6.3/10
564
8 user 10 critic

San tiao ren (1999)

The protagonist is Asano who has had an amazing memory since his youth spent in Okinawa. Words have tangible shapes, tastes and colours for him. This goes so far that he is not even able to... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Doyle
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The White Girl was born allergic to the sun. Her only friend, Ho Zai, is too young to understand her problems. Her classmates tease her. Her overprotective father keeps her cooped up at ... See full summary »

Directors: Jenny Suen, Christopher Doyle
Stars: Ranya Lee, Kin-Ping Leung, Michael Ning
Warsaw Dark (2008)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: Christopher Doyle
Stars: Lukasz Simlat, Anna Przybylska, Jan Frycz
Love Only (2018)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Assembling actors and actresses from Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, 'Love Only' spreads love and positivism through several stories about love and friendship featuring people from different countries.

Directors: Charine Chan, Christopher Doyle
Stars: Seung-Hyun Lee, Bea Hayden Kuo, Zoe Li
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Stars: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An author develops a near-insane obsession with a mysterious woman.

Director: Macoto Tezuka
Stars: Gorô Inagaki, Fumi Nikaidô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A story of Hong Kong told by three generations of real people: 'preschooled' children, 'preoccupied' young people, and 'preposterous' senior citizens.

Director: Christopher Doyle
Stars: Alex Bedwell, Jason Cheung, Selene Cheung
Cuba (2019)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

It tells the powerful story of a land preserved in time, yet poised on the cusp of change. The nation's vibrant culture, beautiful colonial architecture, and pristine ecosystems provide a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter H. Chang
Stars: Fernando Bretos, Patricia Torres Diaz, Eusebio Leal
Mystery | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ittoku Kishibe, Sie Kohinata
The Rest (2019)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

"The Rest" is a documentary by Ai Weiwei about refugees who arrived in Europe, the world's bastion of human rights. These refugees fled war and persecution in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Weiwei Ai
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The 2014 edition of an annual short film compilation. Zhang Yuan directs "I love you boss," about the relationship between a wealthy man and his driver. Kang Je-kyu directs "Awaiting," ... See full summary »

Directors: Christopher Doyle, Je-kyu Kang, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Soo Go, Chuan Lee, Ching Man Lip
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Asano Takashi (adult)
Georgina Hobson Georgina Hobson ... Georgina
Christa Hughes Christa Hughes ... Christa
Takanori Kubo Takanori Kubo ... Asano Takashi (boy)
Kevin Sherlock Kevin Sherlock ... Kevin
Mavis Xu Mavis Xu ... Susie
Edit

Storyline

The protagonist is Asano who has had an amazing memory since his youth spent in Okinawa. Words have tangible shapes, tastes and colours for him. This goes so far that he is not even able to forget words once he has heard them. He travels the seas and because 'Hong Kong' feels wonderful, he goes ashore there. He chances upon the Dive Bar, that soon turns out to be the haven of comfort he has been seeking since his youth. The bar is run by the flamboyant, hospitable Kevin, who is also an alcoholic, eclectic lover and a perfect confidant to Asano. But Kevin keeps forgetting all kinds of things and that gets him into trouble sometimes. Words seem only to stand in the way of the relationship between Asano and Kevin... Written by Bastiaan van Gestel <geste002@wxs.nl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Japan | Hong Kong | Singapore

Language:

English | Japanese | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 August 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Way with Words See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Time Warp Inc., TimeWarp See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Kevin was written specifically for the director and co-writer Christopher Doyle's friend Kevin Sherlock, who stated that he simply played himself. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
three parts autism, one part auteur
29 September 2005 | by squelchoSee all my reviews

I'm probably barking up the wrong tree, but for me this piece reads like an exploration of autism. Asano's character seems to be a classic example of synaesthesia in action. This is sometimes associated with schizophrenia, but I've also heard it mentioned by parents of autistic children. Who knows what goes on in the mind of Christopher Doyle? Maaybe not even Chris Doyle after a night on the grog.

I'm guessing as usual, but I think the English/Aussie bar owner is playing the Doyle role, reborn every day with a slight hangover and a few fresh bruises, and attempting to show that language is just one of the barriers that humans have to negotiate in order to communicate effectively. If you can't get over it, you can always go around it. Or invent an image based filmic language for the global village.

Visually, this movie plays like a roadkill version of Fallen Angels, fractured and displaced almost at random. The soundtrack is as non-linear as the rest of the movie, crashing around like a breakbeat electro dj on dodgy pills. It makes the MTV jumpcut junkies look positively pedestrian when it takes flight, but still manages to explore the rapport between the three principals in a tender, almost polite fashion. It makes very little immediate sense, what with the language and obtuse script, but the gentle absurdity gels quite nicely upstairs in the aftermath.

I doubt that it would be possible to write a spoiler for this movie, because it's unlikely that any two people would ever see it quite the same way. I particularly enjoyed the gargling lady with the guitar, and the piggyback policewoman, although I might have just imagined them. The maguffins were delicious. My compliments to the chef.


11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed