Last Life in the Universe

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"Why bother with suicide?"
  • R
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 7.5  (11,435)
  • 73

Last Life in the Universe is a visually stunning film that explores themes of loneliness, connection, and unexpected love. Directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2003 and stars Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, and Takashi Miike. The film centers on Kenji, a Japanese librarian living in Bangkok, who is obsessed with cleanliness and order. His life is turned upside down when his brother, a yakuza member, is killed by a rival gang. Kenji becomes a recluse, living in a tidy but empty apartment and contemplating suicide.

One day, Kenji is visited by Noi, a free-spirited and messy Thai woman who has come to borrow some books. Their encounter sparks an unexpected connection between the two, despite their vastly different personalities and lifestyles. As the unlikely pair spend more time together, they slowly begin to heal each other's emotional wounds.

The film's gorgeous cinematography (by Christopher Doyle and Chankit Chamnivikaipong) captures the stunning scenery of Thailand, from the chaotic city streets to the lush countryside. The use of color is particularly striking, with scenes alternating between bright, saturated hues and muted tones.

Asano delivers a powerful and understated performance as Kenji, conveying the character's emotional pain and inner turmoil without relying on dialogue. Boonyasak, in her first film role, is charming and endearing as Noi, injecting a much-needed spark of life into Kenji's regimented existence.

Last Life in the Universe is a slow-burning character study, punctuated by moments of unexpected humor and surrealism. The film explores themes of identity, cultural differences, and the power of human connection to heal even the deepest wounds. While the plot may be simple, the film's stunning visuals and nuanced performances make it a memorable and impactful viewing experience.

Overall, Last Life in the Universe is a beautiful and thought-provoking film that delves into the complexities of the human condition. It is a must-see for fans of art-house cinema and anyone looking for a deeply moving and visually stunning film.

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