Ghost of Asia
Collaborated with Christelle Lheureux


Thailand / France 2005
9:11 minutes / Digital, 4:3, Dolby 5.1 / Colour
Directors / Camera: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christelle Lheureux
Story: Jantrakansorn Sukkrajang, Sakda Poka, Nantawat Poonpeum
Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee
Music: Gandhi Anantagant (“Ghost of Asia” music), Decha Woongon (Guitar Man on the Beach), Boyd Kosiyabong (“Flower,” original song)
Sound Supervisor: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Post Production Supervisor: Lee Chatametikool
Production Assistants: Suchada Sirithanawuddhi, Sompot Chidgasornpongse
Color Correction: Julien Loustau
Production: Cité Siam, Alliance Française, Bangkok; French Embassy, Bangkok. Funded by The Ministry of Culture, Thailand. Project Supporters: Dr. Apinan Poshyananda, Aruna Adiceam, Philippe Laleu

Premiered at the Bangkok World Film Festival, 20 October 2005

Ghost of Asia (installation version)
Thailand / France 2005
2 screen installation, 9:11 minutes, looped / Digital, 4:3, Dolby 5.1 / Colour

Presented in the group exhibition
Politics of Fun at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 30 September – 20 November 2005, curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and Ong Keng Sen.
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The video installation Ghost of Asia (2005) is a collaboration between two film-makers, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Christelle Lheureux, taking the recent tsunami in Asia as its starting point. For this double projection, the directors have used the idea of a ghost seen wandering along the rocky coastline of a Thai island and, in a life-affirming gesture, they have invited some local children to direct the film for them, suggesting and filming the movements of the actor-ghost. By projecting their own ideas on to this ghostly creature, half real, half imagined, the children’s fantasies are given real substance, their childish game mediated by the adult ‘game’ of shooting a film. – 2005 Andrea Viliani/ Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

































00:00:17:17 , 00:00:19:23 , - I want to play. | - This is a squid.
- Quiero jugar. / -Esto es un calamar.
00:00:20:17 , 00:00:22:18 , - Draw. | - Draw a tree.
- Dibuja. / - Dibuja un árbol.
00:00:22:22 , 00:00:24:21 , Draw... a football.
- Dibuja... un balón de fútbol.
00:00:25:00 , 00:00:28:03 , I want you to draw a tree. | I want you to draw...
- Quiero que dibujes un árbol. / Quiero que dibujes…
00:00:33:00 , 00:00:34:02 , Draw a giraffe.
- Dibuja una jirafa.
00:00:34:08 , 00:00:35:16 , Draw a ball.
- Dibuja un balón.


00:00:36:03 , 00:00:37:03 , Draw a house.
- Dibuja una casa.
00:00:37:07 , 00:00:38:14 , Draw a plane.
- Dibuja un avión.
00:00:38:19 , 00:00:39:24 , Draw...
- Dibuja...
00:00:40:08 , 00:00:41:16 , Draw an animal.
- Dibuja un animal.
00:00:42:15 , 00:00:43:15 , Take a picture.
- Haz una foto.
00:00:49:05 , 00:00:51:01 , Throw the spear.
- Arroja la lanza
00:00:51:10 , 00:00:52:10 , Shark.
- Tiburón.
00:00:52:12 , 00:00:54:18 , Fish. Dolphins. Squid.
- Peces. Delfines. Calamar.
00:00:54:24 , 00:00:56:01 , Eat them.
- Cómetelos.
00:01:01:16 , 00:01:02:16 , Drink.
- Bebe.
00:01:08:05 , 00:01:09:06 , Find crabs.
- Busca cangrejos.
00:01:13:21 , 00:01:15:19 , And... fish.
- Y... pesca.
00:01:29:11 , 00:01:31:01 , And jump in the sea.
- Zambúllete en el mar.
00:01:33:09 , 00:01:34:22 , And ride in a boat.
- Móntate en una barca.
00:01:40:16 , 00:01:42:11 , And kick a football.
- Patea una pelota de fútbol.
00:01:42:16 , 00:01:43:23 , And...
- Y...
00:01:44:03 , 00:01:45:14 , fly a plane.
- Dibuja un avión.
00:01:53:08 , 00:01:55:08 , And find a lizard.
- Encuentra a un lagarto.
00:02:00:00 , 00:02:01:00 , And...
- Y...
00:02:01:16 , 00:02:02:15 , drink some milk.
- bebe un poco de leche.
00:02:06:19 , 00:02:09:08 , And climb a mountain.
- Y sube una montaña.
00:02:11:16 , 00:02:12:19 , Throw away trash.
- Tira la basura...
00:02:16:18 , 00:02:17:18 , And...
- Y...
00:02:18:20 , 00:02:20:11 , climb a tree.
- trepa un árbol.
00:02:24:03 , 00:02:25:17 , Play with the rubber tire.
- Juega con la goma del neumático.
00:02:29:10 , 00:02:30:24 , And take a nap.
- Y échate una siesta.
00:02:39:17 , 00:02:41:04 , Pick up trash.
- recoge la basura.
00:02:42:02 , 00:02:43:14 , And build a house.
- Y construye una casa.
00:02:46:18 , 00:02:48:04 , Sleep in the hammock.
-Duerme en la hamaca.
00:02:55:12 , 00:02:56:16 , And...
- Y...
00:02:56:20 , 00:02:57:21 , go poo.
- haz caca.
00:03:02:13 , 00:03:03:13 , And...
- y...
00:03:03:17 , 00:03:05:00 , go pee.
- haz pipí.
00:03:10:05 , 00:03:12:01 , And eat.
- y come.
00:03:14:21 , 00:03:16:19 , And turn on the light.
- Y enciende la luz.
00:03:22:22 , 00:03:25:02 , And ride a motorbike.
- y súbete a una moto.
00:03:32:06 , 00:03:33:14 , Take a bath.
- toma un baño.
00:03:39:16 , 00:03:40:21 , Wash your clothes.
- lava tu ropa.
00:03:43:13 , 00:03:44:15 , Plant a tree.
- planta un árbol.
00:03:48:23 , 00:03:49:23 , And...
- y...
00:03:51:09 , 00:03:52:13 , play with the lifesavers.
- juego con los salvavidas.
00:03:52:14 , 00:03:53:14 , And...
- y...
00:03:55:06 , 00:03:56:22 , water the plants.
- riega las plantas.