Director: Nonzee Nimibutr
Starring: Inthira Charoenpura, Winai Kraibutr
Time: 101 minutes
Like many films about ghosts, this one is not really so much a horror film as a love story – a deep, clinging obsessive love that matters more than anything else – more than life, more than death. With its tragic overtones, haunting atmosphere and folklore sensibilities, this was really the first Thai film to make a major impact on the international scene when it was released in 1999. It also jump started the career of director Nimibutr who has gone on to become the godfather of the emerging Thai new wave of films as either director (Jan Dara, Three) or producer (Bangkok Dangerous, Tears of the Black Tiger, Bang Rajan). Nang-Nak is a very popular tale in Thailand that has been told many times in the past and has become part of their culture and is believed to be true by many people. From reviews and posts that I have come cross it appears that the audience really falls into two different camps – those that fully buy into the love story and those that simply find the undying love annoying (just die already!). I lean towards the former – the film does feel a bit draggy at times and I felt the film could have been a good ten minutes shorter – but I eventually do succumb to the sheer pain and need of the woman for the man she loves so much.
The DVD and VCD has English subs
My rating for this film: 7.5