Award-winning Thai film 6ixtynin9, which bagged global accolades after its release in 1999, is making a return to the screen with its distinctive twisted sense of humor—as a fresh six-episode series premiering exclusively on Netflix today.
6ixtynine9: The Series marks the comeback of renowned director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang after a five-year hiatus from the silver screen. It serves as an extended retelling of his previous masterpiece, which clinched the coveted Don Quixote Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2000.
Following a similar storyline to the film, the dark crime comedy series revolves around Toom (Mai-Davika Hoorne), who’s recently lost her job during the COVID-19 pandemic. She stumbles upon a mysterious box filled with cash that has been mistakenly delivered to her doorstep.
The cause of the mix-up? A loose screw on her front door, which led to her apartment being labeled as Number 9 instead of Number 6. When two gangsters come back for their errantly delivered parcel, she accidentally kills them, setting off a chain of ill-fated yet darkly amusing encounters that unfold throughout the show.
Adapting the 90-minute film into a six-hour series allowed Pen-Ek the freedom to delve into the storylines and characters with greater depth than before. The format also challenged him to craft each episode in a way that captivates and sustains viewers’ attention.
Returning crew, fresh cast
While nearly half of the original film’s crew, including cameramen, line producers, wardrobe personnel, and editors, returned for the series, the cast was entirely new. “The magic of the series comes from these five to seven characters,” says Pen-Ek with much pride.
The series boasts an impressive ensemble of talented actors, including Foei-Patara Eksangkul as Tud, a rapper who is facing tough times, and Man-Trisanu Soranun as John, a young and charming police officer. Mine-Thanaporn Rattanasasiwimon joins the mix as Jim, an alluring woman whose career revolves around leveraging her body and appearance.
Leading the cast as Toom is Mai-Davika Hoorne in her first collaboration with Pen-Ek. Her remarkable career includes Thailand’s highest-grossing film of all time, Pee Mak, as well as other lauded works like Heart Attack.