“It would be very nice for nervous types like me if things were black-and-white, and you could tell where one thing ended and the next thing began, but as Einstein taught us, everything in the future and the past is right here now. There’s always something ending and something beginning. Yet in the very center is the truth of your spiritual identity: is you.”—
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) Dir. Toshio Matsumoto
The Story of Mae Nak -
According to legend Mae Nak was a beautiful young woman who lived in Bangkok, Thailand. She was married to a man named Mak who she loved with all of her heart, but when she was pregnant he was conscripted and sent to fight in a war.
Mak is seriously wounded in battle so he returns home to his wife and their newborn baby. He is happy but his neighbours start mysteriously dying when they try to tell him things about his wife. One day when Nak is preparing food she drops a lime and it rolls under the porch. Without thinking she stretches her arm through the floor and picks it up. When he sees this Mak realizes his wife is a ghost. She and the child had died in childbirth while he was fighting in the war.
Terrified, Mak flees the house during the night and hides in a temple, which the ghost could not enter due to it being on holy ground. When she notices that her husband is missing Nak flies into a rage and starts terrorizing the people of the town. Nak’s spirit is eventually conquered by a monk who traps her spirit in a waistband that contained pieces of her bones. The waistband with Nak’s spirit still inside is now properly of the royal family.