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In Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life in the Universe, a neat suicidal Japanese hitman with a haunting past (Tadanobu Asano of Ichi the Killer, Gohatto, Thor) comes across a beautiful Thai woman who’s a slacker and a pot smoker. Opposite slowly attracted each others, but his past comes back at him…

As it unfolds the mysteries around the protagonists and eventually their growing love, Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang stylish touch is fully at work. This is a beautifully shot (by talented Won Kar Wai’s cinematographer Christopher Doyle) piece of film making. The whole thing is about pacing and climax. And it works. As a bonus, the film also stars naughty Japanese director Takashi Miike.

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