Sunday, September 16, 2012
9-9-81 (2012, A+15)
9-9-81 (2012, A+15)
Compared to other Thai horror films, I may like this film a little bit less than I MISS U (2012, Monthon Arayangkoon, A+30), but I still like it very much.
I can't remember the English titles of each episode. I apologize if I remember any titles wrongly.
1.THE WAITER (หนุ่มกลัดมัน) (Sutas Pawilairat, A)
2.THE NEW TENANT (ผู้เช่าใหม่) (Pitak Ruangrojsin, A)
3.BEST FRIEND (เพื่อนสนิท) (Adirek Potong + Siripol Prasarttong, A+15)
4.THE LOVER (คนรักเก่า) (Oliver Wolfson, A+)
5.THE MAID (แม่บ้าน) (Seri Lachonnabot, A+15)
6.THE MOTHER (แม่เจ้าสาว) (Nuttorn Kangwanklai + Thanyawan Hempanom, A+25)
7.THE GROOM (เจ้าบ่าว) (Pirun Anusuriya, A+10)
8.EX-SOLDIER (ทหารเก่า) (Rapeepimol Chaisena, A+15)
9.OLD DOG (หมาแก่) (Disspong Sampattavanich + Kiatsak Wiboolchart, A+30)
The degree of my fondness for each episode not only depend on the talent of the directors, but also on the story in each episode. I wholeheartedly love the story of OLD DOG, so I give A+30 to it, though I can't say the directors of this episode are much more talented than the directors of other episodes. Likewise, I can't say that the directors of the first two episodes of this film are less talented than the directors of other seven episodes. It's just that the stories in the first two episodes are more like a prologue, and far from being a climax of the film, so that's why I don't feel that the first two episodes are exciting.
I think a member of The Professional Dry Cleaner (ยอดเซียนซักแห้ง) noted a few years ago that one of the signatures of Seri Lachonnabot's filmic styles is that he likes to create a scene in which the character looks as if he or she is on a stage in darkness, and there is a spotlight above the character, shining a light down at the character. I totally agree with the Professional Dry Cleaner. There is a scene like this in CHILD OF SIN (เด็กบาป) (2006, Seri Lachonnabot, 28min) and KHON-NAK-LOK (คน หนัก โลก) (2008, Ponlapat Yannarat + Seri Lachonnabot, 26min). I'm glad to find that a scene like this appears again in the climactic moment in the elevator scene in THE MAID.
I like something near the ending of this film very much. Near the end of this film, "the murderer who killed someone in a temple" says to a policeman, "Our family has suffered so much. So you shouldn't intervene."
Interpret it at your own risk. Hahaha.
Actually, there may be no hidden meanings at all in this film, but I still like it very much, anyway.