Archive of films Invisible Waves / Invisible Waves

Thailand / Netherlands / South Korea / Hong Kong / China
2006, 115 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2006

Set in the exotic locations of post-Tsunami Phuket, Hong Kong and Macau, Invisible Waves, enhanced by Christopher Doyle’s cinematography, is a moody, violent and atmospheric film noir thriller about the search for redemption and surviving the choices we make.


The desperate Kyoji is on the run after killing his lover Seiko. Seiko was also the wife of Kyoji’s boss who, after discovering the adulterous affair, hired Kyoji to kill her. On a cruise ship to Thailand, where Kyoji plans to go into hiding, he meets the mysterious and beautiful Noi. She immediately captivates Kyoji, but their lives are already entwined in ways he never imagined. When Kyoji reaches Thailand, his problems take a much more deadly turn. Kyoji soon discovers the truth about Noi whilst he struggles to elude the men his boss sent to kill him, and to face his own feelings of guilt… A melancholic, violent and atmospheric thriller enhanced by Christopher Doyle’s cinematography.

About the director

Pen-ek Ratanaruang (b. 1962, Bangkok) studied art history at the Pratt Institute in New York City. After working as a graphic designer in NYC, he returned to Thailand and began directing commercials. His advertising work has won more than 20 national and international awards. He directed his first feature in 1997. His films received numerous awards at international film festivals. Films: Fun Bar Karaoke (1997, Karlovy Vary 1998), 69 (1999, Karlovy Vary 2000), Mon-rak Transistor (2001), Last Life in the Universe (2003, Karlovy Vary 2004), Invisible Waves (2006).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Screenplay: Probda Yoon
Dir. of Photography: Christopher Doyle
Music: Hualampong Riddim
Editor: Patmanadda Yukol
Producer: Wouter Barendrecht, Michael J. Werner
Production: Dedicate Ltd.
Cast: Asano Tadanobu, Gang Hye Jung, Mitsuishi Ken, Eric Tsang Chi Wai, Maria Cordero, Toon Hiranyasup, Tomono Kuga
Contact: Fortissimo Films


Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Film Director


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