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Archive for August, 2007

Hit Man File (THAI 2005)

Director : Sananjit Bangsapan
Cast : Chatchai Plengpanit, Saranyoo Wongkrachang, Suntisuk Promsiri, Bongkot Khongmalai

Synopsis
Forsaking his idealist past, Tanthai has become the
Thai underworld’s secret weapon: a remorseless contract killer able to dispatch any target? provided his price is met. But when Beum, a Machiavellian politician, hires
Tanthai to eliminate an upstart drug kingpin threatening Bangkok’s fragile criminal status quot, the lone wolf assassin’s ethical vacuum is inadvertently breached. Caught between rival Triad bosses, mercenary policemen and power hungry parliamentarians, Thailand’s deadliest assassin becomes the country’s most wanted target. As Bangkok boils over into a full-fledged gang war, Tanthai crosses gun barrels with a rival from out of his past and risks everything to answer a conscience he thought he’d long ago erased.

Review
by Edward Tang

II think this film had the potential to be something more than what it turned out to be. It had great cinematography (Considering this is a Thai film, it’s excellent), an interesting cast of characters and some good music. But that’s really it and what truly detracts from these smaller “good” things is the story and how it makes no fucking sense whatsoever. Granted, I didn’t expect a well thought out story but something that was barely adequate would have done well here. There are so many random characters and plot points that really make the film hard to understand: who is who and what their actions actually mean in the long run. Throughout the film I continuously asked my friends who this character was and what he was doing in the story, and they were as dumbfounded as me. I wanted to like this film but I was disappointed in the long run because there really isn’t anything in here that deserves a look.

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Bodyguard From Beijing (HK 1994)

Director : Corey Yuen/Kazuya Konaka
Cast : Jet Li, Christy Chung, Kent Cheng and Collin Chou

Synopsis

Jet Li is a bodyguard from Beijing, assigned to protect an eye-witness (Christie Chung) of a mass murder case. In the process, Christie Chung tends to fall in love with Jet Li….

Review
by Edward Tang

Jet Li and Corey Yuen have made a few films together including one of my favorite films in “Fong Sai Yuk” and others that are horrible. But the apply titled “Defender” or “Bodyguard from Beijing is a loose remake of the Whitney Houston bore fest. I’m impressed for the most part with this film because it has some great action sequences, but totally gets bogged down in the typical fare. You’ve got the bumbling fat sidekick, the fiends bad guy, the typically useless girl, the little kid who gets in the way, and the hero who accomplishes all of his goals. This film is good for the action, but it seemed to try and build a romance that just didn’t feel good with us at the end.

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Born To Fight (THAI 2004)

Director : Panna Rittikrai
Cast : Suebsak Pansueb , Sasisa Jindamanee , Piyapong Piew On , Noppol Gomarachun , Dan Chupong , Amornthep Waewsang

Synopsis
Deaw (Dan Chupong) is a Special Forces police officer that witnesses his partner and friend murdered when a drugs bust goes terrible wrong. Disheartened by this tragedy, he decides to join his sister and a troupe of elite athletes on a government sponsored charity event set to take place on the Thai/Burmese border.

Everything seems to be going to be going well, and Deaw is once again happy and fulfilled until…

A group guerillas arrived with a nuclear missile takes over the sleepy village, holding it hostage. The ransom they demand is the release of General Yang, one of the worlds most wanted drug lords. The clock is ticking. Can Deaw and the athletes rescue the village from the mercenaries? Can they save Bangkok from the imminent nuclear threat?

Review
by Edward Tang

A group of terrorists take a group of people hostage (Die Hard) and threaten to destroy Thailand (Under Siege) if they don’t release a drug dealer from prison (Air Force One). Born to Fight is the ultimate action movie cliché, right down to the down-on-his-luck asshole cop who happens to be in the area when a bunch of bad guys take it over.

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3 Iron (KOREA 2004)

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Director : Kim Ki Duk
Cast : Seung-yeon Lee, Hyun-kyoon Lee, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jin-mo Ju and Jeong-ho Cohi.

Synopsis
A young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents’ lives for a few days.

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A Better Tomorrow (HK 1986)

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Director : John Woo
Cast : Ti Lung, Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Cheung, Emily Chu, Waise Lee, Fui-On Shing, Kenneth Tsang.

Synopsis
This story is the tale of two brothers: one a successful counterfeiter and the younger a fledgling graduate of the HK police academy. The plot revolves around the split when the younger brother learns the other is a criminal and the efforts of the criminal brother to reform. Along the way are plenty of heists, double-crosses, and shoot outs.

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