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Year: 2001

Thai title: งูเก็งกอง
English title: Snaker

Rating: 2/5
Director: Fai Sam Ang

Main actor: Vinai Kraibutr
Main actress: Pich Chanboramey

Thai Cambodian movie งูเก็งกอง / Ngu Keng Kong was released in year 2001 and lasts 1h48mn. It was released under VCD and DVD format. Ngu Keng Kong is actually a joint production between Khmer and Thai. It is directed by Fai Sam Ang, who is Khmer, but it was filmed by a Thai production team. The main actor, Vinai Kraibutr, is a Thai actor. In 2001, it was advertised as the first full-length feature film to be produced in Cambodia since the Khmer Rouge era. The film is a remake of a 1970s film. In 1970 Cambodia released Ngu Keng Kong movie, starring Chea Yuththorn and Dy Saveth, based on a folk legend in which a woman is courted by a giant snake. The baby born from their love has hair made of small snakes. Local villagers disdain the mother and her daughter. It was a big hit in Cambodia and Thailand. Later on, a few Thai movies (งูเก็งกอง) were done as remakes of the original Cambodian movie. Nee and Manut are married together and have a daughter. Nee meets a snake in a forest. Nee is not happy as her husband is often drunk and neglects her. He is going to the city to work as looking for herbs in the forest is not enough to get a decent living. In a rich family, wife Bupha faints. The doctor is called and finds that Bupha is pregnant. Jealous woman Preeya visits a sorceress (แม่หมอ) as she wants to get a child also. She is doing intrigues so that Bupha has a deadly accident and she can get pregnant with her husband. She has a daughter named Ratree. While Nee and her daughter are looking for herbs in the forest, a tool falls in a hole. The snake (งูเจ้า) asks to become Nee's lover in order to give back the tool. Afraid of the snake, Nee reluctantly accepts and the snake visits her when the husband is away. A love story starts and Nee finally gets pregnant. The husband comes back and is informed about the snake by his daughter. Manut kills the snake thanks to his daughter's feedback. In anger, he then cuts his wife's belly and small snakes escape from it. He kills them except one. Manut then slips on a rock and dies. The surviving baby snake is rescued by a Brahmin. It becomes an human and is named Suriya (โสรยา). When growing up, Suriya is a beautiful girl with snake hairs. She wants to play with other kids but Ranee and Charee reject her as she is a poor child. Only Veaha protects her. While being an adult, Suriya meets Veaha (เวหา), being a nice and handsome man. Veaha has fallen from a waterfall following an argument with Charee. Suriya helps Veaha, who is injured. The Brahmin gives her a magic ring to transform her snake hair into normal hair. If she loses her virginity, she will become a snake again. Love emerges between Suriya and Veaha but Ranee (รานี), Veaha's fiancee, and her mother Preeya try to stop Suriya (ผู้หญิงบ้านป่า) by all means such as pushing Charee to rape her, filter potions, sorceress (แม่หมอ) to fight the Brahmin. All attempts fail. This movie is similar to 1980s Thai movies with a handsome leading actor, a beautiful leading actress, the jealous girl and her mother intriguing to break the relationship with them. The movie ends happily with the bad people being punished. Suriya and Veaha love can finally blossom.

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