Thai title PHISING MEUXNG [Haunted City]
starring: Coco Li · Zhang Haosen · Suchada Chongswang · Terdporn Manophaiboon
Fan and his girlfriend Liu travel to Thailand for an antique-hunting weekend
in the Chatuchak market. They discover a gorgeous antique mirror with
a sinister history. It had once belonged to a beautiful entertainer who
was found dead in front of it, seemingly the victim of suicide. But that
legend is not fully accurate. Rather, there is someone or something
evil lurking inside the mirror...
debut project for young Thai director Sukosin Akkarapat was initially
conceived as a major Beijing-Thailand co-production [essentially, financed
by China; shot in Thailand] starring pop idol Coco Li from the long running
Chinese TV series Da Zhai Men (Dazhai Gate). But after several
re-writes, followed by the director's refusal to eliminate crucial supernatural
elements from the script, the inventors began to get cold feet. They became
concerned that the film would never pass Article 3 of the Chinese government
censorship policy* which would cause mainland
destitution problems, severely limiting the film's financial bottomline.
As a result, the partnership was severed and the project got completed
with a smaller budget by a Thai studio. As of this writing, the movie
remains unreleased in mainland China.
Article 3 of the Ministry of Civil Affairs code states
"The following is not permitted: Any work which depicts
FEUDALISTIC IDEOLOGY OR PSEUDOSCIENCE, specifically
Spirit possession, reincarnation, witchcraft, etc., including
excessive horror, psychological pain, hysteria, causing strong
stimulation to senses and emotions with uncomfortable pictures,
lines, music, and sound effects, etc."
Thai/Chinese film, with English subtitles; widescreen uncut (74 min.);
for ALL REGIONS, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected trailers.
Recommended for Mature Audiences