Fah talai jone (Tears of the Black Tiger)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's safe to say you've never seen a film like this before."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It is nice just to sit back and let the day-glo colours wash over you, marvelling at the high-spirited energy."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Tears of the Black Tiger is like a fever dream dripping with overripe romantic melodrama. Imagine Douglas Sirk directing a spaghetti western."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Camp out with Tears, a hoot, and your tent will be wet only from tears of laughter."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The movie is fun to watch, with an attractive cast."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"An enjoyably energetic genre romp."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"If the story were as captivating as the color palette, we'd all be crying tears for the Black Tiger."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"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"
‑ Jim Emerson, RogerEbert.com
"The movie is a long time coming, but the wait for the self-absorbed film to end seems even longer. Maybe the Black Tiger's tears are of frustration."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"You've never seen and never will see anything quite like Tears of the Black Tiger."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Tears of the Black Tiger ultimately works best as an exercise in cinematic style, making it not only a quirky little nostalgia trip but a noteworthy cult flick worth checking out."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"Delirious and oddball at once, it's like a plate of meringues -- delicious at first, but soon everything tastes the same, and after a while you get sick."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The early scenes are interesting and enjoyable. And then the novelty wears off, but the film doesn't end."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
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