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Nang Nak (1999)

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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Credited cast:
Inthira Charoenpura ...
Nak (as Intira Jaroenpura)
Winai Kraibutr ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manit Meekaewjaroen
Pramote Suksatit
Pracha Thawongfia


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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Release Date:

23 July 1999 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Narrator: So great was her love that even death could not mortalize it.
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Version of Mae nak (1997) See more »

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Outstanding in every respect.
23 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's not often you're going to see a horror film that leaves you crying. This is a beautiful movie about the undying love between a young man conscripted into the army, and the devoted and pregnant wife he leaves behind. The photography alone, under Nattawut Kittikhun, is so delicately executed that you would think the film must be printed on rice paper.Though not essential to enjoyment of the movie, it helps to understand that its basis is the Buddhist concept of "Hungry Ghosts," souls that have become so attached to this world that they cannot make the transition to their next incarnation. In fact, the whole story is suffused with Buddhist ritual and belief -- in particular that attachment to the transitory and illusory must only result in pain. Director Nonzee Nimibutr has created a work of art that I believe will stand the test of time. If "Nang Nak" is indicative of Thai cinema's potential, then I hope we see a lot more of it.

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