6.2/10
1,416
7 user 47 critic

Headshot (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 24 November 2011 (Thailand)
Trailer
1:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
A cop who becomes a hitman for a group aimed at eliminating those who are above the law finds his world turned upside down by a single a devastating blow.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ploy (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Every relationship has an expiration date. Every relationship needs its fantasies...some more real than others... A violent death of a relative brings Wit and his wife, Dang, back to ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Ananda Everingham, Lalita Panyopas, Porntip Papanai
6ixtynin9 (1999)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman, fired from a financial coorporation during the Asia crisis, returns home with no money. However, she finds a box with a fortune in front of her door, and decides to keep it. ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tasanawalai Ongartittichai, Black Phomtong, Lalita Panyopas
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Phaen is a suburban young man with a great love for music. He never misses a chance to show off his voice at temple fairs in his village. It is at one of the fairs that he meets and falls ... See full summary »

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Supakorn Kitsuwon, Siriyakorn Pukkavesh, Black Phomtong
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man (Asano) flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Hye-jeong Kang, Eric Tsang
Nymph (2009)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An urban husband and wife travel to the jungle and learn just how precious their relationship is.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Nopachai Chaiyanam, Porntip Papanai, Wanida Termthanaporn
36 (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young location scout meets the art director of her project in a day they will keep in their memories for a while, each for their own reasons.

Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Stars: Vajrasthira Koramit, Wanlop Rungkamjad
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Yuthlert Sippapak
Stars: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Chontida Assawahem, Nattapat Nimjirawat
The Overture (2004)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII, the movie traces the life ... See full summary »

Director: Ittisoontorn Vichailak
Stars: Anuchit Sapanpong, Adul Dulyarat, Pongpat Wachirabunjong
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Stars: Nopachai Chaiyanam, Sirin Horwang
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four Thai directors give their take on Thailand's capital city of Bangkok.

Directors: Aditya Assarat, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, and 2 more credits »
Paradoxocracy (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Directors: Pasakorn Pramoolwong, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Tul (as Nopporn Chaiyanam)
Sirin Horwang ...
Rin
Chanokporn Sayoungkul ...
Joy / Tiwa
Apisit Opasaimlikit ...
Kiat Punpiputt ...
Dr. Suang (as Krerkkiat Punpiputt)
Theeradanai Suwannahom ...
Tin
Nadim Xavier Salhani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Kashiki
Yasu Peron
Edit

Storyline

This Thai crime noir tells the story of Tul, a hitman who wakes up from a coma to realize that he's now seeing everything upside down. Tul wants to quit but is instead recruited to join a secret organization that gets rid of crooked politicians untouched by the law. Written by CJ

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bangkok's most dangerous cop is about to have his world turned upside down.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 November 2011 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

Fejlövés  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$456 (USA) (28 September 2012)

Gross:

$456 (USA) (28 September 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected in September 2012 to represent Thailand in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2013 Oscars. See more »

Quotes

Rin: How do you feel to see things upside down?
Tul: At first, I was really frustrated. But now, I think it is the best thing that happened to me in last several years.
Rin: How?
Tul: In the past, I used to see things like everyone sees, just skim through them because everything looks familiar to me. But now I have to really look at the things and people and that make me to see things more clearly.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Headshot
10 September 2012 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's critically acclaimed film Headshot may be a surprise selection for this year's edition of THIS Buddhist Film Festival, as this crime noir is drenched in murder and blood, revolving around the life of a cop turned hired gun, if not for one of its more obvious themes dealing with karma, where what goes around will eventually come around, and those who live by the sword would know what eventualities lie ahead in a life that's based on vengeance and hatred. It's not difficult to see why Headshot had garnered some major film awards in Thailand, and may just be Pen-Ek's more accessible film in recent years.

Based on a novel written by Win Lyovarin, Headshot has an interesting if not easily overlooked premise that deals with the corruption of society, applicable not only in Thailand, but may be typical of anywhere around the world, where the rich and powerful often find ways to circumvent social and moral norms. Businessmen and politicians find power through their spheres of influence, where money can buy a man's integrity and honesty, and any resistance swiftly met through the destruction of one's credibility, or in an extreme case, the ending of one's life. And this cannot be more pronounced in the life of Tul (Nopporn Chaiyanam), an honest cop framed for a crime he did not commit, and find it almost therapeutic in seeking revenge by crossing the line and becoming a hit-man for a shadow organization meting its own vigilante justice on the corrupt.

But things get complicated when a routine hit turned nightmarish where Tul gets shot in the head, become comatose for months, and wakes up with his literal view of the world turned upside down, metaphoric for the topsy turvy spin his life would now take, possibly trapped in the winds of change he cannot avoid, contemplate, or fix for the better. The cogs are in motion for a life most extraordinary in his seeking of the truth, after we slowly learn how his life has become manipulated by parties taking their own selfish interests, and in a way, feel pity for the character who cannot change the fate he had chosen. And in some ways this also had to do with the women in his life, who come so fleetingly, such as the callgirl Joy (Chanokporn Sayoungkul) and Rin (Cris Horwang), who becomes his pseudo-getaway car driver, but is actually more than meets the eye.

Ratanaruang presented the film in a fractured narrative form, as if to mirror the confused state that Tul is in, becoming the hunter then the prey, hunted by those whose lives he had changed from the hits carried out, with his pursuers adamant in wanting to discover the top of his food chain. It's told in a non-chronological order that segregates the significant portions in Tul's life, from his pre-hit-man days to his cop moments, and that of the present where his attempts to lead a monk's life gets threatened by his earlier life of violence that come back to haunt him. And credit to the director for being able to hold your attention despite shifts in timeline presented, being probably more effective when told in this fashion, forcing the audience to adapt with change as Tul spirals toward a finale filled with enough gun battle to excite the casual action seeker.

The camera angles and cinematography by Chankit Chamnivikaipong also deserves mention, for its inventiveness, and vivid bringing out of the mood throughout the film, often dark, and drenched in rain, running parallel to Ratanaruang's dialogues and monologues that accentuates the inner thoughts of the various characters here, caught in their bleak world based on choices they have made, good or bad.


15 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Don't trust the trailer crpl_hicks
Oh snap, this movie is tragic cyguration
Discuss Headshot (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?