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    Krasue Siam falters

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/04/2019

    » One of the most famous Thai ghosts is getting yet another modern interpretation. The legend of krasue now sees a new life in cinema in the form of the fantasy thriller Krasue Siam (Sisters), though the results aren't as thrilling as they've been cooked up to be.

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    Ghost stories

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 08/11/2019

    » Flying in with a floating head and dangling intestines, the reimagined tale of krasue recently made its showcase at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) as part of the Crosscut Asia section that featured supernatural and horrific stories from the region.

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    Beauty and the beast

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 15/03/2019

    » A teen love triangle and the supernatural collide in Saeng Krasue (Inhuman Kiss), the reimagining of a well-known Thai folktale set in the era of World War II. A rural village is under a mysterious attack and the locals whisper the words of krasue -- a woman by day, and a ghostlike creature by night -- who leaves her body at home while her head and internal organs fly out the window to devour raw flesh. The condition is contagious through saliva.

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    Fierce and pitiful

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/03/2019

    » Krasue is a Thai ghost beside whom vampires -- and other blood-lusting Western monsters -- pale in comparison. Basically a detached head of a woman floating around in the dark, lit up by a phosphorescent glow from her still-beating heart, and with her bloody entrails dangling below the head like an infested creeper, krasue feeds on, naturally, filth, blood, corpses and carcasses. Sometimes it's compared, for the sake of convenience, with Gothic-era will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. But seriously, please, that is a gross under-characterisation that discounts the supreme grotesqueness of krasue, born by the pulpy fantasy of our equatorial folklorists.

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    The spectral art

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/04/2019

    » Sexy women, ghosts, simplistic plot, tendency to be naughty and violent. These are the stereotypical characteristics people have come to associate with the old-school Thai-style pulp comics that are close to disappearing from the market.

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    World firsts and retrospectives at 32nd Tiff

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 24/10/2019

    » The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) is back, and as ever, it features a fantastic line-up of Japanese and international cinematic treats. The 32nd edition of Tiff, one of the biggest film fests in Asia, will be held at Roppongi Hills and other venues throughout Tokyo from Monday until Nov 5.

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    All screens great and small

    Life, Published on 18/12/2019

    » Life evaluates the year's best in cinema, streaming and television

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    Thai independent films going strong

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/08/2016

    » History, identity, cavemen, dwarves -- independent Thai films taking on those subjects (and curiosities) are making the rounds at the film festival circuit this season. While the big multiplex release of the year is likely to be Fanday, the first output from GDH 559 (previously GTH) slated for Sept 1, some Thai indie titles are busily injecting necessary edge and provocation to the scene.

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    Keeping a great in the frame

    B Magazine, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 08/11/2015

    » Phitsanulok province is an unlikely place to pay tribute to legendary Thai actor Mitr Chaibuncha. It is neither his birthplace nor the place where he died while performing his own stunt.

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    TEST YOURSELF: 2019’s best in film and TV

    Gary Boyle, Published on 20/12/2019

    » Bangkok Post’s Life chooses the year's best in cinema, streaming and television

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