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Bangkok Dangerous (2001)

Pawarith Monkolpisit , Premsinee Ratanasopha , Danny Pang , Oxide Pang Chun  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pawarith Monkolpisit, Premsinee Ratanasopha, Patharawarin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit, Korkiate Limpapat
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
  • Writers: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
  • Producers: Adirek Wattaleela, Akaradech Maneeploypech, Brian L. Marcar, Nonzee Nimibutr, Pracha Maleenont
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UF7O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bangkok Dangerous" on IMDb

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Kong, a professional killer, has been mute since childhood. He plies the city's bitterest streets, with silence his only response to the killings and assassinations he performs. He is deadly. He is numb. He enacts his grisly tasks with a sociopathic coldness -his steady, impersonal revenge on the world. Ultimately, the chance for his transformation (and redemption) finally arrives in the form of a girl able to provide the only tenderness and warmth he's ever known. It could save him. It could kill him. A gritty story, the film is a powerful thriller, with strong emphasis on style, suave cutting techniques, effects, and urbane production values. Fast-paced, bloody and exciting, this film shows Bangkok's darker worlds, and the glimmer of hope possible in the dimmest of lives. It's a film about cities, a film about death. With its high-speed chases, its gunfire and action, its intensity, Bangkok Dangerous is a killer.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool and violent action movie! December 29, 2003
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars don't believe the advertisements October 24, 2004
By Hizon
After reading the reviews and seeing the sound bites of reviewers in the DVD package, I set forth to buy Bangkok Dangerous. I was expecting a "hyperkinetic" movie, as one critic put it and a cinematic style that's "similar to John Woo and Quentin Tarantino". I got neither. What I got is a languidly paced film about a deaf-mute hitman eager to redeem himself for a pretty young pharmacist's love. Actually, that's the most interesting part of the movie, how the hitman communicates his love to Fon, the pharmacist. The gunplay, action, the pacing and the camera techniques are nowhere near what critics are comparing it to. There's no gimmicky non-linear storytelling. No "kewl" camera work. No "hip" editing. It is not like Tsui Hark's Time & Tide with its visually-stunning camera work and dense storytelling, instead it is more akin to Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai. Quiet, a little profound. The story is refreshingly simple but it kind of drags on in the middle, plodding to the point of predictable, it makes you wish it has one of those twists Thai TV commercials are known for in global advertising awards shows. All in all, Bangkok Dangerous is a refreshing film to see amidst the noisy action films of Hollywood and Hong Kong. But don't get misled by what's on the cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of the silent killer January 30, 2009
The Good Things
*The photography is generally okay. It presents some imagery that is really fantastic. Other times, it seems a bit dull. All around, it's interesting.
*Sets are used quite effectively. Costumes and props are okay.
*The story is not bad. It's not wholly engaging, but not too boring either.
*Characters are interesting. Acting is great for the most part.
*There is some touching romance in there.
*Good music.

The Bad Things
*No extras.
*No English dubbing. In fact, the only language option is Thai with English subtitles (I'm sure the subtitles can be turned on or off if you want). It might have French subtitles too, but I don't remember now.
*Not for the squeamish; contains bloody violence.
*Has one or two slow parts.

The Questionable Things
*Video and sound quality are okay. The video is in fullscreen only, and seems pretty clear and clean, but also seems a little washed-out and has some graininess to it. Most of the voices are clear, but the sound didn't really blow me away or anything.

Most Thai movies I've seen have been quite thrilling and awesome, but this one didn't seem all that great to me. It has an interesting premise, some interesting photography, and some good characters/acting, but after a while, I lost interest. I think the quality of the film seems to be quite low-budget, and only added to the feeling that I was watching something substandard. If you can overcome these flaws, you might find it awesome. Otherwise, rent it first; for any action fan, it's worthwhile at least once.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thai that binds...sorry. March 23, 2002
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.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't exactly Woo it... May 22, 2002
Like its deaf protagnoist, 'Bangkok Dangerous' tries to find a way to communicate beyond language. There is very little dialogue in this film designed to elicit adjectives such as 'hyper-kinetic', 'high-octane', 'pulsing' etc. It is a cliche that most modern action films are glorified pop videos; 'Dangerous' plays like a medley of dance videos, a series of 5-minute chunks in which the movement of the editing and lighting is dictated by the rhythms of the techno, giving character movement and the staging of the action a deliberately late-night clubbing effect.
The film has been compared (ridiculously) to John Woo and Wong Kar-Wai, presumably because it is an excessively violent thriller, and tries to salvage romance and poetry from the detritus of urban post-modernism. But it has neither the rhythm, grace or sense of a choreographed whole of the former, or the risk-taking intelligence of the latter. A more accurate comparison might be with the thrillers of Brian de Palma - there is the same laborious, bombastic staging of set-pieces in which characters (including obligatory, vulnerable children) and space are shot from every possible angle in order to telegraph 'suspense'. But the Pang Bros. lack even de Palma's technical nous - they expend so much effort fumbling with complicated montages they forget to pay attention to the basics of framing a shot, and so their craft seems, on this fundamental level, inept.
The film begins well enough with a lavatory murder caught on CCTV, the clean, steely rattle of the gun splicing through the grainy black and white.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Very similar to another movie of the same title... Nothing new..
Very similar to the same title of the movie with Nicholas Cage. Different in the ending and minor plots. Guy is a hitman who falls in love. Regrets what he's done. Etc.
Published 9 months ago by Barry A. Wrenick
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Slow!
I expected more action in the movie. The acting was sort of average and the story had no continuity. It wasn't fascinating.
Published 12 months ago by EmeraldLion
4.0 out of 5 stars bang bank
Typical hit man movie. Lots of shoot outs and action. The Characters are interesting enough to push it to 4 stars.
Published 14 months ago by F. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Some movies aren't worth the time to watch. I generally like Thai movies, but this one was crap and not worth your time.
Published 14 months ago by Michael Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Cage version
This film was worth watching, but be prepared if you've already seen the version with Nicolas Cage. This version has lower production values, as you would expect, and you have to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by George M.
1.0 out of 5 stars it needs silence all right.
I didnt like anything about this flick.Title has Bangkok so I kinda expect to see city once in a while--no luck. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Alex Ferdman
4.0 out of 5 stars A likeable hitman
This movie was qute the surprize. The deaf mute hitman was some one you came to like and feel sorry for. Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by protector
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Grimy
But i did like it. You can tell it was shot with a low budget it almost looks like its real footage shot with a video camera. Read more
Published on September 22, 2008 by Moe Mentum
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylished violence and good story
It's easy to understand why this movie marked the new quality standards for Thaï movies, and Thaï movies have won fame and respect all around the world. Read more
Published on August 31, 2008 by Jose Zavala
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting use of inexpensive camera techniques
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. Read more
Published on July 31, 2008 by ScrawnyPunk
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