(The Eye, dir. Pang & Pang, 2008)

Angelica Lee as Wong Kar Mun in The Eye (2008) Photo: IMDB. com Traumas and wounds become embodied indexes of a nation’s technological and cultural transformation in the film, The Eye (2008). The horror story centers on 20-year old Wong Kar Mun, a Hong kong classical violinist who undergoes an eye cornea transplant. Regaining her… Continue reading (The Eye, dir. Pang & Pang, 2008)

Mae Nak (dir. Pimpaka Towira, 1992)

Still from Mae Nak by Pimpaka Towira, dir., Mae Nak, VHS, 1997 Images of devotion form the nexus of Thai religions and social life. As shown by Justin McDaniel’s ethnography on the shrines of Mae Nak, a well-known Thai female ghost based on a mother who dies in childbirth during the reign of King Rama… Continue reading Mae Nak (dir. Pimpaka Towira, 1992)

Nang Nak (dir. Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999)

Inthira Charoenpura and Winai Kraibutr in Nang Nak (1999) Photo: IMDB.com Nak’s glorious appearance on the world stage made it “possible to 'think' the nation”[1] and to perceive the present as a continuation of a historical past. Nang Nak was among the first blockbuster ghost films to circulate in Southeast Asia at the turn of… Continue reading Nang Nak (dir. Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999)