Sadly, I am not familiar with the work of Thai filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, a problem I hope to rectify with the release of “Headshot”. The picture — which is not to be confused with the Walter Hill project of the same name — has been announced as part of the Vanguard lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and it sounds pretty decent. Attendees with a hankering for some noir-flavored action should probably take in the screening.
Before we dive into the goodies, read this synopsis:
Present-day Thailand is rife with corruption. Tul, a straight-laced cop, is blackmailed by a powerful politician and framed from a crime he did not commit. Disillusioned and vengeful, he is soon recruited to become a hitman for a shadowy group aimed at eliminating those who are above the law. But one day, Tul is shot in the head during an assignment. He wakes up after a three-month coma to find that he sees everything upside down, literally. Unaware of whether the condition is medical or a result of karmic retribution, Tul begins to have second thoughts about his profession. But when he tries to quit, roles are reversed and the hunter becomes the hunted. Then he meets a girl that turns his world even more upside down. Can Tul find redemption from the violence that continues to haunt him?
Ready? The images are patiently awaiting your attention.