Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) Reviews

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September 7, 2011
April 26, 2007
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.
March 30, 2007
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
March 30, 2007
The movie is fun to watch, with an attractive cast.
March 8, 2007
You've never seen and never will see anything quite like Tears of the Black Tiger.
March 2, 2007
It's safe to say you've never seen a film like this before.
March 2, 2007
An enjoyably energetic genre romp.
March 2, 2007
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.
March 1, 2007
[Director] Sasanatieng engages the viewer's emotions fully in the squaring away of the eternal triangle, involving young people who emerge as three-dimensional individuals even though they are archetypal.
March 1, 2007
The result is something so old it's new, so corny it's funny. And while Tears of the Black Tiger is nothing more than entertaining, at least it's that.
February 9, 2007
It's watchable, but eventually wears you down with its over-the-top cleverness.
January 12, 2007
What the story lacks in snap, it makes up for in sincerity. [The film's] melodrama is so poker-faced and its gore so explicit (if phony-looking) that it's hard to tell whether you're dealing with the Thai Todd Haynes or the Thai Sam Peckinpah.
January 12, 2007
Mostly this is the kind of relentlessly postmodern "fun" best served in small portions, and preferably on dessert plates.
January 12, 2007
What makes Tears a must-see are its day-glo colors, stylized gunfights, music that sounds as if Ennio Morricone had written it for one of Leone's spaghetti Westerns, and hyperbolic dialogue.
January 12, 2007
Director Wisit Sasanatieng uses every trick imaginable to create surreal postmodern nostalgia. Has he wound up with pure camp, or a cult classic? As he clearly understands, the best B-movies are both.
January 12, 2007
January 11, 2007
The uncut Tears of the Black Tiger is more powerful than the cut version, not least for the way it shows that [director Wisit] Sasanatieng, even amid all the craziness, takes care to tie up even the loopiest plot details.
January 11, 2007
There may be crazier movies than this Thai cowboy melodrama of betrayal and forbidden love, but I can't think of one that is quite so mad about its own craziness.
January 11, 2007
Goodness knows there are enough winking genre references in Tears of the Black Tiger to fill an encyclopedia of film, but does anyone care, short of self-congratulating movie critics?
January 9, 2007
Nothing is too crazed, corny or freakishly florid for Tears of the Black Tiger. Together with cinematographer Nattawut Kittikhun, Sasanatieng dyed his images through digital postproduction, pushing colors to impossible hues of eccentric radiance.
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