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นางตะเคียน
นางตะเคียน

Year: 2010

Thai title: นางตะเคียน
English title: Takien : The Haunted Tree

Rating: 3/5
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Main actor: Sahat Piempongsan
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Bua, young female factoring worker, has a boyfriend, Pichan, who takes a video with his phone while they are making love. He shows it to his friends. One of them makes a copy while Pichan is not aware. He threathens Bua to release widely the movie if she doesn't give him some favors. Following a dispute with her boyfriend, they stop seeing each other. Bua loses her job as the bad friend shares widely the video. Disappointed by her boyfriend's behavior, Bua goes back to her village. Her parents' house is empty. They both died following a train accident. A villager called Samrit is having strong interest into Bua and tries to use a local sorcerer (หมอผี) to seduce her. Bua decides to kill herself as she has no hope after losing her parents, her job and boyfriend. She hangs herself under a Takien tree (ตะเคียน). She is reunited with her family and learns that their death is not accidental... A burying ceremony is performed. A few days later Bua ghost is back and frightens villagers. She kills one of the ruffians responsible of her parents' death. The Buddhist abbot is contacted for help. The sorcerer would like to control Bua in order to create powerful filters (ยาเสน่ห์), which could be even more powerful than corpse oil (น้ำมันพราย). Bua's boyfriend comes back to her village to find her and excuse himself (คนกรุงเทพใจแห้ง,). Same as Nang Nak ghost story he stays with her. She eats food offering laid down in front of spirit house. Pichan can see her but not the villagers. The friend who shared the video on internet is also here. One of the friends is killed as they try to abuse Bua. The other stays in the temple chapel (โบสถ์) and refuses to exit. Pichan still refuses to believe that Bua is a ghost already. Finally confronted to proofs he acknowledges. But it is late to flee. Bua doesn't want to let him go anymore. Bua is upset with the monk and Samrit who revealed her death to Pichan. Bua killed both Pichan and the friend, who released the video. The sorcerer decides to fight Bua despite the abbot request. He tortures the Takien tree and uses voodoo pupet to force her to be his slave (เป็นขี้ข้า). Pichan breaks the charm and the sorcerer finally dies due to his greed. Bua finally listens to the monk and accepts her death (ต้องยอมรับความตาย). Bua (บัว) means lotus, i.e. the Buddhism symbol. This movie reminds of 1990s Thai horror movies scenario but it features a more beautiful picture shooting (many wide angle shootings are used). The scenario is also inspired of Nang Nak (นางนาก) famous story.

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