Sunday, June 15, 2008

On DVD in Singapore: Body #19, Ghost Mother

A couple of Thai horror films from last year, Body #19 and Ghost Mother, have turned up on English-subtitled DVD in Singapore.

Body #19 is the directorial debut by Paween Purijitpanya, and involves a college student (Arak Amornsupasiri) who has horrifying dreams involving a gore-covered female hair ghost and visions of a man chopping up a woman. The film had some neat visuals, I thought, but was perhaps too slick for its own good.

It played in Singapore in January, when Stefan wrote a review for MovieXclusive, faulting the film for its overly long running time and sloppy storytelling, while finding most of the technical aspects praiseworthy.

And then it played at the Far East Film Festival at Udine in April, where it was given a mixed review by Twitch's Todd Brown.

Anyway, Body #19 is now out on English-subtitled DVD in Singapore, and MovieXclusive has it.

Also out in Singapore is Ghost Mother, a ghost thriller that Theeratorn Siriphunvaraporn directed for Phranakorn Film.

Patcharapa Chaichua stars as a young aunt to ends up taking care of her two nieces and a nephew, and then she ends up murdered due to some misunderstanding with some gangsters. However, the woman's spirit won't let go, and Aunt Nuntha's ghost continues to watch over the kids. Focus Jirakul also stars.

I missed this when it was shown in local cinemas last year, though Delirium Vault blogger Nekoneko took the trouble to order it from Singapore. Here's an excerpt from her review (warning, very detailed, possibly has spoilers):

Director Theeratorn Siriphunvaraporn really doesn’t break any new ground here with this one, but the story is good, and Patcharapa Chaichua is a sweet and appealing heroine that truly makes you feel sorry for her and the terrible situation Fate has led her to.

MovieXclusive has Ghost Mother and so does HK Flix.

1 comment:

  1. So proud to see my name mentioned on your wonderful blog! I always read your stuff for news on the latest Thai movies.

    Just a heads up..."Body #19" comes with burned in english subtitles in it's letterbox format instead of selectable subs. Since they appear in the picture field, they are small and a little hard to read at times. Just thought you might want to know!

    "Meow, Meow, for now!!"

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