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Tears of the Black Tiger takes a journey back to a lost past -- the heroic years of Thai genre cinema, when influences from Hollywood and everywhere else were subsumed into rollicking Thai melodramas for an audience of avid fans. (Magnolia Pictures)

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Imagine John Ford (The Searchers), Jean-Luc Godard (Weekend), and John Waters (Pink Flamingos) collaborating on an insane 1950s melodrama, drenched in succulent Technicolor--rose-petal reds, turquoise blues, saffron yellows, and Pepto-Bismol pinks--and you're just barely encompassing the cinematic delirium of Tears of the Black Tiger. This fever dream of a movie features rival gunslingers, a poor farmboy and the daughter of a wealthy landowner, a murdered father, bloody revenge, a forced marriage, and a half-dozen other cliches stitched into a preposterous yet weirdly engaging story. But the story isn't the point; director Wisit Sasanatieng takes every opportunity to dive into a different style or device, ranging from delicate shots of a lovely girl in a mint-green gazebo to spewing gore and full-on battle with machine guns and grenade-launchers. The sets are often blatantly theatrical, the lighting exaggerated, and the acting ranges from wooden to maniacal. In short, this Thai movie is like nothing you've ever seen, born of a deep moviemania and unbridled chutzpah, and you owe it to yourself to watch it. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Suwinit Panjamawat, Arawat Ruangvuth
  • Directors: Wisit Sasanatieng
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6UES4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tears of the Black Tiger" on IMDb

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OH my God!! this film is HILARIOUS!!!

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!!

WORTH IT!!
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Inadvertently starting a riot at the Cannes Film Festival is probably not the best way to make friends and influence people but it certainly makes for an invigorating evening. It was in 2000 when I was there with a group of `producers' trying to interest wheelers and dealers in a film project when we were suddenly `adopted' by a television crew who attempted to use us as leverage to get themselves into the celebrity laden MTV party. Push quickly came to shove, the security Gestapo got irate and before we knew it, it was war! The fracas in question had, according to news reports, George Clooney and the All Saints cowering under tables. As chairs began to fly and the gendarmes got busy with the batons we escaped the mayhem and stood and watched it from across the rue unaware that there was another, more constructive, upheaval taking place on the Cote D'azure with the first ever entry from Thailand - Tears of the Black Tiger.

`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.
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This is a bizarre Indochinese spaghetti Western that is entertaining, campy and way over the top. I have enjoyed it immensely, found a copy of the soundtrack which I listen to often, and have purchased copies for friends. Highly recommended.
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I can understand why this is considered one of Thailand's most interesting movies. Using almost experimental technical effects produces a beautiful, pleasing look. The story was quirky and the acting very good. Throughout the movie I often just said," wow" at various scenes. The director "had me" when in one scene were the two stars were riding in the back seat of an old sedan, being photographed from the front, and I noticed that the scenery out the back window was in black and white---"wow."
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Saw this at the theater and was wowed away by how visually stunning this film is. I was excited to order it on DVD, and received it today, but was disappointed by how low quality the transfer is. The colors are dull and blurry compared to what I saw on the big screen. Total let down because the visuals make the movie.
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Someone watched a lot of tarantino films, and they really tried to nail grand sweeping cinematography, There are some impressive, lush, color vibrant scenes. there are some mis-fires, which you have to expect with the mix of antique and low-grade knock-off firearms in this film, but it was fun, and I recommend giving it a chance
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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.

See it!
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The first thing you notice about this movie is its color. Painted with primary hues, the colors in TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER positively pop off the screen and envelope you in a warm embrace. The use of this surreal palette becomes abundantly appropriate as the offbeat story unfolds. Certainly, in the history of the cinema there have been a number of Musical Westerns but none so drenched in ultraviolence or coming out of Thailand.

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.
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