Ladda Land ลัดดาแลนด์ Movie Review

Title: Ladda Land
In Thai: ลัดดาแลนด์
Year: 2011
Director: Sophon Sakdapisit โสภณ ศักดาพิศิษฏ์
Actor: Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha ก้อง สหรัถ สังคปรีชา and Pok Piyatida Woramusik ป๊อก ปิยธิดา วรมุสิก
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre: Horror
Rating: 18+

Ladda Land Motion Poster

Plot

The movie setting is a suburban developed subdivision in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The family moved from Bangkok after Thee (Kong Saharat Sangkapreecha ก้อง สหรัถ สังคปรีชา) bought a new house. He wanted to prove worthy of upbringing the family alone against the disgust of a typical mother-in-law. In contrary, the eldest daughter, Nan (Pan Pan Sutatta Udomsin ปันปัน สุทัตตา อุดมศิลป์)), who was raised by the mother-in-law was against of this because she had to leave the rest of her world behind.

One day while Pam (Pok Piyatida Woramusik ป๊อก ปิยธิดา วรมุสิก), the wife was walking with her youngest son, Nat (Kobkab Atipit Chutiwatkajornchai ก๊อบแก๊บ อธิพิชญ์ ชุติวัฒน์ขจรชัย), home, they saw a number of people and policemen in a nearby neighborhood. A Burmese maid was murdered and stuffed inside the fridge. This started the mass hysteria around the villagers.

Sub-plot

As the movie progresses, the family who resides just beside the main house has their own secrets. The man violently hits his wife and his son who constantly plays with Nat. His disabled mother lives with them who holds a bell bracelet that calls the attention of a domestic black cat that wears a remote camera around its neck.

Mr. Kiat, who got frustrated with his bankcruptcy led to mass murdering the rest of the household making the neighborhood creepier.

Despite these events, Thee does not want to leave the house because he already invested a supple amount for the house. Without a job, as his previous job suddenly closed, he stayed firm by working in a convenience store while struggling how to discipline his own daughter’s rebellious act.

Treatment and Structure

The progress of the story line is very detailed which affected the length of the movie. It became dragging to see its minutest details. It could have been better by adding more sub-stories which could have added more flavor to it.

Turns and Twist

Thai horror movies never disappoint you with its turns and twist. You would be surprised and kept you hanging until the last 15 minutes what could have been done or what should have been the end, based on your judgement. Psychological incapacity that shows weakness against Asian ghost may lead to something very tragic to living people. In which, this is one of the best horror movies where it showed strength in killing people without the ghosts free of guilt.

Technicalities

As the movie reaches its climax, more night shots are used. The village turns into a creepier place, leaving the streets astray compared to where it started – full of people living peacefully in the neighborhood.

I appreciate the effort of using a body-mounted camera that shows facial expression of the actors while running although it was not in good format in which they used a cheap and portable one, affecting the totality of mount of lens used throughout the movie.

No popular music was used and most of the effects are the typical horror sound effects. A nice hip song could have been added as this involves a female teenager who plays around with her friends at night. This is what American thrillers are good at.

The editing was good as it showed artistic points without affecting much the length of the story. I like how the screenplay involved the building of the swing which acted as the father’s foundation of taking care of the family bonding them together.

A rating of 8/10 is plausible for Ladda Land. This movie is an A+ grade Thai horror film.

Oh! Did I mention that Thee has a great resemblance of Hayden Kho?

Teaser

Gallery

Sistar 19 – Ma Boy Dance Practice

I watched this video two weeks ago. It was just earlier that the song got really into me, deep. Not because of the wobbling female species in beautiful clogs wearing spandex and denim shorts dilapidated a few inches away from their clings. But because of the simple typical ballady-RnB-Kpop autotuned melody.

And please, do not just tell me that the choreography during chorus does not catch your attention in some ways.

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Let’s go S.I.S.T.A.R, Sistar!
Baby stop breakin’ my heart
You heard me? No more next time!
I hope you got that boy

Hey girls It’s gon’ be alright
Hey boys Better make it right
Hey girls We got ya back

말하지 않아도 알 수 있다 했잖아 내 맘 어떤지 넌 알고 있겠지
그래서 믿고 참고 기다렸지 혼자 두지 않겠다고 했잖아
약속했었지 손가락 걸었지 그런데 왜 또 거짓말을 해

* 사랑한다는 말 그리 어렵니 한마디 말이면 되는걸
너 자꾸 변해가 나도 이젠 조금 지쳐가 Oh Oh
시간이 갈수록 더 모르겠어 좋아질수록 나는 더 아픈데
(Why you trippin’ boy) 날 좀 바라봐

Oh Ma Boy ~ Oh Ma Boy ~Baby
니가 무슨 사랑을 알아 내 맘만 아파
Oh Ma Boy ~ Oh Ma Boy ~Baby
니가 어떻게 내 맘을 알아 Don’t let me down Boy
Rap> 너 때문에 내가 미쳐 why try’n play games with me?

너로 인해 하루에도 나는 몇 번씩 UP & DOWN, Don’t let me down, 난 울어 매일 밤 (No, No) Stop breakin’ ma heart
너는 내 기분도 모르고 눈 돌려 What I got what you lookin’for
한 눈 팔지마 이게 내 마지막 경고 (oh, no)
This gon’ be the last time

* 반복
**반복

Woo Boy 더 좋아질수록 Woo Boy 아픈 내 맘을 아니 너
내 맘에 작은 속삭임 때론 나를 보는 따뜻한 눈길
그거 하나면 되 오직 너만 원해 아직도 너만 내 맘 모르잖아

Oh Ma Boy ~ Oh Ma Boy ~Baby
니가 무슨 사랑을 알아 내 맘만 아파
Oh Ma Boy ~ Oh Ma Boy ~Baby
니가 어떻게 내 맘을 알아
Don’t let me down Boy
Ma Boy
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Eating Area

Makansutra Gluttons Bay

After a long walk at Sentosa and Esplanade, it was the right time to rest our feet and stomp on local food.

Makansutra

Along beside Marina Bay, you would find a few establishments that offer sumptuous food. One of those is Makansutra Glutton’s Bay.

Eating Area

They have an ample space for a typical off-peak Sunday family lunch time. But when dinner time comes, people have to wait for their turns so they can find their seat. Or I guess I just eat so slow because of my braces.

Chicken Wings

A few local food are offered. Chinese, Malay, Western and Filipino cuisine.

Chicken and Beef Satay

At the end, we ordered Carrot Cake and some Beef and Chicken Satay.

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Esplanade

Marina Bay and Esplanade

It was a few hours away before we needed to go back to Novena Square for our trip back to Malaysia.

Alex originally planned to bring me here on the first night but I was too tired because I came directly from work and didn’t have a chance to sleep during the bus travel. I didn’t know if it was because I was stationed at the back and there was too much vibration or I was too excited – even the binaural beats didn’t work!

Anyway, tried a few HDR. I wish I had my tripod so i could do a 180-degree or full 360-degree panorama. Maybe next time?

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