Too Tired To Die

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South Korean-born Wonsuk Chin, a NYC resident for eight years, made his directorial debut with this hip comedy, shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. With numerous cinematic references and allusions Bergman, Godard, Woo, Hartley, the tale begins with a black-and-white silent sequence depicting Death chasing a young man through Old Baghdad. The setting shifts to present-day New York, where a Japanese man, Kenji Takeshi Kaneshiro of Chungking Express is seen abed in a sparsely furnished apartment. Kinji goes to...
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South Korean-born Wonsuk Chin, a NYC resident for eight years, made his directorial debut with this hip comedy, shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. With numerous cinematic references and allusions Bergman, Godard, Woo, Hartley, the tale begins with a black-and-white silent sequence depicting Death chasing a young man through Old Baghdad. The setting shifts to present-day New York, where a Japanese man, Kenji Takeshi Kaneshiro of Chungking Express is seen abed in a sparsely furnished apartment. Kinji goes to a local cafe where he chats with several others: Italian friend Fabrizio Michael Imperioli who proclaims, "Lubitsch is the god!"; a literary wit, Balzac Man Jeffrey Wright; and an enigmatic German woman, Pola Geno Lechner, who hints at a possible sexual liaison with Kinji. Death Mira Sorvino drifts about, assuming various forms -- disco gal, Japanese geisha, Chinese woman, devil with a red dress on, and a French-accented figure dressed as a man. The sad and lonely Death informs Kenji that she has no choice in determining her victims, and he also learns from her that he has only 12 hours left to live. She suggests that he make the most of his remaining minutes, so he sets forth on a series of brief adventures. At the cafe, he chides famous artist John Sage Ben Gazzara for being involved with a decades-younger girlfriend, the beautiful Korean Anouk Hye Soo Kim. Sage invites Kenji to dinner at their home, and Death invites herself. Kenji makes the proposal that since he's due to die, he could be allowed sex with Anouk as a final act. This request isn't well received by anyone present, leaving Kenji to his own devices as the darkness closes in. Mira Sorvino wears a virtual fashion show of colorful costumes in this movie, which also provided her with the opportunity to speak Chinese onscreen for the first time. Sorvino majored in Asian studies at Harvard and lived for eight months 1988-89 in Beijing, where she studied Chinese, taught English, and viewed a variety of Chinese films. Too Tired to Die and The Replacement Killers both brought her several steps closer to her announced goal of making a film in Mandarin and working with a Chinese director.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • UPC: 507116679019
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Tai Seng
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takeshi Kaneshiro Kenji
Mira Sorvino Death / Jean
Jeffrey Wright Balzac Man
Michael Imperioli Fabrizio
Geno Lechner Pola
Ben Gazzara John Sage
Sandra Prosper Black Soldier
David Thornton Lulu
Aida Turturro Fortune Teller # 1 & #2
Kim Hye-su Anouk
Drena De Niro Waitress
Technical Credits
Wonsuk Chin Director, Screenwriter
Lisa Albin Production Designer
Paul Avery Art Director
Donna Bascom Producer
Tracey Nicole Bing Associate Producer
Jim Denault Cinematographer
Richard Flemming Sound/Sound Designer
Alisa Grifo Set Decoration/Design
Victor Hwang Producer
Connie Kaiserman Producer
Seung Bum Kim Executive Producer
Jeong Suk Koh Executive Producer
Mader Score Composer
Paul Silver Asst. Director
Merril Stern Editor
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Walken/Jaffe Casting Casting
Alex Wolfe Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Too Tired to Die
1. Chapter 1 [6:57]
2. Chapter 2 [13:24]
3. Chapter 3 [7:01]
4. Chapter 4 [10:19]
5. Chapter 5 [10:16]
6. Chapter 6 [6:14]
7. Chapter 7 [4:55]
8. Chapter 8 [9:32]
9. Chapter 9 [4:24]
10. Chapter 10 [12:48]
11. Chapter 11 [7:18]
12. Chapter 12 [3:41]
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Disc #1 -- Too Tired to Die
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         English/Japanese: Dolby Digital Stereo
         Cantonese: Dolby Digital Stereo
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