Court cites national security to extend 'Shakespeare' ban

Some of the crew of Shakespeare Must Die stage a rally in front of Government House in 2012. They called for the government to end the banning of films altogether because it hinders the development of the Thai film industry. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Administrative Court yesterday rejected the complaint filed by the filmmakers of Shakespeare Must Die in which they asked for the ban on the film to be lifted, thereby extending a ban that has already lasted five years.

The court cited the film's re-enactment of the Oct 6, 1976 incident as the reason for its decision, citing national security concerns.

The film, made by Ing K and Manit Sriwanichpoom, is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in Thailand, and features a maniacal ruler and his murderous wife. The climax of the film however re-creates the violence of Oct 6, 1976, including the notorious episode in which a man beats up a corpse with a chair.

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