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Year: 1968

Thai title: เรือจ้าง
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Rating: 3/5

Main actor: Mitr Chaibancha,Daonoi Duangjai,Anucha Ratanaman,Sawin Sawangrat,Sompong Phonmitr
Main actress: Pissamai Wilaisak,Malee Wetpraseri,Chadaporn Wachirapranee

Thai drama movie "Reua Jang" (เรือจ้าง) was released in year 1968. Main actors are Mitr Chaibancha and Pissamai Wilaisak. Side actors include Daonoi Duangjai, ขวัญใจ, Anucha Ratanaman, Malee Wetpraseri, Sawin Sawangrat, Sompong Phonmitr, Choosri (ชูศรี), Chadaporn Wachirapranee. 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 1mn12s is left only but many short sequences such as Pissamai being a student, Pissamai working on a boat on Chao Praya River and being threatened by thugs, a big fight on the docks, a fire in the house can be seen. Fortunately Mitr Chaibancha can be seen in the short extract while driving a car and talking to Pissamai Wilaisak. The story summary is still available thanks to some old Thai star magazines from 1960s era. The story takes place in Thonburi among a poor family. The parents are teacher Boonmee (เชาว์) and his wife Somchai paddling boats. The couple is having four children, i.e. Suwat (Anucha Ratanaman), Pattara (Pissamai Wilaisak), Pacheun (ขวัญใจ) and Rinarom. The grandmother (Malee Wetpraseri) is helping to take care of the young kids. Suwat doesn’t help his family for anything and is looked after by a rich lady (Chadaporn Wachirapranee). Despite being a teacher, Boonmee doesn’t earn enough money to sustain the family. Pattara has to study during the day and work at nighttime to help her mum. The grandmother is doing flower garlands for Rinarom to sell. Despite being poor, the parents want Pattara to study high and become a teacher also. It seems the rent increases or the owner wants to sell so teacher Boonmee needs a big amount of money. Chaithep (Mitr Chaibancha) is the son of an university professor, who is also teaching Pattara. As Rinarom is having problems, Chaithep gives a hand and meets Pattara. Chaithep wishes to write a story about poor people life so gets inspiration from Pattara and Rinarom lives. A fire happens in Pattara’s house. Boonmee and Rinarom die. For the remaining family members, only the boats become their shelter. Chaithep wins a prize. Wishing to find Pattara to announce the good news, he learns about the recent tragic event. Meanwhile ruffians try to bring Pattara and Pacheun to a turkey bath parlor. Chaithep arrives on time but Pacheun gets shot and dies. After so many tragic events, Pattara can finally find happiness with Chaitep.

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