Last Life in the Universe (2004)

Last Life in the Universe



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence, sexual content, language and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Prabda Yoon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
Palm Pictures - Official Site



as Takashi

as Yakuza

as Librarian

as Japanese Housewife

as Salaryman

as Girl in Jon's Apartm...

as Jon's Underling

as Jon's Underling

as Old Man on the Bus

as Old Man at Outdoor B...

as Security Guard
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Last Life in the Universe

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Last Life in the Universe

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14)

It's an offbeat romance that defies easy labeling, recommendable as a film buff's pleasure and a semi-audacious art-house curio.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[Reflects] the growing interpenetration of many individual national cinemas into a cultural conglomerate that reflects the irresistible tide of cinematic globalization.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

The film has a precise, slow pace that allows us to get to know these quiet, quirky characters, and an imaginatively experimental approach to their thoughts and dreams.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An absorbing series of intricately planned shots that play like installation art at a modern museum.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

There is some lovely filmmaking here, and nice surprises.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Thai locales, the stars and Doyle's expressive cinematography add up to a disarmingly seductive yet always precarious film experience.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Last Life in the Universe

This one was quite a light film as opposed to what I was expecting. The story is odd, but not appealing enough. Slightly slowly paced, this flick is neither serious (dark and interesting) nor an out and out entertainer. Watchable, but not a must watch.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Nice dreamlike atmosphere & beautiful images by Doyle but the film suffers from overusing the indie spirit cliches, It could have been a lot better & could have had a lot more to offer

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


With Christopher Doyle's unrivalled cinematography this is a film that always looks good no matter what its flaws may be. A seen it before plot is handled in a much quiter than usual way. Language barriers are gradually broken down to make way for more misunderstandings in a very bittersweet film. Not particularly easy to like, it is however impossible to hate. Asano adds another fantastic credit to his filmography.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Last Life in the Universe Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Last Life in the Universe on our Movie forum!