Invisible Waves (2006)

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Invisible Waves (2006)

After killing his boss's girlfriend (with whom he was having an affair) on his boss's orders, a man (Asano) is sent from Macau to Thailand in an attempt to escape the consequences of his crime and to cover it up. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies.
Thailand
Netherlands
IMDb   6.6 /10
TheMovieDb    5.5 /10
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Creators
Director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Writer Prabda Yoon
Information
Release Date2006-03-01
Runtime1h 55min
GenreDrama, Thriller
Content Rating
AwardsAwards4 nominations
CompanyDedicate Ltd., Fortissimo Films
CountryThailand, Netherlands
LanguageThai, English, Japanese, Korean
Kyojias Kyoji
Monkas Monk
Mariaas Maria
Toon Hiranyasap
Toon Hiranyasap
Wiwatas Wiwat
Lizardas Lizard
Hideki Jitsuyama
Hideki Jitsuyama
Kyoji's Fatheras Kyoji's Father
Seikoas Seiko
Hiro Sano
Hiro Sano
Hidekias Hideki
Vant Banditnopparat
Vant Banditnopparat
Colleague 2as Colleague 2
Chatchaj Bunditwetchakorn
Chatchaj Bunditwetchakorn
Taxi Driveras Taxi Driver
Lei Ju Fong
Lei Ju Fong
Maria's compund staffas Maria's compund staff
Old Ladyas Old Lady
Nukun Hongthong
Nukun Hongthong
Thai Thug 1as Thai Thug 1
Vararuk Kumprom
Vararuk Kumprom
Manas Man
Prompop Lee
Prompop Lee
Universal Cruise staffas Universal Cruise staff
Wong Chen Man
Wong Chen Man
Maria's compund staffas Maria's compund staff
Thiti Michelli
Thiti Michelli
Kanchilas Kanchil

Invisible Waves

Invisible Waves (Thai: คำพิพากษาของมหาสมุทร) is a 2006 crime film by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, with screenplay by Prabda Yoon, cinematography by Christopher Doyle, and starring Tadanobu Asano – all people that Pen-Ek had worked with on his previous film, Last Life in the Universe. It had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and was also shown at the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival and the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.


Plot

Kyoji is a cook living in Macau. He works for a Thai restaurant in Hong Kong and has been having an affair with Seiko, the wife of his boss, Wiwat, who orders Kyoji to poison her. After the deed is done, Kyoji is ordered to leave Hong Kong. He consults with the mysterious Monk, who gives him money and advice to contact Lizard. Kyoji then boards a cruise ship, and is given a small, dreary cabin belowdecks, where nothing seems to work properly. In trying to find his way back topside, he gets lost. Finally, up on deck, he meets Noi. Noi has a baby named Nid, whom Kyoji finds hanging on the deck rail in a harness, where Noi left the child while she was swimming. Eventually, the ship reaches its destination, Phuket, Thailand, where real life-or-death adventures begin for Kyoji as he starts to put the pieces together about what he's done.


Cast

  • Tadanobu Asano as Kyoji
  • Maria Cordero as Maria
  • Toon Hiranyasap as Wiwat
  • Kang Hye-jung as Noi
  • Ken Mitsuishi as Lizard
  • Eric Tsang as Monk
  • Tomono Kuga as Seiko

Awards and nominations

  • 2006 Berlin International Film Festival – world premiere, nominated for Golden Bear.
  • 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival – in competition and opening film.

Oscar controversy

Invisible Waves had been announced as Thailand's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 79th Academy Awards by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand, but was then withdrawn and replaced with Ahimsa ... Stop to Run, which upset the Invisible Waves production company, Five Star Production. The film federation said that the reason for the change was that a print of the film wouldn't be available in time to send to the Academy for consideration, but Five Star, sales agent Fortissimo Films and distributor Palm Pictures stated that was not true. Earlier, the federation had opposed the film's opening of the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival, stating that since it was an international co-production it was not truly a Thai film.