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Last Life in the Universe (2003)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

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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

Feb 15, 2005

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (4) | DVD (12)

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

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[Reflects] the growing interpenetration of many individual national cinemas into a cultural conglomerate that reflects the irresistible tide of cinematic globalization.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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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.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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An absorbing series of intricately planned shots that play like installation art at a modern museum.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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There is some lovely filmmaking here, and nice surprises.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The Thai locales, the stars and Doyle's expressive cinematography add up to a disarmingly seductive yet always precarious film experience.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Un film dont les élans singuliers mènent à la fascination.

July 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

One fascinating -- if not wholly accessible -- movie.

December 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Asano é sempre um ator interessante, mas a montagem é auto-indulgente e o roteiro, pretensioso.

September 26, 2005
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Macabre film about a suicidal librarian.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A film that demands second and even third viewings in order to absorb all of its nuances.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

This trip-hoppy tone poem left me feeling like I'd never seen a movie before.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

... a dreamy study in stillness broken by suicide fantasies, flashbacks, and the hired killers, but even the violence has a meditative even melancholy quality to it...

October 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Constantly surprising.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This arthouse drama could have used less concept and more focused storytelling.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Comment (1)
Boston Herald

One of the year's most original and compelling releases.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

a deeply intriguing and contemplative two-person character study that offers many small rewards along the way

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source:

...rests entirely on Asano's performance, and he doesn't disappoint.

August 18, 2004

While Last Life boasts two excellent performances -- Asano and Sinitta -- the real stars are the set and Doyle's cinematography.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.
November 28, 2011

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.
December 28, 2007

Super Reviewer

Good movie, gorgeous cinematography. Awesome Chris Doyle commentary track
July 13, 2007

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