Thai title: ไฟเย็น
English title: Fai Yen
Thai movie ไฟเย็น - Fai Yen was released in year 1965. This propaganda film is happening during Cold War. Fai Yen is a children Thai game name. A burning match needs to be extincted before it is too late. Teacher Pol is living in an Isan village. He is well respected by all villagers. He is always giving advices and help to local people. He is having a teenage daughter. Boon Nam is a young teenager, who has never caused harm to anybody in the village and is taking care of his elderly mum. But Boon Nam is worried about his future. It just seems blank to him, remaining poor and unable to marry the teacher's daughter. He listens to a friend Vichai telling him that other countries are rich and taking good care of their citizen. He shares his thoughts with the teacher. The teacher is also worried about communist influence trying to destroy Thailand through Isan region being a poor area. He encourages people to love nation (รักชาติ), Buddhism (under jeopardy as communism hates religions) and monarchy. Government is working hard thanks to the taxes money but it takes time as Isan is a big poor region. Boon Nam shall avoid taking the wrong path (นาทีต่อบ้านเมือง). สหาย Vichai is discussing strategy with Thai communist guerilla. Teacher Pon, ผู้ใหญ่บ้าน, the abbot are main obstacles as villagers are listening to them and explaining that the government is investing in Isan development. American government is helping a lot. Communist guerilla relies on lies (new roads are built for easier access to army and police, more productivity means more taxes to the government...), fear to get food from villagers and additional young men to join them. The guerilla attacks the village and requests food. Boon Nam joins them expecting to change his life. But he is disappointed seeing they even rob and kill innocent merchant to get food or kill each other if orders are not properly respected. A relative of Boon Nam already present in communist guerilla recommends him to flee as communists are liars, have no belief in family ties and are traitors to the nation (คนขายชาติ). Meanwhile Thai police investigates on the village attack and arrest Vichai. Communist guerrilla leader is upset that villagers warned the police. He wishes to teach a lesson (สั่งสอน) to villagers and get rid of the teacher. Boon Nam flees from the guerrilla per his relative's advice. Guerilla storms the village and sentences teacher Pol to death. Hopefully police warned by Boon Nam arrives on time and kills the communists. This movie was shot for Thai people to realize the dangers of the communism. The Culture Ministry registers 25 Thai classic films each year at the National Film Heritage Registry. This movie is part of the 25 films heritage list announced on 04 October 2011, which is Thai Movies Conservation Day.
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