Skip to main content

THE CITIZEN

Thailand, 1977 (MIFF 1979)

Director: Chatri Charlerm Yukol

Deserted by his wife, Thongpoon comes to Bangkok to save for his small son's future education by working as a taxi driver. His concern for others and his trusting nature allow him to be cheated by many of his fares, but win him the friendship of two: a legless cripple and a city prostitute. But the wortd crowds in on him when he is beaten up by a gang of louts, who steal his taxi and his money. The police are indifferent, his landlady heartless, and he finds shelter with the prostitute.

Helped by the cripple. Thongpoon continues his pursuit of the thieves, without results. The ineffectual police offer him no protection against severe beatings that he receives during his search.

Disillusioned with the police, he pleads with his friends for help, but only one, an old man is willing to come to his aid. The old man discovers the place where stolen cars are being converted, and Thongpoon breaks into the place. When he is attacked, he kills his assailants. The owner of the works offers him a car, any car he likes, but Thongpoon insists in getting back his own...

See also...

SALWEEN

Through the personal moral confusion and conflicts of a young idealistic police officer, Salween highlights the terrible killing and lawlessness of the Thai-Burma border. A conflict that stretches ... More »

THE ELEPHANT KEEPER

The Elephant Keeper is an exceptionally entertaining and dramatic feature film which is at once an environmental film about the dangers to Thailand's rainforests, an animal film which has all the ... More »

MON-RAK TRANSISTOR

Straight to MIFF from Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2002, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's third feature - following Fun Bar Karaoke (1997) and 6ixtynin9 (MIFF 2000) - is a romantic action musical comedy with ... More »

City Dog

A man has to put up with his environment. He has to stand it. His life is no different from a dog's. ... The film aims to present the man's mental confusion by means of fast-moving, rotating images ... More »

MON-RAK TRANSISTOR

Mon-Rak Transistor Thailand Living up to the promise shown in 6ixtynin9,Pen-ek's third feature catapulted the young Thai director firmly onto the world stage as Mon-Rak Transistor was selected for ... More »

Telechante

When the bell rings, a signal of sight and sound of "Suad Pan Yak" (a chant from the Sukhothai period — about 800 years ago) spreads all over the land. Someone has his own Nirvana... ... What ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director