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Bangkok Dangerous (1999)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 5

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A hired killer gives up his career for love in this stylish crime drama from Thailand. Kong (Pawalit Mongkolpisit) is a hit man who never speaks as he carries out his deadly assignments. Kong has begun to grow tired of his life of crime, and becomes infatuated with Fon (Premsinee Ratanasopha), a beautiful young woman who works as an assistant in a drugstore. As Kong tries to win the affections of Fon, he decides to turn against the gangsters who control him, and use his skills to earn his

Mar 5, 2002

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (17) | DVD (3)

An audiovisually complex drama that's better than slick, though it feels pointless-another homage to a kind of filmmaking that's had more than its share.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Bangkok Dangerous mixes mindless violence, sappy romance, and philosophical pretentiousness. On the whole, it does the first better than the other two.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Enjoyable in an undemanding way, and with a few interesting flourishes.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Seriously impressive.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Scene after thrilling scene, this movie takes your breath away.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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It's long on style but short on substance.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The pacing is usually clumsy and transitions are clunky. There are two bravura sequences not quite worth the price of submission . . . other scenes suggest that the Pang Brothers really want to make a new horror film, not retread stagnant action plots.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

No frills at all [on the DVD release} and a marketing attempt to garner some extra revenue by capitalizing on the [upcoming] Nic Cage version.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Doesn't make much of a lasting impression except as a case study in the dreariness of style-over-substance filmmaking when said style is the height of derivativeness.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness old-as-the-hills hit man story jazzed up by flashy visuals and a charismatic turn by the very good looking lead.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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The poorly worked plot and lack of decent dialogue makes you wonder if the title Bangkok Monotonous isn't more appropriate.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Written, directed and edited by the Pang brothers, Bangkok Dangerous delivers 105 minutes of explosive, stylised, bone-splintering violence that leaves little room for dialogue.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Style-rich, substance-weak.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film moves at a dizzying pace, as it moves either backward or forward with no rhyme or reason.

March 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Pangs' film is leavened with charming pathos and romance. This is a sure-footed, watchable film that lingers in the mind.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian

A worthy attempt to add an emotional dimension to the standard bullet play that characterises most action movies.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source:

Expect the Pang brothers receive a call from a Hollywood studio soon.

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Combined with the rather touching romance that's trying to bloom between rivers of blood, the film is more than a little unsettling ... and unsuccessful.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's so simple it seems silly, but the Pangs absolutely kick the thing out with exquisite photography, editing and music.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A succession of set-pieces, each of them individually impressive but adding up to very little because there's nothing between them to move us.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Audience Reviews for Bangkok Dangerous

Action thriller about the exploits of a death mute hitman working for a seedy Thai gangster. Despite the interesting disability the story doesn't herald too many surprises. But the film has enough style, heart and bloody gun-play to distinguish itself among other contract-killer flicks out there and it's head and shoulders above many of them. Well worth checking out!
May 29, 2011
Lee ?

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Magnificent Thailand action movie I ever seen with a deaf mute assassin. The imagery is beautiful and imaginative, excellent editing and vibrant colors.
The cast was good, especially Pavarit Mongkolpisit playing Kong, the deaf assassin, he did a fantastic job, showing a full range of emotion without uttering a word. That does make 100% sense to know about a deaf person who could learn experiences and everything to become smart and professional one, not dumb in this film, just like me and other Deafies. I understood what Kong was doing in the scenes including communicating with a beautiful girl and eyes open on gunfights.
February 1, 2009
Dean McKenna

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The Pang brothers manage to use fancy editing, bright neon lights, and a memorable soundtrack without once coming off as pretentious. Kong is a wonderful protagonist, and conveys heart felt emotions despite the inability to speak. His final attempt at reading out what he wrote in a letter to his beloved Fon is incredibly moving and very sad. Great action and hard hitting drama.
June 3, 2006

Super Reviewer

Gritty depiction of a handful of amorals make me wonder "What's the point of this film??" Calling the story threadbare is an insult to fishnet stockings. Let's see how many words it takes to describe: Deaf/mute assassin meets girl, then avenges mentor and a friend. Seriously, that's the entire 100 minutes in an eleven word nutshell. The scenes of killing (and there are many, but often brief) would appeal only to people who watch those wretched "World's Wildest Drivers" TV shows. The only point of interest is that the director does have an interesting style and offers some original impressionistic images. Unfortunately, given the non-story, he feels the need to shoot the entire film in an arty, crazy-angled manner to distract from the gaping absence of plot. My advice: skip it. There's a good chance the American version represents an improvement.
March 31, 2009
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