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Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Ruang rak noi nid mahasan (original title)
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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sinitta Boonyasak ...
Laila Boonyasak ...
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Riki Takeuchi ...
Yôji Tanaka ...
Yakuza (as Yohji Tanaka)
Sakichi Satô ...
Thiti Rhumorn ...
Junko Nakazawa ...
Akiko Anraku ...
Japanese Housewife
Nortioshi Urano ...
Phimchanok Nala Dube ...
Girl in Jon's Apartment
Ampon Rattanawong ...
Jon's Underling
Jakrarin Sanitti ...
Jon's Underling


A mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man living in Bangkok, Thailand, is thrown together with a Thai woman through a tragic chain of events. The woman is everything he is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and categorized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks anything up. It's a match that somehow works, though. Slowly and entertainingly, more is revealed about the Japanese man and why he's suicidal and living in Bangkok. Written by Wise Kwai

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 August 2003 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

Last Life in the Universe  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,833 (USA) (6 August 2004)


$31,747 (USA) (27 August 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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The director claimed that he made the movie because he wanted to work with Chris Doyle (the cinematographer), Asano (Kenji), and Miike. See more »


References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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Pen-Ek has done it again!
19 October 2003 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

And I thought Mon-Rak Transistor was a masterpiece...

Last life in the Universe, or "Reung Rak Noi Nid Mahasarl", is problaby one of the best films made by one of the best Thai directors, Mr. Pen-Ek Rattanareung. I'll not waste time talking about this movie's sypnosis, but I'll just give some patricular reasons why this is a must-see Thai movie. First of all, this movie barely has a plot. It's all about emotions. Every elements you see in this film is... alive. They all have reasons for their existance. While a camera stays still for most of the time, lets you feel the very feeling of certain scene. Thanks, Chris. Secondly, the sotry is a love story, which doesn't seem so ordinary, but very ordinary itself. It's just natural. That's the way people who don't know each other talk, and even in a different language. You simply beleive they are who they are, there was no acting no pretending. It was just soooo natural. Last, because the subject matter is very precise, and sometimes hard to understand, you simply don't have to understand it. I mean, some parts of movie are very confusing, just ignore it. Try to absorb the moods and feelings this movie has to offer... You'll just feel really good after walking out of the theater. No other Thai movies are like this one. Pen-Ek himslef said that in previous movies, it seemed to him that he tried to tell everything too much, too straight. This film certainly doesn't do that, and it certainly is his masterpiece for me.

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