Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium at 6:30 PM
Thailand (2004, 97 min)
Thai, with English subtitles
Director: Bunjong Pisunthanagoon, Pakpoom Wongpoom
Cast: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana
Tun (Ananda Everingham) is a young freelance photographer in Bangkok who is apparently enjoying life with his girlfriend Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee). One night after getting together with their friends, Tun and Jane accidentally run over a mysterious woman (Achita Sikamana). Tun convinces Jane to drive on without stopping to help or calling the police. Soon after, they both begin to experience grisly visions of the woman, as well as seeing odd, ghostly shadows in photographs. It soon becomes clear that you cannot escape your past.
Shutter is a chilling and spooky ghost story with an intriguing plot, a very good cast, and two directors who pull no punches. This film is one of the best films in the recent flowering of Asian horror cinema, and it is a harrowing and disturbing viewing experience. It makes one wish that these films would stop having bland American remakes (the US Shutter pales in comparison), and instead be given greater distribution in American theaters. -Eric Miller/classic-horror.com
Reminder…dress warmly, the auditorium is heavily air-conditioned.