It’s time for another review, and this time out your Catgirl Princess has the spooky Thai chiller “Ghost Mother” aka “Pee Liang Luke” for you direct from Singapore, the latest of a number of Thai films released there with english subtitles….Yay!!
The synopsis for this one reads as follows:“Mother had left her 3 children and their father, remarried and went to live abroad. When the father suddenly dies of unknown cause, Nuntha had to care for her 3 niece and nephews that her brother had left behind. To earn money to support the children Nuntha sells soya milk and fried doughnuts in the morning.
It is an old family recipe handed down to her from her mother. She works hard and with love for her nieces and nephews. When Nuntha finds out that Chai, her dead brother had worked as undercover agent to gather evidence on powerful criminals due to an unfortunate misunderstanding she was murdered as well. Nuntha (Patcharapa Chaichua), even in her death still worries about her 3 nieces and nephews and how will they survive on their own so she continues to care for them as a ghost.
When Police Colonel Sumet (Thana Suttikamon), Chai’s superior officer finds out that one of his agents had peculiarly died, he started the investigation. He was astonished to find out that the one raising these children is actually a ghost of their aunt Nuntha.” Got it? OK, sounds pretty simple, eh?
Yes…this one is pretty much another “Long Haired Ghost” story….but remember, Neko-chan LIKES “Long Haired Ghost” stories. A whole lot…… Probably more than any other girl you know….. This one doesn’t break any new ground in this genre, but at the same time, it doesn’t screw it up either…..
The question would be then: “Is it really worth your time to seek it out?” I had to order it direct from Singapore, as Thai films with subtitles are getting to be few and far between on this side of the Pacific. Is it good enough for you to do the same? I guess you’ll have to read on to find out…..
Director Theeratorn Siriphunvaraporn really doesn’t break any new ground here with this one, but the story is good, and Patcharapa Chaichua is a sweet and appealing heroine that truly makes you feel sorry for her and the terrible situation Fate has led her to. Her interaction with the kids is such that you can believe she loves them as much as if they were her very own children. When the gangsters strike, thinking she has the dope stolen from them by her brother, you’ll squirm like Neko did as they catch her, beat and torture her and threaten to rape her in an abandoned bus at a wrecking yard. Only by fighting back and driving their leader insane with rage does she manage to escape that, only to be strangled instead. Naturally, they dump her body in a canal where they dispose of all their victims. But that is only their first mistake……..
You see, Nuntha’s brother wasn’t just some stupid thug. He was working as an undercover operative and informant for Inspector Sumet. Little did he know that their investigation was blown by Sumet’s dirty superior officer. Sumet takes his informant’s death terribly, having been involved in a shooting incident earlier that went horribly wrong. He feels he owes he man something for his life, so he makes it his mission to investigate the circumstances of his death….. and this takes him into Nuntha’s life. Too bad she’s already dead by then.
Nuntha stays behind…a sad revenant that haunts her home by night, making the batter for the fritters her eldest niece takes to sell the next day, and slaving away at piecework to keep them in money. She loves them still, but can’t be with them during the day, or around others who would see her for the ghost she is….. and she also needs her revenge.
Unlike the last Indonesian film I saw, this one’s story doesn’t spend any time trying to stop the ghost from getting even with those people. Nuntha uses her ghostly powers to seek them out one by one and kill them in suitably horrible fashion. Good for her!!
Eventually, Sumet’s investigation brings him an awareness of Nuntha’s condition, and the film ends in suitably melodramatic style with her finally being able to let go of the ties that keep her trapped in this world, knowing that Sumet will see that her family is taken care of. That, and all the bastards that killed her are dead of course……
Neko liked this one even if it was fairly predictable. I wouldn’t rush out to grab it unless you like these films as much as me, but it gets a decent 3 “Meows” out of 5 with a couple of contented purrs for her being able to get her revenge in bloody good style…..
Of course, I leave you with the Trailer, courtesy of Google, so you can decide for yourself….