Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Last Life In the Universe
(Ruang Rak Noi Nid Mahasan)

Year: 2003
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? (In English, Thai and Japanese with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Prabda Yoon, Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Producer
Wouter Barendrecht, Nonzee Nimibutr, Duangkamoi Lamcharoen

Cinematography
Christopher Doyle

Editing
Patamanadda Yukol

Principal Cast
Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak, Yutaka Matsushige, Takeuchi Riki, Takashi Miike

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