Last Life in the Universe (2003)
"Ruang rak noi nid mahasan" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 August 2003 (Thailand)
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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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The actresses who play Nid and Noi are real sisters. See more »


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24 January 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

there's something about this movie that makes me just want to break out in a big smile, and it has nothing to do with my thinking the lead actress is really pretty. the visual composition of this movie as with most movies by Christopher Doyle is amazing. you could stop the movie at any point and it would make an award winning photograph. Tadanobu Asano also displays in this movie why he is one of my favourite actors. his performances in this movie, ichi the killer and zatoichi should rate him as one of the best actors outside of Hollywood(not that that makes him worse than anyone there, and he should stay out of Hollywood but thats a totally different subject for another day). the film itself has a pretty simple storyline, but follows a rather similar tone to another movie that was released last year, lost in translation. personally i felt this movie was superior because it seemed less contrived and pretentious. plus the extra little storyline with the yakuza is fall-off-your-chair funny. with hints of wong kar wai this is a very refreshing movie that should help get back your faith that good movies can still be made on small budgets.

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