Citizen Dog (2004)

I recently caught up with this Thai film on DVD. I remember watching Tears of the Black Tiger a few years ago and being impressed with it’s colourful style and kinetic action. Wisit Sasanatieng’s follow up to that film retains the same visual style (bold pastel like colors), but it uses that style to tell a very different and off-beat story.

It’s a bit hard to describe the plot of the movie. It’s easier to describe it as a cross between Amelie (It uses the same style of voice over to introduce the very inner world of it’s characters) and Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express (A tale about the loneliness of big city life and about the search for love in a big and alienated metropolis).

I really loved the movie. It’s funny, stylish and quirky, full of moments of arresting visual beauty (The film is shot on HD and the transfer on the HK DVD is just stunning). It’s a huge step up from Tears of the Black Tiger for the director and I’m anxiously awaiting his latest film, The Unseeable. This is easily the best Asian film I’ve seen this month.

Citizen Dog

Just one of the many surreal and beautiful images in Wisit Sasanatieng’s Citizen Dog

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~ by bettertomorrow on February 28, 2007.

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