THAI MOVIE

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เสือมังกร
เสือมังกร

Year: 1981

Thai title: เสือมังกร
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Manop Aussawathep
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Ampha Pusit

This movie deals about a group of Chinese refugees in North of Thailand area, who are the survivors of the 93rd Division of Chiang Kai Chek's Nationalist Army, the Kuomintang, who fled from China after communist victory and settled in these mountains in 1949. They live close to the borders with Laos and Myanmar in the middle of the poppy-growing area of the Golden Triangle. In return for the Kuomintang's military help, the soldiers and their families were given Thai ID papers that permitted them to live in this area. These ex-soldiers of the Kuomintang had to find ways to survive. They grow poppy and also levy a forfeit on the opium convoys that passed through their territory. In this movie, Thai villagers are fed up with Chinese villagers behavior that grow poppy to make opium. They want them to stop to harm Thai society. A group of Chinese villagers kidnap Lannoi, a young Thai lady. Her brother, Seua, a strong Thai young man, fights and wins to get her back but finally encourages her to stay to better know Chinese customs and marry a Chinese villager. She marries Fong Fong but there is no love. She discovers some Chinese customs (concubines, smoking opium, foot binding, women doing hard chores, cemetery with tombs, Chinese food...). She finally understands that Fong Fong loves her. Knowing that an opium convoy will exit soon from the village, she alerts the Thai villagers. A fight occurs and Chinese villagers have to step back. Lannoi admits she is the one to have warned the Thai people because Chinese people should stop opium commerce that harm society. Arguing happens between pro and con opium people. Finally Lannoi is condemned to death and shall be shot by Fong Fong, who do it dejectedly. Seua comes back to Chinese village for vengeance. Many pro opium fighters are killed and even Fong Fong is killed by one Chinese fighter. Following this disaster, Fong Fong's father promises they will stop growing poppy from now on.

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