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Ruang talok 69 (1999)

A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However, she finds a box with a fortune in front of her door, and decides to keep it. ... See full summary »

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Lalita Panyopas ...
Tum
Sirisin Siripornsmathikul ...
Pen
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Prompop Lee ...
Shop owner
Surapong Mekpongsathorn
Tasanawalai Ongartittichai ...
Jim
Jaran 'See Tao' Petcharoen ...
Old Man (as Sitao)
Black Phomtong ...
Kanchit
Arun Wannarbodeewong ...
Mr. Tong
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ...
Sornchakr
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A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However, she finds a box with a fortune in front of her door, and decides to keep it. However, the people that left it there soon want it back. Written by Maarten Hofman <maarten_hofman@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual humor | See all certifications »
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Official submission of Thailand for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. See more »

Goofs

When the dead cop is propped up behind the bathroom door and the assassin comes in and sees the body in the mirror, the "dead man" raises his eyebrows right before the shot changes. See more »

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References True Romance (1993) See more »

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A funny story about 6 and 9.
9 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

6ixtynin9 (Ruang talok 69) is without doubt a film of acquired tastes, a pic that's hard to recommend with any great confidence. That is, though, unless you have a kink for violent black comedy crime movies, where the narrative drive is quirky and fulsome, even winsome in some regards.

Story finds Lalita Panyopas (excellent) as Tum, a lady who has just been laid off from work courtesy of lots being drawn. Feeling desperate and at the end of her tether, she's amazed to find on her doorstep a noodle box with $25,000 in it. A gift from the gods? Not quite! And once some shifty gangster types come knocking at her door, nothing will ever be the same again...

There's a whole ream of films this draws from, but favourably so, especially since the films often referenced in reviews are pretty tasty in themselves. Yet this is no hack job, director and writer Pen-Ek Ratanaruang has crafted a splendid pot of Thai neo-noir curry, putting his own stamp on things, imbuing the pic with his own flourishes, such as showing acts of violence off screen! Via a shadow, a splatter of blood, or a pair of legs going limp.

The characters who inhabit this world are gloriously strange or purely deranged. The henchmen are from a Thai boxing club, garishly attired in bright red clobber (film is packed with pronounced reds), one of them is even deaf, while their boss is a bit off the map, likes to have one of his charges massage him with is feet. There's a phone sex pest, who ends up being a real key component to how things pan out, and one of the baddies reveals tears and a most bizarre death in the family!

It's all deliciously off kilter, even as the bodies pile up, the black comedy tongue is prodding away at the inside of the cheek. But ultimately its noir heart is with the vagary of fate and of the coincidences that pitch our everyday woman (she's no moll or assassin type) into a bloody and bonkers world. All of which has hinged, ironically, on a number badly screwed to an apartment door! 8/10


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