Following hot on the heels of the recent FrightFest crowd-pleaser P, the Thai film made by British film-maker Paul Spurrier, news has now reached us about the imminent release of another Thai film made by an English-speaking director Ghost of Mae Nak.
Made by British writer / director Mark Duffield, Ghost of Mae Nak wil receive its Gala Premiere in mid-September in Bangkok before going on general release throughout Thailand later this month on September 15th. The film is set in modern Bangkok and tells the story of a young newly wed couple who are haunted by the spirit of an old Thai legend.
Starring Pataratida 'Tangmo' Pacharawirapong and Siwat 'C' Chotchaicharin, this film marks the film debut of Mark Duffield who came up with the idea for the film after learning about the legend of Mae Nak Phrakanong from the film Nang Nak. After extensive research, he wrote an original screenplay for Ghost of Mae Nak in English, which was then translated into Thai.
Mark has worked for over ten years as a cinematographer on several 35mm independent feature films, including Butterfly Man, shot on location in Thailand for which he won a Best Cinematography Award at the 2003 Slamdunk Film Festival in the USA.
We will hopefully be bringing you an exclusive interview with Mark Duffield in the coming weeks.
Ghost of Mae Nak is a re-telling of a Thai spirit tale that had seen no fewer than 20 previous cinematic renderings. All can be traced to a famous old legend in which a young pregnant woman named Nak and her baby die during childbirth, and later come back to haunt her husband Mak.
For more information, visit the official website at www.maenak.com/ where you can see photos from the film, download a trailer and listen to music featured in the movie.
30th May 04 When the guests do arrive, they have an amusing habit of dying. This is obviously bad for business and so, with family honour in jeopardy they take quite quickly to hiding the bodies, usually accompanied by some big musical number.