By Yip Wai Yee
The Straits Times
Thai film-maker Banjong Pisanthanakun is known for making hit horror flicks such as "Shutter" (2004), "Alone" (2007) and "4Bia" (2008). So why would he want to turn his latest work "Pee Mak Phra Khanong" (2013), based on the well-known ghost story
“I’m bored of doing horror movies,” he said matter-of-factly at a press conference in Singapore this week. “I’ve already done so many horror flicks, so it was time to do something different.”
The 34-year-old film-maker was in Singapore to promote “Pee Mak”, which broke Thai box-office records last month. It tells the story of a soldier who returns home from war to his wife and baby, whom the villagers say have already died and are now with him as ghosts. Despite having many horror elements, the movie is in fact a comedy filled with plenty of slapstick gags.
The horror-comedy genre must have worked, as “Pee Mak” has become the highest-grossing local film of all time in Thailand, grossing more than Bt1.01 billion at the Thai box office. It has also done well in Hong Kong, earning more than US$1 million (Bt30.6 million) over three weeks of screenings.