Tears of the Black Tiger (2000/07) Thai- Genreblender Not Rated Runtime- 84/110 min. dir. Wisit Sasanatieng
I think there is a little explanation due concerning the information about this film which is listed above.
“Genreblender” was the term that I had seen used to describe this movie, and with good reason. It puts together parts of Thai culture with pieces of classical Westerns, and drives them along a crime drama/romance plot. This makes classification difficult.
Also, the streaming version I watched is apparently cut down from the full original theatrical release, which is only available through Netflix’s DVD service. So, since I didn’t technically even see the whole strange picture, I will be shifting some of my opinions in certain directions because of this handicap.
A decent, original story that trips over itself sometimes for the sake of dramatic presentation. There are a few plot holes, but I would be eager to see if they were filled in after watching the original cut.
Plenty of stoic grimaces available on tap for Western fans, along with a lot of angst for the fans of romantic tragedy.
The set design has some good ideas, like using painted backgrounds to liven up important parts of the film. However, it fails in some key areas because of technical flaws. Again, these could be because of heavy-handed studio censoring.
Over-the-top in most areas of violence, but it serves to lend a hand to the campy-ness factor that is very present. Fun for adults, but not appropriate for kids.
A Western-ish kind of flick that can definitely keep you entertained while it’s on screen.
Because it has a lot of genre types poured into it, the audience for this film can be large. Just keep an open mind and enjoy the ride. Good for anyone 18+.