MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,670 this week

San tiao ren (1999)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 351 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 8 critic

The protagonist is Asano who has had an amazing memory since his youth spent in Okinawa. Words have tangible shapes, tastes and colours for him. This goes so far that he is not even able to... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 17 Oct 2010
 
a list of 126 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
a list of 74 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 
a list of 8865 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 555 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "San tiao ren" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: San tiao ren (1999)

San tiao ren (1999) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of San tiao ren.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man (Asano) flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Hye-jeong Kang, Eric Tsang
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Not far from Shanghai, in a country twon stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Li Gong, Kevin Lin
Green Tea (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Yuan Zhang
Stars: Wen Jiang, Wei Zhao, Lijun Fang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike
Hush! (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Basics: 2 guys who are gay, one female who is lonely for someone to love. The woman approaches 1 of the guys and wants him to seed her would be child... See full synopsis »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Stars: Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Seiichi Tanabe
Mystery | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ittoku Kishibe, Sie Kohinata
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Made up of four short stories. One, a lonely hooker can't stop crying whenever she has sex with her clients. She approaches a shrink and ends up stalking him. Two, a long suffering wife and... See full summary »

Directors: Kwok-Leung Gan, Eric Kot, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Fai-hung Chan, Ping Ha, Eric Kot
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Shinji Imaoka
Stars: Sawa Masaki, Yoshirô Umezawa, Ai Narita
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When violence is the only life you know, will love save you or just unravel everything?

Directors: Khavn, Khavn
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nathalia Acevedo, Elena Kazan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

What if you are caught between two cities you both call home?

Director: Rain Li
Stars: Courtney Cooper, Ye Liu, Richard de Klerk
Distance (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of the perpetrators meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Arata Iura, Yûsuke Iseya, Susumu Terajima
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Asano
Georgina Hobson
Christa Hughes
Kevin Sherlock ...
Kevin
Mavis Xu
Edit

Storyline

The protagonist is Asano who has had an amazing memory since his youth spent in Okinawa. Words have tangible shapes, tastes and colours for him. This goes so far that he is not even able to forget words once he has heard them. He travels the seas and because 'Hong Kong' feels wonderful, he goes ashore there. He chances upon the Dive Bar, that soon turns out to be the haven of comfort he has been seeking since his youth. The bar is run by the flamboyant, hospitable Kevin, who is also an alcoholic, eclectic lover and a perfect confidant to Asano. But Kevin keeps forgetting all kinds of things and that gets him into trouble sometimes. Words seem only to stand in the way of the relationship between Asano and Kevin... Written by Bastiaan van Gestel <geste002@wxs.nl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

7 August 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Away with Words  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
three parts autism, one part auteur
29 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm probably barking up the wrong tree, but for me this piece reads like an exploration of autism. Asano's character seems to be a classic example of synaesthesia in action. This is sometimes associated with schizophrenia, but I've also heard it mentioned by parents of autistic children. Who knows what goes on in the mind of Christopher Doyle? Maaybe not even Chris Doyle after a night on the grog.

I'm guessing as usual, but I think the English/Aussie bar owner is playing the Doyle role, reborn every day with a slight hangover and a few fresh bruises, and attempting to show that language is just one of the barriers that humans have to negotiate in order to communicate effectively. If you can't get over it, you can always go around it. Or invent an image based filmic language for the global village.

Visually, this movie plays like a roadkill version of Fallen Angels, fractured and displaced almost at random. The soundtrack is as non-linear as the rest of the movie, crashing around like a breakbeat electro dj on dodgy pills. It makes the MTV jumpcut junkies look positively pedestrian when it takes flight, but still manages to explore the rapport between the three principals in a tender, almost polite fashion. It makes very little immediate sense, what with the language and obtuse script, but the gentle absurdity gels quite nicely upstairs in the aftermath.

I doubt that it would be possible to write a spoiler for this movie, because it's unlikely that any two people would ever see it quite the same way. I particularly enjoyed the gargling lady with the guitar, and the piggyback policewoman, although I might have just imagined them. The maguffins were delicious. My compliments to the chef.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss San tiao ren (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?