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6ixtynin9 Review


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Those expecting a raunchy sex comedy from the provocatively titled 6ixtynin9 are in for a severe letdown. What we actually have here is Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's (Last Life in the Universe) first major film, a blood-splattered black comedy that apes Shallow Grave and would later be done more interestingly in Freeze Me.

In the opening scene, Tum (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang) is in the midst of being laid off as a secretary. She gets home and is so despondent she dreams of suicide. The next morning, a package mysteriously arrives at her apartment (#6): It's a box full of cash. Before she can figure out what to do with it, the two thugs who live in apartment 9 come looking for it. You see, that 6 on Tum's door got flipped over... hence the title (literally translated "a funny thing about 6 and 9"). The thugs end up dead, and Tum is faced with disposing of the bodies, while she tries to figure out a way to get out of the country with the cash.

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Last Life In The Universe Review


Very Good
''This is bliss.'' So reads the suicide note Kenji (Tadanobu Asano) clutches in his hand as he prepares to hang himself in his Bangkok apartment. A Japanese expatriate, Kenji works in a local Japanese library and brings his librarian tendencies home with him, filling his flat with nothing but books and organizing his socks, kitchen knives, and shoes with obsessive attention to order.

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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