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Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) (2007)



Critic Consensus: With a vibrant pastel color scheme and stylized action sequences, Tears of the Black Tiger is a bizarre, yet thoroughly entertaining Thai western.

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One of the most elaborate productions ever mounted in Thailand, Tears of the Black Tiger is a candy-colored Western made in the high-energy style that characterizes much contemporary Thai cinema. The plot is a traditional boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-again story that references both classic American Westerns and Thai folk tales. Poor boy Dum (Chartchai Ngamsan) and rich girl Rumpoey (Stella Malucchi) first lay eyes on each other as children when her family escapes Bangkok to his country hometown during World War II. When they meet again ten years later, they fall instantly in love and decide to marry. But the disapproval of her parents and a band of rampaging bandits led by the villainous Mahesuan (Supakorn Kitsuwon) combine to threaten their plans for future happiness. ~ Tom Vick, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Wisit Sasanatieng
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2007
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Chartchai Ngamsan
as Black Tiger
Pairoj Jaisingha
as Phya Prasit
Naiyana Shiwanun
as Rumpoey's Maid
Naiyana Sheewanun
as Rumpoey's Maid
Chamloen Sridang
as Sergeant Yam
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Critic Reviews for Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger)

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (24)

Has lots of pop energy and an admirable poker-face when it comes to its Douglas Sirk-ian storyline. And even though it's essentially a Frankenstein's monster stitched together from a zillion other movies, you really haven't seen anything like it.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The movie is fun to watch, with an attractive cast.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

You've never seen and never will see anything quite like Tears of the Black Tiger.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's safe to say you've never seen a film like this before.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

An enjoyably energetic genre romp.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A parody of and winking homage to the history of Thai melodrama, Wisit Sasanatieng's uproarious filmmaking debut exuberantly combines pop and kitsch with a wholesome belief in the thrills of bad art.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger)


This is the kind of movie that restores my faith in cinema. A love letter to old Thai flicks and spaguetti westerns, "Tears" is the right mix of homage and style. This is not a "parody", and seems that western movie templates can't tolerate the existance of movies like this one without sticking the "parody" label. This movie was not spilled by some recycling-nostalgia-pop culture machine, made to sell false images of new "coolness" to kids. This a honest work of love and dedication, that happens to have fun with the material.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


Cliche & over-the-top but mostly in right ways

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


Childhood sweethearts are tragically separated. One becomes an infamous bandit, and the other is arranged to marry a police captain who plans to hunt him down. A campy Thai spaghetti Western with arthouse visuals, this flick screams, "Look at me! I'm a cult movie!"

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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