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(2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 3 February 2006 (Spain)
Whilst growing up in rural Thailand, a young orphan girl is taught the ways of magic by her grandmother. But when grandmother falls sick, Dau is lured to Bangkok to find work so that she ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Spurrier

Writers:

Preeyaporn Chareonbutra (translation), Paul Spurrier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Suangporn Jaturaphut Suangporn Jaturaphut ... Dau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Barrett Dean Barrett
Shaun Delaney Shaun Delaney ... Rich Customer
John Kathrein John Kathrein ... Customer
Chartchai Kongsiri Chartchai Kongsiri ... Policeman
Opal Opal ... Pookie
Pisamai Pakdeevijit Pisamai Pakdeevijit ... Grandmother
Supatra Roongsawang Supatra Roongsawang ... New
Narisara Sairatanee Narisara Sairatanee ... May
Amy Siriya Amy Siriya ... Mee
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Pattanachat Sritep Pattanachat Sritep ... Shop Owner
Manthana Wannarod Manthana Wannarod ... Mamasang
Kochakorn Wongkitisopon Kochakorn Wongkitisopon ... Shop Owner's Daughter
Dor Yodrak Dor Yodrak ... Witchdoctor
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Whilst growing up in rural Thailand, a young orphan girl is taught the ways of magic by her grandmother. But when grandmother falls sick, Dau is lured to Bangkok to find work so that she can buy medicine. She finds herself working in a go-go bar, and her journey from naiveté to maturity is swift. She uses the magical skills her grandmother taught her to her advantage, but in doing so makes enemies within the bar. As her magic gets darker, and the consequences increasingly horrific, she gradually loses control, and something evil takes over. Written by Paul Spurrier

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Taglines:

Hunting nightly, hungry for human meat.

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

P (La possédée) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film's onscreen title is a Latin small letter 'p' (U+0070) with a Thai character 'sara ii' (U+0E35) above it. See more »

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An accurate portrayal of the "bar girl" life cycle.
17 August 2012 | by whirling-darknessSee all my reviews

I rate this movie 8, not because of the scares or supernatural effects. The rating is entirely based on the performances of the actresses and accurate depiction of how many girls get conned into a life of prostitution.

It's worth a watch for anyone interested in Thailand or other countries such as Philippines where girls can be rented at bars and clubs. It puts a human perspective on the whole affair which those frequenting the places might not think about or choose to ignore.

I'm not sure whether the movie glorifies the empowerment of girls who choose to work as prostitutes because of the high pay or condemns the exploitation of the innocent who are made to believe they're being done a favor when they're told someone *might* have "work" for them, during the initial stages of recruitment, keeping the facade until it is too late to back out.

The director and his friends certainly enjoy the Thai night life privately. The movie stands on its own though and I feel it does a good job at removing the veil on the business. How people react must be a personal decision. Both sides are shown, which avoids a preachy or too exploitative feeling.

The performances by the actresses were particularly authentic, considering most of them grew up in slums or work as porn stars or bar girls. The main actress had never acted before and donated her entire earnings to her sick mother. Eerily similar to the circumstances in the movie, although the real life events apparently had a happier outcome.

Though the "scary" parts of the movie don't mesh well with Western ideas of ghosts and magic, it closely fits with popular myth and superstition in Thailand and other neighboring countries. Especially the idea of human monsters that can feast on other people due to a variety of specific circumstances.

The sex in the movie is very low key. I think we spotted a couple of nip slips. The few sex scenes are more suggestive than explicit and they don't last very long. There is a fair amount of dancing, but it's also tame. The girls are pretty though and it's enjoyable to watch.

It's not a masterpiece, but to my knowledge it's unique in its scope and subject matter. The lead actress did a superb job and I hope we see more from her in the future.

My wife and I both enjoyed this movie and I think anyone with an open mind and an interest in eastern Asia will too.


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