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INVISIBLE WAVES

Thailand / Netherlands / Korea / Hong Kong, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Regional Focus)

Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang

INVISIBLE WAVES

“If Jacques Tati, the French comic absurdist, had ever made a gangster thriller, it probably would have looked like Invisible Waves.” - Hollywood Reporter
This ethereal existential offering from Thai revelation, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who was the subject of a special MIFF spotlight in 2004, effectively serves as an (anti-)sequel to his last film, Last Life in the Universe.
Starring Japanese heartthrob Asano Tadanobu, the plotline follows a furious and guilty hitman who makes a dash for Thailand after inadvertently killing his girlfriend. On arrival, he discovers there's no shaking his problems; in fact, they've now taken on sinister proportions.
Much of the film is given over to comic bliss with the hitman assailed by minor indignities and malfunctioning amenities aboard a ship. Guns do go off and people die but Pen-ek de-emphasises the thrills in favour of his unique brand of existential slapstick. It is also superbly shot by celebrated expat Aussie cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Hero, MIFF 2004).

D Pen-ek Ratanaruang P Wouter Barendrecht, Micheal J. Werner
S Prabda Yoon Dist Accent Films L English, Mandarin, Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2005/115mins

Pen-ek Ratanaruang was born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1962. His films include Last Life in the Universe (MIFF 2004), Mon-Rak Transistor (MIFF 2004) and 6ixtynin9 (MIFF 2004).

See also...

6IXTYNIN9

After losing her job due to downsizing, Tum despairs until a noodle carton chock full of cash is wrongly delivered to her door (a simple but superb visual gag explained in the title). When a pair of ... More »

MON-RAK TRANSISTOR

Straight to MIFF from Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2002, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's third feature - following Fun Bar Karaoke (1997) and 6ixtynin9 (MIFF 2000) - is a romantic action musical comedy with ... More »

MON-RAK TRANSISTOR

Mon-Rak Transistor Thailand Living up to the promise shown in 6ixtynin9,Pen-ek's third feature catapulted the young Thai director firmly onto the world stage as Mon-Rak Transistor was selected for ... More »

PLOY

Every relationship needs its fantasies; some are more real than others. ... Arriving back in Thailand after a decade abroad, Wit and his wife Dang check in to a five-star hotel downtown. As Dang ... More »

LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

Last Life in the Universe Thailand Kenji (Japanese star Asano Tadanobu, also appearing in the Festival this year in Atrichia, Bright Future and Dead End Run) is a suicide obsessed Japanese man living ... More »

6IXTYNIN9

6ixtynin9 (Ruang Talok 69) Thailand ... Pen-ek Ratanaruang's second feature is a macabre black comedy that highlights his talents as a filmmaker who can successfully mix genres. Leaving both critics ... More »

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