Tears of the Black Tiger
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Leave it to the Thais to create a spaghetti western . I thought they were watching too many Warner Cartoons when they made this, plus all the pastel coloration in the buildings made it look like it was directed by Dr Seuss.
SEE the Villian (Boo Hiss BOO!!) with a VERY fake plastic pencil mustache, where it even peels up.
SEE a Thai Midget on a Shetland pony!!
SEE a group of riders on horseback kicking updust...IN A MONSOON!
SEE a Hero the local 'Federalis' armed to the teeth with every weapon used in SouthEast Asia since WW2 fight the bad guys armed with six shooter Colts and Lever Actions and LOSE!!
SEE Romance and How our hero got his scar!!
This film is a pure "WTF did I just see?" film and absolutely hilarious!!
`Tiger' was about to herald in the so called `Thai New Wave' challenging the dominance of Japan and Hong Kong as the prime movers and shakers of Asian cinema - and what an debut!
A lysergic western that tells the tale of a young man whose family is murdered and so joins up with a gang of bandits with vengeance on his mind. He soon builds a reputation earning him the name Black Tiger. His gang inevitability come into conflict with the local establishment, but when he discovers his childhood sweetheart is to marry a police captain he struggles to maintain peace between the gangs and the authorities but his efforts (much like our film project bid) quickly spiral into untold chaos.Read more ›
Simply one of the most creative, innovative, brilliant little films ever made. This is a stunning production with a fun, hokey, tacky "story-line" that is just surreally amusing and funny.
Blending genres, to a 1940's color tint, with a nostalgic song-soundtrack, Tears of the Black Tiger combines spaghetti western, 40's war movie, Gone With the Wind, The Godfather and a cast of great characters. The pencil-thin mustache outlaw is especially fun to watch as he intentionally over-acts, mugs for the camera, and struts.
Acting is competent, production, filming, direction, and all the rest are just brilliant, under total control of a master director with seemingly limitless powers and talents.
The plot of this Asian oater doesn't break any new ground. Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy falls in with bad crowd. Girl's new fiancé swears vengeance to bring down bad crowd. A quick survey of my DVD shelf shows a few films along those lines. In this case it's Dum (Chartchai Ngamsan), the young peasant who falls for the Governor's daughter, Rumpoey (Stella Malucchi). Kept apart by their status (and geography), Dum joins with a band of outlaws. He proves to be one hell of a shot, specializing in impossibly complex ricochets. As expected, Dum's loyalties are tested when Rumpoey's new fiancé goes after the outlaw gang. By the end, there's fake blood everywhere and the air is thick with melodrama. Think Sam Peckinpah meets Douglas Sirk.
While the story may be rote and the film bogged down at times, TEARS delivers with its themes of love, loyalty, and honor. Moreover, the over-the-top gunfights, breathtaking sets, and catchy tunes really stick with you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this a while ago, received the dvd promptly but it wouldn't play on any dvd player. I sent it back and requested a new copy which I also received promptly but also won't... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Soraya Shah
I saw this on TV and was intrigued . It is an absolute masterpiece in my view. It is unique in style and a film I wanted to show all my friends. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Ray Fealy
A great little film that is part sentimental nostalgia film, part John Woo ripoff, part John Wayne, and part homoerotic romp. Crazy colours, amazing ricochet bullet. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Surferofromantica
Combine several Thai cinematic arts forms from the past, Thai Likay theater, an American, Sergio Leone (at least one scene references Once Upon a Time in the West) and Thai western... Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by Shawn McKenna
Tears of the Black Tiger is an amazing and ground breaking film. Fans of low-budget films that push the limitations of their situations to create unique works of entertainment/art... Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by M. Perry
Thai cinema has certainly come a long way in recent years. "Bangkok Dangerous" and "Last Life in the Universe" are just two of the more interesting Thai films of the past decade. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by A. Hickman
That's because Thailand is all that, and much more.
The five stars are because I love Thailand. If I could, I've have given it ten stars. Read more
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