"Snaker (The Snake King's Child)"
Directed by Fai Sam Ang
Mistakenly referred to as the sequel to
Nang-Nak (Ghost Wife), which also
stars Winai Kraibutr, Snaker is actually an expansion of the long
lost Cambodian film Puos Keng Kang. Blending elements of the
horror-fantasy genre with a romantic folk tale, the film's mythic narrative
begins with an unhappily married peasant woman who is seduced by the Snake
King. When her vengeful husband finds out, he slits her open, releasing
hundreds of snakes. One escapes, however, and grows into a beautiful
girl...with a head of live serpents and a cursed future. One of the rare
films made in Cambodia since the Khmer Rouge regime, Snaker is "a
landmark in the cultural redevelopment of the country" (Illuminated
Lantern). Thai and Mandarin with English subtitles. 110 minutes.