BANGKOK: DANGEROUS

"A Bloody Mess"

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Content: -3 Excessive content and/or worldview problems.
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BANGKOK: DANGEROUS is about a deaf-mute hitman, presumably motivated by being bullied as a child, who eventually develops a conscience about the suffering he has caused. BANGKOK: DANGEROUS is a blood-soaked, convoluted story of Thailand violence about two pals who work together as contract killers. A hired killer named Jo befriends deaf-mute Kong as he takes an interest in his talent for handling a gun at an indoor shooting range. Jo takes Kong under his wing and teaches him to shoot, fight and kill for a living. The two become friends and share a small flat in Bangkok’s bustling city. When Jo’s girlfriend is raped, Jo vows revenge and executes the client responsible. When Jo is murdered in turn, Kong begins to understand the consequences of his evil work. He determines to execute the killers who have killed his buddy and sets out to “right what was wronged” by killing his bosses, too, even if it means dying in the process.

BANGKOK: DANGEROUS shows life devoid of morality, laws or spirituality. It’s a place where justice is irrelevant and self-destructive behavior is applauded. It’s more than dangerous. It’s drenched in death

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(PaPaPa, FR, L, VVV, SS, A, D, MM) Pagan worldview with strong themes of violence & vengeance about a deaf-mute hitman finally understanding the pain he has caused; Buddhist prayers for deceased shown; 3 obscenities & 1 profanity; extreme violence includes portrayal of rape while videotaped by friends (but no nudity shown), young girl witnesses bloody sniper shooting, children shown throwing rocks at a deaf-mute child & causing a bloody head wound, execution-style shootings, an entire sequence of shootings, fighting, beatings, & stabbings, gunshot suicide, kickboxers fight in a ring, graphic scene of man stabbed in hand & man stabbed in neck, muggers attack with knives, motorcycle accident, chase scenes, multiple head shots, & much blood with bruises & wounds shown throughout; depicted rape (no nudity), implied sexual immorality & man rubs his crotch in suggestive manner; no nudity, but cleavage & scantily clad, thong-wearing dancers shown often in a go-go bar; drinking; smoking; and, revenge, emptiness, vigilante justice.

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BANGKOK: DANGEROUS is about a deaf-mute hitman, presumably motivated by being bullied as a child, who eventually develops a conscience about the pain and suffering he has caused. BANGKOK: DANGEROUS is so blood-soaked, even the opening and closing credits appear as blood seeps across the screen. It is a convoluted story of Thailand violence that does not translate well with English subtitles. Sure, American audiences are familiar with violence and certainly violent stories, but poor subtitling or, at times, no subtitling, makes it a difficult story to follow.

A hired killer named Jo befriends deaf-mute Kong as he takes an interest in his talent for handling a gun at an indoor shooting range. Jo takes Kong under his wing and teaches him to shoot, fight and kill for a living. The two become friends and share a small flat in Bangkok’s bustling city. When Jo’s girlfriend is raped, Jo vows revenge and executes the client responsible for the attack. When Jo is trapped and murdered in turn, Kong feels the pain of losing a loved one and begins to understand the consequences of the evil work he has done. Kong determines to execute the killers who have killed his killing buddy and sets out to “right what was wronged” by killing his bosses, too, even if it means he will die in the process.

Directors and twin brothers Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang are, according to press releases, well known for realistically and convincingly portraying conditions in Thai society. BANGKOK: DANGEROUS succeeds on that level, at least. There is no Hollywood glamorization of murder, killing for hire, or hitmen here. The entire story, communicating its violent scenes with both color and black and white, is gritty, bloody and cold. There are stylized shots and clever slow-motion sequences, but there is nothing of substance beneath this superficial story. The executions are plentiful, brutal and merciless. More often than not, audiences have no idea why contracts are placed on these men and equally little is known about the main character killers. Kong and Jo are seemingly emotionally dead (except when it comes to hatred and revenge) and exist merely to survive or serve their own idea of justice.

BANGKOK: DANGEROUS shows life devoid of morality, laws or spirituality. It’s a place where justice is irrelevant and self-destructive behavior is applauded. It’s more than dangerous. It’s drenched in death.

BANGKOK: DANGEROUS is in stark contrast to Hollywood’s portrayals of super-cool, leather clad assassins. American movies such as PULP FICTION, FACE OFF, POINT OF NO RETURN, and THE SPECIALIST will surely show the glitz, glamour and style of the killer’s life but avoid dealing with the real tragedy and consequences. Curiously, these American portrayals are, in some ways, more dangerous than the unmistakable and empty realism shown in BANGKOK: DANGEROUS.

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