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Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, more...
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Pen-ek Ratanaruang
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Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Japan, Southeast Asia
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: Thai, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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A story of two very different people coming together in the wake of personal tragedies, Last Life in the Universe stars Tadanobu Asano as Kenji, a quiet, bespectacled Japanese librarian living in Bangkok. Obsessed with suicide, he meticulously stages ways to kill himself, only to be interrupted every time. One night, his more raucous brother shows up for an unexpected visit, accompanied by a yakuza gangster. A gunfight breaks out, leaving both visitors dead. Kenji ventures out into the night and happens upon Noi (Sinitta Boonyasak), a feisty bargirl whose sister has just died in an accident following a fight over their shared boyfriend. Kenji accompanies Noi to her sprawling, dilapidated house in the country, where a relationship develops despite their language barrier and clashing personalities, until another twist of fate threatens to tear them apart. ~ Tom Vick, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Lifeless by cseymour May 24, 2005 - 11:11 AM PDT
1 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Pretty but boring, like many another SE Asian art film ("Scent of Green Papaya," "What Time Is It There?", "In the Mood for Love," etc.) The poster graphic pretty much sums up my reaction to the film.

Thai Treat by talltale February 25, 2005 - 6:07 AM PST
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
The Thai film LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE is spacey, deadpan funny and gorgeous to look at (Christopher Doyle did the crack photography). It has in its lead roles two actors possessed of such beauty, charm and the kind of charisma that holds back (and thus keeps you wanting more) that the two of them--Tadanobu Asano and Sinitta Boonyasack--are reason enough to watch. If this isn't enough, you'll probably be won over quickly by the cheeky, low-keyed humor, up-front sexuality (in the dialog, not the visuals--no nudity here) and the wonderful compositions and ironic combinations like the super clean and super dirty environments that Doyle and the director (and co-writer with Prabda Yoon) Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (whew--those Thai names!) come up with.

The musical score is a delight, and did I mention that this one's also a crime thriller (sort of)? Oh--and there's one scene--terrific, funny, pointed--containing a delirious special effect that again proves less is more (you knew that already, after watching a few summer blockbusters). The film is also highly sophisticated; expect an uneasy, but not unpleasant, wrap-up. Film buffs, particularly those who groove on things Asian, should start queuing. The interview with the director is worth a watch, too.

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