A pad thai western

May 5, 2007

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing a wonderfully strange Thai take on the classic Spaghetti Western genre yesterday: Tears of Black Tiger (Thai: ฟ้าทะลายโจร, or Fah talai jone, literally, “the heavens strike the thief”). It’s a very odd mix of standard melodramatic romantic elements, with a generous sprinkling of Tarantino-esque comic violence, all suffused in a billowing cloud of hyperreal tobacco-chewing, six-shooter dueling, 10 gallon hat wearing Western cliches. Check out the trailer here:

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