Last Life in the Universe

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Overview

A story of two very different people coming together in the wake of personal tragedies, Last Life in the Universe stars Tadanobu Asano as Kenji, a quiet, bespectacled Japanese librarian living in Bangkok. Obsessed with suicide, he meticulously stages ways to kill himself, only to be interrupted every time. One night, his more raucous brother shows up for an unexpected visit, accompanied by a yakuza gangster. A gunfight breaks out, leaving both visitors dead. Kenji ventures out into the night and happens upon Noi ...
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Overview

A story of two very different people coming together in the wake of personal tragedies, Last Life in the Universe stars Tadanobu Asano as Kenji, a quiet, bespectacled Japanese librarian living in Bangkok. Obsessed with suicide, he meticulously stages ways to kill himself, only to be interrupted every time. One night, his more raucous brother shows up for an unexpected visit, accompanied by a yakuza gangster. A gunfight breaks out, leaving both visitors dead. Kenji ventures out into the night and happens upon Noi Sinitta Boonyasak, a feisty bargirl whose sister has just died in an accident following a fight over their shared boyfriend. Kenji accompanies Noi to her sprawling, dilapidated house in the country, where a relationship develops despite their language barrier and clashing personalities, until another twist of fate threatens to tear them apart. ~ Tom Vick
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Special Features

5.1 surround sound; Commentary track with cinematographer Christopher Doyle ; Interviews with cast and crew; Behind-the-scenes footage; A collection of original artwork by Christopher Doyle; Theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks
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Editorial Reviews

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In contrast to his more boisterous Mon-Rak Transistor, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe is a much quieter film about modern loneliness. Divided by their languages (Kenji speaks Japanese, Noi speaks Thai) and personalities, the film's two protagonists are united in their desire for redemption and love. Ratanaruang is far from the first contemporary filmmaker to enter this territory, and his film has the atmosphere of any number of others in which lost souls are overwhelmed by the complexity of simply living. Except for some pacing problems (which also marred Mon-Rak Transistor), the film is well made and the two leads develop an enjoyable chemistry. Sinitta Boonyasak is wonderfully engaging as Noi, the tough, whimsical, but somehow disciplined, bargirl. Tadanobu Asano's performance as Kenji is more mannered. His character is essentially an enigma we never come to understand, and Asano -- a much sought after actor who's turned in memorable performances in everything from Takeshi Kitano's Zatôichi to Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer -- never seems to get a handle on him. Last Life in the Universe also features the talents of cinematographer Christopher Doyle, who is at his best here. The light is creamy and rich, giving almost every scene the look of a Vermeer painting. When a film looks this good, it's easy to forgive its flaws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • UPC: 660200310325
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,017

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tadanobu Asano Kenji
Sinitta Boonyasak Noi
Laila Boonyasak Nid
Yutaka Matsushige Yukio
Riki Takeuchi Takashi
Takashi Miike Yakuza
Yoji Tanaka Yakuza
Sakichi Sato Yakuza
Thiti Phum-Orn Jon
Technical Credits
Pen-ek Ratanaruang Director, Screenwriter
Wouter Barendrecht Producer
Meileen Choo Executive Producer
Saksiri Chuntarangsri Production Designer
Christopher Doyle Cinematographer
Aihara Hiromi Associate Producer
Charoen Lamphungporn Executive Producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui Executive Producer
Kaz Kuzui Executive Producer
Duangkamol Limcharoen Producer
Amornbhong Methakunavudh Sound/Sound Designer
Nonzee Nimibutr Producer
Hualampong Riddim Score Composer
Small Room Score Composer
Sombatsara Teerasaroch Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael J. Werner Executive Producer
Prabda Yoon Screenwriter
Arai Yoshikiyo Executive Producer
Pattamanadda Yukol Editor
Patamanadda Yukol Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. This Is Bliss [8:13]
2. Suffocation [7:34]
3. The Last Lizard [6:03]
4. Double Homicide [7:49]
5. The Accident [3:05]
6. Can I Go to Your House? [5:52]
7. Alone At the House [6:44]
8. The Lost Sister [6:19]
9. Are You Full? [4:35]
10. Ex-Boyfriend [4:09]
11. House Cleaning [6:28]
12. A Night Out [5:49]
13. Ready to Move On [3:54]
14. Last Supper [4:59]
15. To Japan [6:07]
16. Going to Kill [8:28]
17. A Wish [3:48]
18. Credits [3:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Last Life in the Universe
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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    After watching it years ago, this still sticks out in my mind as

    After watching it years ago, this still sticks out in my mind as a favorite. The cinematography is breathtaking, and the story is touching. I adore movies that can tell a story without overuse of dialogue, and this is just that. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    On My favorite movie list

    It's very hard to make it onto my top movie list, but Last Life in the Universe blows most films away. For those of you who liked Lost in Translation, be sure to check out this film. It is a million times better than LIT. LLITU follows two young man and woman who develop a relationship. Both are obsessed with suicide. This is a movie to watch and discuss with friends. There is even an appearance by idolized horror director Takeshi Miike. Brilliant film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great foreign film

    Last Life in the Universe is an amazing tale about fate and the relationship between two people. It is one of the best films ever made. The picture is beautiful to film lovers. It is an even better film than a similar film to it, Lost in Translation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Original and Refreshing

    I enjoyed this one from start to finish. The film touches on suicide, lonliness and the meaninglessness of life but is surprisingly not depressing. It is a unique story of love and being and you cannot miss it.

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    Posted October 24, 2008

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