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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.


Pen-Ek Ratanaruang


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


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


Kyoji: Are you really a monk?
Monk: My father was.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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cinematography is flawless, visually stunning, slow paced, artsy, so definitely worth seeing
21 April 2007 | by JackBauerVsSamFisherSee all my reviews

I rented this movie at our local library, mainly because of Asano Tadanobu. (One of my favorite Asian actors because he fits in any role, and he's good looking.)

This movie is very artsy, the kind of movie you don't find in the videostore around the corner. Which is kinda sad, because this movie really deserves to be seen. It's more of a visual experience than a movie, I think. The photography is so beautifully done, that it's almost superior to the story and the characters. (Which I like because I study photography :) I will definitely add Christopher Doyle to my favorite cinematographers list.

I haven't seen such a moving (as in: kinda sad) slow paced movie since David Lynch' The Straight Story. You just have to sit back and relax. Turn off your cell phone, dim the lights, so you're not disturbed in any way. Now you're able to follow the characters through abandoned towns, a mysterious ship and in the end, the world of the criminals. This movie really does something to your state of mind. Mine got filled with melancholy. And it's all because of the camera. This sort of cinematography is totally not Hollywood, and maybe that's why (in my opinion) Asian movies are sometimes better in quality. (OldBoy, Infernal Affairs, Hero, to name a few.)

I've read negative comments on the message boards, and I just don't get it why people don't like this movie. If you're used to teenage horror movies, then I sure do understand. But any serious movie lover should see this, because this movie has that little touch that I miss often when seeing movies. This one has humor, sadness, all the elements that make a movie great. It just doesn't have the usual pace. Let's just say it's the complete opposite of Fox' "24". But that's not a reason to bash it. This was done on purpose and for this movie and it's theme and the main character that we follow throughout the movie, it works perfectly. It deserves a 10 because in it's way it's refreshing, and I hope to see more of these in the future.

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2 March 2006 (Thailand) See more »

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