6ixtynin9 (2000)

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Movie Info

Following up on his acclaimed Fun Bar Karaoke, Pen-ek Ratanaruang directs this gritty thriller about crime, gangsters, and the will to survive in the wake of the 1997 Asia economic meltdown. After getting dumped from her office job, Tum (Lalita Panyopas) grows extremely despondent. She eventually discovers what appears to be a box full of instant noodle packages. Instead, the cartons are filled with cash -- about a million baht. It turns out that she received the money because of a gangland foul-up in which a six on an apartment address was mistaken for a nine. The thugs quickly figure out their mistake and come knocking once again. When she plays dumb about the dough, they get violent. Soon Tum has two corpses on her floor. Realizing that she needs to get out of town -- and fast -- she turns to Kanjit (Black Phomtong), a mob fixer with a passion for long massages. Unfortunately for Tum, the intended recipient of the ramen carton baht was Kanjit, and he quickly cottons on to Tum's dirty deed. Meanwhile, Tum's already stressful life is made all the more complex by a nosy neighbor (Sirisin Siripornsmathikul) and a close friend (Tasanawalai Ongarittichai) in dire straits. This film was screened at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival.
Rating:
R (for violence, language and brief sexual humor)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Palm Pictures

Cast

Black Pomtong
as Kanjit
Sritao
as Yen
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Critic Reviews for 6ixtynin9

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang's splatter comedy 6ixtynin9 rejoices in a plot as tricky as its spelling.

May 19, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Enlivens some dingy genre predicaments (dirty money, corpse disposal) with gusts of dreamlike whimsy and a sardonic take on local economic woes.

May 17, 2005
Village Voice
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It is a lot of fun and allows us to track the growth of a special artist.

Full Review… | March 25, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's Ratanaruang's stylish direction that recommends the movie.

Full Review… | December 31, 2004
Seattle Times
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Full Review… | June 30, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for 6ixtynin9

½

I can see Pen-ek's potential brimming over in this movie. He eventually puts the pieces together in The Last Life in the Universe, but here he's very raw and requires some serious fine-tuning. The characters are insufferable assholes, and if they'd simply mind their own business, this movie would be twenty minutes long. There's no atmospheric presence of gangsters or doom either, even though the story would indicate otherwise. However, the story, despite being terribly linear, is interesting and keeps things from getting too boring. The director gets points for his low-grade, omnipresent style as well, from his choices in color to the fluidity of the final product.

Dave Mailloux
Dave Mailloux

This movie is really surprising. I think it could be described as both interesting and good, however, probably more interesting than good. While the title is poor choice of translation, the actual name of the movie is closer to "A Funny Story about 6 and 9". The movie has a grimy quality to it that really draws in its viewers. The plot, or story line rather, steals the show. There are so many surprises and twists and clever points that weaknesses in acting and editing can be overlooked. I would by no means suggest this everyone, fans of Tarantino and dark comedies should definitely check out this foreign gem.

Seth Rainwater
Seth Rainwater
½

A very good comic thriller. Kind of a Thai version of A Simple Plan with a sense of humor. I'm trying to resist mentioning Tarantino, but it does seem like an influence.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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