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Tears Of The Black Tiger Review


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Famously dire and hopeless, the first quarter of any movie year constantly brings about the release of studio waste, pushed releases, and the usual amount of art-house and foreign paraphernalia. Where last year kicked off in high style with Lajos Koltai's Fateless and Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, 2007 rides in on a particularly wild horse with Wisit Sasanatieng's jocular Thai western Tears of the Black Tiger.

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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Nang Nak Review


Very Good
Spend a little time in Thailand, and you'll quickly realize that the Thais are among the most superstitious people on Earth. You'd better make those daily offerings to the monks, and you'd better light that incense... or else.

Or else what? Ghosts, that's what. Thais love a good ghost story, and one of their all-time favorites, Nang Nak, arrives on screen via the talented hand of Nonzee Nimibutr, one of a small group of up-and-coming Thai directors who are making a small splash on the international scene.

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