When we left off on Friday, our heros had fucked, and Cloud pulled a gun on Stone, who tried to work it out and put this silly gun pulling shit behind them. To no avail.
Stone, girl, the man is holding a gun on you and you want him to confess his love? Get yourself to a codependents anonymous meeting!
Reluctantly, Stone leaves the dirty shack and goes back to his amazingly hip modernist townhouse, where his faithful girlfriend, Sand is waiting for him (Get it? Cloud and Fog / Stone and Sand. It’s so symbolical!)
Ok, hold the tape right there, I want to talk about something that’s been bothering me this whole movie, and no, it isn’t why the fuck Sand hasn’t called the cops.
See that? Those chones are perfectly white. WHAT GAY SORCERY IS THAT? Cloud and Sand ran from the cops with only the clothes on their backs. They spent at least a week, maybe longer (I don’t know how long bullet wounds take to mostly heal), hanging out in a dirty roof shack, fucking in a dirty roof puddle, even KILLING A GUY TOGETHER and their undies are completely white. What the actual fuck?
Ok, back to the movie. Without Cloud, poor sick Fog has resorted to hustling to get money for his mom and himself.
Bro, stop moving your head back on my shoulder, I’m trying to get away.
So, Fog makes a cool 2,000 baht, but he generously donates half of that back to his trick, who’s going to at least need to get tested. (And tested again in 6 months, just in case you didn’t know that.)
Good guy Fog: only blows you, but still gives you back half your money for treatment/testing.
Sidebar: Has no one heard of condoms? Not that a condom should be a good alternative to informing your partners of your status, just that if you feel you have to fuck strangers and not tell them you’re positive it would be wise to use some protection.
Cut to alternating scenes of Stone and Cloud being depressed in their separate locations. Sand is exasperated.
Here’s a nice screencap of depressed Cloud cross-fading into depressed Stone.
This goes on far too long.
Finally, Stone makes the first of many attempts to come and see Cloud at his house. Cloud hides.
On the third time this happens, Stone leaves Cloud a note and a cell phone (apparently he just happened to be carrying an extra) and tells Cloud to answer the phone when he calls.
He calls. Cloud doesn’t answer, but he does stare at the phone forlornly.
People, if you think you have something with someone, but all your attempts to get in contact with them fall short, if they refuse to answer your phone calls, you may imagine that they are doing what cloud is doing: staring at the phone, wishing they had the courage to love you. But probably not. It’s a great big ocean, there are other fish. Fish who don’t pull guns on you, or ignore you, or kidnap you. I know that’s less exciting, but it’s better for your health, believe me.
Stone, undeterred, goes back to the Cloudshack again, finds a doll sitting on Cloud’s bed, and decides it’s a sign. It may well be, but it’s a fantastically shitty one. What the hell is a it supposed to be a sign for? “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, I have internalized homophobia, so here’s a doll-me, maybe?”
I’m going to love him and hug him and call him Cloud.
When you sleep alone with a doll version of your kidnapper, who you fucked, it’s going to ruffle some feathers with the little lady.
Ever since he got kidnapped and I failed to contact any form of law enforcement, he’s been distant uncommunicative.
Again, Stone goes back to the rooftop to look for Cloud. Again, he isn’t there.
Maybe it’s your neckbeard, dude. You should probably take care of that.
Cloud is moved by your declaration of love. But not enough to come out from this piece of wood he’s hiding behind.
Having been rejected a fifth time, Stone gets mega-dramatic and we see a flashback montage of his and Cloud’s time together in artistic black and white.
Which leads to this piece of whatever:
While the soundtrack plays an incredibly sappy song about wishing to be reunited. Turns out there’s no bullets in the gun, he’s just being dramatic.
Stone goes back to Cloud’s for a 6th time (this is getting obsessive, bro) and finally manages to catch him unawares.
But when he comes around to the other side of the window, Cloud is gone.
So, Stone goes to Cloud’s mom’s house, where he sees a group of hoodlums beating up Fog for having HIV. Because making the HIV positive bleed on you is the best way to punish them for their wickedness.
Stone karate kicks them all away and rescues Fog.
After a heart to heart over noodles…
…Stone finally ambushes Cloud at his mother’s house.
Oh, I don’t know,
Perhaps because you’re a fucking stalker?!
But I guess that hit the nail on the head for Cloud, because he is on that boy like stink on fish.
Then, for some reason they both walk out into the middle of the street to make out and take off each others’ clothes. Like you do.
Then it’s raining, and they’re half naked, rolling around on the street. Because if you’re going to be making out in the middle of the street, you might as well lay down in it too.
Then Fog sees.
Then Cloud’s mom sees.
Then they’re standing again, I’m not sure why. Unless it’s to make sure that Sand can get a good look too, since she’s in her car at the end of the alley!
At this point I’m half expecting the camera to pan over to stadium seating. Instead, we cut to the inside of Sand’s car, where we learn that she has a gun.
Having given the family and the neighbors a show, Cloud abruptly stops making out with Stone, who is (understandably) confused by this, while the camera cuts back to Sand, just so we haven’t forgotten that she has a gun.
Upstairs, Cloud deals with family shit.
Hearing this, the mom becomes so forlorn that she hangs herself and dies.
At the same time, Sand shoots at Stone, but misses and drives away.
As Cloud and Fog struggle to get their mom to a hospital, two random gunmen (perhaps they came from the off screen stadium seating) take aim at Cloud, but shoot his poor dead mother in the chest instead. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Back at their expensive modernist condo, Sand tells Stone that the wedding is off. Personally, I feel it’s a given after one fiancé tries to shoot at the other, but sometimes one must state the obvious.
The next morning, Fog calls Stone from the train station to say that he and Cloud are on their way to go live in the country, but Cloud has one last thing to do before they can leave and begin their glorious retirement.
Stone knows exactly what that thing might be, and takes off.
In the meantime, Cloud shoots Thai Crime Syndicate Two Face.
And then both Stone and Cloud are headed towards the fortress that Cloud’s ex-hit-man agent calls a house. Cloud murders everything moving…
…except his old agent’s wife, which is a mistake because when Stone comes too late to stop Cloud (or rescue him, it’s not clear) the bosses wife takes a shot at him, and he crumples to the floor
Meanwhile, Cloud makes it to the train station…
…just in time to get arrested.
Fog is distraught.
Fade to black. This is what I like to call the first ending, or fake ending number one.
Cut to a prison scene, Stone is alive, and visiting Cloud, but he is blind. Turns out, the mob boss’s wife missed, shot a clock, and the glass embedded itself into his eyes. But don’t worry, all he needs is a transplant, and he thinks that it won’t be long…
That means everything’s going to work out, right?
After Stone assures Cloud that Fog is taken care of, the boys affirm their love for each other and the screen fades to black. This is what I like to call the second ending, or the dick tease ending.
Oh, are you serious?!
25 years later, motherfucker.
In 25 years, nothing has changed except that I’m starting to hate this movie like it parked a semi-truck across my driveway when I’m coming home with hot food.
Cloud, looking like somebody hit his hair with a poof full of baby powder, is getting out of prison. Stone is there waiting for him, still blind.
This is the first of 3 references to Cloud ‘being Stone’s eyes.’ That’s not foreshadowing, or anything.
They’re about to set off into their old, gay future when suddenly,
A sniper gets Cloud right in the chest. And apparently blindness makes all your other senses worse or something because Stone has no fucking clue what’s going on. He keeps right on walking and talking as if nothing is amiss.
See ladies, this is what happens when you go after unavailable men. Even when you think they’re yours forever, they’ll always have something else to do other than be with you.
Now, this is just sad.
Nope, not foreshadowing at all.
Fade to black, but don’t you worry, THIS ISN’T THE REAL ENDING EITHER, GOD DAMNIT!
Cut to a young Cloud, recording video on the cell phone that Stone gave him. As we listen to Cloud declaring his love for Stone, we see Old Stone now with glasses on, holding the cell phone to his chest in the snow. Possibly in the country, it isn’t clear.
If I was the kind of person who would wait for a man to get out of prison (believe me, I am not) I would at least want him and I to fuck one last time before he had himself shot so I could have his eyes. And honestly, I’d rather have blow jobs than working vision. I think any of us would.