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From the studio that produced Coming Soon and the Phobia series comes the 2011 Thai horror Laddaland. Directed by Coming Soon director and Shutter screenwriter Sophon Sakdaphisit, the chilling film is based on a Chiang Mai urban legend about a haunted housing estate. Jumping at the chance for a higher-paying job, Thi (Saharat "Kong" Sangkapreecha) moves to northern Thailand with his wife (Piyathida "Pock" Woramusik) and kids, and finally gets that dream home he's been striving for. The happy family of four move into a housing estate called Laddaland, and all is well until a neighbor's domestic helper is brutally murdered. Soon strange things begin to happen at Laddaland...

Winner of Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, and Best Makeup at the 21st Thailand National Film Association Awards.

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Product Title: Laddaland (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 陰傭花園 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 阴傭花园 (Blu-ray) (香港版) Laddaland (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Laddaland (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Ladda Land Ladda Land Ladda Land Ladda Land Ladda Land
Artist Name(s): Sutatta Udomsilp (Punpun) | Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha Sutatta Udomsilp (Punpun) | Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha Sutatta Udomsilp (Punpun) | Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha Sutatta Udomsilp (Punpun) | Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha Sutatta Udomsilp (Punpun) | Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha
Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit 索分·沙達菲斯 索分・沙达菲斯 Sophon Sakdaphisit Sophon Sakdaphisit
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-11-24
Language: Cantonese, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 118 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1025698731

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Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit

Death is something we all must face soon or later but in "Laddaland" it's your dead neightrors is what you must deal with.

Thee (Saharat Sangkapreecha) is one of millions in Bangkok that cannot afford a home, much less a spacious home on his meager staff salary. One day, a huge job opportunity knocks on his door and Thee accepts a position as the new Head of Marketing at a company located in northern Thailand - Chiang Mai. Thee believes that his wife, Parn (Piyathida Woramusik), and his two kids Nan and Nat will have a happier life at "LADDALAND", everyone can be together and enjoy the warmth and comfort of their new home. Little does he realize that in the same evening a Burmese maid is brutally murdered at a neighbor's house. Savagely beaten, her mangled body is found stuffed inside the refrigerator.
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December 23, 2011

This professional review refers to Laddaland (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
The recent popularity of Thai horror continues with Ladda Land, directed by Sophon Sakdaphisit, who also helmed the entertaining genre flick Coming Soon, as well as scripting Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom's superb Shutter and Alone, and working on the hit 4bia anthologies. Drawing upon an urban legend, the film relocates from the usual Bangkok setting to Chiang Mai, revolving around supernatural occurrences in a new upmarket housing estate and attempting to balance its ghosts with financial and domestic terrors.

The film follows Saharat Sangkapreecha (The Legend of Suriyothai) as Thee, a marketing manager who leaves Bangkok to take a higher paying job in a new Chiang Mai area called Ladda Land, bringing with him his wife Parn (Piyathida Woramuksik, The Sisters), angsty 14 year old daughter Nan (Suthatta Udomsilp) and young son Nat (Apinya Sakuljaroensuk). Despite ongoing pressure from his nagging mother in law, Thee is determined to make a happy life for his beloved family, and seems to be doing not too badly, at least until the brutal murder of a local Burmese maid sets off a chain of strange events.

Although it's premise may sound like pretty standard modern Thai ghost fare, Ladda Land does have quite a different and far more grounded feel, benefitting from a character focused approach from Sophon Sakdaphisit. The film does very well in this respect, with Thee making for an interesting protagonist, a man who despite being likeable and very easy to root for quite clearly has some serious issues, which come to the fore as things degenerate. The film establishes this early on, with the opening scenes showing him obsessively preparing the house prior to the arrival of his family, lavishing huge amounts of loving attention to the smallest touches before sitting down by himself for an imaginary conversation with them. This kind of detail is seen in all of the characters, and the relationships between the different family members are all rewardingly complex, giving the film a surprising level of emotional depth.

This kind of investment also pays off when it comes to atmosphere and scares, Sakdaphisit managing to maintain a high level of tension throughout. While the ghost aspect of the film is a little generic, relying mainly on characters wandering into the murder house for no good reason or being frightened by the gratuitous appearances of a creepy black cat, the film wrings a genuine sense of fear and foreboding from the various pressures piling up on Thee, making at times depressingly severe use of the bleak economic climate. Real world horrors such as mounting debts, job worries, a particularly nasty mother in law and more all gradually build up, pushing him closer to the edge and poisoning his love for his family. The dread generated from this makes the film gripping throughout despite an overly long running time of nearly two hours, painting a powerfully dark and sinister picture of a dream going badly wrong.

Ladda Land is definitely one of the best Thai films of the year, and shows again that horror cinema only benefits from decent writing and attention to characters. All the more effective for its constant economic and emotional anxiety, it’s a film which unlike other similarly themed efforts is only too believable. Sophon Sakdaphisit impresses again as director and proves himself one of his country’s more interesting and thoughtful genre directors.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (2)

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January 8, 2014

This customer review refers to Laddaland (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Dream homes gone wrong Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
‘Laddaland’ is an experimental housing estate where Thee, his wife Parn and children Nan and Nat relocate there from Bangkok into a luxuriously spacious house in Laddaland’s high-class suburbia (a place not too dissimilar to the Freaky Freelings neighbourhood in Steve Spielberg’s ‘Poltergeist’). Thee, his luck transformed from a paltry paid job to a high salaried Head of Marketing in Thailand’s Chiang Mai, embraces a quirky confidence that he’s finally able to now afford to bring his family together in a much happier social climate. Beforehand when Thee lived in Bangkok with Parn and her mother, Parn’s mother despised Thee for getting Parn irresponsibly pregnant before marriage plans. This family rift even effected angst ridden Nan’s relationship with her father, who preferred to stay in Bangkok with her grandmother instead of being dragged along to the new home in Laddland. But when the family arrive most things that seem wonderful for Thee in the new leafy housing estate soon begin to turn horribly wrong.

On day one at their new home Thee confronts a grim looking neighbour whose black cat soils Thee’s front drive. The neighbour, a serious looking businessman shares his home with an invalid grandmother, an amiable but sullen looking wife and their young boy. He apologies to Thee, then orders his wife to clean the cat’s mess off Thee’s drive. But Parn worries about their new neighbours, especially the husband’s methods of regularly beating his wife and child and their neighbour’s wife begging Parn for money. But the same day Thee, his family and the whole neighbourhood hear of a murder of a Burmese maid found beaten to death in her kitchen refrigerator. Thee was about to employ the maid, only moments before visiting the Burmese woman’s house regarding hiring her as he watched the woman water her garden plants. But the Burmese woman ignored Thee’s greeting and silently entered her home. Thee later learned that at that very moment the maid was already dead. This then brings the plot to its main core, ghosts. Parn worries about the brutal murder and ghostly oddity, but Thee tries to reassure Parn all will be well. But later Thee witnesses another woman led on a stretcher to an ambulance screaming she can see a dreaded ghost. Parn attending a Buddhist funeral ceremony for the Burmese maid also witnesses a monk die of shock. Turning behind her to look at the spot the Monk had feared, Parn momentarily sees a bedraggled spectre of an old woman.
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Scary social upheavals in Laddaland Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Others in Laddaland also witness scary apparitions. Late at night Nan and her mischievous school friends decide to investigate the Burmese woman’s haunted house. Breaking in for a lark, Nan is totally reluctant about trespassing, but fearing being left alone joins the other kids. In the woman’s house Nan gets suddenly pushed into a cubby-hole by her playful friends, but just before the cupboard door is pushed shut, Nan sees a sinister figure crawl upwards across a wall behind the others. Alone in the closet Nan then hears the kids scream and flee from the house. Panicking at what she’d seen Nan slowly opens the cupboard door then runs out like fury from the dead maid’s dark house. Back to the Laddaland ‘home’ she hates and of which is soon upturned by an unexpected evil force that seems to dwell in much of Laddaland’s negatively fearful souls.

‘Laddaland’ is a furiously intense ghost horror with a multi-generic concept that blends a ghost story with dark emotive social family turmoil and a grisly supernatural CSI type murder plot. Certainly no mere ghostly revenge movie this. 'Laddaland’ is more centred on social fear and control, whether it be in a marriage, a striving business or a dream home, and its negativity manifesting as an Old Woman of Despair apparition. Thee’s transition from poverty line to social success harbours constant anxieties beneath Thee and Parn’s happy top layer veneer, how Thee would like his perfect family to be. But warm 'perfection' holds the hidden paranoia and worry of the dream home falling like a house of cards, Thee and his psychotic neighbour both energising and feeding their own negativity towards 'bad luck'; furious emotion that their Laddlaland could easily fail. But being ghosts and scares Laddaland certainly blows out some ghostly freak-outs, even some ‘found footage’ malarkey where a black cat is kitted out with a camera eye around its neck recording digital video of the creepy old woman. And another aspect, surveillance paranoia as all Laddaland’s homes have eye camera heat sensors installed. But the crucial theme is that struggle for a piece of synthetic heaven, the stress and frictions of doing so and facing debt to make such a dream home come true, the upgraded modernisation of insular living or in the case for Laddaland and its disturbed dead, a nightmare home more like. Some good acting moments here and ‘Laddaland’ really is as good as its trailer and another quality Thai ghost horror.
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