Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

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International Premiere

WINNER: Public Prize, Best Asian Film (Bronze), Fantasia Film Festival

Hosted by Directors Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Paween Purijitpanya & Yongyoot Thongkongtoon

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Director: Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Paween Purikitpanya
Screenplay: Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Paween Purikitpanya, Eakasit Thairatana
Cast: Laila Boonyasak, Maneerat Kham-uan, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Witawat Singlampong, Pongsatorn Jongwilat
Producers: Jira Maligool
Distributor: GMM Tai Hub


A lonely girl strikes up a relationship via SMS message while recovering from a serious car accident. A bullied youth takes vengeance via black magic. Four friends terrify one another with ghost stories while camping in the jungle. An airline stewardess must accompany the corpse of a visiting princess being returned to her native soil for burial.

Four directors, four stories, four fresh realms of horror. Welcome to the world of 4BIA, the new four-part horror anthology bringing together the best and brightest talents from Thailand. Bringing together the directors of IRON LADIES—who is astonishingly assured in his move from the slapstick comedy he is known for to horror— as well as BODY, and the directorial duo behind SHUTTER and ALONE—both making their solo debuts here—it is fair to say that this project brings together the very best horror talents in Thailand today. Each director is left free to put his own stamp on things, which makes for a refreshingly diverse bit of work. Prefer mood and atmosphere? You’ve got that. Style and gore? Got that too. Like a bit of comedy worked in? No problem. There’s even a bit of good old-fashioned storytelling. What unifies the project, however, is that none of the four are content to simply play things safe. All four are adept enough to give the audience what it walks in expecting while also putting a unique spin on the Asian ghost story. A nice trick, that, and one that makes 4BIA a standout in Asian horror.

—Todd Brown