Once Upon a Time... This Morning (1996)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Family-Oriented Adventure  |   Run Time - 133 min.  |   Countries - Thailand  |  
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With events running parallel to the fairy tale that opens the picture, this family-oriented thriller from Thailand warns parents of the potentially devastating effects if divorce on children. The old story is presented in the first scene via a shadow puppet show about a witch and a one-eyed monster out to harm children put on by a doting father for his three children,12-year-old daughter Ohh, her five-year-old brother Onn and Umm, the baby. Their career-oriented mother returns home and unbeknownst to the children demands a divorce. She takes her brood to a high-rise apartment the next day and soon afterward the father also finds new digs, something he does not tell the children. As the mother works, she leaves the children at home alone. Ohh gets tired of this and decides to take her siblings and go looking for their father. Along the way, they encounter some young street toughs who hastily leave the drugs they were to steal in baby Umm's carrier. Suddenly our three heroes find themselves pursued by an angry drug lord and later by their parents. Their next adventure has them kidnapped by the bad guys. Unfortunately, the capture destroys the drugs and to earn back the money lost the villains sell Ohh to a whorehouse while Umm is sold to baby traders. Because Onn is too old for illegal adoption and too young to work as a child slave, the crooks leave him alone on the streets. With the help of his new friend, the gold-hearted delinquent Noklae, little Onn rescues his siblings, but that is still not the end of their adventures which become increasingly exciting until the story's happy ending.

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career, delinquency, divorce, monster, on-the-run, witch