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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
8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Yoji Tanaka Yoji 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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Trivia

In the library, you can see a poster of "Ichi the Killer", Asano Tadanobu's earlier film, for a few seconds. It's his character, Kakihara. See more »

Connections

References Koroshiya 1 (2001) See more »

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Masterpiece
21 February 2005 | by zetesSee all my reviews

I've seen the plot before, at least in some fashion. A man and a woman meet under tragic (or tragicomic) circumstances. They are complete opposites, but begin an unconventional, semi-romantic relationship. It took me the whole movie to think of where I had seen it, but I did finally come up with a title (Monster's Ball). So I've seen the plot before. It's been done before. But it hasn't been done too often, and I tend to like stories like this. Besides, it's all in the way it's done, and, man, is this done right. Tadanobu Asano, best known as the masochistic villain Kakihara of Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer, plays a withdrawn Japanese man living for unspecified reasons in Thailand. He works in a library and the walls of his meticulously organized apartment are lined with stacks of books. Through a couple of events, which are too good to spoil, he meets with polar opposite Sinitta Boonyasak, a Thai girl who works dressed up as a Japanese schoolgirl, and is probably something of a prostitute. Asano moves in with the girl and there is a connection (in that order). This is a subtle film that flows like a gentle brook. Christopher Doyle, easily the best cinematographer working today, lends his impeccable style to the picture (director Ratanaruang says many kind words about him in a 20 minute interview on the DVD), and the music, by Hualongpong Riddim, is simply amazing. Takashi Miike himself appears late in the film in an amusing role, and he's given the film's best line. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's direction is truly impressive, and his attention to detail is particularly worth praising. It's a wonderful film, one that will live with me a long time.


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Country:

Thailand | Japan | Netherlands

Language:

Thai | Japanese | English

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,833, 8 August 2004

Gross USA:

$32,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,095
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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