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After a straight-laced detective is shot in the head while on assignment, he wakes up after a three-month coma to find that he sees everything upside down, literally. Hell bent on revenge, he becomes an assassin working for a group seeking to eliminate all those who deem themselves above the law. ENGLISH DUBBED (or original Thai with English subtitles)

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A great piece of stylish, badass neo-noir cinema. It's part ''Blast of Silence'', part ''The Killer'', with elements of a 'Bourne'-style on-the-run thriller... --INDIEWire


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  • Actors: Nopporn Chaiyanam
  • Directors: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Thai, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By shaun brammer on February 15, 2013
Format: DVD
Fon Tok Kuen Fah (Rain Falling Up the Sky)
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

There are dark movies whose darkness is purposeful. Noir films that are moving more than mysterious. Sad endings that are good endings. Suffering that teaches rather then thrills. Humor that is wicked but inevitable. The dark that is beautiful, regardless it's depths of hopelessness. These are the kinds of films that Pen-Ek Ratanaruang specializes in.
Fon Tok Kuen Fah, which translates to Rain Falling Up the Sky, but is named sensationally Headshot for westerners, is the third film of his I have had the pleasure of viewing. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by award winning author Win Lyovarin. Pen-Ek's two earlier works that I have viewed left lasting impressions on me. Ruang Talok 69, or 6ixtynin9 as released in the US, was a dark comedy on level with Pulp Fiction, but more believable. Last Life in the Universe became one of my all time favorite films, one that still haunts me to this day. Headshot will stay with me as well, as a blend of noir, pulp, art-house, and action all wrapped up in political/social commentary paper and bright ribbons of spiritual morality.
To explain Headshot is simple, it has a simple plot. However, like all things beautifully simple, it is hard to do. Nopachai Jayanama plays Tul, a police officer who won't comprise his morals. In the very corrupt climate of Bangkok this gets him into trouble. Part of this trouble is female. Supporting actresses, Chanokporn Sayoungkul playing Tiwa, and Sirin Horwang playing Rin, are the two women that help cause some of this trouble Tul suffers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Block on June 7, 2013
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This was a refreshing change from typical action movie. While there are the usual gun battles and blood, this movie used the aftermath of the main character's injury (a headshot) to begin to shift how he viewed the world and his place in it. So often, a traumatic event teaches us new things, and this movie plays off that truth to tell an interesting story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camry Owner on December 30, 2014
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This movie is like Thai food: It is an acquired taste. It is an interesting mix of violence and silence. It is another world of culture. The hero is amazing to be able to outshoot five opponents while seeing everything upside down and being able to sense where danger is without looking. There were two plot points that are weak. At the beginning of the movie he is dressed as a Buddhist monk and kills three men. Near the middle of the movie after he takes refuge in Buddhism, he asks the priest to disrobe him so he won't violate the garment by killing someone. Like men everywhere he is deaf, dumb and blind to the woman driving the car. It was a great plot twist that she turned out to be the daughter of the man who was killed at the beginning of the movie, but why the hero didn't figure out that she would take revenge for him killing her father and her brother is either a plot weakness or a masculine weakness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Lyte on August 25, 2014
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Liked this subtitled movie. Lots of action done in introspective flashbacks. Good cop forced into the assassin’s world, turned monk, betrayed, conflicted, still virtuous. The actor did a splendid job in each area. (I haven’t given away the main plot.)
Would have given four stars but think it may be too introspective for most action lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Umstead on January 20, 2013
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"Headshot" is a very different kind of film. A type of Buddhist "film noir", with pretentions of art house "time shifting". It's "interesting" in a kind of cross-cultural examination way, but just doesn't hang together well enough. I'd give it 4 stars for its intention, but only 2 for its story telling.
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Be forewarned: This is not a typical action movie, and there is some weirdness ahead.

To begin with, the events in the story are not all presented in chronological order. The very first scene shown is a critical one, because it explains the hero acquired his strange affliction -- but you won't understand how that scene came about until later, when you are shown what went before. It is not terribly difficult to figure out when an event occurred in the overall timeline, once you realize that the story is jumping around in time, but there is no warning to indicate such transitions, so it isn't always obvious.

The aforementioned affliction is also more than a little weird, and I must confess that I find it terribly difficult to believe that the hero could continue to function or even live a normal life with it. As a premise for a movie though… well, okay, whatever.

There is a "Surprise Twist" a bit before the end that the audience is supposed not to see coming, but I don't know… maybe I have a really good grasp of how writers think, or maybe I'm psychic or something, because I am almost *never* surprised by such things. For example, you know that "Surprise Twist" near the end of the Sixth Sense? Well, I saw that one coming from about 10 minutes into the movie, and I cannot understand why anyone else was shocked by it -- and similarly, the "Surprise Twist" in Headshot seemed terribly obvious and telegraphed to me. Frankly, it seemed so obvious that it left me seriously doubting the protagonist's intelligence, since he *didn't* see it coming.

I will admit that I was a little surprised by the ending itself -- but I was also immensely disappointed by it, which is why I can only give the movie three stars.
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