Invisible Waves

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A hit man takes a vacation and finds both danger and faulty workmanship follow him wherever he goes in this offbeat comedy from Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Kyoji (Asano Tadanobu) is a hired killer based in Macau who works for Japanese crime boss Wiwat (Toon Hiranyasup). Kyoji poses as a chef to maintain his cover, and he gets to put both skills to use when Wiwat asks him to kill his wife Seiko (Tomono Kuga) with a poisoned meal, not a difficult thing to arrange since Kyoji has been having an affair with her for several months. After dispatching Seiko, Wiwat thinks Kyoji could use a little R&R, and sends him on a cruise to Phuket. However, Kyoji discovers he's been given a cut-rate stateroom in which anything that can go wrong does on a regular basis. However, this turns out to be the least of his troubled when he discovers he's being trailed by two mysterious figures -- an attractive single mother who may or may not be flirting with him (Gang Hye Jung) and a large man in a Hawaiian shirt (Mitsuishi Ken) whose motives are difficult to ascertain. Invisible Waves received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Invisible Waves

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  • like the delicate images from which it is composed, the narrative of Invisible Waves is a series of suggestions and ellipses that viewers must complete and colour for themselves.

    Nov 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The story of betrayal, poisoning, karaoke and manky cruise ships is often convoluted despite the deliberate pace.

    Jun 21, 2007 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Invisible Waves

  • Apr 11, 2008
    a great looking and atmoshericfilm from asia, but shot in english, with some scenes of spoken japanes, a hitman, is sent on a mission, to do a job, but feels something is not right, as he goes on his travels, events turn, and hes not sure what hes got into, the mood is great, for a long time, not knowing where this is going, the scenes on the boat are superb, setting story up, for something that may not come, and then turns into a nice revenge flick, but keeping in with mood set on ship, some funy and sureal moments keep this a entertaining watch,
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2008
    Darker than "Last Life In The Universe" and although wonderfully shot, the story seems drawn out. Tadanobu Asano once again provides a stellar performance, although this anti-hero seems just a bit too cowardly to appreciate.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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