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Director Wisit Sasanatieng could never live in a black and white world but he clearly revels in the films made from that period In Tears of the Black Tiger he chews up a number of those influences from B-Westerns to silent movies to old Thai melodramas and spits them out on a canvass of exploding colours and visual wit Its a delirious free fall into a Wizard of Oz technicolor1 dream of film images and styles from the past all exaggerated as if fed on streams of psychedelic drugs Every scene appears to be a homage to some film genrestyleshot that ate its way into the directors consciousness as he was growing up but out of this he manages to create a bizarre and beautiful hybrid film that is stunningly original and indefinable His integration of startling colours sounds and music make this almost a tone poem on one level but his sense of the absurd shakes it loose of any potential artistic pretensions and provides a unique eye popping giddy viewing experience The plot is as clichd as an orphans smudged face but this is no doubt exactly what the director was attempting Though the narrative plays out in apparent sincerity - and actually is fairly touching at times - Sasanatieng spins visual magic around it and his tongue in cheek playful style is very humorous and always giving the viewer a wink In a very early scene the director announces his comical intentions when the hero Dum is in a shootout and his enemy is hiding behind a pillar Dum gages the situation and ricochets a shot into the man Suddenly a card pops up on the screen in silent film fashion and asks Do you want to see that again and answers its own question by showing in slow motion the bullet ricocheting off a number of things before reaching its intended target Everything is exaggerated from the villainous laughs
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