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Last Life in the Universe (2003)

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Original title: Ruang rak noi nid mahasan

Release Date
• USA: Aug 6, 2004
• UK: 24 Oct 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 15, 2005
• R2: 22 Nov 2004

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Last Life in the Universe Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country Thailand, Japan

Production Companies
Bohemian Films, Cinemasia

Studio Bohemian Films, Cathay Asia Films, Cinemasia, Five Star Production, Fortissimo Films, Hubert Bals Fund, Pioneer LDC

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Black Comedy, Psychodrama, Love

Plot: Shy Kenji is a Japanese librarian in Bangkok who lives within a neatly organized world and fantasizes about committing suicide, but gets interrupted every time he attempts to end his life. While at work, he becomes obsessed with a beautiful girl he spots through the bookshelves. Later, while attempting to jump off a bridge, he watches her die when she is hit by a car. Kenji attempts to comfort the girl's sister, Noi, but eventually returns home, where he is visited by his loutish brother and a Yakuza-linked associate. A scuffle between these visitors results in their deaths. Scared and confused, Kenji retreats to Noi's messy home, which he systematically cleans while they get to know each other and help each other through painful issues in their lives.

Tragic and blackly comic with elements of gangster cinema and toilet humor, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE is a touching work that refuses easy categorization. Pen-ek Ratanaruang's film boldly takes its time to unfold, allowing viewers to savor Christopher Doyles's (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE) lush visuals. With Kenji, Asano Tadanobu has created a protagonist who says more with his silences than most characters do with dialogue. Japanese film fans will also enjoy director Takashi Miike's raucous cameo as a Yakuza boss.

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 Directed by
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Monrak Transistor
 Written by
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Monrak Transistor
Takashi Miike
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