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Phobia 2 (2009) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Banjong Pisanthanakun (Director) | Parkpoom Wongpoom (Director) | Songyos Sugmakanan (Director) | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Director)
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Thai horror anthology Phobia (a.k.a. 4bia) made a big splash in cinemas in 2008, and its sequel arrived a year after, shattering Thailand's box-office records once again. The sequel one-ups its previous chapter by offering five chilling shorts in total. The original's horror masters all come back for the sequel under the lead of producer Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Iron Ladies). Paween Purijitpunya (Body), Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter), and Banjong Pisonthanakun (Alone) return to helm a segment each alongside Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm) and veteran producer Wisoot Poolworraluck (Nang-Nak) who serve up the other two parts.

In "Novice", a young punk goes hiding in a Buddhist monastery to evade the law but his criminal past comes back to haunt him. In "Ward", a teenager wishes he was alone the night he is in the hospital ward with an old man in a coma. In "Backpackers", a pair of Japanese backpackers in Thailand are dying to know what's inside the trailer of the truck they hitchhike on. In "Salvage", a car dealer refurbishes damaged cars and sells them to unsuspecting bargain hunters. "In the End", a movie crew making a horror pic continues with the shoot even after the actress dies for real during the last scene.

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Product Title: Phobia 2 (2009) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 鬼亂 5 (2009) (Blu-ray) (台灣版) 鬼乱 5 (2009) (Blu-ray) (台湾版) Phobia 2 (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Phobia 2 (2009) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Also known as: 4bia 2 5條大路通陰間 5条大路通阴间 4bia 2 4bia 2
Artist Name(s): Yongyoot Thongkongtoon | Apasiri Nitibhon | Marsha Vadhanapanich (Actor) | Charlie Trairat (Actor) | Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee | Dan Worrawech Danuwong (Actor) 翁乙 | Apasiri Nitibhon | 瑪莎華夏娜柏妮 (Actor) | 查理·哲華 (Actor) | 賈拉宇・拉歐蒙尼 | Dan Worrawech Danuwong (Actor) Yongyoot Thongkongtoon | Apasiri Nitibhon | 玛莎华夏娜柏妮 (Actor) | 查理・哲华 (Actor) | 贾拉宇・拉欧蒙尼 | Dan Worrawech Danuwong (Actor) Yongyoot Thongkongtoon | Apasiri Nitibhon | Marsha Vadhanapanich (Actor) | チャーリー・トライラ (Actor) | ジラユ・ラオーンマニー | Dan Worrawech Danuwong (Actor) Yongyoot Thongkongtoon | Apasiri Nitibhon | Marsha Vadhanapanich (Actor) | Charlie Trairat (Actor) | Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee | Dan Worrawech Danuwong (Actor)
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun | Parkpoom Wongpoom | Songyos Sugmakanan | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon 班莊比辛達拿剛 | 柏德潘王般 | 桑佐斯撒馬簡南 | 翁乙 班庄比辛达拿刚 | 柏德潘王般 | 桑佐斯撒马简南 | 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 | Songyos Sugmakanan | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon 반종 피산다나쿤 | 팍품 웡품 | Songyos Sugmakanan | Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
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: 2010-02-20
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Thailand
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 126 (mins)
Publisher: De Bao (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022234592

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導  演:巴域潘哲斑也、韋蘇特普、佐斯撒馬簡南、柏德潘王般、班莊比辛達拿剛
演  員:《暹羅之戀》Jirayu La-ongmanee、Dan Worrawech、Nicole Theriault、《連體陰》瑪莎華頓娜柏妮

《鬼肢解》導演巴域潘哲斑也(Paween Purijitpanya)執導,故事取材自泰國馬路經常有少年人向車輛擲石傷人的真實事件。 14歲的小沙彌(《暹羅之戀》哲拉予 Jirayu La-ongmanee飾演)曾犯下向車輛投石而誤殺司機的罪行,被母親送往跟隨僧人修德行善,希望可以導入正途。成功逃過法律檢控的他,從不相信因果報應,可是卻逃不過心魔,在充滿餓鬼的樹林裏,他遇上了索命的鬼魂,踏上萬劫不復之路…

《鬼宿舍》導演桑佐斯撒馬簡南( Songyos Sugmakanan)大玩泰式活屍。一對年輕日本男女,背囊在路上截順風車往曼谷,以 1,000泰銖成功登上一輛貨車,車上除了司機,還有一名年輕助手(《小情人》查理哲華飾),可是兩個日本人不知道貨車正載?一大堆死屍,當司機將他們棄置於郊野時,死屍卻演化成活屍,蜂擁於白天襲人…

由《鬼影》、《連體陰》、《鬼4虐》監製韋蘇特普和那勒斯( Visute Poolvoralaks)掌舵,他是近年泰國新浪潮電影上舉足輕重的人物。泰國歌手 Dan Worrawech飾演的同名小子 Dan,因電單車意外入院治療,雙腳受傷的他住在一個雙人病房,與一名靠呼吸機維持生命的老伯伯同房,可是半夜他發現氣氛異常,突然一對手從後?住他的脖子,求救無門,又被護士當作神經病,將他的手腳綑縛在病床上直至天亮,又看韋蘇特普如何嚇出新招。

《鬼影》導演柏德潘王般( Parkpoom Wongpoom)這個講述鬼魂依附車上的故事,靈感來自泰國男孩被壓在車輪下的新聞。由泰國女歌手 Nicole Theriault飾演的盧太以買賣二手車維生,一些嚴重受損的汽車也被她改裝出售,這些廢車背後可能隱藏?恐怖的過去。一天盧太收工後,發現兒子失蹤,她翻查店內錄影帶,赫然發現兒子爬進了一輛新改裝的廢車後,就再沒有出來…

由《鬼影》、《連體陰》導演班莊比辛達拿剛( Banjong Pisanthanakun)執導,更由《鬼4虐》飾演野外露營的四位朋友聯同《連體陰》瑪莎華頓娜柏妮合演。故事講四個後生仔拍鬼片,瑪莎就演回自己飾演名演員,當他們拍攝結局時,一名飾演女鬼的演員在現場咳得厲害而被送往醫院,為了拍完電影,該名女鬼演員又再次在片場出現繼續演戲,可是劇組接到電話,說這名女演員其實已在醫院死去…
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Professional Review of "Phobia 2 (2009) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

January 20, 2010

This professional review refers to Phobia 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Thai horror continues to go from strength to strength with Phobia 2 (also more awkwardly referred to as 4bia 2, sequel to the popular 2008 anthology piece. This time around the film offers not four, but five short tales of terror, with producer Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (Iron Ladies) pulling together an impressive line up of top directors in the returning Paween Purijitpunya (Body), and Parkpoom Wongpoom and Banjong Pisonthanakun (co-helmers of the blockbusters Shutter and Alone), along with newcomers Songyos Sugmakanan (Dorm) and Wisoot Poolworraluck (a veteran Thai producer, who worked on Nang-Nak). Although horror anthologies can be notoriously hit and miss affairs, the film was a massive commercial success, breaking box office records during its domestic release and becoming the country's top grossing genre production of all time.

First up is "Novice" from Paween Purijitpanya, which follows a young delinquent teen called Pey (Jirayu Raongmanee), whose mother dumps him at an isolated rural Buddhist monastery to hide him from the law. Unfortunately, the belligerent youth doesn't take well to his shaved head and training, and soon runs into trouble after disturbing the Hungry Ghost Festival, causing the awakening of a terrifying spirit. Well paced and featuring a better deployment of plot revelations than most full features, the short benefits from a truly eerie atmosphere, and a creepy sense of ambiguity that puts the viewers firmly in the shoes of its troubled protagonist. Unencumbered for the most part by dialogue, and with Purijitpanya making great use of the shadowy forest setting, it makes for unsettling viewing and gets the collection off to a very promising start.

Next up is Wisoot Poolworraluck's "Ward", revolving around Arthit (Worrawech Danuwong), a young man who ends up in the titular hospital room after injuring his leg. Whilst his nurse is attractive, if incompetent, he is understandably uneasy at having a dying cult leader lying in the next bed, whose followers keep turning up to perform his final rites. Although entertaining in its own modest way, and playfully ghoulish, this segment is arguably the weakest of the bunch, as despite its competent handling, the would-be twist ending is simply too familiar and clearly signposted from the first scene. Still, being notably shorter than most of the other shorts, it never really outstays its welcome, and comes across as filler material rather than actually offensive or worthy of skipping.

Thirdly is "Backpackers" from Songyos Sugmakanan, a piece which shows him trying his hand at a different type of horror to his slow burn ghost story Dorm. Here, he follows a couple of Japanese travellers, who hitchhike a lift from an edgy truck driver and his young charge. Part way through the journey, a banging noise comes from the back of the vehicle, and once the gruesome secret of its cargo is revealed, things quickly turn bloody. Basically a short, sharp take on 8 Days Later and its kin, this segment works very well thanks to an escalating sense of tension and its sudden eruption into well-handled gore scenes. Its adrenaline fuelled shocks get the film firmly back on track, and again mark Sugmakanan as an important up and coming Thai terror talent.

In contrast, the penultimate tale "Salvage" by acclaimed helmer Parkpoom Wongpoom, offers another kind of supernatural sleight of hand that basically has the feel of Shutter in a used car sales lot. The plot sees Thai-American singer Nicole Theriault as a pushy saleswoman who neglects to tell her clients that most of the cars have been fixed up for resale after accidents. Following an altercation involving a particularly dishonest transaction, her young son goes missing whilst playing amongst the cars. Although familiar in a distinctly EC Comics fashion, Wongpoom does a great job of drumming up a sinister atmosphere, and by playing upon the always popular theme of guilt, the short takes on a pleasingly twisted moral message feel. With the added bonus of a handful of respectable scares along the way, the segment again shows why the director is one of the country's best horror helmers.

Strangely enough, despite venturing bravely into the always risky subgenre of comedy horror, the final segment, appropriately titled "The End" is arguably the most entertaining and effective. The short was directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, who gleefully pokes fun at himself by setting the action on the set of the fictitious sequel Alone 2 where the actress playing the stereotypical ghost figure (Phijitra Ratsameechawalit) takes ill and dies during the filming of the climatic scene, only to apparently return from the dead to finish the production. Coming across as an impressively dedicated in-joke, especially with the casting of Alone leading lady Marsha Wattanapanich, Pisanthanakun pulls no punches and comes up with some genuinely hilarious gags at the expense of the increasing lack of invention shown in the genre. At the same time, he manages to weave a surprisingly gripping story, which although little more than a gag around trying to work out which of the cast members is actually a ghost, works very well and brings the anthology to a satisfyingly unpretentious close.

Overall, it's really quite hard to fault Phobia 2 with its talented helmers generally on fine form, and with all but one of the short films delivering the goods. Although not quite without the occasional misstep, it entertains and thrills throughout, and provides yet more proof that the Thai horror genre is currently producing some of the strongest material from anywhere in the world.

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