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Fireworks (Hana-bi)

Takeshi Kitano is an odd action hero. A real-life motorcycle accident left the right side of his face paralyzed, leaving his face looking mask-like and blank in an other-worldly way. In Fireworks, his character Nishi barely even talks, so the most animated you see his face is the occasional facial tic, or one of his …

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Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan)

Kenji (Tadanobu Asano, Twilight Samurai) is a Japanese library clerk in Bangkok. His work environment is as orderly and tidy as it is uninteresting, with fluorescent lights seemingly washing out all the color and life from the room. His own apartment reflects an even more excessive anal-retentiveness, with careful stacks of books, and items perfectly …

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