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Tears of the Black Tiger

Fah talai jone
Thailand 2000, 110’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Wisit Sasanatieng
screenplay: Wisit Sasanatieng
cinematography: Nattawut Kittikhun
editing: Dusanee Puinongpho, Folmer Wiesinger
music: Amornbhong Methakunavudh
cast: Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Sombat Metanee
producer: Nonzee Nimibutr
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Vancouver IFF – Nagroda Dragons and Tigers; Thailand National Film Association Award – najlepsze kostiumy / Best Costumes; Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival – nagroda jury / jury Award; Gijón IFF – art direction

Film description

Dum, a boy from a family of farmers, and a rich girl, Rumpoey, fall in love. It is an impossible union, but 10 years later they still dream about being together. Now the situation has changed – Dum is a Black Tiger, a gunman in a band that scares the neighbourhood, and Rumpoey is engaged to a policeman who is hunting down the group... The confrontation is inevitable.

This pastiche Western, set in intensely, sharply colored decorations looks like a narcotic vision dreamed simultaneously by Douglas Sirk and Sam Peckinpah. It has everything a good western needs – bloody duels, great passions, awkward dialogues and tear-jerking ballades. An homage to old Thai films and to the entire genre.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Wisit Sasanatieng

Born 1963. a leading member of the Thai New Wave. He began his career directing commercials for Film Factory studio. After the great success of films with his scripts ("Dang Bireley and the Young Gangsters" and "Nang Nak," both directed by Nonzee Nimibutr), he made his debut as a director with "Tears of the Black Tiger," a film which revealed his unique visual imagination and was the first Thai production invited to Cannes.


2000 Łzy czarnego tygrysa / Fah talai jone / Tears of the Black Tiger
2004 Mah nakorn / Citizen Dog
2006 Pen choo kab pee / The Unseeable
2009 Sawasdee Bangkok (nowela
2010 Insee dang / Red Eagle

2010 Kamelia / Camellia (nowela "Iron Pussy")

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