Country: THAILAND, JAPAN
Run Time: 112 minutes
For his latest feature, Pen-ek Ratanaruang is joined by Christopher Doyle, legendary Hong Kong cinematographer and a shogunate of Japanese movie talent. LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE is a culture-crossed mood piece about Kenji, a disconsolate Japanese librarian, displaced in Bangkok. Like the antihero of "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," Kenji, well, wants to kill himself; he's just looking for a sign, one way or the other. One of his attempts led to his shooting a marauding yakuza after his brother; the other made him witness to a tragedy that hooks him up with Noi, a Thai prostitute considering a relocation to Osaka for business reasons. Kenji hides out at Noi's beach house, where her slovenly habits and poor taste offends his compulsive sense of order. In addition, he knows very little Thai and she's just starting to learn Japanese. Yet a bond builds between them, although the fragile peace will soon be interrupted. Why should a librarian be so handy with firearms?
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