Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Titles: Ruang rak noi nid mahasan, Last Life in the Universe, Chikyû de saigo no futari
Language: Thai / Japanese / English
Genre: Drama / Romance
He's an obsessive/compulsive Japanese librarian with a suicide habit, who happens to be in Taiwan... and is a former yakuza member. He doesn't speak much Thai.
She's a Japanophile mixed in with the wrong crowd who desperately wants to move to Osaka. She doesn't speak much Japanese.
Noi and Kenji meet each other... in a rather sad way.
Noi had a sister. She tried to stop Kenji from jumping off a bridge and was run down by a car. They take her to the hospital, but it's too late [which is a fact Kenji never seems to fully grasp]. Kenji also had a brother, but he was shot by one of their gang's men [while he was trying to kill himself in his bedroom]. This man was then shot by Kenji.
...Kenji doesn't exactly want to go back to his apartment. It smells there.
Noi is convinced to let him stay with her for a while. With their language difficulties they get by best by speaking in somewhat decent English. As Noi works out her grief over her dead sister, she starts to fall for the odd man who refuses to go home.
I found the movie rather funny, even though it isn't billed as a Comedy. :x At one point Kenji is standing outside Noi's home with a butcher knife at his wrist. He is stopped when a coconut falls on him. Since his suicide attempts seem to be driven by boredom and his belief in a futile future, he picks up the coconut and goes into the empty house. Why waste fresh fruit? [Are coconuts fruit?]
Another scene has Noi yelling at him to leave after she sees he was going through her sister's things. He goes, and after a time she goes to her car to go after him... but he never really left. Instead he's laying under the front wheels waiting to be run over.
The movie was very entertaining and would get a full 5 stars, if it didn't seem to move a bit too slow at times. Also, for it being billed as a Romance and Drama, I think it lacks. It'd be better billed as a Romance Comedy with Random Yakuza and a Man who Only Uses his own Chopsticks.