films seen
10
average score
3.50*
nationality
Thailand - 60 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

Ruang Rak Noi Nid Mahasan
2003 / 112m - Thailand
Drama, Mystery
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

2006 / 115m - Thailand
Drama, Crime
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

6ixtynin9

Ruang Talok 69
1999 / 115m - Thailand
Comedy, Crime
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.

Nymph

Nang Mai
2009 / 109m - Thailand
Mystery
4.0*/5.0*
Nymph poster

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

Ploy

2007 / 105m - Thailand
Drama
4.0*/5.0*
Ploy poster

Solid pieces

Samui Song

Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter
2017 / 108m - Thailand
Drama, Thriller
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

Fon Tok Kuen Fah
2011 / 105m - Thailand
Drama, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Headshot poster

Transistor Love Story

Monrak Transistor
2001 / 90m - Thailand
Comedy, Musical
3.5*/5.0*
Transistor Love Story poster

Worthy but flawed

Fun Bar Karaoke

1997 / 103m - Thailand
Comedy, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
Fun Bar Karaoke poster

Big nopes

Paradoxocracy

Prachathipa'Thai
2013 / 85m - Thailand
Documentary
1.0*/5.0*
Paradoxocracy poster