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Shortly after losing her job, Tum finds a mysterious noodle box full of money on her doorstep. The clever beauty attempts to hold on to the loot and soon finds herself at the center of a thrilling, high stakes caper between Thai boxing gangsters, corrupt executives and the bungling authorities.

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Director: Pen-ek Tatanaruang

Starring: Lalita Panyopas, Tasanowalai Ongartittichai, Lack Phomtong, Sritao, Arun Wannardbodeewong, Sirisin Siripornsmathikul, Likit Thongnak

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  • Actors: Black Pomtong, Lalita Panyopas, Sirisin Siripornsmathikul, Tasanawalai Ongarittichai
  • Directors: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J289Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Carroll on January 31, 2005
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This is the first Thai movie I've ever seen, and I was skeptical about watching it after seeing the previews for it. After all, Thailand isn't known for its film industry. As I watched it, I was surprised at every turn, as this movie is quite sophisticated in playing with your expectations from the get-go and going in a completely opposite direction. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, something else happens instead. I suppose that's to be expected from the title of the film ("6ixtynin9"). Don't let that fool you, its nothing more than a marketing gimmick to play with your expectations of what that number represents. The actual "Thai language title" of the film is "A Comedy about the numbers 6 and 9."

The film is about a woman (Tum) who is laid off from work and one morning finds a mysterious box outside her apartment door. Since her apartment number is a 6 that keeps falling around to the number 9, this sets off a series of comedic capers when she takes the box in and discovers that its full of Thai baht, the equivalent of $25,000. She calls her best friend and speaks hypothetically to find out what her friend would do in such a scenario. Tum decides to keep the money and that's when things are thrown off kilter. Two guys come looking for the money, and we learn the money is for fixing a Thai boxing match, and once it has gone missing, everyone starts looking for it, and the dead bodies that keep piling up as a result.

What makes this film a surprisingly entertaining and absolute joy to watch are the talented cast of off-beat characters, most especially the nosy downstairs neighbor. She is a riot, with her exaggerated facial expressions and manner of speaking, you just can't help but love her.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda S on January 31, 2005
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This movie was reminiscent of the style of film you'd see from Guy Richie ( Snatch). If you liked movies like Snatch or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels... this movie is definitely for you.

The Dark humor made me laugh many times. As did the excellent performance put on by Lalita Panyopas. She's a natural beauty, who didn't need special makeup or any effects. Her acting not to mention was terrific as well.

The film was fast paced, and left little to let the mind wander. The script was well done, and the characters were definitely original. The camera angles were great and really impressed me for a Thai film. In the past most Thai films never had this level of artistry but this is a new beginning.

I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves dark comedy, action and cute girls stuck in quirky scenarios.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Perry on March 21, 2008
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"A Funny Story about 6 and 9" kept me enthralled the entire way through! Every time I've seen it. I must have seen it at least five times in the past year and a half. Not quite a travelogue, but definitely a window into a different world, blending the cinematic worlds of Thailand, crime drama, and melodrama, the film actually works best with an open mind and a fluid interpretation to what these genres "signify." Enjoy the darkly comedic underbelly of Bangkok by one of Thailand's groundbreaking directors... 6ixtynin9
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Swederunner on February 14, 2005
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Fate is in the hands of those who chose, as choices are the ultimate tool for a person's destiny. Yet, destiny can be skewed in different directions, as others' choices can influence the parties involved in the choice. Moments where choices of others influence involved parties and have a negative effect on the people involved can have devastating affects on individuals. In some instances where the choices of others have negatively affected people it has led to self-doubt, anxiety, poor self-esteem, depression, and suicide. In 6ixtynin9 Tum (Lalita Panyopas), who works in bank, finds out that three people are going to be fired. Instead of the regular policy employed here in the western world, Tum is pulled into a lottery where the winning sticks get them fired. Tum happens to draw one of these lottery sticks.

Jobless and stranded in her apartment Tum contemplates the different ways she could possibly kill herself, as she is aware of her bleak future in a country that is notorious for it's heavy level of prostitution. No income means that she cannot buy food, as she turns desperately to shoplifting. Tum has no savings as she has sent her money home to help support her mother, and the future as a bank employee appears to be very rough, as many others in other banks have also been laid off. When her thoughts are dark and she sees no possible way of getting out of her situation, she finds a small cardboard box outside her door.

What would you do if you found a box with an obscene amount of money inside? The same thoughts are crossing Tum's mind, as she calls her best friend for advice. The origin of the money also concerns her, but she does not have to wait long until two ruffians from a kick boxing school arrive asking for a box that was outside the door.
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A Funny Story About 6 and 9 (Pen-ek Ratanruang, 1999)

Pen-ek Ratanaruang's films have, at their hearts, repetition and symbolism. It's one of the things that can drive non-film buffs crazy about his movies. ("Why is it that people are constantly washing their hands in the damned sink?") On the other hand, it's one of the things that critics go wild for. And, once again, never the twain shall meet.

A Funny Story About 6 and 9 (released in the U.S. Under the misleading title 6ixtynin9) is a black-- very, very black-- comedy that looks as if someone decided to take Money for Nothing, add a good dose of The Trouble with Harry, and toss in a couple of rounded tablespoons of Fargo for good measure. We open with Tum (soap opera actress Lalita Panyopas in her first big-screen role-- which won her the Thai equivalent of the Best Actress Oscar) losing her job at a finance company thanks to the economy being depressed. She contemplates suicide for a while, then opens her door and finds a package, which contains a whole lot of money. Needless to say, the people who actually own the money want it back, but Tum is desperate and doesn't take kindly to attempted murder. Which leaves her with a conundrum-- what to do with the bodies?

This is a movie that can certainly be appreciated for the black comedy that it is, but as with all Ratanaruang's movies, there's much more to be had if you look beneath the surface a little. There are many little repetitive tics in the movie that show Ratanaruang's deep understanding of his material (he also wrote the script); by two-thirds of the way into the movie, you can tell what's coming just by looking at the way he's composed a shot.
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