Invisible Waves

Synopsis: After killing his boss's girlfriend (with whom he was having an affair) on his boss's orders, a man (Asano) is sent from Macau to Thailand in an attempt to escape the consequences of his crime and to cover it up. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Production: Palm Pictures
  4 nominations.
115 min

Everything we serve is non-alcoholic...

except the alcohol, sir.

I guess that's true.

Okay, give me milk.

- Milk, sir? - Yes.

Such an innocent drink for someone

like you.

Someone like me?

I don't mean to be rude, sir.

I mean, you seem a very experienced man.

I don't understand.

Forgive me, sir.

I make no sense.

That's why they put me here.

You enjoy your cruise so far, sir?

To be honest, no.

I see. That's why you come to the bar

so early.

Why did you decide to take this cruise,

sir? Vacation?

Not really.

Somebody arranged it for me.

I see. Like you won a prize?

No. Well... yeah. Something like that.

Sorry for asking too much, sir.

You like your job here?

To be honest, no, sir.


In fact, I hate it, sir.

Why do you do it then?

Well, this may sound strange to you...

but I'm doing it to atone for

the sins of my life, sir.


Yes, well, you see, sir...

I was a very troubled teenager and

caused my folks many worries.


Yes, sir.

Drugs and stealing, things like that.

A bad ass, you know, sir?

But then I wised up.

I decided I'd do something unpleasant

as punishment for my past.

I see.

My folks had been so nice to me.

They never punished me

and I got spoiled.

So I took this job to punish myself.

Now I never get to see anyone...

but it's probably for the best

I think I understand.

May I ask you something, sir?

Go ahead.

Did you love your father, sir?

My father?

Did you think he was a good man, sir?

Good man?


But... I wouldn't know much about

being a good man.

I am not such a good man myself.

Maybe my father was a better than me.

I think you are a good man, sir.

How long will you keep punishing

yourself on this ship?

I am not sure, sir.

I do like the sea.

The sea?

You don't find it boring?

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Prabda Yoon

Prabda Yoon (Thai: ปราบดา หยุ่น; RTGS: Prapda Yun; born on August 2, 1973 in Bangkok) is a Thai writer, novelist, filmmaker, artist, graphic designer, magazine editor, screenwriter, translator and media personality. His literary debut, Muang Moom Shak (City of Right Angles), a collection of five related stories about New York City, and the follow-up story collection, Kwam Na Ja Pen (Probability), both published in 2000, immediately turned him into a sensation of contemporary Thai literature. In 2002, Kwam Na Ja Pen won the S.E.A. Write Award, the most prestigious literary prize in Thailand, making Prabda a household name and icon of his generation. He is among the most well known and influential of Thai writers. Prabda has been prolific, having written over 20 books of fiction and nonfiction in ten years, designed over 100 book covers for many publishers and authors, translated a number of modern western classics such as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita and Pnin, all of J.D. Salinger's books, Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, and Karel Capek's R.U.R. He has also written two acclaimed screenplays for Thai "new wave" filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, "Last Life in the Universe" (2003) and "Invisible Waves" (2006). Prabda's literary work has been translated to Japanese and published in Japan regularly. He has exhibited his artworks (paintings, drawings, installations) in Thailand and Japan. He has also produced music and written songs with the bands Buahima and The Typhoon Band, respectively. In 2004, Prabda founded Typhoon Studio, a small publishing house with two imprints, Typhoon Books and Sunday Afternoon. In 2012, he opened Bookmoby Readers' Cafe, a small bookshop at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. In 2015, Prabda wrote and directed his first feature film, "Motel Mist", which was selected to premiere and compete at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016. The Sad Part Was, a collection of Prabda’s short stories in English, translated from Thai by Mui Poopoksakul (who won an English PEN Award for her translation), was published by the London-based independent press Tilted Axis and released in the UK on March 3, 2017. It is said to be the first translation of Thai fiction to be published in the UK. more…

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