Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Coffin fills with Singapore dollars

The pan-Asian horror thriller The Coffin grossed over S$235,000 during last weekend's sneak previews in Singapore. MX News Bites reports that it's the first Thai horror film to hit that mark in the Merlion City. The film had been promoted with a contest, in which 100 people got to "sleep" in a mock-up coffin for three seconds and then attend the film's gala opening.

The Coffin is also opening in Malaysia, where it has received a positive review from the New Straits Times (cache). NST caught up with star Karen Mok, who recollected her time on the set as "fun and amusing". She also talked to The Star. Blogger Lim Chang Moh has a mixed review.

The movie was released in Thailand in August, and did good business despite political protests in Bangkok.

The Coffin is set for competition next month at the International Film Festival of India in Goa. It's also among the early titles tipped for the Hungry Ghosts program at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Another Thai horror, 4bia, will also play in Rotterdram.

Set in Thailand, the ensemble cast of The Coffin is led by Hong Kong's Mok and Thailand's Ananda Everingham, who separately try to change their bad luck and prolong life by partaking in a ritual of lying in coffins. It's inspired by an actual Thai practice. Napakapapa Nakaprasitte, Andrew Lim, Florence Vanida and Aki Shibuya co-star.

The Thai-HK-Singapore co-production is written and directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Beautiful Boxer, Pleasure Factory), who's recently announced he'll direct The Wedding of the Year, a romantic comedy starring real-life celebrity couple Christopher Lee and Fann Wong.

(Via MovieXclusive's MX News Bites)

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