‘Mansuang’ Ending Explained & Film Summary: What Happens To Khem And Chatra?

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The Thai film ManSuang brings to life 19th-century Thailand through beautiful elaborate sets, dance pieces, and costumes. The film, which follows Khem and Wan, two friends from remote Thailand, seems quite convoluted, especially for someone who has no knowledge of Thai history. Still, it’s a movie that is engaging through its beauty and has you looking forward to a happy ending. Though a work of fiction, the film focuses on the politics of Thailand back then and the differences between the Chinese and Thai in said time period. I learned that the word “ManSuang” means “paradise,” and the film focuses on the titular entertainment club, which is meant to be like paradise for those who visit it. The film focuses on three main characters, who come together in paradise and change forever. As much as I had a hard time keeping up with what was actually happening in the film, I did quite enjoy it wholly for how beautifully it is presented. Anyway, let’s quickly dive into what happens between Khem, Chatra, and Wan.

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Why are Khem and Wan sent to ManSuang? 

Khem and Wan find themselves in a catastrophe when they witness the killing of an important political man during the reign of King Rama III. They’re caught by the victim’s uncle, Phraya Bodisorn, and threatened into doing a job. They either go to ManSuang and complete a mission for them to bring the rebels down, or they get tried for killing somebody they didn’t. The problem here is that, with no evidence, they can’t prove their innocence. This is a time when everything in Siam is a mess because King Rama III’s reign is about to come to an end. Rebels must be found before then, so that Siam can be saved from disaster. Khem and Wan are dancers, so the best disguise they’ve got is their job. They take up the job of finding an important document that will prove that the rebels are associated with the popular club ManSuang. Khem’s an orphan, and Wan has had some sort of traumatic incident and can’t stand the sight of blood. 

The opulent club is not just a place to be entertained, but it seems a lot more is happening under the colorful lights of the biggest club in Siam. Khem and Wan blend in easily. Khem is specifically a great dancer and is immediately chosen to be the male lead of the performance. In the meantime, he also befriends a drummer named Chatra. They get along pretty well and soon become friends. What Khem doesn’t know is that Chatra has his own reasons for coming to ManSuang. He’s in search of his father’s killer, but other surprises await him, too. For the most part, a lot of drama takes place within the walls of the club. There’s dishonesty, spying, and deception, but Khem doesn’t find anything that could directly link it to the rebels. Additionally, the one document he’s been sent to find is not even heard of by anyone. Together, Khem, Wan, and Chatra try to recreate the scene from when an important man (the reason this all began), Khun Suthin, was killed near ManSuang. Khem gets Chatra to join them because he understands English, and the document they’re looking for is in English. On the other hand, Wan doesn’t appreciate him doing so without discussing it with him. 


Who is Chatra? 

Inadvertently, Master Hong, the son of the owner of ManSuang, joins the quest. This is because his father was killed, and he needs revenge. It is then revealed that a courtesan at the club named Tubtim safely hid the contract that should prove that Phraya Wichien, a man from the Harbor Department, is trying to take over the throne by doing arms deals with Europeans. Chatra’s father is unfortunately caught in between this deal and Khun Suthin, who signed the papers in his own name, illegally bringing European arms into Siam. Master Hong fakes his own death so that he can figure out who really killed his father and why the Tua Hia are being framed as rebels when they didn’t do anything. When the document is found, Chatra’s instinct is to clear his father’s name, so he tries to betray Khem; however, Khem gives him a couple of days to figure out what he wants to do. 


What is Tiang’s plan? 

To make things more complicated, the person who killed Hong’s father is his cousin Tiang, whom his father had, out of the kindness of his heart, taken in. Tiang is simply a very ambitious man who is willing to step on his own people to gain personal power. Framing his own people, the Tua Hia, as rebels, Tiang would’ve had them killed and then claimed political favors from the government. He is also in cahoots with Phraya Wichien. Seeing as Wichien has some sort of political power, Tiang’s plan is to try and overshadow Wichien and control him for his own benefit. So, he kills his own uncle and assumes his cousin is dead, making things easy for him. He was also the reason Chatra’s father killed himself because he tried to steal the document from him to make sure he had something to leverage over Wichien’s head. 


What Happened to Wan? 

While everything seems to be working out for Khem and Chatra, Wan is in a world of his own. So Wan and Khem are sent to ManSuang so they phcan expose the Tua Hia as rebels, and Phraya Bodisorn can have them killed. Khem realizes the Tua Hia haven’t done anything wrong, and it’s all a setup, but on the other hand, Wan, who we know is traumatized, doesn’t believe so. His sister was assaulted and murdered by the Chinese, so he believes the Tua Hia need to be punished. When Phraya Bodisorn isn’t willing to kill the Chinese at ManSuang, Wan switches sides and tries to join Phraya Wichien. Since it’s a personal vendetta, he chooses to mess things up on the day that Hong reveals he’s still alive and announces that the Tua Hia are not rebels, turning them all against Tiang. Tiang is caught by Hong, Khem, and Chatra after he reveals his true nature to all of ManSuang, Phraya Wichien, and Phraya Bodisorn, among others. 

Hong kills Tiang for betraying his people and killing his father, and then Wan shows up with a gun pointed at Hong. He will not settle so easily. Wan had used fireworks to scare the Tua Hia, but now he threatens to use the gunpowder stored in ManSuang to burn the place down, the Tua Hia and his friend included. With no other choice, Khem kills his best friend and saves the Tua Hia. 


What Happens to the Documents? 

Since it’s been revealed that the Tua Hia weren’t actually rebels and the club isn’t harboring anti-nationalists, Khem has no use for the documents. Chatra tries to give him the papers back, but Khem declines. Chatra then takes them to Phraya Bodisorn and tells him that although the papers may be of no use today, they could come in handy in the future. Phraya Bodisorn asks Chatra to work with the government because of his intelligence, and it would be something that would make his father proud, too. On the other hand, Chatra also asks for freedom for Khem. 

During ManSuang‘s ending, both Khem and Chatra are made free men with land and titles, but Khem chooses to remain a dancer because it is the thing that brings him the most happiness. Phraya Bodisorn and Phraya Wichien team up for the betterment of the country. They’re both on the same side. Khem’s journey is to the top; however, when he gets there, he decides that he can make a change from the lower ranks just as he did this time around. Between Khem and Chatra, one is all about survival, whereas the other is about being noble. They come from different backgrounds; however, their goal is similar: to help people. What’s a little bit disappointing is that after everything the two friends did, it was all quite futile, or even worse, since Wan ended up dying. Greed is a terrible thing, and the big moral of this film is to stop being selfish and work for those around you. 


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Ruchika Bhat
Ruchika Bhat
When not tending to her fashion small business, Ruchika or Ru spends the rest of her time enjoying some cinema and TV all by herself. She's got a penchant for all things Korean and lives in drama world for the most part.

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