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Year: 1957

Thai title: จอมไพร
English title: The Autumn Phoenix

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ho

Main actor: Surasit Sattayawong,Taksin Jampol,Op Boonthit
Main actress: Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit,Jeanette Lin Tsui

Thai movie จอมไพร (The autumn phoenix - 秋鳳 - Qiufeng) was released in year 1957. It is a Thai HK Taiwan co production. It lasts 1h18mn40s. The movie is lost in Thailand but it can still be seen at Taiwan Film Archives or HK Film Archives. A trailer lasting 1mn02s can be seen online. Thai actress Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit and Thai actor Surasit Sattayawong are playing. The director is Ho. It is Ho’s first colour film, i.e. “The Autumn Phoenix” (1957) starring Jeanette Lin Tsui. Despite being a 60 years old movie, it still has a colorful and very good quality picture. It features two songs. The movie starts by showing working elephants driven by mahouts in the jungle and pushing trunks. They also get latex from tree. The characters are Op Boonthit (the father), his son Lilan (Surasit Sattayawong), his daughter Yuen Lai (Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit). Their close friends are uncle wang and his daughter Tsiu Fung (Jeanette Lin Tsui). Lilan has a lame leg and loves secretly Tsiu Fung. Yuen Lai always likes to make fun and wears always colorful nice dresses. A man wishes to become a new partner for timberland activities but the father Op refuses. Luwan, the son, (Taksin Jampol), is looking for troubles. Uncle Wang is hurt by elephants due to the mess caused by Luwan. It is Buddha day. Friends are talking about an old Chinese tragic tradition, the hanging ghost, when young ladies get suicide when raped. Friends are going out and bathing in waterfalls. Luwan is around riding a horse and is looking for trouble with Lilan. Fighting happens. Lilan is knocked out so Luwan tries to rape Yuan Lai. Tsiu Fung gets some help. Uncle Wang arrives on time and beats Luwan severely. Luwan is looking for revenge. His ruffians lock Uncle Wang’s home doors and scorch the house. Uncle Wang and Tsui Fung succeed to escape. They know it is a criminal act done by Luwan. On a visit to the Duke, Yuen Lai is kidnapped. Yuen Lai is given back but she was raped. Family honor is engaged. Her father wants to avoid spreading this as Duke would learn. Uncle Wang learns it from drunkards. Uncle Wang has arguments with them and Duke’s house keeper also learns it. The Duke, Yuen Lai’s fiance, cancels the wedding and engagement. Tsui Fung visits the Duke’s home to explain the truth to him and to beg him. He accepts. Too late as Yuen Lai has already hanged herself. The father Op has an heart attack. Both are dead. Chinese rites are performed. Uncle Wang is looking for revenge. One of the rapist was bitten severely at the hand. Uncle Wang identifies him and forces him to say the truth. Chase happens inside the temple with Luwan. Uncle Wang kills him but is severely injured. A car brings him home. He dies after entrusting his daughter Tsiu Fung to Lilan. Honor is washed. The Chinese Taipei Film Achieves said that the copyright of this movie originally belonged to a HK company but the HK company sold the rights to Taiwan Film Culture Co., which was a movie company belonged to Taiwan Provincial Government. Since there is no Taiwan province now, all the assets of Taiwan film culture Co., is now taken care of by Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture authorize the Chinese Taipei Film Achieves to take care of these films, including The autumn phoenix year 1957. This movie cannot be copied or viewed online. The only way to watch this movie is to go there. The quality of this movie is not good since it is transferred from 3/4 to digital betacam.

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