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Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Ruang rak noi nid mahasan (original title)
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

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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:

Artificial Eye [UK] | official site | See more »

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Yukio Mishima, the author of "The Last Lizard", the book featured in the film, committed Harakiri (suicide by stabbing yourself in the stomach with a short knife). This is perhaps one of the reasons why Kenji likes the author. See more »

Connections

References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

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Wow...
24 August 2003 | by Gigabyte_1907See all my reviews

The last 3 or 4 movies that I've seen lately made me fall asleep in the over air-conditioned, too comfortable theatres in Bangkok, which sometimes provide a blanket and pillow in a lazy-boy chair in the high-class places (at a surprisingly low price). But last night, I didn't even blink my eyes once while watching this wonderful movie. I was impressed... It was beautiful from the very start until the end.

This movie was magic... It didn't pretend to be perfect, and it's not, but it works so much on your feelings that you go out from it with mixed feelings. The jokes are very funny (for example the morning after the green papaya salad), the dramas are tear jerking, and you have to watch every details because there's a lot to watch. Believe me, it won't get you bored or sleepy, it's pure pleasure from the start until the end, no boring parts promise!

I hope that this movie will get more attention, I do recommend it to all. It's not an easy of family movie, some rough scenes, but go see it... I will go see it again, and I will buy the official DVD when it's available, not the pirated copy found in some markets... 4/5...


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