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Ghost of Mae Nak (1111)

Jaran Ngamdee , Pataratida Pacharawirapong , Mark Duffield  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jaran Ngamdee, Pataratida Pacharawirapong, Siwat Chotchaicharin, Pornthip Papanai
  • Directors: Mark Duffield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Thai
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tartan Asia Extreme
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000H5U5YY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the Thai legend of Mae Nak Phrakhanong, this horror tale follows a newlywed couple as they acquire an antique brooch and an abandoned haunted house. At first, the spirit residing in the home protects the couple from burglars and a scheming real estate agent. But when the ghost expects a favor in return, it spells tragedy for the young lovers. Pataratida Pacharawirapong, Siwat Chotchaicharin, Porntip Papanai star. 103 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Thai Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish. In Thai with English subtitles.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Scary Ghost September 11, 2006
By S. Keel
The legend of the ghost of Nang Nak is a part of Thai folklore, the story of an 19th Century 'angry ghost' who lived in a bucolic palm-fringed village outside of Bangkok named Pra Khanong..

By 2005, Pra Khanong is part of the dirty old metropolis, the giant grey concrete slab of Bangkok. No longer a place for a rural ghost.

I have never even been there - there's no compelling reason to go. It is ten minutes from where I live, but it is just another part of inner city urban blight nowadays.

This movie works because it treats Bangkok not as a glitzy tourist venue, full of pachyderms, tuk tuks, ladyboys and long-tail boats, but a functioning, ordinary, third-world city in which regular Thai people live with limited budgets and modern fears.

Into this is transported a semi-Gothic, semi J-Horror story, that derives from the old mythology.

Thai movies are often unsophisticated, self-referential and burlesque. This one doesn't fall into that trap, perhaps because it is Directed by a Westerner and doesn't play to stereotype.

I liked it.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time January 1, 2007
This is by far Tartan's worst release. For a distributor that has brought us great titles as The Booth, the vengeance trilogy and else, this is scary at its lowest. The legend of the ghost is explained in other reviews, and it is quite interesting, to say the least. But this pseudo movie is not even that. Directed by a long-time contributor of B-movies (check his filmography), The Ghost of Mae Nak fails to be scary, is not stylish, and not even interesting. But it certainly is predictable, boring, lame, has the worst dialogues you'll hear in a long time, and it is plainly mediocre. Perhaps it is the style of the westerner director, he has shown that he likes/loves Thailand (Butterfly Man), but his skills as a director are not enough to create anything interesting.

Watch Shutter, that one is truly creepy and is told by Thais who really understand Thai and know how to film. Don't waste your time with this dud.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RENT IT IF YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF January 27, 2007
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, more about love than about horror February 22, 2009
Another reviewer I think already hit on the key point that this movie is more about love than about horror. I watched this movie last summer on DVD and really enjoyed it. For many people this will probably be their first Thai movie they've seen. I've seen a few as I've travelled to Thailand on a few occasions. I've certainly seen scarier Thai horror movies than this one, but I don't think it was the director's intent to make this a "scary" movie. As others have pointed out, this is a folk tale, and the movie feels like a folk tale being told to us. It's not supposed to be Jason v. Freddy with special effects and 12 different camera angles showing someone's head coming off. And I think it is more of a love story than it is a ghost story. If you are expecting blockbuster effects you will be disappointed. If you like seeing a folk tale or a good ghost story you might tell around a camp fire come to life, then you'll likely enjoy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. and Mrs. T Horror March 18, 2010
Ghost of Mae Nak: 7 out of 10: First we had J horror ( stark white Japanese female ghosts with long black hair that scream) then Korea developed K Horror ( featuring stark white Korean female ghosts with long black hair that scream) and now we have T horror (featuring stark white Thai female ghosts with long black hair that scream). From the looks of all things alphabetical can a home grown Vietnamese ghost story be too far behind.

Now I am not that big fan of ghost stories and the Japanese take on the subject has done very little to impress me. There are only so many faulty florescent lights and violin screams that one man can take. So it surprised me that Mae Nak is as entertaining film in its own right. For one thing this is more a romance than a ghost story.

The story revolves around two very likable kids (named Nak and Mak) who are getting married and settling down when one of them (the guy) is haunted by a ghostly vision (see above). They have true love and the ghost is jealous or vengeful or in pain or something. So they have to help her spirit to rest because (SPOILER ALERT) they bought the house she used to live in and pledged their love on her unmarked grave and received part of her skull as a wedding gift. (No I'm not making this up) The non-ghost scenes however with the couple buying a house and dealing with various relatives and cultural demands are delightful and fresh to these western eyes. And the two leads are both attractive and pleasant and give of the aura of being real people with real lives. (They both have actual jobs and go to punk rock bars with friends).

The movies other asset is the Final Destination style death scenes the ghost uses to exact revenge or protect the couple or whatnot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Asian Horror
Not for everyone, but Asian Horror seems to make me think. Find out what ghost wants, try to give it to her and hope for the best. Read more
Published 15 months ago by EJustG
1.0 out of 5 stars The Movie That DIdn't Scare
In Thailand, during the reign of Rama IV, King Mongkut, there lived a beautiful young woman by Phra Khanong in Bangkok. Read more
Published 15 months ago by shaun brammer
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary movie
If you love Thai movies, especially scary ones, then you must get this one. I ordered for my mother who's thai, and she loved it.
Published 16 months ago by Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost of Mae Nak
If you like the movie the Ring you would love movie Ghost of Mae Nak. This movie having a really nice Twist to it.
Published 20 months ago by rube Washington
1.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH LOVE, IT'S SICKENING!
I watched this movie just to see what it was about and I felt that it took too long to get to the point. There are many other JHorror filmz that out beat this trilogy, like wise. Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by LynnJ85
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucks.
It's a slow starting movie that is extremely boring. Half the movie is about a wedding and the rest is about a ghost. Read more
Published on January 7, 2011 by maskedgamer
4.0 out of 5 stars It`s a Love Story
Ghost of Mae Nak is a love story first, a horror movie second. The cast is excellent and the screenplay is original. Read more
Published on October 26, 2008 by Robert T. Kennedy
1.0 out of 5 stars My belief that Asia > America where films are concerned has been...
The Ghost of Mae Nak (Mark Duffield, 2005)

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Published on May 11, 2007 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
This movie is a ghost story made out of a legend. It was well written and the acting was excellent. If you like actual ghost stories, this one is definitely for you!
Published on May 6, 2007 by Denise L. Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars This Is Not A Good Thai Horror Film: Very Disappointing!
I will be the first to admit that I was expecting this film to be a little better than it was. Having seen the film "Nang Nak," directed by Nonzee Nimibutr, and starring Initra... Read more
Published on January 27, 2007 by Ernest Jagger
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