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Nang-Nak (1999)

Nang nak (original title)
Mak goes home from war and lives together with his wife and baby happily until a friend decides to reveal a secret.

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Inthira Charoenpura ...
Nak (as Intira Jaroenpura)
Winai Kraibutr ...
Mak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manit Meekaewjaroen
Pramote Suksatit
Pracha Thawongfia
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Based on a Thai legend. Mak leaves for Bangkok and is seriously wounded in the Chiang Toong War. When Mak returns, his wife and baby continue to live together till a revelation leads to an unexpected paradigm shift . Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Death Do Never Us A Part

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23 July 1999 (Thailand)  »

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Nang Nak - Return from the Dead  »

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The film is based on an old Thai ghost story. Director Nonzee Nimibutr toured Thai temples conducting ceremonies to appease Nang Nak's spirit and obtain good luck for the film. See more »

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Narrator: So great was her love that even death could not mortalize it.
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Version of Ghost of Mae Nak (2005) See more »

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7 June 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

There is a lot more to this film than immediately meets the eye. Most Thai historicals or ghost stories are loaded with anachronistic pop culture cliches. This one wasn't; people spoke with their mouths filled with betel (maak), the lead actress didn't have lipstick, the houses were quite realistic, etc. In addition, the rural monks switched between high-level speech and country slang. The point is that this film is a serious attempt to do justice to both the original tale and the time period it is set in.

The empathy for Nak far surpassed the scariness. What stood out for me is that Nak's justification for her actions seemed quite defensible, adding to the anguished poignancy of the situation.

Asian ghost stories, when done well, have a strongly moral character. This is one of the finest examples I have seen.


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