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|The Sidewalks of Bangkok|
Actors: Yoko, Françoise Blanchard, Jean-Claude Benhamou, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Jean-Paul Bride
Director: Jean Rollin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Filmed on location in the streets of Paris and inspired by the 1930s classic "The Mask of Fu Manchu," this cliffhanger yarn from director Jean Rollin departs from his usual vampire-themed tales. Adventure, crime and myster... more »
If you thought ZOMBIE LAKE was bad...
Harold S. Wasserman | Wheaton, IL United States | 10/02/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"In this film, secret agents and gangsters seek a weapon which they believe to be in the possession of Eva, a diminuitive Thai prostitute. Eva (Yoko) is lured to Paris by Francoise Blanchard (THE LIVING DEAD GIRL), a gangster who tells her that her boyfriend (or favorite john) Rick is waiting for her there. What ensues is a struggle between the agents and the gangsters to get their hands on Eva and the weapon. I suppose it sounds like a watchable little yarn, but from the get-go there are problems. The soundtrack is terrible. The footage in Bangkok has nothing to do with the plot and despite all the strip teases, it is very wearisome to sit thru. The actor who plays the Fu Manchu-like Tong is a caucasian actor trying to play an Asian. Karloff and Lee may have gotten away with this sort of thing, but this guy is definitely not up to it. Once Yoko arrives in France, there is a lot of her running around on the lamb, and these scenes are a little more Rollinlike, for Yoko is just the sort of girlish slut one often sees in his films, altho they usually come in pairs. The violence in the film is senseless and about as convincing as watching children playing a game of cops and robbers. Rollin clearly has no feeling for a movie of this type. He is on much firmer ground with vampires, pirates, and nude women who have lost their memory."
Stock footage of BKK and unconvincing non-Thai actors
chris m miller | redondo beach, ca United States | 02/25/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There are many misconceptions about Thailand and this "B" movie capitalizes on all of them. This very weak and plotless spy film centers on the chase of a Thai prostitute who unwillingly gets stuck with a biological weapon. The chase leads the viewers through strip clubs, kinky massage parlors and mud wrestling pits of what we are supposed to believe is Bangkok. However, the Asians in the film are not Thai. Some are Vietnamese and one is Caucasian made to look what Rollins must believe to be Thai. The action scenes are also absurdly unrealistic and the entire film is one pointless scene after another."