Thursday, May 15, 2008

Trailer: Memory

Memory (เมมโมรี่ รักหลอน), a thriller starring Ananda Everingham and Mai Charoenpura, opened in Thailand's cinemas today.

The trailer gives it the appearance of a sexy, slick, psychological thriller with possibly some ghostly goings on.

Ananda portrays Krit, a married psychiatrist in Chiang Mai who is tasked with looking in on Phrae, a troubled little girl who is showing signs of abuse. Her mother, Ing-orn (Mai), is apparently at a loss to explain the bruises on the 7-year-old girl's body.

As he becomes involved with the case, Dr. Krit finds himself falling for the motherly charms of Ing-orn. But watch out, the lady keeps a straight razor.

Mai looks to be trading heavily on her role as the villainess in Suriyothai, for which she garnered much acclaim. The over-the-top, screen-chewing, nostril-flaring, soap-opera style suited the historical epic's theatrical pageantry, but more subtlety might be in order for a psychological thriller in a contemporary setting. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Memory is one of at least five, no make that six, no make that seven films Ananda is featured in this year. Next week On May 29, the English-language Singaporean romance, The Leap Years, opens in Thailand. (English is a cinch for the Bangkok-born, Australian-schooled, Laotian-Australian actor.) The Laotian-Thai road-trip romance Good Morning Luang Prabang opens in Thailand on June 5. Ekachai Uekrongtham's pan-Asian horror thriller, The Coffin, is playing in the Cannes Film Market, as is Nonzee Nimibutr's long-awaited Queen of Langkasuka. Ananda is also featured in Happy Birthday, the second directorial effort by veteran actor Pongpat Wachirabunjong (Me ... Myself). And then there's Wisit Sasanatieng's Red Eagle.

I was a bit concerned that AG Entertainment, the production company for Memory, might not include English subtitles with this film. Their most recent previous release, the bratty Buddhist kids' comedy Orahun Summer, was released without subtitles. In checking Movieseer last night, the early listings had the film with no subtitles but updates to the site's listings say they are available, as does the schedule at Paragon Cineplex, so I'll be checking this out.

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  1. Chiang Mai movie correspondent Mark Gernpy reports:

    "Went to see Memory at Major Cineplex today. Though advertised as having English subtitles there are none, nor are there plans for them. A real pity.

    "I was only there 50 minutes, then they gave me my money back, so I had to leave. Looked very crisp and clean in directing and cinematography. Good spooky atmosphere. A really excellent squeaking door.

    "As I left I noticed they had removed the indication of English subtitles in the signs outside."

    Bummer, I say. I have not yet had time to check on the ground in Bangkok to see what the situation is with the prints. I finally got through on Paragon's hotline, and they *say* it has subtitles. But, like Mark's experience in Chiang Mai, it's possible they just don't know.

  2. I would watch the film just to see how much of Chiang Mai I recognize.

    I'm surprised at what happened to Mark, as my experiences at Major Cineplex were consistently good with having English titled prints for Thai films.


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