1976 : On 6 October 1976, the army invaded Thammasat University where students demonstrated against the return of three tyrants. A large number of students were massacred and imprisoned. Many of them fled into the jungle.

The government increased the tax on foreign films from 2.20 baht to 30 baht per meter of film in an effort to promote domestic filmmaking.

1977 : Distributors of Hollywood films began boycotting showing their works. Up to 160 Thai films flooded into the theatres annually.