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THAI SOCIAL MOVIES

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Social problem movies (หนังสะท้อนสังคม) produced in the 1980s presented various problems in Thai society. Most of social problem movies (หนังสะท้อนสังคม) present the problems of poor people such as prostitutes, peasants, and slum-dwellers. The protagonists are usually poor people in rural and urban areas. To fight against poverty and support their family, some women become prostitutes. This section also includes some foreign documentaries linked to prostitution in Thailand.

เทพธิดาโรงแรม
เทพธิดาโรงแรม

Year: 1974

Thai title: เทพธิดาโรงแรม
English title: The Angel

Rating: 5/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Somphob Benjatikul
Main actress: Wiyada Umarin

It is about Malee, a Thai country girl, coming to Bangkok and forced to prostitution. She is the hotel angel as she is very kind to everybody. This movie shows the difficult life of prostitutes, i.e. being beaten by pimps, visiting unofficial abortionist in order to terminate unwanted pregnancy, committing suicide, being forced and humiliated by customers, fearing Police, difficulty to have a stable relationship with a man, getting deadly diseases, being denigrated by Thai society. Three girls are depicted. One girl, Malee, all you have to do is give her one smack and she's willing to be a prostitute. She said it's better than working in the fields. The phrase "มาลีเป็นกะหรี่ที่สวยที่สุด" (Malee is the most beautiful prostitute) remains one of the most famous iconic sentence from this movie. It is said by Malee's pimp (Sorapong Chatree). Another girl, you have to beat her up quite a bit before she's willing to be a prostitute. And the last one, the third girl, no matter what you do she won't be a prostitute. She'll jump down, kill herself, but you can't change her. Malee continues to stick to this life because she can have a place to live, food, money to send to her parents in order to build a house. In a famous movie sequence, Malee opens her blouse many times to show her nudity to customers and then her father in the same gesture opens his new home windows paid by Malee hardship. But Malee understands that she has no future as her youth is rushing away. She is not interested by becoming a pimp and grab younger girls so she decides to study tailoring. Being cheated by her boyfriend but having her diploma, Malee can hope for a brighter life and quit this job. Finally she reclaims her dignity. ChatriChalerm Yukol lived for nine months in a brothel when he was writing "The Angel". During the popular uprising on October 14 1973, ChatriChalerm Yukol was shooting this movie, then took the camera out and filmed the demonstration on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. The footage was inserted in the film and was a big success when the movie was shown. This movie has also been registered as National Heritage per the 2016 list released by the Thai Film Archive.

เทพธิดา บาร์ 21
เทพธิดา บาร์ 21

Year: 1978

Thai title: เทพธิดา บาร์ 21
English title: The Bar 21's Angel

Rating: 5/5
Director: Euthana Mukdasanit

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress: Chantra Chaiyanam

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In Bar 21, customers can forget their problems thanks to the beautiful ladies and alcohol (มาเที่ยว). Hostess Thida quits her job to stay with her four years boyfriend, Parn. Parn is younger than Thida about five years. She leaves her job to stay in Chiang Mai. Girls working in Bar 21 are called "Partner". Their dream is to be a normal person also but they are often denigrated (ดูถูกผู้หญิง). They need to get money (เกิดมาจน) but can enjoy a certain kind of freedom (เสรี). All are waiting for a new life (ชีวิตที่ดีกว่า), waiting for the day they will quit Bar 21 (ชีวิตใหม่). Linda arrives in Chiang Mai just on time for Parn’s university diploma ceremony. She offers to him a beautiful watch and cash money but Parn seems to have forgotten his promise to marry her when he gets the diploma (จบแล้ว). He refuses to fulfill his promise. He is now a diploma university holder so he cannot marry a “partner” as he has now a certain status (เกียรติ). Despite she pays for his studies and now stops working for him, he refuses this love saying he cannot (ไม่มีบุญคุณ). He took advantage of her during many years. Marrying a “partner” would stain him for the whole life. He doesn't want to offer her a chance of redemption. In the train back to Bangkok, Linda is harassed by three young men taking advantage that she is a “partner” so an "easy" lady. She meets in the train two other young farmers (ทำนา), Sing and Rot, coming from countryside (บ้านนอก) and going to Bangkok to find better jobs. Sing and Rot have arguments and fight with the three young men to protect Linda. Rot is shot. The three young men cannot escape punishment despite one of them, Akom, is a son of parliament member. Linda is back to work in Bar 21. Sing is lost in Bangkok (เมืองหลวง). Sing is hungry and has no money. He meets a little girl living in a slum (สลัม). She is a small robber. Sing helps them to sell opium in the slum. Sing and the family are caught by the police (ผมไม่ผิด). There is analogy between countryside people coming to Bangkok and Linda, the “partner”. They are all doing low cast jobs. Linda meets a son of a rich family, Thanong. He is really nice to her and invites her to his birthday. Linda starts to dream again (อาจเป็นคนนี้). She has a lot of fun (ดื่มเหล้าเก่ง) and happiness during this evening. After the party, Thanong asks her to help his brother Akom, who is now in jail. She should wrongly testify in front of a trial. She understands that everything was a lie. Thanong, ผู้ดี, just tries to use her. As she refuses to lie, strong arguments between values of poor people, “partner” and rich people are bitterly raised. She refuses money offered to her in order to lie. Back home, she is attacked at nighttime by two ruffians. An old man (ท่าน) helps her but he is in fact Akom's father. He succeeds to convince Linda by playing on her motherhood feeling, the possibility to do a good action and become Angel (เทพ) Thida. In the police station Linda accuses Sing. Poor people are in hell and rich people are in heaven because of money difference. Akom's father gives money to thank her but she doesn't want money but social recognition. Sing flees from police station and goes to see Linda so that she tells the truth at the trial. Sing is poor but kind hearted. She accepts as knowing she has been deceived by rich people. As Thanong just visits Linda to abuse her, Thanong and Sing fight. Sing is shot by the police. It is a dark and sad movie about poor and uneducated people abused by rich Bangkokian people. Of course Thanong stops visiting Linda. It is more a showpiece than a social study, the film is nevertheless remembered for its undaunted subjects. The film was not successful at box office but received good reviews and two awards (ตุ๊กตาทอง). It is a drama social move mixed with a musical comedy as many songs are featured. A Thai TV drama serie based on the same story was released in 1990.

เสียงซึงที่สันทราย
เสียงซึงที่สันทราย

Year: 1980

Thai title: เสียงซึงที่สันทราย
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Sombat Methanee
Main actress: Supansa Nuengpirom,Naowarat Watchara,Sarinthip Siriwan

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In North of Thailand, a mother has got two daughters, Pim and Kaew. Pim has been a prostitute and has now a new boyfriend. Kaew is in love with a poor peasant. The mother pushes Kaew to go to Bangkok during one year to be a prostitute in order to buy her a house and pay her debts. Pim tries to hinder her mother but has to go to Bangkok. In Bangkok, she discovers that her boyfriend is already married. She also discovers that she is sick with leprosy. Meanwhile Kaew follows her mother's order and goes to Bangkok to be come a prostitute. Pim's boyfriend left her and now takes care about Kaew. Knowing this, the boyfriend's wife throws acid on Kaew's face. Nobody becomes happy. This movie shows the good view (girls going back to their home with nice clothes, gifts to family, money to buy house) and the sad view (girls beaten by pimps, forced to have many customers and getting diseases). It also emphasizes the cruel dilemma, i.e. stays poor or loses dignity but becomes rich.

แม้เลือกเกิดได้
แม้เลือกเกิดได้

Year: 1982

Thai title: แม้เลือกเกิดได้
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director: Chana Kraprayoon

Main actor:
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Wiyada Umarin

This movie is about prostitutes's hard life, i.e. rape, violent pimp, having a baby with no father, their life without hope and good future, the society disdain, their life as sex objects and without any consideration from their customers, the "MAMASAN" forcing to serve too many customers every night, the sadness of being old and still a prostitute, young prostitutes' suicide. One day a prostitute with a baby quits the bordel to live with a man, who really loves her. Unfortunately he is a killer ("MEU PEUN" - มือปืน). Will she ever find happiness?

ผู้หญิงคนนั้นชื่อบุญรอด
ผู้หญิงคนนั้นชื่อบุญรอด

Year: 1985

Thai title: ผู้หญิงคนนั้นชื่อบุญรอด
English title: Her name is Boonrawd

Rating: 4/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor:
Main actress: Linda Khatancharoen,Sarinthip Siriwan

Boonrawd is coming from a poor Isan family but she is proud and wants to succeed in work and family. During Vietnam war she works in a Pattaya restaurant and also opens a small bakery. An American officer, who speaks Thai language, wants to become her friend as he appreciates her strong spirit and mind. She faces the discrimination of prostitutes (Boonrawd is strong minded and refuses to become a prostitute for easy money), American GIs (they think all Thai women can be bought), Thai people (discrimination when she is seen with the American officer). Boonrawd faces pressure from her mother who wants her to become a prostitute (same as her sister) in order to pay her mother's lottery bills. She finally overcomes all difficulties and marries her American officer.

กิเลสสีม่วง
กิเลสสีม่วง

Year: 1987

Thai title: กิเลสสีม่วง
English title:

Rating: 2/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Nardtaya DaengBunga

It is about of feminist association fighting for women rights. They help women forced to prostitution, women beaten by their drunk husbands, women raped in police jails. They strongly punish the men doing bad acts. Their gaining popularity annoys a local felonious politician. This one is using gunmen to get rid of the association. Can they win?

สายน้ำไม่ไหลกลับ
สายน้ำไม่ไหลกลับ

Year: 1987

Thai title: สายน้ำไม่ไหลกลับ
English title:

Rating: 5/5
Director:

Main actor: Apichat Halamjiak,Somsak Chaisongkram
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai,Piathip Kumwong,Linda Khatancharoen

A young lady called Feun (Sinjai Hongthai) is working in a hairdresser shop and washes customers' hair. Khun Warut (Apichat Halamjiak), one customer, has interest in Feun. Phaen (Piathip Kumwong), Feun’s stepmother, tries to push her to go out with Warut. Feun’s father (Somsak Chaisongkram) indulges in alcohol and is seriously sick. Aniwat is Feun's close friend and wishes to marry her when he finishes his studies. Pressured by Phaen, Feun accepts a dinner invitation from Warut. Aware of this, Aniwat feels betrayed. Warut asks for Feun's hand. Phaen pushes her to accept. Troubled, she wishes to talk to Aniwat. But seeing him with another lady, she finally accepts Warut's offer. Warut starts to be more daring with Feun knowing they will marry soon. The wedding shall be a very small ceremony without Warut's parents. In fact, Warut is already married with three children. Phaen was aware. Warut and Feun don't understand each other. Feun likes to stay home but Warut likes to go to disco. Phaen is not interested in Feun's father but only in money that Warut gives to Feun. Warut doesn't come back home a few days already. While doing shopping with Warut, Warut and Feun meet Warut's wife. Feun understands that Warut lied to her (โลกลวง). She flees but is hit by a car. She is rescued by a DJ who introduces her to another lady called Luang. Feun cannot go back home as she doesn't want to be forced by Phaen again or to meet Warut again. Luang is working as a call girl. First Feun looks for normal jobs (waitress) but she still faces men harassment. She cannot find proper jobs (อยากเป็นคนดีแต่สังคมไม่ยอม). So she has finally no choice than working same as Luang as she is worried about her father. It is a difficult job as some men are crazy or violent. She enters in a whirlpool of sex and easy money. One day, one of her guest is Aniwat! Aniwat still believes Feun is a good person despite doing this job (ต้องการเงิน). Aniwat still loves Feun. Feun accepts to start a real love relationship with Aniwat. Their love is spoilt by meeting some former customers while dining and by a liver disease due to alcohol high level of consumption. Aniwat's friend tries to break this relationship. Feun's friend finds that Aniwat is already fiance with a teacher. Knowing this, she indulges in alcohol again and ends up in hospital. Despite cutting part of her liver, she will not survive long. She leaves the hospital and stays near the sea. Knowing Aniwat's wedding, she ends up in hospital again. Her friend forces Aniwat to visit her to hospital so that he can understand her real love and the pain he caused her. Feun dies in front of him. Movie สายน้ำไม่ไกลกลับ highlights society hypocrisy as it is allowed or understood that a man can have multiple mistresses but the opposite is not accepted. It highlights a society where men harassment is still excessive.

กลกามแห่งความรัก
กลกามแห่งความรัก

Year: 1989

Thai title: กลกามแห่งความรัก
English title: Twilight in Tokyo

Rating: 3/5
Director: Toranong Srichua

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol
Main actress: Darin Kornsakoon

It deals about a young Thai lady, Waew, sent to Japan to become an escort girl (โสเภณี). Her parents are poor farmers. Waew is the elder sister and has decided to sell her body in Tokyo in order to support her parents and younger sister (น้องสาว). She discovers the sad life there, the huge debt to pay back. Anyway she supports her family by sending money back home. She wishes her father to build a new house instead of the shack, in which they are living. Homesick, she goes back home and discovers that her father has lost all the money she has sent due to unscrupulous investments and gambling (การพนัน), her mother has become a nun (บวชชี), her sister is partying everyday after learning that Waew is a prostitute. The younger sister's moraly is tarnished by living in Bangkok. Money has destroyed her family (เสียผู้เสียคน). Fed up by her family who doesn't understand and compassionate about her burden, she goes back to Japan. Disappointed by her pimp's selfishness, she kills herself. In 1989, the movie got Thai movie "best scenario" award (รางวัลตุ๊กตาทอง). In 1980s many Thai girls went to work as prostitutes in Japan so director Toranong Srichua wanted to show their fate through his movie. He went to Japan with a 32 people team during 15 days to shoot the movie. Even a Yakusa gang (แก๊งยากูซ่า) helped to close Shinjuku street (ถนนชินจูกุ) for 5 hours. Actress Darin Kornsakoon became famous thanks to this role. In 1980s, movies were shown in a limited number of cinemas in Bangkok. Toranong Srichua's movies often got only secondary grade cinemas but thanks to "Twilight in Tokyo" movie, the film was released in first grade cinemas and it was full at each session.

มาม่าซัง กลกามแห่งความรัก 2
มาม่าซัง กลกามแห่งความรัก 2

Year: 1990

Thai title: มาม่าซัง กลกามแห่งความรัก 2
English title: Twilight in Bangkok

Rating: 1/5
Director: Toranong Srichua

Main actor:
Main actress: Darin Kornsakoon

This is the second opus of "Twilight in Tokyo". The Thai lady is not dead but only hurt. Back to Bangkok, she takes revenge over her previous pimp by having her own business.

หลงไฟ
หลงไฟ

Year: 1990

Thai title: หลงไฟ
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Ruj Ronnapop

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Waruth Woratum
Main actress: Passorn Boonyakiat

Kaew is a beautiful university student but she is coming from a poor family. Accompanying a friend for job interview, she meets a lady, Waew, that proposes her to work as escort girl and promises her easy money and life. Kaew has to leave her aunt's house as her uncle is trying to take advantage on her so she accepts to work as escort girl and gives 40% to the mamasan. She gets 30 000 Baht for the first night for the loss of virginity. She gets used to easy money. She starts to get advantage of the men that wish to marry her, her office boss and her university friend, Chon. Both of them buy her gold bracelets. Chon is a nice guy coming from country side (Santisuk Promsiri plays again a character similar to Boonchu) with only a 5000 Baht monthly salary. He even sends her money to prepare the dower. A german customer, Jacob, also proposes to marry her in Germany. But Kaew has higher goals. She is used to easy money and doesn't want to lower down her status. She starts to seduce the son of a rich family, who is already fianced. He rapidly gets fond of Kaew. The parents reject this love and enquiry on Kaew's side activities. They cut their son pocket money and his car. The relationship gets tense with Kaew as she is the one to support to him. They finally break up. Meanwhile Chon and Kaew's office boss understand they have been tricked and the police catches her. Kaew tries to have a new life but fails. Being too old for working with Waew as escort girl, she gets trapped with a brutal local pimp, who beats her and forces her to see many customers. She only escapes this hell by stabbing him. Wishing to get an easy life, she only gets pain. She finally leaves for Germany by answering positively to Jacob's offer. Arriving there, some local men take her passport and money. She understands she has been tricked in a local prostitution ring again. She needs to work hard to pay back her debt to Jacob. Fed up by this life with no future, she starts to deeply upset the local prostitution ring. Finally Jacob strangles Kaew. This movie shows the bad situation in which young Thai ladies can be trapped if they choose easy money way of life.

ดิฉันไม่ใช่โสเภณี
ดิฉันไม่ใช่โสเภณี

Year: 1993

Thai title: ดิฉันไม่ใช่โสเภณี
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director: Payoong Payakul

Main actor: Yuranan PamornMontri
Main actress: Thida Thidarat

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It is about a young Thai lady leaving her country and going to Germany in order to find a husband through a wedding agency. It shows the harsh life of those ladies dreaming of a prince, the abuse of such wedding agency, the bad behavior of those foreigners wishing to "try" their wives before any wedding. This movie has got four Thai awards and was shot in five countries, i.e. Thailand, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Thida Thidarat got the best actress award for this movie.

สนิมสร้อย
สนิมสร้อย

Year: 2003

Thai title: สนิมสร้อย
English title: Feathers of Passion

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress:

This movie is adapted from Thai author Rong Wongsawan's best-selling novel. It follows the lives, loves and lusts of men and women whose relationships start in a high-class brothel 50 years ago. This post-war story focuses on love and relationships between the brothel madam, a pimp, young prostitutes and customers. It relates many stories about customers that come for initiation, customers that are in a lovestory with a girl but suffer because she has to go also with other customers to gain money, customers that marry girls, girls who get diseases... The movie highlights the tough existence for those ladies without a livelihood. The story is set when the Thai government was planning to outlaw prostitution. Home-style brothels were flourishing without any competition from massage parlours and entertainment complexes. Many women were driven to prostitution to support themselves as a result of poverty and basic education. 50 years ago Thai society encouraged women to stay at home. No need to study as the future husband shall take care about them.

สารคดีชีวิตจริง Bangkok girl
สารคดีชีวิตจริง Bangkok girl

Year: 2005

Thai title: สารคดีชีวิตจริง Bangkok girl
English title: Bangkok girl

Rating: 4/5
Director: Jordan Clark

Main actor:
Main actress: Sirirat Rapsithorn

This movie is a documentary from CBC Newsworld in Canada. It was their highest rated film in five years. It deals about prostitution in Thailand. 800 000 Thai people are working in the sex trade. Poverty and very low salaries for low education level are the main reasons. Thai people in average can earn 8 USD a day in Bangkok but only 2 USD a day on the country side. Working girls can get high pay that they could never dream to get with a factory job. The reporter follows Pla, a nineteen years old young woman, working in a bar. She stops studying at twelve years old and works since thirteen years old as bartender. She can only think of the present and not the future. She speaks a broken English. She notes that many foreigners (ฝรั่ง) come to Thailand to play the butterfly with Thai girls. The reporter has a doubt about Pla if she is only a bartender or also a prostitute like the other girls working in the bar. Thailand is a sex park theme for many foreign tourists. Some customers are shown such as a distasteful English man teaching in a local international Thai school. The reporter gives figures about sex industry in Thailand, i.e. huge business generating 2.5 billions USD per year, mafia and police through protection fees get a huge share. Police is patronizing the system and gets better monthly salary. Prostitution is legally forbidden in Thailand. The question about prostitution legalization always comes back but some people believe it would only let another player get their share also. The documentary shows how smart those girls are and how they know to get money from the foreigners. Some girls are also heart broken many times as they got wedding dreams, which didn’t occur. It also shows the seamier side including unsafe sex, drugs, penis chopped by a Thai woman fed up that her husband is still messing around, lady boy’s tough life. Pla has her hand partially disabled and a finger imputed. Her father has disappeared when she was seven years old. She needs a lot of money to cure her mother who has a thyroid decease. She had no choice to get money. It is difficult to read behind Pla’s Thai smile as many meanings remain hidden behind the surfaces. When the reporter is finally back to his home country, he learnt that Pla has died from a heart failure but police didn't do a proper autopsy.

โรงงานอารมณ์
โรงงานอารมณ์

Year: 2007

Thai title: โรงงานอารมณ์
English title: Pleasure Factory

Rating: 4/5
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Main actor: Ananda Everingham
Main actress:

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This Singaporean-Thai docudrama was shot in 2 weeks in red district Singapore Geylang. It is about two groups of people, the pleasure seekers and the pleasure providers and how their lives cross and interact. Three stories take place in parallel. In first story, two friends come together to brothel but one of them is too shy to select and go with a girl. His friend pushes him to get some experience as first time initiation. Finally he chooses a girl from Mainland China. He enquiries why she has to do such job. Her father died so she needs to support her home. Both are crying. Will she see him again? A girl shall not love her customer. In the second story, a man follow up a young girl to a hotel room. The girl is joining an older woman, who is already with a customer. It is related to initiation of the young girl as a prostitute. She discovers the brutaly of the job but gets some support from the older jaded woman. There is a temporary communion between the man and the two ladies. The jad woman listens to love songs as love is not possible for her and cries. The man brings the young girl home but the wallet is still the transactional basis. In third story, one girl has a rich patron but she is not happy. She finally brings a young guy, making his living by singing songs in the streets, with her. Both of them are drop-outs. She always gives pleasure but this time she receives. In the old days, the Geylang area used to be populated by processing factories for the coconut plantations. These days, the machines are still running at full steam but producing pleasure for those seeking it, night after night. What would happen if the pleasure factory stops and if humans stop being pleasure seeking / giving machines? Due to censure, two minutes were cut.

สารคดีชีวิตจริง Girlfriend for sale
สารคดีชีวิตจริง Girlfriend for sale

Year: 2007

Thai title: สารคดีชีวิตจริง Girlfriend for sale
English title: Girlfriend for sale

Rating: 5/5
Director: Britain's Channel 4

Main actor:
Main actress:

Kranuan is a remote village located in Isan, northeastern region of Thailand. Having a foreign husband (ฝรั่ง) helps to increase own status. Fon, 21 years old young lady, is back to her village. Fon has an English boyfriend. One of the villagers helps ladies to read and write emails in English to foreign boyfriends. The writer comments that women give pleasure to men, so men give them money. Without money there is no love. Every household needs money. Fon had a son when she was 17 years old. There are no laws in Thailand to force fathers to be responsible of their offsprings and pay education pension or help out. Fon wishes to offer her son a better life that she got. Some other women in the village have already a foreign husband. All have big houses or nice houses that are in sharp contrast with the shacks or basic wooden houses. It creates some kind of emulation to get the same among local girls (การเลี้ยงแบบ). This Britain's Channel 4 documentary shows the Isan village life. It shows the women side through the eyes of local working girls as they speak directly in Thai language. Molam music is often played in background. A local karaoke is present in the village. Lek is the main lady singer, being 32 years old and still single. Lek decides to hunt for a foreign husband as local men are really very poor. Some ladies have to become fed up with Thai men (เสียความรู้สึกกับผู้ชายไทย) before they can think about a foreign husband. Some women such as Lek become members of dating websites for friendship or more. Some ladies having children already and facing financial difficulties (มีลูกแต่ไม่มีแฟน) consider non Thai men. Lek has no proper job but spends half of her budget to find a foreign husband. Some ladies need to go back to work in Bangkok and leave their children with their grandparents. Even Fon's son doesn't call her 'mum' as she is not the one educating him everyday. Fon has to go back to Bangkok to earn a living until her English boyfriend gives news. Working ladies have to reach a quota every month. They get 3500 baht salary a month but need to get 60 ladies drinks and go 5 times with customers. They have to pull in customers to the bar. They give respect (ไหว้) to Buddhist statue before entering in the bar. Prostitution is outside the bar and between the girl and her customer. Bar fine is paid to the mamasan (มาม่าซัง). Fon’s boyfriend has paid a special fee so she doesn’t have to go with customers anymore. Fon has dreams to go to England and keeps in touch with her boyfriend through Skype. Finally Lek decides to come to Bangkok to work as a bar girl hoping to make money to support her two kids and to find a husband. She gets recommendation by another lady villager already working there. She is worried about customers’ (แขก) behavior. Anyway the mamasan seems to accept anybody and promises she should find a husband within a year! Fon is very upset as her English boyfriend didn't call her since two days. As there are no customers, girls are upset and fight together. Lek decides it is not her world and goes back to her village. Fon now stays in the village waiting for visa paper to be able to go to England. Lek still works in the village local karaoke and still tries her luck with dating websites. There is even a Thai best foreign husband competition in the village! In 2011, a new romantic movie (อี นางเอ๊ย เขยฝรั่ง - White Buffalo) was released. It looks why Isan women are choosing foreign husbands over local men.



Some social problem movies (หนังสะท้อนสังคม) deal with male prostitution. First movies on this topic were ผัวเช่า and ผู้ชายขายตัว in 1974 during the three years democratic window between 1973 and 1976.

หัวใจมีตีน
หัวใจมีตีน

Year: 1972

Thai title: หัวใจมีตีน
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Phairoj Jaising,Krai Kanchit,Jamroon Nuatjim
Main actress: Metta Roongrat,Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit,Sukhonthip Saneewong

Thai movie หัวใจมีตีน was released in year 1972. It features Phairoj Jaising as main actor and as Sukhonthip Saneewong (สุคนธ์ทิพย์ เสนะวงศ์) as main actress. The movie is lost in Thailand but a sequence of 6 minutes 30 seconds remains to be seen. Other actors and actresses are Metta Roongrat, นงลักษณ์, Wilaiwan Watthanaphanit, Krai Kanchit, จีระศักดิ์, ธานินทร์, อภิญญา, จำรูญ. Sukhonthip Saneewong is introduced as a new actress in this movie. She was born in 1952. This movie is about a musician but due to back luck, he ends up being a male prostitute (ผู้ชายขายตัวหรือผัวเช่า). The main actress is a bar singer trying to push the musician to write songs for her in order that he quits his current job. หัวใจมีตีน is the first song written by the musician and it becomes famous.

ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์
ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์

Year: 1986

Thai title: ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์
English title: I don't care

Rating: 4/5
Director: Pantewanop Tewakul

Main actor: Likit Eakmongkol
Main actress: Sinjai Hongthai,Wiyada Umarin,Thitima Sangkapitak

Pim is a very busy business woman. She is independent, smokes, drinks beer. She wears men clothes like suit and tie. She is a modern 1980s emancipated woman compared to Thai traditional standards. She only believes in herself. A young man called Bird and his friend are living together in a small flat. They have always no money. Pim needs a new model for an advertisement and is looking for one in Siam Square. She meets Bird in a cafe. Pim has a suitor called Komsan, who asks her for wedding. Pim is 30 years old already but she doesn't want to follow traditional ways, i.e. have husband, have children, stop working and stay home. So she refuses. Bird is recruited for underwear commercial shooting. Bird is younger than Pim. He follows Pim to a camping on Pattaya beach. Bird's mother needs 5000 baht. Bird needs to work again. He is Chippendales dancer in the "Rainbow" bar, a club for women, and then male prostitute for ladies. Bird is coming from Northeastern Thailand and has almost no studies knowledge. He is impressed by Pim (แม่โฆษณา) and her leadership. Pim considers herself same as prostitute selling her brain. Bird is fed up with his life as a gigolo. He only meets crazy ladies looking for sex only. One night, Komsan tries to force Pim but Bird chases him. They both tell their life. Pim has been traumatised by the Thai students massacre on 6 October 1976. Pim met Komsan during those events and loved him. But then Komsan changed a lot being mainly interested in money (เงิน) and power (อำนาจ). Regarding Bird, he is a farmer son and his real name is Wang. Pim has choice between Komsan, rich man and ละครพระเอก, and Bird. She is looking for a simple man (คนง่ายๆ). A love story starts between them. Bird is a good hearted man. Bird is often treated as a buffalo (ควาย) in his job as he is coming from countryside and doesn't have high studies knowledge. Bird leaves his job but then needs to do it again to get money to cure his sick friend. Pim's friend knows Bird. Due to jealousy, she announces Pim's relationship with Bird to Pim's boss and Komsan. But Pim doesn't care (ช่างมันฉันไม่แคร์). She quits her job and decides to stay with Bird despite society and family reprobation. The particular punch of this story, apart of from its depiction of low life in Bangkok, was provided by the fact that Pim has been a member of the young radicals in the 1970s. The 6 October 1976 students massacre in Thammasat University has never been fully investigated. When Pim meets old friends, they sing old songs for life (เพลงชีวิต) reminding them about the 1976 events.

เท-ผู้ชายป้ายเหลือง
เท-ผู้ชายป้ายเหลือง

Year: 1987

Thai title: เท-ผู้ชายป้ายเหลือง
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor:
Main actress: Naowarat Yooktanun,Sarinthip Siriwan

Yut is a young man selling his body to other men. He has no choice based on family survival necessity (ความจำเป็น). He is living with other men having the same job. Gik is also a poor lady student. She meets Pon that declares his love to her. Gik gets pregnant but Pon doesn't want to keep the baby. Yut meets Da (Naowarat Yooktanu), a lonely woman, who is rapidly fond of him. Da invites him to stay with his mother in her home and also pays for his studies. Da has already a baby. At the university, Yut meets another young lady called Mem. Mem is just a friend but Da is very jealeous and her love is excessive. Da is the mistress (เมียน้อย) of an older man, who is Mem's father! Yut decides to quit Da, who cannot bear it. She eats pill to die. She legates her money to him so that he can build his future through study and not through selling his body. Everybody has its own secrets and own problems. Hapiness doesn't come easily. Everybody want love and warmth (อบอุ่น). This movie highlights love misunderstandings and twisted loves between friends, children and parents.



Some social problem movies (หนังสะท้อนสังคม) deal about contemporary problems such as drug addiction and Aids.

น้ำพุ
น้ำพุ

Year: 1984

Thai title: น้ำพุ
English title: The story of Nampoo

Rating: 4/5
Director: Euthana Mukdasanit

Main actor: Amphol Lumpoon,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

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It deals about a young man entering the drug realm and his lapse until death. It is a real-life story of a teenage heroin addict, who is neglected by his middle-class parents. The former rocker turned screen star Ampol Lumpoon received Best Actor Awards for this movie. In 1984, Ampol Lumpoon snatched Best Actor award at The First Southeast Asian Film Festival for his role as a drug-addicted teenager. He eventually made his name known in 1984 with Namphoo, which broke the blockbuster record held by the classic Phlae Kao and made Bt17 million at the box office. It was to be his most successful movie. This movie was praised by critics, academics and intellectuals.

วัยดิบ
วัยดิบ

Year: 1989

Thai title: วัยดิบ
English title:

Rating: 4/5
Director:

Main actor: Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress:

Four friends at university just get their diploma. Among them, the main characters are a young lady called Na and a young man called Panit. Panit's father is a policeman. He catches people involved in drug trafficking. He disrupts drug selling gangs. His son gets university diploma (ปริญญา) but he is late to the diploma ceremony as he is always too busy. Na finds a job in a touristic hotel but Panit is still looking for a job. It is difficult to find a job nowadays. Panit meets friends involved in drug trafficking. They want him to work with them as he is worried (กลุ้มใจ) and cannot find a job. He comes back home drunk as he tried drugs. Drug dealers are freed following a procedure mistake. His friends are worried regarding Panit's new behavior. Panit shares the same flat with his father. Panit starts to take drugs (ติดยา). Panit's father is strict. There is no mother at home. The father discovers that Panit is now addicted (ทำไม). The policeman cannot understand that his son with high education can be a drug addict (ยังมีความรู้). The father forgives his son as he is also responsible of the situation by being always out of home. The policeman consults a monk. Panit continues to indulge in drugs not only joints but also heroin injections. He becomes a thug. The movie shows how drugs can change people life despite high studies if parents don't follow enough and if meet bad friends. Panit's father is suspended from the Police due to his expeditious way of working. Panit's girlfriend is raped and killed by other thugs. He takes revenge and kills accidently one thug. Meanwhile the father is reinserted in police and needs to arrest the killer (ผิดกฎหมาย). Vina is sad (เสียใจ) as her brother is dead. The thug that Panit killed is Vina's own brother! Panit is more and more addicted to drugs and has deep crisis. Vina and her friends try to help but drugs have done big ravage. Friendship (เพื่อนรัก) is still here. Panit recognises his failures (ฉันผิด) and that his father is a good man (พ่อเป็นคนดี), who follows the law (รักษากฎหมาย). Panit was his father's hope (เป็นความหวังของพ่อ). He dies when his father was going to arrest him.

เสียดาย
เสียดาย

Year: 1994

Thai title: เสียดาย
English title: Sia Dai 1

Rating: 4/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress: Sinaporn Philailak

The movie title means "What a pity!". It shows the useless life of teenagers, who are addicted. Most of them come from problematic families. They start sniffing glue, then switch to heroin. Some girls are even selling their body to get money to buy drugs. Some die due to overdose. Whith their parents' help and not rejection, they can hope to go back to a standard life. This movie got 10 distinctions at Thai awards. Sia Dai 1 (about urban teenagers and drug abuse) earned more than 50 million baht, while Sia Dai 2 (about Aids and discrimination) brought in less than 10 million baht.

เสียดาย 2
เสียดาย 2

Year: 1996

Thai title: เสียดาย 2
English title: Sia Dai 2

Rating: 3/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree
Main actress:

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This second release deals about Aids. This movie shows the Thai society rejection and fear towards HIV people. The film has a informative goal as it shows a rich family confronted to Aids due to contaminated blood transfusion. It demonstrates that Aids is not limited to drug users and sex workers. It emphasizes the family love towards sick people. Sia Dai 1 (about urban teenagers and drug abuse) earned more than 50 million baht, while Sia Dai 2 (about Aids and discrimination) brought in less than 10 million baht.



Some social problem movies (หนังสะท้อนสังคม) deal about contemporary problems such as hill tribes' minorities issues.

คนภูเขา
คนภูเขา

Year: 1979

Thai title: คนภูเขา
English title: Mountain People

Rating: 5/5
Director: Wichit Khunawut

Main actor:
Main actress: Nunthawan Mekyai

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It is about life of a highlander. Chased from his village, it narrates his struggling life. This movie shows hilltribes life (Yao, Akkha, Lao), customs and animist beliefs. It also shows the way that Thai people treat them (cheating them, corrupting them by selling them goods they don't need, encouraging them to produce opium). A VCD released by Solar Company lasts 2h05mn. A recent remastered version on VCD and DVD lasts 2h12mn.

มือปืน 2
มือปืน 2

Year: 1991

Thai title: มือปืน 2
English title: Salween (Gunman II)

Rating: 5/5
Director: ChatriChalerm Yukol

Main actor: Sorapong Chatree,Chatchai Plengpanich
Main actress: Paweena Chareefsakul

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After WorldWar 2, Burma got its independance from England but the Karen minority problem was left unsolved. So an independance war between Karen and Burmese started. This movie takes place around Salween river, which the border between Thailand and Burma. Aound this area, there is no law, only guns decide. Different protagonists take part: a policeman acting like a outlaw and wishing to revenge his wife killed a few years ago, a young policeman coming from Bangkok with no experience in such difficult area, a Thai deceitful merchant playing Karen against Burmese in order to have access to rich forests full of teak logs, a Burmese general wishing to destroy the Karen stronghold around Salween river, a Karen captain wishing to defend his stronghold and giving in a wrong alliance with the Thai deceitful merchant. The war between Karen and Burmese is still going on and many people call it the forgotten genocide against the Karen people in Burma.

ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย
ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย

Year: 1992

Thai title: ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย
English title:

Rating: 3/5
Director:

Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Suchao Pongwilai
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat

Based on a true story, a young girl decides to become a teacher at 15 years old in order to promote reading awareness among mountain villagers that cannot go to school as they are not recognized as Thai citizen. She also convinced local poor parents that children are not goods to be sold and not listen to Bangkokians that promise false job offers. She also convinced villagers not to use drugs and young girls not to enter the flesh trade.

คนจร
คนจร

Year: 1999

Thai title: คนจร
English title: Konjorn

Rating: 4/5
Director: Attaporn Thaihirun

Main actor: Chatchai Plengpanich,Ray McDonald,Suchao Pongwilai,Krailat Kriengkrai
Main actress:

It depicts a well-to-do Thai-Chinese businessman called Mongkol, his wife, two daughters and son. Things go wrong when two Burmese immigrants hired by the family to do household work get into a fight with his son. They are arrested, but escape from the police and return to the family's house. There they kill the daughter and attack the remaining family members. Dang, a homeless man, witnesses the entire thing. Dang comes from a troubled past, his father was a police captain who was drunkard. His mother's lover subsequently murdered Dang's family. Dang, shocked by the event, became mad and started wondering the streets. As he witnesses the immigrants attack the family, he has his own uncontrollable flashbacks of his own family getting murdered. He tries to communicate with the police to tell them what he sees, but is unable to do so. He is finally the one to help the Thai-Chinese family. It puts the stress about how Thai people are oppressed by the police (i.e. ruthless policemen beating illegal Burmese immigrants, policemen asking and receiving bribes, policemen taking advantage of prostitutes, policemen modifying proofs and truth to get promotion). The multi-layer visual style might turn off normal audience but this is a rare example of avant-garde Thai indie film.



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