JAN DARA (2001)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
CAST:
Christy Chung Lai-Tai, Santisuk Promsiri, Eakarat Sarsukh, Wipawee Charoenpura, Pathawaran Timkul.
DIRECTED BY: Nonzee Nimibutr

PRODUCED BY: Peter Chan, Jo Jo Yuet-Chun Hui, Duangkamol Limcharoen, Nonzee Nimibutr
DURATION: 113 minutes
TYPE OF MOVIE: Drama
NOTE:  Reviewed Universe DVD version with removable English subtitles (All Region)

 
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Movie Synopsis:

Jan's mother dies while giving birth to him and his licentious father hates the boy so much. At the age of 17, his father brings his former lover into the household, and she gives Jan the first lesson his education sentimental. But then he is accused of molesting his sister and is expelled from the household with quiet relief. Three years later, he is summoned back to take revenge .


DVD EXTRAS:

  • Trailer and cast information
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of

DVD REVIEW:

I have heard so much about this film. It's a Thailand and HK production with the film taking place in Thailand. It's controversial, it's troubling and I held out watching it but as a Christy Chung fan, I decided to check it out.

When you watch this film, each minute...you just aren't prepared for how dark this film can get. I simply call this film a bastard film because every character has been bastarized to doing really bad things.

The main character Jan Dara is hated by his father because his mother died giving birth to him. Thus the father puts his child through Hell. Seeing how the father treats him, you literally feel bad for this kid but things start getting a little weird when a very young Jan Dara asks his aunt that he always wanted to feel his head nestled in his mother's breast. Of course, as a youngster the only images he knows is from his father having sex with many women, thus what does the aunt do for young Jan Dara....thrust his face all over her breasts. Think this is bad? Keep watching, it gets worse.

His aunt then has sex with his father who then gets her pregnant and raises a daughter to despise Jan Dara. The daughter is a witch of a daughter who will do what she can to make Jan Dara's life like Hell. Even by plotting a fake scene where she tells people that Jan Dara tried to molest her when he didn't and thus Hell continues to follow teenage Jan Dara.

What about Christy Chung? She plays one of the playthings of Jan Dara's father. Stepmother, slut. Whatever you want to call her character.

Every character in this film are pretty much messed up. Family members are having sex with family members but nothing prepares you for the final few minutes. If anything, the scenery of a bloody miscarriage was enough for me to not recommend this movie.

As for the DVD, typical bare bones DVD.

If this movie is supposed to make you feel shocked but using sex to make a dark film much more enjoyable then, it accomplishes that. But I don't know what to say. If you like dark, sexual films...this one is for you.

For me, it's just to screwed up for me to recommend to any of you.

THE MOVIE: D+
THE DVD EXTRAS: D+
THE DVD OVERALL: D+