Last Life in the Universe
Last Life in the Universe (2004)

Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang directs the character-driven drama Last Life in the Universe, co-written by first-time screenwriter Prabda Yoon. Kenji (Tadanobu Asano) is a Japanese man living in Bangkok. He lives a tidy, silent lifestyle… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 6, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Strange and languid but with purpose, Last Life in the Universe sees two memorably quirky characters navigate love and violence across multiple movie genres.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's an offbeat romance that defies easy labeling, recommendable as a film buff's pleasure and a semi-audacious art-house curio.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

An absorbing series of intricately planned shots that play like installation art at a modern museum.

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Jean-François Vandeuren

Un film dont les élans singuliers mènent à la fascination.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

[Reflects] the growing interpenetration of many individual national cinemas into a cultural conglomerate that reflects the irresistible tide of cinematic globalization.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

There is some lovely filmmaking here, and nice surprises.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One fascinating -- if not wholly accessible -- movie.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

The film has a precise, slow pace that allows us to get to know these quiet, quirky characters, and an imaginatively experimental approach to their thoughts and dreams.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The Thai locales, the stars and Doyle's expressive cinematography add up to a disarmingly seductive yet always precarious film experience.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Asano é sempre um ator interessante, mas a montagem é auto-indulgente e o roteiro, pretensioso.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
This one was quite a light film as opposed to what I was expecting. The story is odd, but not appealing enough. Slightly slowly paced, this flick is neither… More
Ken Stachnik
Good movie, gorgeous cinematography. Awesome Chris Doyle commentary track
Arash Xak
Nice dreamlike atmosphere & beautiful images by Doyle but the film suffers from overusing the indie spirit cliches, It could have been a lot better &… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Wong Kai Waresque thai flick about two lonely characters trying to find a way in their lives. While this type of "oh i'm so lonely" melancholic… More
Luke Baldock
With Christopher Doyle's unrivalled cinematography this is a film that always looks good no matter what its flaws may be. A seen it before plot is handled… More
Drew Smith
I cannot imagine a romance film that is more sincere or subdued. It's like watching every good dream you've ever had unfurl on the screen.