Bangkok Dangerous | aka Rain (1999) Review

"Bangkok Dangerous" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Bangkok Dangerous" Japanese Theatrical Poster

AKA: Rain
Director: Pang Brothers (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang)
Writer: Pang Brothers (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang)
Producer: Nonzee Nimibutr
Cast: Pawalit Mongkolpisit, Premsinee Ratanasopha, Patharawarin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit, Korkiate Limpapat, Piya Boonnak
Running Time: 105 min.

By Woody

I’m really drunk right now, so excuse any glaring grammatical errors. “Bangkok Dangerous” is a really awesome low-budget flick. If you were to take Chow Yun Fat out of “The Killer” and replace him with Takeshi Kaneshiro’s character from “Fallen Angels”, you’d have a pretty shitty movie, right? Uh, not right. That is pretty much the premise of “Bangkok Dangerous” and it kicks ass, man. And it’s directed by the Pang brothers. I wonder if they are twins. If so, they should wear matching flannel suits and sing torch songs in seedy Thai nightclubs where rich American men go looking for underaged girl-boy “yum yum”. Like, when they aren’t directing and stuff. I notice also that one of the brother’s names is Oxide. Sounds like a chemical compound or something. I wonder if that is a common thing amongst the Thai…choosing their kids names at random from a chemistry book. If that is the case, I must on principle steer clear of getting any Thai chicks…I might end up with a strapping young lad named “Sodium Chloride” or “Phosphate” or something along those lines. It would be hard to steer clear of Thai chicks, though, if they all looked like Fon, played by the oh-so-hot Premsinee Ratanasopha. She was a definite highlight.

The movie looks really nice, too, considering the extreme low-budget. There are all kinds of nifty music-video style flourishes and stuff, and yet, it still retains this gritty verite feeling. Even though in the context of a typical shoot-’em-up action movie, “Bangkok Dangerous” really gives a good feel for what Thailand is like. A really, uh, dangerous place. So yeah, “Bangkok Dangerous” is really good. And not because I’m drunk and can’t stop smiling and I’m making my friends laugh. Oh, because…oh yeah, I just watched the movie. But I’m not all, like, into it, because I’m drunk because I’ve seen it already and it was really good. It’s like, a stylish verite low-budget awesome piece of work and I respect the Pang brothers so much for having made such a kickass little movie on such a low budget even if that one dude is named after a chemical compound. I would almost go as far as to call this the “El Mariachi” of Thai cinema, but I’ve only seen a few Thai movies and frankly I don’t want that chemical compound dude and his brother to come over here and direct, like, a “Spy Kids” sequel or anything. I’m so dizzy and I can’t see and it’s all blurry. What a strange feeling. It’s so funny…oh my gaw… dddddddddddddddddd…

Woody’s Rating: 8/10

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