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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:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N2Z1DI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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*** 3 Stars *** It is not a perfect film, but I've seen damn few of those so I won't pick on this one ... at least not too much. The movie is ambitious - not just in the storyline but in the way the director (who is very talented, I've seen some of his other work) tries to let the story unfold in fragments. The film is aggressively non-linear ... I found myself rewinding to prior scenes over and over, until I gave up: you simply are not meant to grasp the story until the director decides to pull it all together, which he does ... in the last 5 minutes. That's been done before, and it can be just as frustrating as it is enticing. I would go more with the 'f' word here, but I still think you should watch it - you may be more clever (or patient) than me. Thanks for reading!
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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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Very minimalist, very foreign, very noir. By the end of the film you realize the direction was tight, nothing wasted. The acting, direction were right on the mark. Photog was not the Hollywood smooth nothing - it added to the experience by it's minimalism. I have generally not been pleased by the selection on Amazon's prime movies, but every once in a while you find a gem like this. I won't spoil the plot, but pay attention to every detail as the film progresses. I mean every detail. Reminds me a bit of Dash Hammet's very tight writing. Wow!
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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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