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Postby Pitman » Sat May 05, 2007 11:46 pm

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Has anyone here seen this gem of a movie? From Thailand, directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, starring Tadanobu Asano (Japan's Johnny Depp).

Two people are drawn together through circumstances beyond their control. The ending is ambiguous. One of my favourite movies.

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http://www.offoffoff.com/film/2004/last ... iverse.php
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Postby K » Sun May 06, 2007 7:17 am

That looks pretty cool, think I might check it out.

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Postby Pitman » Sun May 06, 2007 11:44 am

Tadanobu also stars in the very violent flick Ichi The Killer. Interestingly enough, the director of that movie, Takashi Miike, has a cameo in Last Life, and there is a poster for Ichi in the library as well.

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Postby Ben-B » Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:32 pm

I'm agosh! What an amazing film! I rented it tonight and watched it twice. A must see! How good is it? = I think LIT is now my second favourite film.

Actually Pitman, I don't think the film ends ambiguously. It's pretty clear with the bag and t-bear shot that he has returned to Japan for her.

Most striking qualities we can immediately differentiate from typical Hollywood films.

a) Nothing is overtly said or shown. It's clear but subtle.
b) Layered. Poetry in every shot (Doyle is a Genius)
c) Less wordy, more acting.

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Postby kite » Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:02 pm

Looks amazing, hey pitman! make sure you include this one in my christmas gift card :lol: (just kidding)

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Postby preciouswhile » Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:06 am

I'd been looking for this for a while but it wasn't under the foreign section at the video place - it was under independent. I found it while looking for something else in the indie section and recognized the cover shot.

There were times where the dialogue made me scratch my head, but that could have just been translation issues from Thai and Japanese to English. Also, I couldn't really get into the characters...I just didn't care about them enough by the end. Still, it did have its touching moments and was well directed I thought - worth the rental price. :)

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Postby Pitman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:51 am

Ben-B wrote:Actually Pitman, I don't think the film ends ambiguously. It's pretty clear with the bag and t-bear shot that he has returned to Japan for her.


*spoiler alert*
Well now, that's what we are led to believe. But if that's the case, why is the very last scene of him in the police station under arrest?

Very curious.

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Postby Pitman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:52 am

kite wrote:Looks amazing, hey pitman! make sure you include this one in my christmas gift card :lol: (just kidding)


Hmm.. well, Christmas is not too far away...

If I'm going to send you some movies this year, you can bet this one will be in the mix.

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