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Kong, a professional killer, has been mute since childhood. He works the city's toughest streets; silence his only response to the killings he performs. He is numb, acting with a sociopathic coldness as he brings down his steady, impersonal revenge on the world. Ultimately, the chance for his transformation (and redemption) arrives in the form of shop assistant Fon. She is able to provide the only tenderness and warmth he's ever known. Suddenly stricken with remorse and guilt for his past actions, he fights back against those who would force him to remain a killing machine. .

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  • Actors: Pawarith Monkolpisit, Premsinee Ratanasopha, Patharawarin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit, Korkiate Limpapat
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
  • Writers: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
  • 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: Alchemy / 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: #118,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bangkok Dangerous" on IMDb

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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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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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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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This movie was qute the surprize. The deaf mute hitman was some one you came to like and feel sorry for. The leading actor only spoke in the end but you really were able to connect with him and actually like him. The move is violent but not over the top. It is subtitled but you really do not need to understand most of the dialog to follow it. I really enjoyed it and the acting was quite good and the plot was different. I think this version is far better than the English re-make with Nicolas Cage.

So if you like action movies with a bit of a love story angle and dont mind doing a little reading you will most likely enjoy it. The sound trac is quite good as well.

Dean
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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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