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Playing on the word "phobia", Thai blockbuster 4 Bia is an anthology horror film that lines up four masters of the macabre, each directing a short segment that is self-contained but also cross-referencing with one another.

"Happiness" by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Iron Ladies) concerns a lonely woman who receives SMS messages from the netherworld. "Tit for Tat" by Paween Purijitpanya (Body) tells the tale of a gang of teenage bullies getting cursed by one of their victims. "In the Middle" by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Alone) has four young men going on a wild camp scaring each other with their ghost stories. "Last Fright" by Pakpoom Wongpoom (Shutter) is about a flight attendant who is assigned to return a dead body to its home country on a chartered flight on her own.

This DVD release includes behind-the-scene footage, deleted scenes, music videos, and trailer.

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Product Title: 4 Bia (AKA: Phobia) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 4條大路通陰間 (DVD) (香港版) 4条大路通阴间 (DVD) (香港版) 4 Bia (AKA: Phobia) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 4 Bia (AKA: Phobia) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Saipan Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (Actor) Saipan Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (Actor) Saipan Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (Actor) Saipan Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (Actor) Saipan Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (Actor)
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun | Parkpoom Wongpoom | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon 班莊比辛達拿剛 | 柏德潘王般 | 翁乙 班庄比辛达拿刚 | 柏德潘王般 | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon バンジョン・ピサンタナグン | パークプーム・ウォンプーム | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon Banjong Pisanthanakun | Parkpoom Wongpoom | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
Release Date: 2008-12-12
Language: Cantonese, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 116 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013866969

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* Special Features:
- Idea and Concept
- Behind the Scene
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Video
- Theatrical Trailer

4BIA is a portmanteau horror flick consisting of 4 horror stories directed by 4 of Thailand's most talented directors. "Happiness" is a SMS mobile ghost story. "Tit For Tat" gives a mystically dark and gruesome twist to the meaning of "an Eye for an Eye".? Then "In The Middle" is a teenage tale which may leave you laughing more than 'shuttering. Finally "Last Fright" is a psychological thriller that happens on plane.
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Professional Review of "4 Bia (AKA: Phobia) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 20, 2009

Horror anthologies can be rather hit and miss affairs, ranging in quality from the excellent Three to the rather shabby Black Night. The awkwardly titled 4 Bia (apparently playing on the word "Phobia" though causing no end of problems with pronunciation and search engines in the process) from Thailand is the latest film to take a stab at attempting the difficult task of delivering a package of consistently entertaining and sufficiently original short shockers. In its favour, the film does showcase the talents of four of the country's most promising new helmers, most prominently Banjong Pisanthanakun and Pakpoom Wongpoom, whose Shutter and Alone have ranked among the very best Asian horror films from any country of the last few years. They are joined by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, who directed the popular Iron Ladies and Paween Purijitpanya, previously responsible for the above average ghost romp The Body rounding off what on paper at least looks like a fairly safe bet for imaginative chills.

Thongkongtoon's "Happiness" is the first segment, concerning a young woman called Pin (Maneerat Kham-uan) who is confined to her apartment after breaking her leg in a taxi crash. Bored and lonely, things start to look up when she begins receiving friendly text messages from a mysterious boy who she has never met. Although this initially helps pass the time quite nicely, the messages soon turn strange and then threatening as she comes to realise that her new friend may not be all he seems. Happiness is a textbook case of exactly what works best within the limitations of the short horror film format, being tense and creepy without ever overstretching its reach. Although the basic premise is familiar enough, with mobile phone related scares having long been established as a genre cliche Thongkongtoon is nevertheless able to generate an impressive amount of suspense, expertly escalating the feeling of unease. Basic and economically handled, the piece revolves almost entirely around a handful of effective scares and twists, keeping the viewer on edge throughout its short running time.

This is followed by Purikitpanya's "Tit for Tat", a rather different, though no less familiar sounding prospect, being based around the tried and tested premise of a gang of high school bullies pushing the inevitable odd loner too far. Flashily directed, with plenty of visual flourishes and unusual lighting work, the short is a fast paced, pleasingly bloody affair with some good use of special effects. Benefiting from some entertainingly creative death scenes, its gusto more than makes up for the lack of originality, and by basically serving up a series of gruesome set pieces it succeeds admirably.

Perhaps surprisingly, despite the presence of director Wongpoom, the next entry is probably the weakest of the collection, with "In the Middle" focusing on gags rather than scares. The segment follows a group of four boys on a camping trip in the jungle, whose nightly chat turns inevitably to ghost stories. The next day they are involved in a rafting accident, and find themselves in the middle of their own supernatural adventure, as it slowly dawns upon them that one of their number may in fact be a member of the undead. In fairness, "In the Middle" is still quite enjoyable, mainly thanks to Wongpoom's willingness to poke fun at the cliche of the genre through a series of jokes about the ever present long haired female ghost and the essential daftness of most twist endings - even throwing in a few laughs at the expense of his own Shutter. Unfortunately, these soon start to wear a little thin, even with the film's short duration, and in the end only really serve to undermine any real sense of drama or indeed fear. As such, the film rather ironically falls somewhat flat towards the end, with a clearly telegraphed conclusion which seems to find Wongpoom shrugging his shoulders as he fails to rise above the conventions which he has taken such delight in mocking.

Thankfully, things pick up considerably with his directing partner Pisanthanakun's excellent "Last Fright", which helps the collection to end with a suitable shriek. The high concept plot revolves around an air hostess called Pim (Laila Boonyasak, who also starred in the Thai horror hit Rahtree: Flower of the Night), who ends up having to wait on a princess whose husband she had an affair with during a bumpy flight. The mean spirited battle between the two accidentally leads to the princess's death, with Pim then having to escort her body back home on an empty plane. "Last Fright" is quite similar to "Happiness" in that it takes a fairly simple scenario and milks it for every last drop of suspense. Certainly, Pisanthanakun makes the very most of the taut situation, and although none of the scares are particularly unexpected, he keeps them coming thick and fast. The airplane makes for an unusual setting, with the problems resulting from the stormy weather adding another layer of fun tension, making for entertaining and tightly handled viewing.

Again, this represents the short film format at its best, delivering a series of fast paced shocks without worrying too much about the details. 4 Bia certainly works well on these terms, and even with the slight dip represented by In the Middle it manages to keep the viewer engaged throughout, and as such, it certainly stands as one of the better horror anthologies of recent years.

by James Mudge -BeyondHollywood.com

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July 11, 2009

Perfect 4 horror buffs
Anthology movies are the movie industry's answer to the fast food culture. Stringing together several usually unrelated segments into a feature-length movie comes at the expense of plot and character development, but that is accepted as long as the variety in flavor keeps the audience interested. This principle works especially well with the horror/thriller genre. 2008 Thai movie 4bia (a play on the word "phobia") is a prime example of a delectable horror set meal. Directed by the cream of Thailand's scare masters, 4bia serves up 4 dishes of spooky short stories, ensuring that there's something for different audiences.

The appetizer is Iron Ladies helmer Youngyooth Thongkonthun's Happiness. A girl is crutches-bound and confined to her apartment after breaking her leg in a car accident. Her only way of getting in touch with the outside world is through the Internet and her cell phone. One day, she receives an SMS message from a stranger and soon, the lonely girl begins to engage in heated cell phone messaging with this mysterious courter.... The atmosphere gradually builds up and once the girl sends over her picture, the creeps factor kicks in and lasts all the way, even after the big jump.

For the next course, Body builder Paween Purijitpanya offers a ghost revenge tale in Tit for Tat. Loosely modeled after the Final Destination movies with Saw-like frantic editing and fancy camera tricks, this second act appeals to the audience with short attention span. A teenage gang bullies a schoolboy and causes his death - but not before the victim casts a deadly spell on them. This one boasts an adorable actress with admirable acting, some cringe-inducing torture kills, plenty of blood and gore, and an overdose of CG effects.

In The Middle, the third dish made by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter, Alone), gives us a change of pace with a fairly funny and frightening story about four friends going camping in a forest. As the young men lie down in a tent at night, they tell ghost stories to each other, and soon an argument breaks out over who sleeps in the supposedly safest middle of the tent. This segment makes a few self-mocking references to horror movie cliches a la Scream and offers some nice plot twists at the end (although nothing original really).

Saving the best for last, the dessert Last Fright by Shutter and Alone co-director Parkpoom Wongpoon leaves you asking for more after the end of the movie. When a Princess suddenly dies in a foreign land, a flight attendant is assigned to escort her body home on a charter flight, all on her own somehow. Suffice it to say the Princess harbors a hatred for the air hostess that transcends death. This is basically the classic haunted house setup albeit miles high in the air, but this final part manages to amp up the dread and deliver the best scares out of the 4.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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August 25, 2009

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Excellent scares and humour Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
“Happiness” and “Tit for Tat” are certainly the terrifying of 4Bia’s offerings, followed by comedy camping lad scares in “In the Middle” and a shrouded bouncing corpse on a turbulent aircraft in “Last Fright”. So scares aplenty to begin, spooky laughs afterwards. “Happiness” is first and a brilliant film. Lonely girl Pin lives in a bleak high-rise apartment and while recovering from a taxi car accident and heavy in debt, decides to cheer herself up by SMS messaging for a boyfriend on her hand phone. Pin soon receives an anonymous reply and cautiously begins messaging her new admirer. After seeing the word ‘guy’ appear on her phone screen and happily appreciating this, Pin sends a phone photo of herself asking her admirer to do likewise. But her caller returns Pin’s own photo. A puzzled Pin messages ‘where was your photo’! But the admirer tells Pin he was right next to her on the photo she’d sent. Pin looks nervously over her actual shoulder seeing...nothing. Thereon Pin fretfully exchanges more SMS phone messages to confirm the identity of her caller with increasing tension mounting. As he caller arrives at Pin’s apartment a jump out of your pants conclusion awaits.

In “Tit for Tat” a gang bully a schoolboy after he’d revealed to a teacher of the gang’s drugs stash. The gang beat and abduct the boy, accidentally causing the boy’s death by misadventure. Tables turn when the ghost of the bullied lad returns to punish the youths with black magic and demons. This is the grimiest and goriest of 4Bia with social misadventure turning into grisly supernatural horror. Yellow visuals and jerky frantic quick cut photography also reflect some disturbing reality. “In the Middle” concerns 4 boys on a camping holiday who get very concerned when one lad haunts the others after drowning in a raft accident. This is a ghost story with very humorous dialogues. “Last Fright” is of a female flight attendant who attends a wealthy princess on a flight to Phuket, but accidentally kills her by a food allergy boob. Also having an affair with the princess’s husband, the flight attendant then guards the princess’s shrouded corpse on a return flight. But due to the attendant’s extra marital sin, finds the ghost of the princess giving her some punishable grief. Although only two are real horrors, the contrast of humor works well. “Happiness” is brilliant and the actress as Pin was great. But all films are good here. This DVD version as a full set of English subtitled extras.
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