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Fah talai jone (2000)

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With its loud acting style, exuberant sets and stunning shots in pastel colours, this Thai cult film is as much a parody as an homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker.

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Wisit Sasanatieng
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chartchai Ngamsan ... Black Tiger
Suwinit Panjamawat Suwinit Panjamawat ... Dum (Black Tiger Youth)
Stella Malucchi ... Rumpoey
Supakorn Kitsuwon Supakorn Kitsuwon ... Mahesuan
Arawat Ruangvuth Arawat Ruangvuth ... Police Captain Kumjorn
Sombat Metanee Sombat Metanee ... Fai
Pairoj Jaisingha Pairoj Jaisingha ... Phya Prasit
Naiyana Shewanan Naiyana Shewanan ... Rumpoey's maid (as Naiyana Sheewanun)
Kanchit Kwanpracha Kanchit Kwanpracha ... Kamnan Dua
Chamloen Sridang Chamloen Sridang ... Sergeant Yam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Dionne ... Rumpoey (voice)
Philip Hersh ... Dum (voice)
Ray Quiroga ... Mahasuan
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Storyline

In the countryside of Thailand, a gang of outlaws makes the region unsafe. Among them is the handsome gun hero Dum, who became unwillingly involved in the bandit life. Handsome Dum made a promise to his upper-crust lover Rumpoey: despite the class difference, they will get married. When the moment of reunion arrives, Dum gets involved in a fire fight and cannot possibly reach Rumpoey in time. She is desperate: her father has married her off to a policeman. The taciturn Dum, called the 'Black Tiger' by his co-conspirators, has however not forgotten Rumpoey. He does everything in his power to reach her, but fate gets in the way: his gang leader suspects him of treachery and his blood brother turns into his greatest enemy. Will the two lovers ever meet up? This urgent question propels the melodrama forward, supported by exciting music, spectacular shootouts and heroic duels. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

only in french

Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai

Release Date:

9 August 2001 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Tears of the Black Tiger See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,655, 12 January 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,410, 6 May 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (Miramax)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Thai title is almost impossible to translate into English. A rough translation would be "Sky Destroys Thief" (Fah = Sky, Talai = destroy, Jone = thief). However, "fah" can also figuratively mean a higher force, in this case, a noble, beautiful, righteous and virtuous woman. See more »

Quotes

Mahesuan: By everything sacred in this world, I, Mahesuan, swear, with the Buddha as my witness, I'll always be true and loyal to my blood brother, Dom, the Black Tiger who saved my life. If I break this oath, may his gun take my life.
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Featured in Monrak Transistor (2001) See more »

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Loved it!
4 May 2002 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Now where on earth did this movie come from? Why was there no warning? Shouldn't we have seen it coming somehow? Like PISTOL OPERA, TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER boldly paints itself across the screen in bold bright colours as if to say to the rest of the movie making world "Are you so fresh out of ideas already?". Unlike PO though, TOTBT is not just utterly removed from filmic convention - it's just in utterly the wrong time and place.

The movie is basically a 1950's Hollywood Western/Melodrama... made in 21st Century Thailand (and with tongue firmly in cheek). The clothes, the hairstyles, the sets, the camerawork, the soundtrack, the acting, the script... all spot on for 50's America. The movie has even been bizarrely colourised in a way reminiscent of very early colour film stock, but obviously done digitally and deliberately, with an eye to the exact shifting of colours that best suits each shot. Hues are shifted to colours the world is not meant to be, and saturation is selectively ramped up to 1000 to create lurid pinks and shocking yellows and an absolutely unique look to the film. It looks weird, but fantastic.

TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER has two major advantages over PISTOL OPERA. Firstly, they remembered to include a story. And it's a really good one... a melodrama in the finest tradition, featuring love and loss and friendship and rivalry and hatred and sorrow and jealousy and heroism and good and evil and all the finest things in life. The script is very well thought out, full of lots of details that are woven together in a way that keeps you on your toes.

The mood is definitely spoof, and absolutely pitch perfect. I haven't laughed out loud so much since SHAOLIN SOCCER, yet secretly really caring about what was going to happen to the characters. Acting is as over the top as the soundtrack, in permanent crescendo, delivered with a straight face and sincerity that would make the most melancholy of viewers at least giggle a bit.

I enjoyed this movie so much - so utterly out of nowhere, inexplicable, funny, sweet, moving,... where did these ideas come from? It all fits together and makes so much sense you think perhaps the idea was obvious all along, but I'm pretty sure that it was in exactly one persons head ever before he put it on film. And then there are few curveballs that are *definitely* ideas of an insane but brilliant mind .

Very highly recommended!


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