PRAE DUM(BLACK SILK)
Regarded as Thailand’s first film noir, Prae Dum (Black Silk) tells the story of Prae, a beautiful widow who only wears black clothes as she mourns the death of her husband. Prae is being courted by Tom, a live-by-night henchman who works for a nightclub boss. Soon Prae is lured into playing a part in a web of murder, identity theft and insurance scams. Fearing for her and her child’s life, the woman seeks refuge in a monastery, only to find that the law of men and karma will always catch up with her.
Prae Dum is a suspenseful drama fused with Eastern philosophy, and a true masterpiece from the pioneering Thai filmmaker R.D. Pestonji.
Year of production: 1961