors and actresses in Thai version are Sorapong Chatree, ฉิน ฮั่น, Piyamas Monayakol, ถัง เต้า เหลียน เฉิน ซิง, อุ้ย ผิง เอ้า, ฟาง เฟย เซิน, Preeya Roongrueng, Pipop Pupinyo, Sulaleewan Suwanthat, Der Doksadao, Doo Dook Kradon, Supakorn Srisawat. Sorapong Chatree is the main actor of the Thai version. During the Vietnam war, a few men are hired and trained to drive US trucks among Vietcong lines. A US captain hires Tony and his men, but the drivers are not aware of the risks. The drivers get a three weeks training. The drivers are going out to have fun at night time. One of them, Rick, meets bar lady Piyamas Monayakol and romance starts. A new member Chiang Sing joins them. Their trucks have brakes issues, so accident occurs. They are finally captured by the Vietcong (including Pipop Pupinyo) and tortured. The movie features many strong torture sequences such as acid pouring on the head, prisonners burnt with petrol by a rat on fire, scie usage... They succeed to escape. They complain to the lieutenant. As they need money, they finally go again to evacuate weapons as the war is just over but they are attacked by the same Vietcong members. Rick is missing. Piyamas misses him and blames Tony to have abandoned him. US soldiers cannot help as war is over. Tony and his men decide to act first. Following fierce fighting in a cave, Tony and his team release Rick. Being attacked by other Vietcong members, they get support from US lieutenant. War is over and the team has run out of money. Upset as the team spent money to save him, Rick joins a dangerous motorcycle competition. He loses his life while competing and Piyamas gets a lot of money, but she throws it away as money cannot replace the love she lost.

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