Very cool and violent action movie!
OverTheMoon | firstname.lastname@example.org | 12/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bangkok Dangerous is a cool blast of daring and violent cinema that will have you enjoying every moment of its ultra-low budget "deaf"-defing trickery. The premise is simple - a dumb Thai hitman does not suffer from gun recoil because he does not hear the sound of his own gunfire and so has deadly accurate aim. He goes around Thailand knocking off criminals and crimelords but then has the fatal error of getting mixed up in some nasty business where innocent and important political people are killed. In the background there is the story of his brother assassin who is temporarily out of a job and a girl who works in the local chemist that he falls for.You have to see it for the camera work and editing and violent special effects. It really does dazzle and there is lots of techno in the soundtrack. To be honest this little gem from Thailand simply mashes most Hollywood action flicks. Great!"
Move aside Tarantino
stewart asaka | toronto | 10/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nope, I don't watch Asian crime flicks , but I did see this film at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival where out of nowhere it won the Foreign Press Award. Impressive given the number of curious and good films it was competing against. This film was over the top in terms of violence and some of the assassinations were gratuitous. However , the dramatization of the violence was sweetly integrated with acting and script that was underdramatized, real, and understated. The movie successfully moved from in your face sounds , sensations, and events to quietude, gestures implying a lot, and real everyday people and places. It is a great combination . I don't find hokey martial arts films very creative. Those movies are mind numbing.This movie in its sublime moments make you think about real lifestyles, conflicts, and places. I've been to Bangkok and there is an undercurrent of violence that the foreigner knows exists but doesn't see . This film is more about style and is akin to Tarantino's quirkiness, inventiveness, and impact. If you don't read all the reviews first then much in the movie is ambiguous at times and that adds suspense and curiosity. The movie is a gem and I can't wait to be able to see it distributed in North america."
The Thai that binds...sorry.
Victor Destefano | Bay Village, Ohio United States | 03/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bangko Dangerous played a little too much like Kar Wai's Fallen Angels(deaf/mute hitman with somewhat arrested developement, similar music video like cinematography, etc) but was enjoyable none the less.
A deaf hitman goes about killing for pay, but stumbles on to a young girl(Premsinee Ratanasophacan) who sees past his handicap and the two fall for each other. Then he takes work home with him, showing the young girl his violent side(aimed at some confronting punks, not her) and coupled with the death of his friend and coworker, his seemingly intact world starts to fall apart.
I won't go on any further and spoil the film for you, but none of it's unexpected or totally new. Still, I don't regret watching the film and wouldn't mind purchasing the DVD simply because, when viewed just as a fim and not some new hope or whatever, it's a good movie.
Definately worth a rent and if you love movies like Leon, Ghost Dog or Fallen Angels, you might want to pick this one up."
Interesting use of inexpensive camera techniques
ScrawnyPunk | Houston, TX USA | 07/31/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a semi-interesting tale of a deaf-mute hitman who achieves a redemptive state after befriending/falling in love with a pretty shop girl. Only after receiving tenderness for the first time in his life does he come to understand his lifestyle for what it is (reprehensible) and begins to make amends the only way he knows how.
The 'meditation on violence' trope is beginning to wear thin to my eyes, but the setting went a long way towards keeping my interest. The filthy alleyways and seedy strip clubs establish the low value placed on human life in the circles traveled by the protagonist. This vehicle allows his rapid repentance a little more believable than it would have been otherwise.
The real gem is the camera technique. Without obvious recourse to the filmographic techniques made available to massive-budget films, the directors use a great number of subtle camera tricks to establish a mood and a style which go a long way towards making up the film's tiny budget. Scratched film in flash-backs, blurred vision during chases, documentary-style use of extras in multiple scenes (specifically the hit from the roof), and other inexpensive tricks move this film closer to Tony Scott than to John Woo.
All in all, this is a three-stars film. If the plot was a little more compelling I would have ranked it higher."