Saturday, February 23, 2008

Body #19 heads to Taiwan, other parts

Last year's slick Thai horror thriller Body #19 will be released soon in Taiwan, according to 24 Frames Per Second. The Nation's Soop Sip also hints at releases in Malaysia and South Korea. It played in Singapore back in January. Surely, an English-subtitled DVD release can't be too far behind?

The film is directed by Paween Purijitpanya, a former assistant to the Pang Brothers. The Subhanahongsa Award-nominated script was written by the 13 Beloved duo of Chukiat Sakweerakul and Ekasit Thairat , and was produced by Grammy Tai Hub, the same production company that did Shutter and Alone. It won the Subhanahongsa for Best Visual Effects -- a richly deserved accolade, because the visuals were one of Body #19's strongest aspects.

The film stars Arak Amornsupasiri of the Thai rock band Slur, as a guy who's having bad dreams about a grisly murder and dismemberment that took place in his house. The horrible visions are steadily becoming more real. They involve a corpsified woman with her guts hanging out and, following the conventions of Asian horror, long, greasy black hair. Various other shocks and horrors await. Aside from the special effects, I enjoyed the performance by the always-intense Thai actress Patharawarin Timkul, who plays a university lecturer with black-magic powers.

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(Via 24 Frames Per Second. The Nation)


  1. Picking up where your post title left off..

    International distribution will help give this film a leg up.

    I just hope the viewers in Taiwan can stomach it.

    Badum ching.

  2. I gotta hand it to you on that one.


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