Long-established Thai production and sales group Five Star Production is making a return to TV having focused on feature films for the past decade. It is using the Busan market to launch “3am Bangkok Ghost Stories.”
The now in-production series, comprises 13 one-hour episodes with contemporary tales featuring the spooky incidents that take place in the middle of the night. Stories include a taxi driver who picks up the wrong kind of passenger and a woman whose face suddenly becomes that of a corpse.
“We used to be very involved with TV production, but largely halted that at the time of the Asian financial crisis [in 1997],” said Aphiradee “Amm” Iamphungphorn, director of international sales.
“Now with the changing market for quality TV and our decision to make cinema-quality episodes in 4K, this seems the right time to make a return,” Iamphungphorn said, adding that Five Star is also looking at producing a spin-off “3AM” feature movie.
The series involves eight directors: Panjapong Kongkanoy, Issara Nadee, Putipong Saisikaew, Tiwa Moeithaisong, M.C. Chalermchatri Yukol, Kirati Nakintanon, Phontharis Chotkijsadarsopon and Alongkot Uaepaiboon.
Founded in 1973, Five Star has delivered genre titles “Art of the Devil” and “Citizen Dog,” as well as art-house classics “Tears of the Black Tiger” and Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s “Last Life in the Universe.”