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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 29,324 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 5 September 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 29,324 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 5 September 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $15,232,982(USA)(12 October 2008)
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung and Shahkrit Yamnarm
  • Original Music By: Brian Tyler   
  • Soundtrack: So Hot
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Assassin | Hostage | Pickpocket | Hitman | Errand Boy

Writing Credits By:

  • Jason Richman (screenplay)
  • Oxide Pang Chun (1999 film) &
  • Danny Pang (1999 film)

Known Trivia

  • The picture was shooting during the 19th September Coup d’etat. Nonetheless, filming only stopped for six hours. The Armoury department claim they fired the only shots in the coup.
  • The main villain in this movie, Surat, was portrayed by Nirattisai Kaljaruek, Thai drama’s director and the executive of Kantana Group, the well-known TV program and film production company. In the 1999 version of Bangkok Dangerous, the man who portrayed as the main villain is also the executive of the TV program production company.
  • The watch worn by Nicolas Cage’s character, and in fact also endorsed by the actor, is a Ventura V-Tec Sigma W25-R1.

Goofs: Continuity: During the final shootout, the gun Joe is using switches between a Glock and a Sig Saur between shots.

Plot: A hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs violates his personal code when he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy. Full summary »  »

Story: Joe is a professional hit man who picks someone off the street to do his errands, and after he is finished kills that person. His next assignment takes him to Bangkok, and as usual, he finds a street-wise guy named Kong to help him. After Kong has a close call and learns who Joe is, Kong asks him to train him and he does. Joe also meets a local girl who is deaf and spends time with her. However, Joe has a hard time keeping his other life from her. It also appears that the person who hired Joe, breaks his rule of complete anonymity and tries to find him.Written by  


Synopsis: Hitman Joe (Nicolas Cage) goes to Bangkok for a month long assignment, to kill four people for Bangkok gang lord Surat.

He hires pickpocket Kong (Shahkrit Yamnarm) as his go-between, a condition of the contract being that the gang will never meet Joe. Contracts from the Bangkok gangsters go through Kong via a nightclub dancer, who becomes romantically involved with Kong.

Joe’s first execution is done in traffic with him riding a bike and stopping in front of the car, he then shoots the target and all in the car with a semi-automatic gun. His second target is a hotel owner, Joe sneaks in to the penthouse and kills the target by drowning him in the pool.

Originally he plans to kill King before he leaves but after Kong gives him information about the second target he begins to train Kong. For the third execution Kong assists Joe, the kill does not go as planned, with the target nearly getting away before Joe catches him and shoots him after a chase in front of many shocked onlookers. Before the third kill the gang attempt to identify Joe, he warns them off.

His fourth target is the Prime Minister of Thailand. Joe is about to make the kill when he has second thoughts he is seen, he escapes through a panicking crowd. Joe is now a target and is attacked at his house by four gang members; he manages to use explosives to take them out and is faced with the choice of rescuing Kong or leaving the country unharmed. Joe decides to rescue Kong, so he sets off to the gangs headquarters with one of the half-alive attackers who was injured in the explosion at Joe’s safe house.

Joe goes to the gang’s headquarters, kills most of the gang and saves Kong and the dancer. The fearful gang leader has flees to his car with three other accomplices; Joe spots him and shoots the gang members at the front of the car dead. After one of the gang in back of the car attempts to run to safety, Joe kills him. Joe gets into the back seat with Surat, the gang leader.

As the police arrive at the location, Joe is again in a difficult situation; he decides to use what is believed to be his last remaining bullet to kill himself by putting both his and Surat’s heads together. Joe then puts the gun up to his temple and pulls the trigger, killing himself and Surat.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Nicolas Cage known as producer
  • Norman Golightly known as producer
  • Chris Lowenstein known as line producer: Living Films
  • Denis O'Sullivan known as executive producer
  • Andrew Pfeffer known as executive producer
  • William Sherak known as producer
  • Jason Shuman known as producer
  • Matt Summers known as associate producer
  • Ben Waisbren known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nicolas Cage known as Joe
  • Shahkrit Yamnarm known as Kong
  • Charlie Yeung known as Fon (as Charlie Young)
  • Panward Hemmanee known as Aom
  • Nirattisai Kaljaruek known as Surat
  • Dom Hetrakul known as Aran
  • Tuck Napaskorn known as Kong's Brother
  • Steve Baldocchi known as Michigan
  • Chris Heebink known as USC
  • James With known as Chicago
  • Peter Shadrin known as Anton
  • Arthajid Puengvicha known as Official
  • Duangjai Srisawang known as Man in Arena
  • Veerasak Boonchard known as Winai
  • Joe Sakol Palvanichkul known as Tuk Tuk Driver (as Sakol Palvanichkul)
  • Savaros Sriratum known as News Anchor #1
  • Thanrada Kao-Im known as Waitress
  • Aratchporn Satead known as Vendor Lady
  • Winai Thawattana known as White Target
  • Pornpat Tipthongkum known as News Anchor #2
  • Gonthron Bossarakam known as Man in Slum
  • Thanapon Parnjaroen known as Bell Man
  • Jeremy Thana known as Gangster #2
  • Allwarin Apirakyothin known as Aom's Sister
  • Andrew Pfeffer known as Caucasian Prisoner
  • Oliver Steel known as European Crying Boy
  • Kitchanpon Apirakyothin known as Fat Man
  • Chalita Chaisaeng known as Fat Man's Girl #1
  • Chatchaya Watcharakitikorn known as Fat Man's Girl #2
  • Arnunthaya Suksalak known as Fat Man's Girl #3
  • Thanitar Jirapanid known as Girl with Target #1
  • Nareerat Jeanmahan known as Girl with Target #2
  • Suwatjanee Suriyapas known as Last Target's Kid #1 (Girl)
  • Pariwut Prachayanan known as Last Target's Kid #2 (Boy) (as Pariwut Pratchayanun)
  • Tuengtanpon Thongnawakun known as Last Target's Wife
  • Keang Kunsri known as Last Target Man
  • Chris Lowenstein known as Past Target #1
  • Oliver Ackermann known as Past Target #2
  • Russell Wald known as Past Target #3
  • Laura Herold known as Past Target #4
  • David L. Michaels known as Past Target #5
  • Ron Anderson known as Past Target #6 (as Ronald Anderson)
  • Chollamark Chiengthong known as Surat's Wife
  • Armondthap Limdusit known as Target Man #1
  • Jirakit Suwannapap known as Target 1's Driver (as Jirakit Suwannapab)
  • Chatchai Phuengparyun known as Target Boat Driver #1
  • Arkrapong Pimpajak known as Target 1's Bodyguard #1
  • Songsak Sampanpim known as Target 1's Bodyguard #2
  • Duangrutai Suwannarat known as Thai Garland Girl
  • Songpohl Dittasom known as Waiter
  • Michael Bennett known as American Tourist (uncredited)
  • David Firestar known as Cameraman (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Apisasa Chinaputtakul known as hair stylist
  • Watana Garum known as key makeup artist
  • Ilona Herman known as personal makeup artist: Mr. Cage

Art Department:

  • David Baxa known as art director: Prague
  • Nattavut Buranakij known as assistant property master
  • Sarawut Chincharoen known as assistant set decorator
  • Sorayuk Mookleemas known as property master
  • Chainarong Ochukit known as art coordinator
  • Sripradoo Pipat known as on-set dressing
  • Prachya Pitapho known as assistant art director
  • Sarunyoo Tabtimtes known as painter




Production Companies:

  • Initial Entertainment Group (IEG) (as IEG Virtual Studios) (presents)
  • Virtual Studios (as IEG Virtual Studios) (presents)
  • Saturn Films
  • Blue Star Pictures (as Blue Star Entertainment)
  • Bangkok Dangerous
  • International Production Company
  • Living Films

Other Companies:

  • Mi Casa Multimedia  DVD 5.1 & 7.1 surround audio mastering
  • ARRI  cameras
  • Big Eye Co.  equipment provided by
  • Camera Corner  equipment provided by
  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  orchestra (as The Czech Philharmonic)
  • DeLuxe Toronto  thanks (as Deluxe Laboratories, Toronto)
  • Deluxe Post-Production  post-production facilities
  • EPC  post-production consultant
  • Efilm  digital intermediate (as Deluxe EFilm Toronto)
  • Exact Cut  negative cutting
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Gearhead Grip & Electric  equipment provided by (as Gearhead)
  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • Lighthouse Film Service  equipment provided by
  • Living Films  production services: Thailand
  • Moonstar Studios  thanks
  • Siamlite International  equipment provided by
  • Urban Post Production  sound post-production
  • V.S. Services  equipment provided by


  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Bioscop (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment Film Distributors (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • International Film Distribution Consultants (2008) (non-USA) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Oy Nordisk Film (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Presidio (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Sidus FNH (2008) (Korea) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Home Video (2009) (Australia) (DVD) (premiere)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2008) (Spain) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Oy Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Palisades Tartan (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Paradise Group (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • PlayArte Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Cinesoup (visual effects)
  • Curv Studios
  • Michael Kaelin & Associates (visual effects)
  • Press Gang (additional visual effects)
  • Reality Check Studios (visual effects)
  • View Studio (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as visual effects artist: Reality Check Studios (as Dave Abuel)
  • Hoon Bae known as visual effects artist: Reality Check Studios
  • Bob Engelsiepen known as visual effects artist: View Studio
  • Dana Marin Fisher known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jon Greenhalgh known as digital compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
  • John Grower known as digital effects supervisor: Cinesoup
  • John Grower known as visual effects supervisor
  • Chris Hopkins known as compositor: Michael Kaelin & Assoc. Inc.
  • Brian Howald known as digital effects artist: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
  • Jason Howey known as visual effects artist: Reality Check Studios
  • Bruce Jones known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michael Kaelin known as compositing supervisor: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
  • Aaron Kaminar known as digital effects supervisor: Reality Check Studios
  • Aaron Kaminar known as visual effects supervisor
  • Peter Lloyd known as visual effects art director: View Studio
  • Chris MacKenzie known as digital opticals
  • Jeffrey Osborne known as technical assistant: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Gregory Piotrowsi known as technical assistant: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Ari Rubenstein known as lead compositor: Curv Studios
  • Ekarat Sarathana known as visual effects assistant
  • Alison Savitch known as visual effects producer: Reality Check Studios
  • Jonathan Sims known as compositor: Michael Kaelin& Associates (as Jonathan Sims Jr.)
  • Prapanch Swamy known as matchmove artist
  • Cameron Thomas known as compositor
  • Chris Wallace known as digital intermediate colourist
  • Jason Wasserman known as visual effects editor
  • Vivian Wei known as visual effects artist: Reality Check Studios
  • Stephen Wilson known as visual effects artist: Reality Check Studios
  • Casey Yahnke known as paint and rotoscope artist: Michael Kaelin & Associates
  • Casey Yahnke known as technical assistant: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
  • Motassem Younes known as digital opticals

Release Date:

  • Spain 22 August 2008
  • France 27 August 2008
  • Belgium 3 September 2008
  • Hong Kong 4 September 2008
  • Netherlands 4 September 2008
  • Russia 4 September 2008
  • Thailand 4 September 2008
  • Ireland 5 September 2008
  • UK 5 September 2008
  • USA 5 September 2008
  • Singapore 11 September 2008
  • South Korea 11 September 2008
  • Brazil 12 September 2008
  • Philippines 17 September 2008
  • Denmark 19 September 2008
  • Norway 19 September 2008
  • Mexico 26 September 2008
  • Sweden 26 September 2008
  • Greece 2 October 2008
  • Estonia 17 October 2008
  • Iceland 17 October 2008
  • Finland 25 October 2008 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Finland 31 October 2008
  • Turkey 31 October 2008
  • Kuwait 20 November 2008
  • Portugal 27 November 2008
  • Poland 28 November 2008
  • Czech Republic 4 December 2008
  • Venezuela 19 December 2008
  • Hungary 1 January 2009
  • Germany 8 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Egypt 14 January 2009
  • Argentina 15 January 2009
  • Peru 15 January 2009
  • Japan 9 May 2009
  • Panama 23 October 2009
  • Australia 12 July 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. azgalarneau from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    I don't care how interesting the scenery is if you know the entirestory arc in the first 45 seconds – and you haven't even watched thetrailer. Nic Cage looks like a corpse and his acting isn't much better.The relationship that the film puts forward is as believable as a loveaffair between a squirrel and a stuffed alligator. Plus of course thestory has Cage break every rule he says is important – but never offera plausible motivation. Maybe the original was really something, butthis version is dead on arrival and should be saved for the second DVDin a video night, when you want everyone to leave your house and letyou get some sleep.

  2. mattwaterhouse from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    This is about an assassin called Joe who decides to end his careerafter his next trip abroad. The next trip is to (you'll never guess)Bangkok, where he has 4 people to kill, and he hires a young crook towork for him. However, Joe begins to break his own rules as he beginsto see something of himself in the crook and falls in love with a deafchemist.

    I feel sorry for Nicolas Cage. He is possibly the biggest victim oftypecasting in Hollywood, and he does his best with the roles he isgiven but the odd film slips through the net, and sadly BangkokDangerous is one of them. Nic is distinctly average in this and theperformances of the supporting cast aren't much better with the notableexception of Charlie Yeung, who delivers a fine performance as the loveinterest.

    This film isn't awful, it just suffers from an average and completelyunoriginal script. This is Action Movie 101, and unlike some movies itdoesn't get away with it by glossing over the cracks with specialeffects, like Wanted. Like Wanted, I successfully predicted the entireplot straight after Nic's opening monologue. Some scenes were verygood, some very bad, the scale is balanced. The movie is like Marmite,you'll either love it or hate it.

  3. Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    "Bangkok Dangerous" isn't a bad film – or at least not as bad as mostof the reviews around here claim – but it is an astonishingly ordinaryfilm that features literally every cliché of "hired assassin" conceptyou can possibly think of. There's the lonely and super-skilled hit manwho intents to pull of one last job before quitting the business forgood, he teaches his errand boy to become his successor, finds love andhappiness with a girl for the first time and – last but not least –refuses to make the final hit because his target is a noble individual.We know this is the prototypic pitch of every thriller in its type, yetwe still pay the full price of a cinema ticket because the film starsNicolas Cage and we'll probably see a lot of spectacular action andvirulent gunfire. "Bangkok Dangerous" is a big-budgeted remake of aThai thriller released in 1999, which was also directed by the Pangbrothers. In the original, the hit man was a deaf-mute but sinceNicolas Cage is far too expensive to have him shut up the whole time,they made his love interest a deaf-mute instead. Unfortunately, thistakes away the one truly ingenious aspect about the original. Whatremains is a painfully predictable and bland thriller that can't evenbe saved by the handful of impressively staged action sequences. StillI wouldn't call "Bangkok Dangerous" a complete waste of time, though,as there are a couple of stylish and worthwhile – albeit less obvious –elements working in its favor. Nic Cage gives a good performance as theunworldly killer and particularly the Pang Bros' depiction of the cityof Bangkok is deeply enchanting. Especially at night it looks like amelancholic and depressing place infested with prostitution, pettycrimes and perverted tourists. The moody soundtrack emphasizes theatmosphere of melancholy even more. This is definitely not a filmthat'll increase the tourist business there. Otherwise there's verylittle to say about "Bangkok Dangerous". If you're a fan of NicolasCage and rough action, you won't regret giving this one a look. Justrealize you'll have completely forgotten about it the next day.

  4. ccthemovieman-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    Is it my imagination or has Nicholas Cage been involved in a lot ofB-type films the past decade? I pretty much enjoyed this movie, don'tget me wrong – but it's still not what you'd call a classy movie, notthe kind of film he'd be involved with years ago. Now, he seems toprefer playing total wackos in stories that don't have a lot ofcredibility.

    Here, he's a Joe The Hit-man in Thailand, who falls for Miss Wholesome,and then turns "Rambo" by killing 50 people while en route to savinghis protégé. The only thing not a cliché was the ending; that was a bitof a shocker.

    Shahkrit Yamnarm costars as "Kong," a man who becomes "Joe's" student.He's the one Joe saves. Charlie Yeung, a winsome Hong Kong actress whois almost 35 years of age but could pass for 21, plays Joe's loveinterest. Get this: she's a pharmacist, beautiful and wholesome as theycome, and a deaf-mute! Yet, sleazy Joe sweeps her off her feet in notime!

    Man, you have to really enjoy the stylish visuals and sound (which AREvery good), the pretty good…..and leave it at that, to enjoy thismovie. It's better to just watch it with your brain on hold and enjoyit, because if you start thinking about it, the film gets dumb anddumber.

  5. Lucien Lessard from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    A mysterious professional assassin, who called himself Joe(Oscar-Winner:Nicolas Cage) goes to Bangkok to do his last job. Hismission is to kill four strangers by killing one at the time. Joebecomes tired of his so-called profession, he teaches a curious youngman (Shankrit Yamhnam) to trained as a killer. Meanwhile, Joe falls inlove with a lovely young woman (Charlie Yeung), who's deaf-mute. Butthe people, who hired Joe tries to double-cross him by trying to findhis identity and kill him, once Joe's last hit is too risky to handle.Joe takes his skills and decide to use it by the people, who hired himfor the work.

    Directed by the Pang Brothers (The Messengers) made an livelyaction-thriller with some good scenes and excellent locations. Cage isfine in this movie but Yamhnam and Yeung have the better moments in thefilm. Actually the Pang Brothers remade their own film with a biggerbudget, American lead actor and changing a few plot points from theoriginal 1999 version. Plenty of film critics hated this remake butisn't as bad as what they say about it.

    The DVD Special Edition is from the two-disc set. Disc one has an sharpanamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an good Dolby Digital 5.1Surround Sound. The DVD includes two featurettes, an interestingalternative ending and the original theatrical trailer. Disc two is thedigital copy of the movie. "Bangkok Dangerous" isn't a great flick butit's fairly fast paced with some stylishly photography action sequencesand a few good moments. Fans of the filmmakers work and fans of actionmovies will enjoy it. (*** 1/2 out of *****).

  6. fczenit from UK
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    So what if I can predict what is going to happens, I can do it withmost films nowadays – its not about that. Its about making a movie thatentertains, and IMHO they have achieved that.

    OK, some of the shooting sequences were a bit dodgy and the narrationdescended into the cliché on occasions but overall I rate this filmbetter then most action films I have seen in recent months.

    Cage is solid in his role and so is his side kick. The elephant did agood job too but his role was only in 2 scenes :) So all in all 7 is myvote and it could have been better if not for a few lines of monologueand a couple of silly shootouts across water canisters.

    Watch it and make your own mind.

  7. Michel from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    First of all, for those of you seeking an incredibly deep andintriguing story line, this movie is not for you! This is a movie forpeople who just want to see some good solid action and goodentertainment.

    When i first saw the grade on IMDb i was a bit skeptical, but afterseeing the movie i was quite satisfied with it.

    Sure, it is quite predictable and the acting is not ground breaking.But the lasting action was quite entertaining for me.

    The biggest flaw of this movie is probably the story line. Some partsof the story are rather rushed without telling background information.Sometimes the story feels a bit rushed with more focus on the actionthan the actual reason for an event to happen. Some parts of the moviefeel a bit overdone and unnecessary making the main character lookquite dumb…

    I find this movie worth a 6,4 (i did not want to give it a 6 because ido find it deserves higher than a 6, this explains the 7 star rating)

  8. siderite from Romania
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    It wasn't bad. Nicholas Cage looked really fat and tired, not hisusually fit and tired self, and he played the cold assassin part withease. But when it went into the 'shy in love assassination teacher thatcares about his student and doesn't kill the good guys' part, it kindof felt rushed. I am sure you can see the problem here.

    Basically it is a film about a man that rediscovers his soul… thendies from it. Not a fresh thing in Asian movies, but something that the(re)makers of this film bet the Americans will find cool. I, myself,understood the idea, but saw no reason in remaking the Thai movie thathad the same idea and add almost nothing to it other than productioncosts.

    Bottom line: sad-good-assassin story, with no twist. If you like stufflike that, watch it. Better than Hell Rider, anyway.

  9. ma-cortes
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    This story deals about an American hit-man(Nicolas Cage, alsoproducer)in Thailand, he kills his victims with no remorse . The drugaddict murderer forms a relationship with a young man(pleasant ShahkritYamnarm), as he teaches his craft to Thai hustler. Meanwhile, thekiller falls in love with a deaf-mute( in the first version thishandicap is borne by the murderous) pharmacist(enjoyable Charlie Young)and he shares brief moments of happiness.

    This detailed study about an assassin and a youth he trains is anexciting movie with a great visual style. It concerns about murders,vengeance,love and this one delivers it well. The picture reworks manyfamiliar issues, as a double-crossed hit-man in love. The rate ofevents blending drama and action are enhanced by extended length of thehunting scenes and occasional flashes of brilliance. There are a greatdeal of killing with some creative moments wrought from heavystylistics and with a John Woo style. It succeeds in building intrigue,tension and nice performances, thanks to the affecting acting of thegirl who plays the deaf and mute , she's frankly marvelous. Thecharacters are well portrayed and they are persons for who the viewerhas feeling and compassion. Worth it for the terse script and twistsending.

    Furthermore, colorful and granulated cinematography by Decha Srimantra,usual of Pang brothers. Atmospheric musical score and fitting well toaction by Brian Tyler ,author of Rambo 4, Constantine, War, amongothers soundtracks. The motion picture is professionally directed byPang brothers(Messengers,Re-cycle,The eye 1, 2,3..),shooting duringThailand coup détat. Directors, Danny and Oxide Chun Pang did a coolbut uneven work in making this violent story.

  10. MisterWhiplash from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 3:19 pm

    Bangkok Dangerous comes to viewers who approach it on DVD with astigma. Matter of fact, it just kind of came and went when it played intheaters for a few weeks in September of 2008, around that time (i.e.Labor Day weekend) when few movies really do well with audiences orcritics. It looks like it will be garbage just from the video cover: ahalf interested Nicolas Cage in damn-ridiculous hair (basically aMuppet called and wants its body back), and with a premise that soundsjust like it is, a remake of an action movie from years back. But goinginto the movie my expectations were altered within some minutes. Theinitial thought was 'well, this will just be another hackneyed,predictable action movie in the Asian setting of Bangkok and stuck withwhat I call 'genericitis, which means a movie suffers from itsperpetual sense of the usual… and in ways the movie is that.

    It also surprised me with a few things, and it actually made me takethe movie seriously as an actual piece of work as opposed to somethingto deride with teeth gnashed like Ghost Rider. Nicolas Cage is tryingfor something a little different here. At first, yes, it may look likehe's bored, or wooden, or both in the character of "Joe" the hit-manwho has his four rules and, naturally, breaks at least a few of themduring the run time of the movie in Bangkok (i.e. be anonymous, don'tmake connections with people you don't know, and know when to quit),but this gives way to something else. He's trying for nuance andobservation, of being subtle in a role that should call for it (albeitJoe isn't a terribly interesting person save for his detachment). Whilehe's definitely no Alain Delon when it comes to playing cold killer whomay have a couple of portions of humanity in him, I actually did findmyself being drawn into the character just based on Cage's projectionof this detachment as a means to hide himself away from people. And forgood reason, since he's not a "people person" really.

    That is until Joe meets 'Kong', who is a guy he hires for work but thentakes on as his pupil (as the narration dutifully and unnecessarilytells us, because he sees something in Kong), and then also a romanticinterest in a deaf-mute girl who works at a pharmacy. The latter scenesespecially were touching because of it becoming a kind of silent movie,perhaps by default, when the two of them were together, and there's arather sad, painful scene later on in the film between the two that isshockingly good and believable. I even liked the actors who played Kongand the girl, and how their characters unfolded in the story, limitedas they might be… and yet, that old bastard cliché and conventionkept coming back, more-so into the action scenes and set-pieces;whenever a chase happens in the film (save for one moment involving anarm dismemberment) you can zone out and not miss much. The editing isthat kind of fast- kinetic style where you can barely take in a shotbefore it goes whizzing by. There's also some scenes that are ludicrousthat are taken dead-serious, such as when Cage's Joe practically hasgills and drowns a man underwater without any trouble.

    It's really a matter of the plot just not giving anything much for thecharacters or actors to do. And yet there is a misconception thatbecomes apparent; this is much more about the characters than the plot,at least for a while, and when it sticks to that the Pang brotherssense of cinematic style, of the love of dirty Bangkok and elephants,works and is enjoyable. When the story comes back though, particularlyin the last twenty minutes when Joe makes a fatal choice, it turns intosomething else – something frustratingly forgettable. For a short whilethere is hope, which is nice, until it reverts to what the expectationforetold. It's truly a mixed-bag, but far from the failure that wasprojected by the reviews and audience reaction… Oh, and of course,try not to look at Cage's hair. The bad jokes would never end. 5.5/10

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