(, or Ma-Mha 4 Ka Krub
, also Mid-Road Gang
) is a 2007 Thai comedy
directed by Pantham Thongsang and Somkiet Vituranich about a pack of stray dogs
in suburban Bangkok
who want to cross a busy highway in hopes of finding a better life on the other side of the road. It is the first Thai live-action feature film to feature main characters that are animals.Rithdee, Kong. March 9, 2007. "Reality bites", Page R1, Realtime, Bangkok Post
(print edition; online articles are archived for subscribers only after seven days).
Makham is a Thai Ridgeback
living with his middle-class owner and girlfriend and the girlfriend's white Persian cat
. After the cat tricks Makham into chewing on her master's shoes, the girlfriend becomes furious and when her boyfriend is gone, sneaks the dog off to a suburban Bangkok Buddhist
temple, and leaves the dog.
Makham falls in a pack of five stray dogs who live in a burned out neighborhood. An illustrated sequence during the opening credits shows the lives of the strays and how their village came to be burned down. The five strays are led by an old mixed breed
hound named Luang Kaffee. The other dogs are mostly mixed breed as well, except for a poodle
named Sexy. The dogs are starving. They cannot forage for food in the nearby temple because of a rival pack of strays. A neighboring orchard is off limits because of some fierce guard dogs. And there is a gated, high-class housing... Read More