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Two strange murders bring two strangers together in Pen-ek Ratanaruang's addictive tale of two lost souls, topped with a guest appearance by Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike.
Last Life in the Universe
Running time: 104 minutes
Producer: Nonzee Nimibutr, Duangkamol Limcharoen
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Writer: Prabda Yoon, Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Art Director: Saksiri Chantarangsri
Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle
Costume Designer: Sombat Sarateerasaroch
Editor: Pattamanadda Yukol
Sound Mixer: Sunit Asawanitkul
Music Composer: Hualampongriddim & Smallroom
Cast: Asano Tadanobu, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak
Production Company: Cinemasia Co., Ltd.
Premiere Date: August 8, 2003
Thailand’s submission for this year’s Academy Awards is Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life in the Universe (Ruang Rak Noi Nid Mahasan). The story is about a Japanese man, Kenji (Asano Tadanobu), who is living in
With a running time of 104 minutes, the movie was originally released on
Ratanaruang began his career directing commercials for the Thai production The Film Factory, where his advertising work has won more than 20 national and international awards. It wasn’t until 1997 that he directed his first feature film, Fun Bar Karaoke, which he premiered at the International Forum of New Cinema at Berlin Film Festival. Since then, he has made 6IXTYNIN9 (1999), which received numerous awards at various film festivals, and Mon Rak Transistor (2001), which premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes 2002. It also won several awards such as the Asian Trade Winds Award at the Seattle IFF and Best Picture and Best Screenplay Awards from Thai Film Federation Association. Last Life in the Universe is his fourth film.
For more information about the movie, please visit the official website at www.lastlifeintheuniverse.com (Thai and English).
Date Posted: 1/23/2004