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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

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References Annie Hall (1977)See more »


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58 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
I do like a suicidal man with an ordered wardrobe., 5 June 2006
Author: Two_Pieces_of_Christina from United Kingdom

Kenji (Tadanobu Asano) is a depressed, introverted Japanese man living in Bangkok with suicidal fantasies. He is not so simple as his quiet demeanour hopes to portray. His past is complicated and therefore he controls his present state with an OCD-repressed lifestyle. His clothes are colour co-ordinated, his socks ironed and folded, and his books are stacked so neatly there's an urge to reach into the TV and throw them around the room just to set the sterile organisation off-kilter.

The dream-like unreality of Kenji is punctuated by his meeting of Nid (Laila Boonyasak) and her subsequent departure. Her sister Noi (played by Nid's real-life sister, Sinitta Boonyasak) is suddenly in his life, and her home serves as an escape for a disturbing event that happens in Kenji's apartment. Their personalities are as contradictory as they are complimentary - she is as messy as he is organised, as free as he is controlled. He brings her life into order and she brings his into disarray.

The developing romance between the two is difficult to categorise. Kenji imagines on occasion that Noi has become Nid; it's almost as if Noi is the next best thing and he doesn't appreciate her for herself. This is however usurped by the ending, of which I won't give away. That has to be down to individual interpretation and perhaps can't be seen definitively anyway.

Director and co-writer Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's portrayal of a Japanese man and Thai woman's blossoming relationship is illustrated with their stilted dialogue - it veers from Thai, to Japanese, to halting English. Their mis-understandings of language are juxtaposed with their understandings of each other. There is nothing so clear as body language and this film relies heavily on the physicality of the two leads, both of whom give near-flawless performances. Asano in particular cannot be helped being taken to the viewers' heart; it's obvious here why he has such a high status in Japan. Boonyasak is not so sympathetic, but she is perhaps not meant to be, and she serves her purpose well.

There's some brilliant comic moments peppered throughout, but the poignant moments counter-balance these well. The ending gives some insight into Kenji's past but must be viewed more than once to appreciate. This is not a simple or straight-forward film, but nor is it complicated or pretentious.

Last Life in the Universe is difficult to sum up without mentioning its imagery, of which you have to see for yourself to appreciate, or describing it with the words 'beautiful' and 'subtle' - I almost managed it.

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