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Bangkok Dangerous

  • Action
  • Crime/detective
  • 2000
  • Oxide Pang
  • 105 mins
  • 18

Summary

The story is of a deaf-mute hitman and his partner who are based in Bangkok. He is friends with his partner's girlfriend who is a stripper at a local club. They go about their assassination business as usual as the boss climbs the underworld ladder and forms new alliances. Flashbacks explain how he got to this point in his life. He forms a relationship with a young woman from the pharmacy who is caring and innocent. The hunts continue as treachery begins. A big name hit makes him realize that good people are hurt by his actions. The first rule of assassination closes in on him as he strikes revenge.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Although stylistic debts are owed to John Woo and Wong Kar-Wai, the explosive writing/directing debut of brothers Oxide and Danny Pang bears a more striking resemblance to Jean-Pierre Melville's classic tale of an assassin distracted by love, Le Samourai. As the deaf-mute hitman Kong, Pavarit Mongkolpisit at first plays it all mean and moody as the archetypal loner, isolated by his profession and his inability to communicate. Then he meets unsuspecting pharmacy assistant Fon (Premsinee Ratanasopha) and the possibility of a redemptive romance is introduced. However, the Pang brothers are too interested in atmospheric neon nightscapes and over-the-top pyrotechnics to develop the characters or their relationship, so the action proceeds in a depressingly familiar vein. Produced by the godfather of the Thai new wave, Nonzee Nimibutr, this is visually impressive and intermittently involving but is ultimately hugely derivative.

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Credits

Cast

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KongPavarit Mongkolpisit
FonPremsinee Ratanasopha
AomPatharawarin Timkul

Crew

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DirectorOxide Pang
DirectorDanny Pang

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro Tartan
Released on
2002-02-22
Languages
Thai
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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