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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 title is actually a name of a Thai herb 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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These cowboys have quite the fashion sense...
16 May 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Version: Thai audio, English subtitles (by SBS)

There's something quite awesome about a movie that's advertised as a musical western that turns out to be a musical western in which the cowboys carry rocket launchers and wear very colourful shirts. Awesome.

In the rather colourful countryside of the rather colourful modern Thailand, a gang of horse-riding, machine-gun toting, Thai cowboys led the by the colourfully villainous Fai (Sombat Metanee). Dum (Chartchai Ngamsan), also known as the Black Tiger, is a member of Fai's gang, and obviously the fastest shot in all the (colourful) land. Dum is competing with fellow gangster Mahesuan the police captain Kumjorn for the affections of Rumpoey (Stella Malucchi), so naturally this leads to shootouts, exploding brains, and lots of evil laughs. How awesome.

'Tears of the Black Tiger' seems to be a combination of elements from 'Once Upon a Time in the West' and the 'The Quick and the Dead', only with a lot more comedy and melodrama. And colour. At times it may resemble 'Once Upon a Time in the the West', and then go into Sam Raimi mode during an action sequence, and then go into long scenes developing the melodramatic and colourful love story. Have I mentioned the colour yet? This one colourful movie, and will often induce a visual overload of pinkness. Is that even a word?

'Tears of the Black Tiger' can go from melodramatic romance scenes, to the cheap violence that you might expect from Sam Raim or an early Peter Jackson movie (read: 'exploding heads') very quickly. I'm pretty sure this film could set a record in that department. Its a funny movie, and the action scenes are generally very exciting. I'm also convinced that the creators of this film took on a bet to discover just how much of the colour pink can be displayed in one movie. I never knew pink-shirted cowboys could be so tough.

'Tears of the Black Tiger' is generally entertaining. I thought it was a little long, but I think most people should enjoy this - 8/10

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