HIS SHRIVELLED, naked corpse is displayed in a glass case at Bangkok's weirdest museum. The bullet holes from his execution are still visible. Parents bring their children to stare and to wonder, and they invoke his name like some kind of all-purpose bogeyman: 'If you don't make your bed, See Oui will get you. If you're not a good boy, See Oui will get you.' See Oui Sae Ung, or what's left of him, is the star attraction of the Forensic Museum at Siriraj Hospital; a real-life Hannibal Lecter who killed seven children and devoured their hearts and livers, He believed it would give him super powers. Now, just like the fictional Thomas Harris character turned into a celluloid icon by Sir Anthony Hopkins, See Oui is to be immortalised on the silver screen. This eponymous epic of evil marks the directorial debut of sisters Buranee Rachjaibun and Nida Sudasna, well-known names in the Thai advertising world for their work at Siam Studio, where they have made advertisements for the likes of Johnny Walker, Chivas Regal, Fuji Film, Nescafe, Suzuki, Toyota and Pampers. The film is scheduled for an October release, and should come in on budget - about 50 million baht (HK$9.38 million). But why See Oui? And why now after all this time? 'We thought we killed See Oui, but 50 years have passed and we still live with violence and murder every day,' said Nida recently in an interview. 'And today's abusers can be close to their victims - parents, siblings, cousins, friends. It's far more wicked than what See Oui did.' Well, that's debatable. Most child abusers stop well short of eating their victim's hearts and livers. Still, See Oui doesn't look so bad these days: the former Chinese army regular who migrated to Thailand now stands about 1.5 metrestall, and his formalin-smeared remains drip grease into a cooking tray under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights, flanked by the rest of the museum's freak show. One wall features pickled babies, everything from Siamese twins to dwarves to one poor mite who would have been the Snake Man in a freak show had he been born and survived a century ago. At the foot of their jars are little tributes of toy soldiers, Matchbox cars and sweets. There's a cabinet full of smashed and twisted bullets plucked from the bodies of the murdered, jars full of diseased organs, and a chilling display of murder weapons from real-life crime scenes: guns, knives, spikes, chains, axes, hammers, brass knuckles, spears, shovels, picks and poisons. It is hardly the most dignified of resting places. Buranee says the film will explore the making of a monster, as well as examine his grisly deeds. 'He comes to Thailand to find a new home, but he's abused and alienated - like many other foreigners at that time.' The film will focus on his poverty-stricken childhood in China and his military service, where he received early exposure to cannibalism. Some extra spice is set to be injected into the tale by a subplot involving a crusading journalist whose sister was killed by another murderer. But those expecting a bloodbath may be disappointed. Buranee says they handle the cannibalism delicately and the worst audiences will see is See Oui clutching a little heart. It promises to be a far cry from a 1980s television series in which he featured as little more than a mindless killing machine. He was executed by machine gun at Thailand's notorious Bang Kwang prison in the early 1960s after being caught in the late 1950s when his appetites got the better of him and he made a series of slip-ups that put police on the scent. In the title role is Chinese actor Duan Long, a graduate of Beijing's Central Park Academy who has performed with China's National Drama Academy, starred in the Wang Xiao Shuai film Drafter, and is a staple on Chinese television. According to Nida: 'We needed a Chinese actor to play the role. A local face would not have been believable for the audience.' Duan, 30, had never heard of See Oui but was intrigued when he learned about the character. 'His deeds were unforgiveable by human and legal standards, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for him,' Duan told the Bangkok Post. 'For me, he was a tragic character who was abused all his life.' To prepare for the role, Duan starved himself, and spent weeks in isolation trying to understand the hungers and loneliness of See Oui. 'I tried to delve into his mental condition and living circumstances. What makes a man become a killer?' He said he had also visited the Forensic Museum and confessed to being shocked by the graphic depictions of man's inhumanity to man. 'As a Chinese man, I would also like to apologise for See Oui, who made a bad name for China and caused panic in Thailand,' said Duan. 'I hope the movie encourages people to do something about violence, segregation and prejudice.'