A mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man living in Bangkok, Thailand, is thrown together with a Thai woman through a tragic chain of events. The woman is everything he is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and categorized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks anything up. It’s a match that somehow works, though. Slowly and entertainingly, more is revealed about the Japanese man and why he’s suicidal and living in Bangkok. —IMDb
Pen-Ek studied from 1977 to 1985 in New York at the Pratt Institute and worked as freelance illustrator and designer with Designframe Incorporate. In Thailand he worked for five years as art director, before making his début with Fun Bar Karaoke, that was screened at many festivals after its première in Berlin. —IMDb
ratanaruang and doyle collaborate to ooze atmosphere, dread, melancholy and the occasional comedic gesture to form a film so full of beauty and life it's impossible to explain with text. asano is flawless as always, and sinitta boonyasak is an offbeat and essential lead that does not exist to serve asano's needs, but has her own simultaneous development arc. one of the best films of the 00's.
Strong and poetic use of blood and grime. "The lizard wakes up and finds he's the last lizard alive. His family and friends are all gone. Those he didn't like, those who picked on him in school, are also gone. The lizard is all alone he misses his family and friends. Even his enemies. It's better being with your enemies than being alone. That's what he thought." Surreal and slow... With many themes that I'm interested in. I felt the focus on the images was a bit problematic, but won't say why until I see a better transfer. The acting was very strange, and overall uneven. GREAT Murakami novel-esque ideas, I just didn't feel it was that well directed.
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Ruang rak noi nid mahasan (original title)
The lizard wakes up and finds he’s the last lizard alive
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I did not like this film one bit. What could have been a complex and meditative film turns out to be rather trite due to it’s one dimensional screenplay and characters. I despised the film’s protagonist… read review