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Year: 1977

Thai title: คู่ทรหด
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Rating: 4/5

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

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

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