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Invisible Waves (2006)

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.

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Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

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Prabda Yoon
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kyoji
Hye-jeong Kang ... Noi
Eric Tsang ... Monk
Maria Cordero Maria Cordero ... Maria
Toon Hiranyasap Toon Hiranyasap ... Wiwat
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Lizard
Hideki Jitsuyama Hideki Jitsuyama ... Kyoji's Father
Tomono Kuga Tomono Kuga ... Seiko
Hiro Sano Hiro Sano ... Hideki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vant Banditnopparat Vant Banditnopparat ... Colleague 2
Chatchaj Bunditwetchakorn Chatchaj Bunditwetchakorn ... Taxi Driver
Lei Ju Fong Lei Ju Fong ... Maria's compund staff
Woon Ling Hau ... Old Lady
Nukun Hongthong Nukun Hongthong ... Thai Thug 1
Vararuk Kumprom Vararuk Kumprom ... Man
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After killing his boss's girlfriend (with whom he was having an affair) on his boss's orders, a man (Asano) is sent from Macau to Thailand in an attempt to escape the consequences of his crime and to cover it up. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies. Written by mr noise

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Thailand | Netherlands

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Release Date:

2 March 2006 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Vagues invisibles See more »

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Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Opening film for 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival. See more »

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Kyoji: Are you really a monk?
Monk: My father was.
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Comparison to Last Life in the Universe
15 October 2007 | by rockyesSee all my reviews

I just want to add the interesting parallels to Pan-Ek's film "Last Life in the Universe." Most of these are probably quite obvious, and I suspect there are more subtle comparisons.

1) The lead character is or was involved with a Yakuza gang. 2) The similarity of the lead character's name Kyoji to Kenji (Last Life). 3) The name Noi and Nid used in both films 4) The reference to Lizard. 5) The atmosphere and music very similar. 6) The theme of death.

This is the type of film that would require a deeper analysis to uncover its finer details and meanings. I would agree that overall, it's not as strong a film as Last Life in the Universe. However, the mood created on the ship to Phuket was in itself, masterful, surreal, other-worldly. In fact, at one point I had thought that Kyoji had already entered hell, and had departed this world.


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