Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 1999
Run Time: 114 minutes

Pen-ek Ratanaruang first came to international attention with this lurid, black-comedy caper, a high-speed "Shallow Grave" with Thai flavor and a crazed gallows humor. Downsized out of her job at the bank, depressed and lonely urban singleton Tum finds an instant-noodle carton outside the door of her tiny apartment. It's not ramen, though. It's cash, delivered to the wrong address by gangsters. The unexpected largesse would be enough for Tum to buy a plane ticket and start a new life, except for the complications: a series of hoodlums who come around hunting for the loot. And Tum's neighbor, burning with revenge after mistakenly believing Tum has stolen her boyfriend away. And Tum's closest friend, a drama queen suicidally pining for her absent lover. And the thugs from the boxing gym. And the police. And... Who would have known that such a small flat could hold so many dead bodies? Watch for a supporting role by Black Phomtong, the scene-stealer of "Mon-Rak Transistor," as Ratanaruang's cauldron of noodle-surprise boils over. (In Thai with English subtitles)

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Chankit Chamnivikaipong

Patamanadda Yukol

Principal Cast
Lalita Panyopas, Tasanawalai Ongartittichai, Black Phomtong, Sritao, Arun Wannardbodeewong, Sirisin Sirinpornsmathikul, Likit Tongnak

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