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Nak (2008) at a glance

Nak (2008) is a supernatural comedy fantasy film directed by Natthaphong Ratanachoksirikul. It is produced by Sahamongkol Film International, the company behind the international hit martial arts films from Thailand such as Ong-Bak and Tom-Yum-Goong. The title character, Nak, is based on the popular Thai ghost - Mae Nak Phra Khanong.

Nak (2008) Trailer

Nak (2008) Synopsis

Nak is a ghoulishly fun, animated musical romp. Set in the present day, Nak features a collection of Thai ghost legends that have grown tired of haunting and moved to the country intent on helping all humanity. One night, at a temple fair, an audience is enjoying an outdoor movie when a ghost comes out of the screen and takes away Tee, a seven-year-old boy. The king of all ghosts plans to use Tee to fulfill his dark plan of world domination.

Nak (2008) Review

Nak and her friends from the spirit world.
Nak and her friends from the spirit world.

There are not many Thai animated films but seriously, the world should watch this. Nak (2008) is one of the nicest supernatural fantasy films intended for children or family. With unique visuals that looks like in game animations and plenty of precious characters based on folklore, it is truly an amazing animated feature originated from the amazing Thailand.

The spirits help Gam to find her lost brother, Tee.
The spirits help Gam to find her lost brother, Tee.

From the start, the sense of tranquility can be felt but when the settings changed, it felt like as if we are instantaneously sent to the fast-paced life of Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand. Everything seems to be made alive out of original pictures that are beautiful, which is truly impressive.

Characters based on folklore!
Characters based on folklore!

Although the impression of the film is that it is intended for children, it is still great for adults as well. Nak (2008) is in fact quite entertaining with plenty of witty jokes, lyrics and parodies in addition to the menageries of ghosts from different parts of the world!

Sadako/Phi Yipun crawling out of the screen, stunning Gam and Tee.
Sadako/Phi Yipun crawling out of the screen, stunning Gam and Tee.

If you love folklore like me or if you specially like ghosts stories, you'll be pleasantly surprised and so much delighted to see the animated feature film's version of the characters based on folklore as they are super cool! For me, my favorite ones are Sadako (Onryō from The Ring), Nang Takian, Nang Tani, Shrines Ghosts (I don't know the name but they look so adorable) and of course, Mae Nak!

PS. Nak (2008) is one of my favorite and it made me want to explore Thai culture even more!

Who will like this?

People who love ghost stories and of course, Thai culture! By the way, it's also a lovely story about mothers and their children! :')

Other Reviews (From Thai Movie Marathon)

The Adventure of Sudsakorn (1979)
Khan Kluay (2006)
The Life of Buddha (2007)
Khan Kluay 2 (2009)

PS. I am currently making all my Thai animated movie reviews available on Moviepilot! Stay tune for more animated features!

Details of the movie

Director: Natthaphong Ratanachoksirikul
Producer: Boyd Kosiyabong, Prachya Pinkaew
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Saenee Jitsuwanwattana
Cinematography: Natthaphong Ratanachoksirikul
Music: Boyd Kosiyabong, Traithep Wongpaiboon
Studio: Sahamongkol Film International, BeboydCG
Starring: Sasikan Apichataworasin, Chukiet Auimsuk, Supab Chaiwisuthikun, Anyarit Pitakkul, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Petchtai Wongkamlao
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Sahamongkol Film International
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Genre: Comedy Family Fantasy Horror Supernatural
Running time: 95 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not sure.

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Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon and
Thai Animated Movie Marathon.
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Nak (2008) Behind the Scenes

Check out these beautiful concept arts made by BeboydCG!

Nak (2008) Poster


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