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

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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, Rovi
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NR
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Western , Romance
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Cast

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

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23)

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.

April 26, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The movie is a riot of tropical turquoise, magenta and pink, spiced with marigold, red and green. You'd swear it was drenched in a tangy tamarind sauce

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
RogerEbert.com
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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
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Audience Reviews for Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger)

I've only seen Thailand martial movies and only one out the dozens I have seen was any good. So I chose to explore Thai cinema outside of the Martial Art genre, which failed to change my outlook on Thai cinema. Tears of the Black Tiger is certainly one of the better Thai films I've seen, but its many references to classic westerns keep reminding of other superior films I could be watching. Tear of the Black Tiger is a parody as well as a homage to the Western and the romantic tearjerker. The plot here is so-so, its simply there and goes by without much to give us. The movie dialogue is more corny than a Spanish soap opera. It uses many of the cliches of the western genre which it pokes fun of, but becomes cliche itself for using to much of them. Contains over the top violence; like a man flipping in the air after being shot with a pistol in the mouth. Surprisingly the violence here uses tons of blood whenever someone is killed. The acting is good though ultimately underwhelming due to the lack of screen time some of the actors get. This is a classic case of style over substance. Most of the efforts went into the unique and sometime odd color scheme of the visuals. Some of the shootouts even if over the top were fun to watch. As a fan of the western genre I enjoyed the film offering, but it gets caught up in reminding us of past influential films and failing to give the audiences something new in the process. Tears of the Black Tiger takes inspiration from superior films and fails to capture the same essence as its influences. It's good if you want to past the time, just do not go into this expecting anything as from the genre usual standards.

Caesar Mendez
Caesar Mendez

Super Reviewer

½

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
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

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

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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