Kino Lorber will be releasing Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang's HEADSHOT. (Sorry but I can't type an upside down "A" to be fully faithful to the way the film's title appears in the poster.) The film will open theatrically on Sept. 28th at Cinema Village in NYC and at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 2nd. Ratanaruang is the director of 6IXTYNIN9 (1999), Last Life in the Universe (2003) and Ploy (2007). (Click here for my May, 2011 review of Ploy.) HEADSHOT marks his return to the crime genre.
HEADSHOT premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and was selected as one of the Top 10 Festival entries by Time Out NY. It tells the story of a straight-laced cop, Tul, who is blackmailed by a local, powerful politician and is framed for a crime he didn't commit. Embittered and vengeful, Tul becomes a hitman for a group that aims to take down those who consider themselves above the law. However, Tul gets shot in the head during an assignment, and awakes from a three-month coma to find that his world has been turned upside down - literally. The shot to his head has flipped his vision, and Tul is unsure if it is simply a medical condition or some sort of karmic retribution.
AsianCineFest expects to carry a review of HEADSHOT prior to its theatrical opening at the end of the month, so be sure to check back here.