Saturday, December 13, 2008

On DVD in Hong Kong: 4bia

Quite likely the best Thai horror film of the year -- 4bia -- is due out on DVD in Hong Kong on December 19.

With the needed subtitles indicated, it's the first English-friendly release that I'm aware of.

GMM Tai Hub's four-segment anthology -- each part deals with a different fear -- is directed by veteran producer-director Yongyoot Thongkongtoon and three younger proteges -- the Shutter/Alone duo of Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, and Body #19 helmer Paween Purijitpanya.

The cast includes young talents Maneerat Kham-uan and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, as well as veteran actress Ploy Chermarn Boonyasak.

4bia has been a crowd pleaser at the Fantasia Festival and Toronto After Dark, scoring third-place audience awards at both fests. It was also featured at fests in Pusan and Bangkok, and had general releases in Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore. It's also been mentioned for the Hungry Ghosts program at next year's International Film Festival Rotterdam.

DDD House has the DVD of 4bia available for pre-order. Now excuse me, while I place my order. Update: YesAsia now has it.

(Thanks Logboy!)

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