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6ixtynin9 (1999)

Cast: Lalita Panyopas, Black Pomtong, Tasanawalai Ongarittichai, more...
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
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Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Foreign, Southeast Asia, Capers
Running Time: 118 min.
Languages: Thai
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Following up on his acclaimed Fun Bar Karaoke, Pen-ek Ratanaruang directs this gritty thriller about crime, gangsters, and the will to survive in the wake of the 1997 Asia economic meltdown. After getting dumped from her office job, Tum (Lalita Panyopas) grows extremely despondent. She eventually discovers what appears to be a box full of instant noodle packages. Instead, the cartons are filled with cash -- about a million baht. It turns out that she received the money because of a gangland foul-up in which a six on an apartment address was mistaken for a nine. The thugs quickly figure out their mistake and come knocking once again. When she plays dumb about the dough, they get violent. Soon Tum has two corpses on her floor. Realizing that she needs to get out of town -- and fast -- she turns to Kanjit (Black Phomtong), a mob fixer with a passion for long massages. Unfortunately for Tum, the intended recipient of the ramen carton baht was Kanjit, and he quickly cottons on to Tum's dirty deed. Meanwhile, Tum's already stressful life is made all the more complex by a nosy neighbor (Sirisin Siripornsmathikul) and a close friend (Tasanawalai Ongarittichai) in dire straits. This film was screened at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

It's a position, all right--but not sexual. by talltale June 7, 2005 - 7:55 PM PDT
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1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Watching 6IXTYNIN9 recently (May '05) offered a little added fun because the film opened for a commercial run at a NYC theatre the same week I viewed it on DVD. Sometimes, the timing and manner in which a movie gets a theatrical release utterly amazes me.

Directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (whose "Last Life in the Universe" comes close to art), this funny, bloody little Thai film tracks a young woman's accidental involvement with gangsters, loot, love and betrayal. Performances are good, and the director keeps the action moving pretty well. It's slight but, in its way, oddly memorable. And, boy, do those corpses pile up.

A Delightful Black Comedy by JGerow January 31, 2005 - 12:42 PM PST
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Pen-ek Ratanaruang's 6ixtynin9 is the most purely enjoyable film I have yet rented from GreenCine. The title refers not to sex but to the comically changing number on the heroine's apartment door, a plot device which may have been stolen by the recent thriller Identity. I was expecting a good film from the director of 2004's Last Life in the Universe, but this laugh-out-loud black comedy grabbed me from the first scene to the closing epigraph. Pen-ek's stylish direction is beautiful to behold, and his intricate plotting sets up echoes and repetitions that left me astonished.

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!! Lalita Panyopas, who is wonderful as the deadpan Tum, is randomly fired at the beginning. She then finds a mysterious box of money at her doorstep which leads to an ever-increasing pile of corpses. She manages to tenaciously evade both the cops and the gangsters to the very end, but Pen-ek deftly avoids the cliched Hollywood crime-pays ending for a much more reflective finale.

For fans of Asian cinema and particularly the current Thai new wave, this film is a must.




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