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Fon Tok Kuen Fah
Thailand, 2011, 105 Minute Running Time
Topics: Asian, Crime, Thriller
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Thai English Sub-Titles

Set up by a drug kingpin for refusing a payoff, Tul (Nopachai Chaiyanam) metamorphoses from cop to killer-for-hire. When a bullet to the head causes him to literally see the world upside down, this skewed perspective leads him down a Buddhist path to, if not exactly “enlightenment,” then at least a stoic acceptance of his place in the universe. A stylish Eastern film noir, Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s (Ploy) slow-burn thriller is dark and dazzling by turns.

“[A] silky fusion of pulp-fiction material and art-cinema style… Pen-ek samples a number of familiar hard-boiled codes and conventions, creating a moody intrigue with murder and betrayal, questions and answers, dramatic rules (the loaded gun that must go off) and symbolic figures (the enigmatic hit man, a mysterious boss, a beautiful siren)… [Pen-ek] who seems to have watched Taxi Driver before shooting Headshot — some scenes play like loose riffs on that cinematic fetish object — deploys his moving parts with a high level of self-awareness and visual beauty…” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Winner: Best Director, Actor, Cinematography, Thailand Film Awards

DIRECTOR: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Producer: Pawas Sawatchaiyamet, Raymond Phathanavirangoon
Editor: Patamanadda Yukol
Screenwriter: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Cinematographer: Chankit Chamnivikaipong
Music: Vichaya Vatanasapt
Principal Cast: Nopachai Jayanama, Sirin Horwang, Chanokporn Sayoungkul, Apisit Opasaimlikit, Krerkkiat Punpiputt
Filmography: Nymph (2009), Ploy (2007), Invisible Waves (2005), Last Life in the Universe (2003), Mon-Rak Transistor (2002), 6ixtynin9 (1999), Fun Bar Karaoke (1997)
Print Source: Kino Lorber - www.kinolorber.com


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