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8 August 2003 (Thailand) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tadanobu Asano ... Kenji
Sinitta Boonyasak ... Noi
Laila Boonyasak ... Nid
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yukio
Riki Takeuchi ... Takashi

Takashi Miike ... Yakuza
Yôji Tanaka ... Yakuza (as Yohji Tanaka)
Sakichi Satô ... Yakuza
Thiti Rhumorn ... Jon
Junko Nakazawa ... Librarian
Akiko Anraku ... Japanese Housewife
Nortioshi Urano ... Salaryman
Phimchanok Nala Dube ... Girl in Jon's Apartment
Ampon Rattanawong ... Jon's Underling
Jakrarin Sanitti ... Jon's Underling
Songsith Visunee ... Old Man on the Bus
Prayoon Tiancharoenwong ... Old Man at the Outdoor Bar
Jakrapan Ruttajak ... Security Guard
Tittiwat Kuldilok ... Security Guard
Sungwon Jermpan ... Security Guard
Yuki Tsudoi ... Grand Hostess

Directed by
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang  writer
Prabda Yoon 

Produced by
Hiromi Aihara .... associate producer (as Aihara Hiromi)
Yoshikiyo Arai .... executive producer (as Arai Yoshikiyo)
Wouter Barendrecht .... producer
Pawadee Chantanom .... executive producer
Meileen Choo .... executive producer
Charoen Iamphungporn .... executive producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Duangkamol Limcharoen .... producer
Tatsuya Mukai .... line producer: Osaka
Nonzee Nimibutr .... producer
Michael J. Werner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hualampong Riddim 
Small Room 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Film Editing by
Patamanadda Yukol 
Casting by
Sukumapon Suthisrisinlpa 
Production Design by
Saksiri Chantarangsri 
Art Direction by
Wittaya Chaimongkol 
Monchai Tongsrisuebasakul 
James David Goldmark (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Sombatsara Teerasaroch 
Makeup Department
Sittiporn Rujiwongsathaporn .... makeup artist
Miho Shimizu .... makeup artist: Osaka
Montri Wadia-Iad .... makeup consultant
Thanakorn Yimngam .... hair stylist (as Tanakorn Yimngam)
Production Management
Orathai Kitinirunkul .... assistant production manager
Ratchana Nimchareonpong .... assistant production manager
Chatchai Phutsorn .... assistant production manager
Phalathon Siraksha .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chedpong Laoyant .... first assistant director
Piraphan Laoyont .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kanyarat Buddhasas .... art department coordinator
Manop Chakklang .... prop man
Satit Chutiwatpongsatorn .... prop man
Chatupoom Losiri .... artist
Anusorn Pinyopojanee .... property master
Papong Sakweeradetkul .... prop man
Rewat Sikemngam .... artist
Padet Sritapanya .... artist
Nipon Subsri .... assistant property master
Surasak Sukwiset .... assistant art director
Taweep Tuakunta .... stand-by prop man
Sound Department
Sunij Asavinikul .... sound designer (as Sunit Asvinikul)
Sunij Asavinikul .... sound mixing engineer (as Sunit Asvinikul)
Peamsak Asvinikul .... foley artist
Vanchal Boonprasert .... foley artist
Thanapong Boonyachai .... assistant mixing engineer
Sanya Chalyapetch .... boom operator
Somchai Chansook .... adr recordist
Preeda Gunbutr .... sound effects editor
Phannipha Kabillikavanich .... sound mixing engineer
Nakorn Kositpaisain .... assistant sound designer
Amornbhong Methakunavudh .... sound designer
Ariya Naslongkla .... sound designer (as Ariya Na Slongkla)
Ariya Naslongkla .... sound effects (as Ayria Na Slongkla)
Ariya Naslongkla .... sound mixing engineer (as Ariya Na Slongkla)
Noriaki Nishimura .... sound mixer: Osaka
Todsavorn Noorasedbuniaeo .... assistant mixing engineer
Toshio Okazaki .... sound mixer: Osaka
Utid Phromma .... sound effects editor
Niwat Sumneangsanor .... sound recordist (as Nipat Sumneangsanor)
Tanin Tienkaew .... sound editor
Mirai Ueno .... dubbing mixer
Masaaki Yamamori .... sound mixer: Osaka
Special Effects by
Thamrong Prinyaknit .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Sornrop Chankeewong .... optical effects & subtitling
Sannucha Dhisayabutr .... optical effects & subtitling
Suchart Hongsmut .... optical effects & subtitling
Pravit Jaivijit .... optical effects & subtitling
Camera and Electrical Department
Ekachai Chalyen .... best boy
Chankit Chamnivikaipong .... camera operator: second unit (as Chankit Chamniwikaipong)
Chankit Chamnivikaipong .... underwater camera operator (as Chankit Chamniwikaipong)
Pramett Chankrasse .... still photographer
Naruphol Chokanapitak .... assistant camera: second unit (as Naruepol Chokkanapitak)
Toshinori Ekawa .... lighting: Osaka
Sombat Imrattanarak .... best boy
Kei Katsuma .... lighting: Osaka
Prompop Lee .... assistant underwater camera operator
Rittikorn Manonom .... focus puller (as Rittikom Manonom)
Narong Nakwatchara .... second assistant camera
Suntharika Nguanhom .... second assistant camera
Masamichi Ohmachi .... lighting: Osaka
Mitsumasa Okamoto .... lighting: Osaka
Chalerm Paipad .... lighting department head (as Chaloem Phaiphad)
Waranon Phaiphad .... second assistant camera
Kultida Piriyaphan .... still photographer
Rewat Prelert .... assistant camera: second unit (as Rewat Preelert)
Sittichoke Sae-Kuay .... best boy
Mongkoi Saengow .... assistant underwater camera operator
Ekachai Suwanprateep .... best boy
Sittchai Suwanprateep .... best boy
Wanchai Yuboonchoo .... best boy
Animation Department
Kompin Kemgumnird .... animator
Casting Department
Maneeya Herman .... casting crew
Editorial Department
Uthit Netwong .... negative cutter
Sakchai Nuengsawad .... negative cutter
Manop Petchiu .... negative cutter (as Manop Petchyu)
Supamol Pleumchusak .... color timer
Passakorn Yaisiri .... color timer
Other crew
Howard Frumes .... counsel: USA
Pison Santawanpas .... lab consultant
Chuck Stephens .... subtitler: English
Nattakarn Thongwan .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ruang rak noi nid mahasan" - Thailand (original title)
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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use
112 min | UK:109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:15 (IFCO) | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18PL (uncut version) | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

In the library, you can see a poster of "Ichi the Killer", Asano Tadanobu's earlier film, for a few seconds. It's his character, Kakihara.See more »
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References Annie Hall (1977)See more »


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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Get busy living..., 23 June 2006
Author: CosmoJones from United Kingdom

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's gently observed tale of the love that develops between a suicidal Japanese librarian and a streetwise Thai woman who meet under tragic circumstances is hypnotically absorbing. Shot in a lyrical and languid style by Christopher Doyle, who abandons his trademark vivid and hyper-real use of colour, the piece has been given a muted, naturalistic look. This suits the subdued tone and measured pace of the film which focuses on emotion rather than action. Ratanaruang, describes Last Life in the Universe as his most tender film, and this is as good a word as any to describe the relationship of Tadanobu Asano's Kenji, and Sinitta Boonyasak's Noi.

After unhappy fate has brought them together Noi and Kenji find sanctuary in each other. Kenji, deeply introspective, disconnected from reality, and suicidal, is literally saved from himself by Noi, whose joie de vivre, though dampened by grief, is infectious. Noi brings energy, colour, and most importantly life, to Kenji's dull and organised universe. Kenji brings a sense of order and balance to Noi's chaotic life, and his tranquil non-intrusive presence helps Noi to cope with her grief and the resulting sense of loneliness. As Ratanaruang claims, it is very tenderly done, and this is translated into the performance of both leads.

Asano, hugely famous in Japan for playing offbeat characters, brings a restrained sense of wonder to Kenji whose growing appetite for life is communicated in simple gestures such as a draw on a cigarette, or a ruffle of his hair. Boonyasak, in what is a very difficult first role, does exceptionally well to convince as a woman who though filled with grief has an irrepressible lust for life. Part of what fascinates the audience about both characters is the ambiguity that surrounds them. They are both without a history, especially Kenji who appears to have been linked to the Yakuza, and though it is never made clear why he is in Thailand there is an implication that he may have a murky past in Japan.

Reduced to the basics then Last Life in the Universe is a simple love story with very familiar themes; opposites attract, and the redemptive power of love. That this well-trodden path is followed again here takes nothing away from the film however, as though the story unfolds slowly it is well paced, well acted, and sensuously shot. The only potential weakness was Ratanaruang's inclusion of the comic gangster element (actor/director Takashi Miike plays a mob boss bent on revenge) which could very easily have been Last Life in the Universe's Achilles' heel, upsetting the tone and balance. As it turns out the Yakuza scenes work very well. In the context of the story Miike, and his henchmen do not seem out of place, and the absurd humour that they inject provides a necessary distraction from the studied inaction of Kenji and Noi. Overall then the elements combine to make Last Life in the Universe an unmissable film.

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