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Tears of a black tiger (Fa talai jone) - Wisit Sasanatieng, Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Tears of a 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. The film centres on the handsome bandit Black Tiger (Chartchai Ngamsan), who's in love with a high-born lady - a union made more difficult because her father plans to marry her off to the police Captain in charge of wiping out Tiger's forest-dwelling gang.

A brilliant pastiche of varnished themes, styles and characters, director Wisit Sasanatieng pays homage to old movies from around the world, with a cross between spaghetti westerns, songs of high romance and contemporary Bollywood. Using tricks of 1950s film Styles - the remarkable lurid Technicolour of neon pinks, oranges and turquoises - Tears of a black tiger is one of the year's most unique - and fun - cinema experiences.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Thailand Thai melodrama romance adventure Hollywood

Persons of interest

  • Chartchai Ngamsan .... Black Tiger
  • Stella Malucchi
  • Supakorn Kitsuwon
  • Arawat Ruangvuth
  • Sombat Metanee
  • Pairoj Jaisingha
  • Naiyana Sheewanun
  • Kanchit Kwanpracha
  • Chamloen Sridang
  • Wisit Sasanatieng .... Screenwriter
  • Wisit Sasanatieng .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report

Well, it's certainly everything that the propaganda says it is: heroic, spaghetti western, lurid. All you can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence)

Surveillance time

101 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 7 November 2002 - Melbourne
Film: 5 December 2002 - Sydney

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