films seen
10
average score
3.50*
nationality
Thailand - 59 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of Thailand's absolute finest. Ratanaruang loves to combine light crime elements with impeccable styling and ethereal moods. His films could be a little too slow for some, other than that his entire oeuvre's an easy recommend.

Rare treats

Last Life in the Universe

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Ruang Rak Noi Nid Mahasan
Specifics
Thailand [2003] - 112m
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Last Life in the Universe poster

For a long time you may wonder what the fuss is all about, but when the end credits start to roll you suddenly realize how wonderful Ratanaruang's film really is.

Invisible Waves

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Specifics
Thailand [2006] - 115m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Invisible Waves poster

Compared to RRNNM just about everything is more polished. The visuals look tastier, the soundtrack is even more profoundly present and the acting is just about perfect.

The good stuff

Nymph

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Nang Mai
Specifics
Thailand [2009] - 109m
Genre
Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Nymph poster

Nymph is a good film by all means, it's just not all that commercial.

Ploy

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Specifics
Thailand [2007] - 105m
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Ploy poster

6ixtynin9

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Ruang Talok 69
Specifics
Thailand [1999] - 115m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
6ixtynin9 poster

In the end, Ruang Talok 69 is a very fun ride, nicely shot and awesomely scored, presented with a great sense of humor and key scenes that are wonderfully executed.

Solid pieces

Samui Song

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter
Specifics
Thailand, Germany [2017] - 108m
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Samui Song poster

Not quite a return to form for Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, but a good film nonetheless. Combining thriller elements with a more arthouse aesthetic, Samui Song is a film that keeps you on your toes. Well made, well acted and not at all predictable, but ultimately lacking some stand-out moments.

Headshot

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Fon Tok Kuen Fah
Specifics
Thailand, France [2011] - 105m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Headshot poster

Transistor Love Story

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Monrak Transistor
Specifics
Thailand [2001] - 90m
Genre
Comedy, Musical
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Transistor Love Story poster

Worthy but flawed

Fun Bar Karaoke

by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Specifics
Thailand [1997] - 103m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Fun Bar Karaoke poster

Big nopes

Paradoxocracy

by Pasakorn Pramoolwong, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Also known as
Prachathipa'Thai
Specifics
Thailand [2013] - 85m
Genre
Documentary
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Paradoxocracy poster