A loose tangle of the Western genre and the giddiness of 1940s and '50s Thai cinema, Black Tiger begins with a broken affair and a shootout. Rumpoey (Stella Malucchi) waits at the sala raw nang, a riverside gazebo, where she once made a promise to rendezvous with her untamable love Dum, now known as the Black Tiger (Chartchai Ngamsan). As she waits, the Black Tiger is helping dispatch a rival gang with his partner, Mahasuan (Supakorn Kitsuwon), for Fai (Thai screen legend Sombati Medhanee), the head of the bandit squad that the Black Tiger works for.
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It's a mystery why Kenji wants to off himself, but the first clue soon arrives, ringing the doorbell. Kenji's hanging is interrupted by his brother Yukio (Yutaka Matsushige), a loutish yakuza who has hightailed it out of Osaka after sleeping with the boss's daughter and has arrived in Thailand looking for a safe place to stay. It's not safe enough, though. Another yakuza shows up and shoots Yukio, but Kenji is quick enough to shoot the killer. With two dead bodies in his apartment, Kenji decides to take a walk.
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Wait. Let me start again. Jan Dara is about sex. Lots of sex. Lots of hot sex of every imaginable kind. Any other thematic concern -- and there are a few -- is hopelessly lost in the wake of all that sweaty, mosquito-net-shrouded sex.The title character (Suwinit Panjamawat) is born into a well-to-do Bangkok household, but his mother dies in childbirth, and his father Khun Kaew (Patharawarin Timkul) hates him for causing her death. (He also hints that Jan Dara may not be his flesh and blood.) As Dad surrounds himself with an ever-changing retinue of hot girlfriends, maids, and nannies, Jan Dara grows up like Cinderella, forced to do chores and endure severe beatings, even as he watches his younger half-sister enjoy her status as Daddy's little princess. It's all humiliating and impossible to bear. No matter where Jan Dara walks in the house, Dad is screwing someone on a chaise lounge.
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