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2000s, Drama - Gangland

Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

BangkokDangerous

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story A 1999 film with a very similar name by the Pang Brothers
Director The Pang Brothers
Writers/Script Jason Richman
Starring Nicolas Cage, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Panward Hemmanee, Charlie Yeung

Elevator Pitch: A very efficient hit man completes his work in Prague and as a precaution disposes of the minor criminal who he hired to assist him. Thereafter he moves to Bangkok and starts work first hiring a small time hoodlum to act as a go between to bring him details of the four hits he is to carry out. As time passes he begins to break his own rules, becoming involved with a deaf mute young woman, and training Kong his temporary assistant as a killer. Kong has become involved with Aom, a young dancer who is the next link in the chain.  These relationships make them vulnerable. Will they survive?

Content: There is a bit of sex and a lot of Thai dancing girls on the stages in night clubs. Some drinking and smoking by minor characters. The assassinations take place showing some ingenuity and the characters spend a lot of time in the streets of the city, the assassin narrating at times, keeping us up to date. There is a lot of gunfire and some explosions.

A View: this was quite an expensive production but was not much liked by the critics or the general public, and so did not make its production costs back. Surely at least part of this is due to the particularly awkward title. In Spain for instance the title was changed to Dangerous Bangkok. Actually it is not that bad, just for once the hero (if that’s what he is) having a genuine narrative arc, his change of view of the world eventually causing his downfall. So if you like a bit of on screen violence in an exotic location it could be a watch for nothing.

Additional Info: Even though the film has been out for more than a decade there are only six items of trivia on IMDb – and none of them are interesting.

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