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The Elephant Keeper (1987)

Khon liang chang (original title)
| Drama | 1990 (Thailand)
Chai, a forestry official, tells a campfire tale about his first days on the job and why he believes the forest is protected by an elephant's spirit. It's a story about his hot-headed first... See full summary »
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Sorapong Chatree ...
Boonsong
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Ad Carabao
Ron Rittichai ...
Khamron
Ittisoontorn Vichailak ...
Chai
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Chai, a forestry official, tells a campfire tale about his first days on the job and why he believes the forest is protected by an elephant's spirit. It's a story about his hot-headed first boss, Kamron, who wages a battle against illegal logging conducted by powerful business interests and the corrupt police. Caught between the two forces is the title character, named Boonsong, and his devoted jumbo beast of burden. Written by Wise Kwai

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Elephant in the middle
16 April 2004 | by (Bangkok) – See all my reviews

This environmentally themed movie is pretty sad, but powerful.

It's about an activist forestry chief who is waging a fierce war against the corrupt local police and an influential local timber baron who is conducting illegal logging on the forest. Caught between these two forces is a man with an elephant. With Thailand's forests being rapidly depleted and more tightly controlled, it is difficult for the elephant keeper to find work. The more work he finds, the less there will be for him to do. It's a sad paradox.

There are plenty of pitched gun battles. In one, the forestry chief is rescued by the elephant keeper and his elephant, who push some debris off a cliff to kill one of the bad guys. In another, a severely outgunned elephant keeper tries to hold off the machine-gun equipped henchmen with just his single-shot blackpowder rifle.

The best thing in this movie is the elephant, a magnificent animal who is said to possess a sixth sense about which people are good and which ones are evil. This is a trait I believe elephants really do possess, but unfortunately cannot always act on their senses as the elephant in this movie does with violent conviction.


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