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poster tears of the black tiger

English with Thai subtitles

  • Wednesday 10 May, 6.45pm
  • Thursday 11 May, 9.00pm
  • Saturday 13 May, 11.15am
  • Saturday 13 May, 9.00pm
  • Sunday 14 May, 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 May, 4.15pm
  • Thursday 18 May, 9.00pm
  • Saturday 20 May, 6.45pm
  • Sunday 21 May, 9.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 May, 6.30pm
    • Friday 26 May, 4.15pm

A modern film in the style of old Thai cinema master, Tears of the Black Tiger is the first Thai film selected to screen in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2001. Tears of the Black Tiger is the tragic love story of Rumpoey, the daughter of a noble family, and Dum (The Black Tiger), an outlaw and the pawn of fate. They fall in love as children, forming a deep and unforgettable romance. Years pass by; they become adults and drift apart. Dum enters Bangkok to attend university where he runs into Rumpoey. She greets him but he denies ever knowing her rescue. But his brave action leads to his dismissal from university. Before parting, the two confess their undying love for each other and Dum vows to return for her hand in marriage. But fate has yet to play its dirty hand. Dum returns to the country and finds his father killed by bandits. Seeking revenge, he stumbles into a band of outlaws.

Festivals and Awards

  • Thailand National Film Association Awards: won best costume design for Chaiwichit Somboon.
  • Bangkok Critics Assembly: won Best Artistic Design (Ek Iamchuen), Best Supporting Actor (Sombat Metanee), Best Film Score ( Amornbhong Methakunavudh)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival Dragons and Tigers Award for best new director
  • Gijón International Film Festival: won best art direction

"The overall effect is hallucinatory, as if we're experiencing someone else's druggy dream” — Philip French, The Observer 

“You've heard of the spaghetti western - this is the stir-fry horse opera. Here's the uproarious high-camp cowboy drama from Thailand that wowed us all at Cannes.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“It certainly is a jaw-dropper: a delirium-inducing crash course in international trash” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine 

“You've never seen and never will see anything quite like Tears of the Black Tiger.” — Stephen Hunter, Washington Post


Director: Wisit Sasanatieng
Country: Thailand
Duration: 110 minutes
Year: 2000