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Ruang rak noi nid mahasan (2003)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kenji
Sinitta Boonyasak Sinitta Boonyasak ... Noi
Laila Boonyasak Laila Boonyasak ... Nid
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yukio
Riki Takeuchi ... Takashi
Takashi Miike ... Yakuza
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Yakuza (as Yohji Tanaka)
Sakichi Sato Sakichi Sato ... Yakuza
Thiti Rhumorn Thiti Rhumorn ... Jon
Junko Nakazawa Junko Nakazawa ... Librarian
Akiko Anraku Akiko Anraku ... Japanese Housewife
Nortioshi Urano Nortioshi Urano ... Salaryman
Phimchanok Nala Dube Phimchanok Nala Dube ... Girl in Jon's Apartment
Ampon Rattanawong Ampon Rattanawong ... Jon's Underling
Jakrarin Sanitti Jakrarin Sanitti ... Jon's Underling
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Storyline

A mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man living in Bangkok, Thailand, is thrown together with a Thai woman through a tragic chain of events. The woman is everything he is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and categorized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks anything up. It's a match that somehow works, though. Slowly and entertainingly, more is revealed about the Japanese man and why he's suicidal and living in Bangkok. Written by Wise Kwai

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Thailand | Japan | Netherlands

Language:

Thai | Japanese | English

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Life in the Universe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,833, 8 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,747, 29 August 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Thai title means, literally, "Love Story, a Little, a Lot" with a play of words on "Noi" and "Nid" which means "few" and "small" respectively. The two words are also the names of the sisters in the movie so the title can also means "Love Story of Noi and Nid, a Lot" (mahasan = infinitely a lot, a great amount). Another interpretation can be "A small/little Love Story that is a lot". See more »

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References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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Whimsical
24 January 2005 | by wanchopeSee all my reviews

there's something about this movie that makes me just want to break out in a big smile, and it has nothing to do with my thinking the lead actress is really pretty. the visual composition of this movie as with most movies by Christopher Doyle is amazing. you could stop the movie at any point and it would make an award winning photograph. Tadanobu Asano also displays in this movie why he is one of my favourite actors. his performances in this movie, ichi the killer and zatoichi should rate him as one of the best actors outside of Hollywood(not that that makes him worse than anyone there, and he should stay out of Hollywood but thats a totally different subject for another day). the film itself has a pretty simple storyline, but follows a rather similar tone to another movie that was released last year, lost in translation. personally i felt this movie was superior because it seemed less contrived and pretentious. plus the extra little storyline with the yakuza is fall-off-your-chair funny. with hints of wong kar wai this is a very refreshing movie that should help get back your faith that good movies can still be made on small budgets.


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