As fast as the film process travels these days, there are still films that take years to come out. Although Bubba Ho-tep evoked a melange of laughter and praise at festival screenings, we had to wait eons for the film to reach theaters as it slowly made its way from cinema to cinema. Others like Prozac Nation, which was filmed during the height of Jason Biggs and Michelle Williams' teen celebrity, could only make it to DVD four years after its TIFF premiere. And then there is Tears of the Black Tiger.

After premiering in the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2000, Wisit Sasanatieng's directorial debut was the first Thai film to be accepted at Cannes in 2001. Although it went on to tour a number of festivals, garnered praise, and opened in a number of European cities, it was bought by Miramax Films and never released. Now, six years after its premiere, indieWIRE has reported that Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights.

Black Tiger
is the classic bad guy-good girl love story. There's Rumpoey, the wealthy girl whose father wants her to marry a police officer, and Dum, a poor young man who is torn between his love for Rumpoey and his desire to avenge an attack on his father. If you're curious about the film, and the color techniques used to enhance it, check out this Preview Online article that was released in 2001. If you're anxious to see the film, an uncut version will be shown on January 12 at New York's Film Forum with national release dates to follow.