Last life in the universe

Last life in the universe

DVD - 2004 | Thai
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Kenji is a mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man living in Bangkok, Thailand who gets thrown together with Noi, a Thai woman, through a tragic chain of events. Noi is everything Kenji is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and organized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks after herself. It's a match that somehow seems to work. Slowly, as Noi begins to seduce Kenji back to life, more is revealed about him and why he's suicidal and living in Bangkok
Publisher: New York, NY : Palm Pictures, 2004
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Last 2004
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R
Alternative Title: Ruang rak noi nid mahasan


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Jun 16, 2017

This movie not only has no plot, it has no purpose. The only reason I might give it to 2 stars is because of the dude from "Tokyo Zombie." He plays his character well. Beyond that, this movie seems to go nowhere and has no flow or reason behind it. To compare it to "The Wailing" is how I'd best describe why this movie is so bad. Sure, you can have a listless film, but at least have a reason for doing so...

Jan 27, 2015

Despite its decidedly unhappy protagonists there is an unwavering sense of optimism in Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s delightful film that offers a ray of sunlight even in the darkest moments. It concerns Kenji, a lonely, somewhat neurotic Japanese ex-pat living in Bangkok who spends his spare time meticulously arranging his apartment (even his shoes are filed according to day) and making half-hearted attempts at suicide. One day, while contemplating jumping off a bridge, he witnesses a car accident in which a young girl is killed. Thus begins his tentative relationship with Noi, the girl’s older sister and his opposite in almost every respect....whereas his life is obsessively ordered and devoid of any spontaneity, hers is bordering on chaos....yet both characters are desperately alone, drifting through their lives without direction. But even as they hesitantly gravitate towards one another elements from their past threaten to destroy what little happiness they’ve gained. Ratanaruang uses his character’s contrasting personalities to full effect presenting us with a quirky tale of two lost souls in search of balance. He injects his film with a wonderfully dry humour and just a touch of magic thanks in large part to Chris Doyle’s imaginative camerawork and some amazing performances from the two leads. The gracefully downplayed finale was pure poetry.


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