Sleep means death for Thai students in new Netflix thriller ‘Deep’

Beware German doctors offering experimental drugs. Image: Netflix
Beware German doctors offering experimental drugs. Image: Netflix

Netflix’s next Thai-language original show is a mystery thriller collab between students and studio veterans that hits the streams next month.

A showcase of young talents with a next-gen production crew, Deep was produced by Bangkok University students with support from filmmakers Adirek “Uncle” Wattaleela and Wisit Sasanatieng in collaboration with Transformation Films.

The movie follows four medical students who sign up for a THB100,000 (US$3,200) medical experiment to test a new drug that causes sleep deprivation. Sleepless scenes familiar to adderall- or ritalin-addicted Chula students ensue with one menacing plot device – falling asleep for over a minute could mean death.

“The inspiration behind the film is essentially what we have to face in everyday reality. Young people my age often have to live with sleep deprivation… and this led us to the question – what [could] we achieve by giving up sleep?” screenwriter Kittitat Nokngam said in the announcement.

The cast is led by four new actors: Panisara “Care” Rikulsurakan, Kay Lertsitthichai, Suphanari “Fern” Suttawijitwong and Krit Chirapattananuwong.

Deep debuts July 16 on Netflix.


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