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Phobia 2 (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

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 (DVD) (Korea Version) 5條大路通陰間 (DVD) (韓國版) 5条大路通阴间 (DVD) (韩国版) 4Bia 2 / Phobia 2 (DVD) (韓国版) 포비아 2 (DVD) (한국판)
Also known as: 鬼亂5 鬼乱5
Artist Name(s): Apasiri Nitibhon | Marsha Vadhanapanich | Charlie Trairat | Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee | Dan Worrawech Danuwong Apasiri Nitibhon | 瑪莎華夏娜柏妮 | 查理·哲華 | 賈拉宇・拉歐蒙尼 | Dan Worrawech Danuwong Apasiri Nitibhon | 玛莎华夏娜柏妮 | 查理・哲华 | 贾拉宇・拉欧蒙尼 | Dan Worrawech Danuwong Apasiri Nitibhon | Marsha Vadhanapanich | チャーリー・トライラ | ジラユ・ラオーンマニー | Dan Worrawech Danuwong Apasiri Nitibhon | Marsha Vadhanapanich | Charlie Trairat | Kao Jirayu La-ongmanee | Dan Worrawech Danuwong
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
Release Date: 2014-12-03
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Publisher: Candle Media
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037629886

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포비아 2 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 16:9 Widescreen
*Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1

*Director: 반종 피산다나쿤, 팍품 웡품

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귀신이 되어 나타난 친구 때문에 촬영장엔 일대 소동이 벌어진다 <공포영화의 결말>
태국 여행 중인 일본인 관광객앞에 나타난 좀비들, 이들의 정체는 몸 속에 마약을 넣고 운반하다 깨어난 사람들이었다! <배낭여행객>
수양을 위해 들어간 절에서 아귀와 사투를 벌이는 불량 소년 이야기 <수련승> 등 5가지 공포 이야기!
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Professional Review of "Phobia 2 (DVD) (Korea 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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