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Tears of the Black Tiger (2000)
"Fah talai jone" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Comedy, Romance  |  9 August 2001 (Singapore)
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With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.


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Credited cast:
Chartchai Ngamsan ...
Suwinit Panjamawat ...
Dum (Black Tiger Youth)
Stella Malucchi ...
Supakorn Kitsuwon ...
Arawat Ruangvuth ...
Police Captain Kumjorn
Sombat Metanee ...
Pairoj Jaisingha ...
Phya Prasit
Naiyana Sheewanun ...
Rumpoey's maid
Kanchit Kwanpracha ...
Kamnan Dua
Chamloen Sridang ...
Sergeant Yam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rumpoey (voice)
Dum (voice)


In the countryside of Thailand, a gang of outlaws makes the region unsafe. Among them is the handsome gun hero Dum, who became unwillingly involved in the bandit life. Handsome Dum made a promise to his upper-crust lover Rumpoey: despite the class difference, they will get married. When the moment of reunion arrives, Dum gets involved in a fire fight and cannot possibly reach Rumpoey in time. She is desperate: her father has married her off to a policeman. The taciturn Dum, called the 'Black Tiger' by his co-conspirators, has however not forgotten Rumpoey. He does everything in his power to reach her, but fate gets in the way: his gang leader suspects him of treachery and his blood brother turns into his greatest enemy. Will the two lovers ever meet up? This urgent question propels the melodrama forward, supported by exciting music, spectacular shootouts and heroic duels. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 August 2001 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Tears of the Black Tiger  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,655 (USA) (12 January 2007)


$74,410 (USA) (4 May 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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The original Thai title is almost impossible to translate into English. A rough translation would be "Sky Destroys Thief" (Fah = Sky, Talai = destroy, Jone = thief). However, "fah" can also figuratively means a higher force, in this case, a noble, beautiful, righteous, and virtous woman. See more »


Mahesuan: By everything sacred in this world, I, Mahesuan, swear, with the Buddha as my witness, I'll always be true and loyal to my blood brother, Dom, the Black Tiger who saved my life. If I break this oath, may his gun take my life.
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Original, funny and alarming
18 September 2004 | by (Norfolk, England) – See all my reviews

Actually I caught this movie on TV as I was about to go to bed, and

it grabbed me immediately. Sure, it's parody and genre, but it's

other things too. It is visually eye-grabbing for a start. The odd

candy colors are partly reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and The

King and I, but the total effect is disorientating, colder, more high

pitched: its clashing colors dominated by the piercing fuschia red,

but sometimes slanting off towards yellows, or sepias and soft

blues. In European terms it's like seeing the paintings of

Pontormo and Bronzino - a Mannerist palette on film. There is, I

imagine a lot of filtering and digital enhancement here. It's

self-conscious but no more so than any consistent vision has to

be. So the color comes first.

Immediately, you are pitched in an alternative reality of westerns

(Sergio Leone mixed with Zorro) and romances, but comic as the

'western' scenes are, these are not merely 'cool' parodies. The

style everywhere refers to memory, of period, of genre: if it is irony it

is a strange poignant irony in the service of poetry. The palette

changes with the genre, as does the framing. Parts of it are

presented as scenes in theaters.

The story is simple enough but acute in its balance of belief and

distance. It makes sense as an adult take on the feel of childhood.

I thought it marvelously original, funny and alarming. Oh far far far

better than the vastly cerebral Greenaway whose work might make

a reasonable aesthetic analogy.

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