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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.

Director:

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Writer:

Prabda Yoon
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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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Storyline

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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Country:

Thailand | Netherlands

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Release Date:

2 March 2006 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Vagues invisibles See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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$24,797
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Thailand's official selection for 2007 Oscar Foreign Movie entry. See more »

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Kyoji: Are you really a monk?
Monk: My father was.
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12 February 2009 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

Almost every review here compares this film to Last Life in the Universe. While that's certainly a great film, there's really no reason to compare the two. Despite some obvious similarities (mainly in the pacing and cinematography), this film has absolutely nothing in common with that film. So...

I found Invisible Waves to be an extremely entertaining film that, on the surface, doesn't appear to do much of anything. While a lot of people will dismiss the film as slow and pointless, I found the pace just about right for this type of film... and perhaps it was to the credit of the charisma of the star of the film but I never found it "boring". The plot is extremely simple and, indeed, not a lot happens. You can pretty much sum up the entire film in a few sentences. But that doesn't make the film bad... Actually, you kind of have to look in between the lines of this film, because there is a lot going on that the film doesn't seem to convey... it doesn't beat you over the head with its message. It doesn't need to. It's a very ambient, dreamy, quiet film, and 2 minute shots of waves crashing and the lead character sitting and staring into space probably won't win this film many fans, but I loved it.

This is mainly for fans of, yes, "Art house" cinema, people who place the importance of image over an involving storyline. So, it's probably not for most people. But a lot of these reviews are way off base and seem intent to criticize the film solely for the fans it may potentially appeal to or how "disappointing" it is compared to Last Life in the Universe. Put aside all expectations and just watch the film. You'll probably be surprised. I personally love quiet, dreamy films with sparse dialog so this was right up my alley. But I can't speak for everyone.


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