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Cinema: Cheating death
By : Radin Sri Ghazali

2008/10/29
Everingham living his worst nightmare.
Everingham living his worst nightmare.

THE COFFIN directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham
Starring Ananda Everingham, Karen Mok, Andrew Lin, Florence Vanida and Aki Shibuya

CAN you escape death?

Based on a popular Thai ritual, The Coffin depicts the belief that one can escape death by lying in a coffin followed by prayers.

The ritual is rife in Thailand as thousands perform it daily and many have claimed its remarkable outcome.

The movie depicts what happens when Chris (Ananda Everingham) and Zoe (Karen Mok) decide to perform the ritual.
Chris wants to wake his girlfriend (Aki Shibuya) up from a coma, while Zoe wants to be cured of cancer.

Nevertheless, neither one realises that by tampering with death, it will lead to repercussions that involve their loved ones.

The scene, which shows hundreds of coffins placed symmetrically and arranged in circles around a statue of Buddha, is one of the most impressive in the movie.

The camera angles of the inside of the coffins evoke the fear of being trapped in confined places.

In his first attempt at horror flicks, Ekachai Uekrongtham plays with the audience's emotions. The suspense is unceasing.

This may not be the scariest horror flick to come out of Thailand, but The Coffin has its moments. It captures the strong religious belief prevalent in the country.

This is not Ekachai's best film to date. That accolade would go to Beautiful Boxer.

King of Thai cinema Everingham gives a commendable performance as the restless boyfriend who will do anything for his lover.

He shows his vulnerability to love his claustrophobic turn is almost brilliant.

Mok, on the other hand, surprisingly gives a less energetic performance in her role of a reluctant bride suffering from lung cancer.

"I even became a 'dietician' so I can advise people on how to live a healthy lifestyle," says Mok's character.

The Coffin actually makes the audience think.

It depicts why humans perform rituals. At the end of the movie, you won't be so quick to pass judgement.

The Coffin is not extremely scary so people with a fear of ghosts should not fear treading into the cinema.

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