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Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (DVD) (DTS Version) DVD Region 3

Pawalit Mongkolpisit (Actor) | Premsinee Ratanasopha (Actor) | Oxide Pang (Director) | Pang Brothers (Director)
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Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (DVD) (DTS Version)
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Before making it big in Asia with horror films like The Eye, the Pang Brothers first made a splash with their 1999 Thai crime drama Bangkok Dangerous. Weaving from the gritty streets of Bangkok to the heart of Hong Kong, the directing duo's hardboiled debut film about a deaf hitman won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival, and launched the brothers on the path to international filmmaking fame. In 2008 the Pang Brothers remade Bangkok Dangerous for Hollywood with Nicolas Cage in the leading role.

Deaf-mute hitman Kong (Pawalit Mongkolpisit) is especially good at his job because he can't hear his gunshots or the final cries of his targets. Hardened by a bitter childhood, he was guided into the profession by Jo (Pisek Intrakanchit) and his hostess girlfriend Aom (Patharawarin Timkul). Kong's view of the world is relentlessly grim and angry until he meets kindhearted pharmacist Fon (Premsinee Ratanasopha), and begins to think there may be a better life for him elsewhere. But when tragedy befalls Jo and Aom over a clash with the mob, Kong can only pick up his gun again and seek bloody revenge.

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Product Title: Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (DVD) (DTS Version) 無聲火 (DTS版) 无声火 (DTS版) レイン(Bangkok Dangerous) (DTS Version、香港版) Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (DVD) (DTS Version)
Artist Name(s): Pawalit Mongkolpisit (Actor) | Premsinee Ratanasopha (Actor) 柏華力莫高彼斯徹 (Actor) | 派絲妮華妲娜蘇夏 (Actor) 柏华力莫高彼斯彻 (Actor) | 派丝妮华妲娜苏夏 (Actor) パワリット・モングコンビシット (Actor) | Premsinee Ratanasopha (Actor) Pawalit Mongkolpisit (Actor) | Premsinee Ratanasopha (Actor)
Director: Oxide Pang | Pang Brothers | Danny Pang 彭順 | 彭氏兄弟 | 彭發 彭 顺 | Pang Brothers | 彭 发 彭順(オキサイド・パン) | 彭氏兄弟 (パン・ブラザーズ) | 彭發 (ダニー・パン) Oxide Pang | Pang Brothers | Danny Pang
Release Date: 2003-05-21
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002819525

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導演:彭順╱彭發
Director: Oxide & Danny Pang

  剛的世界一直都是寂無聲的,聽不到、說不出可不好受,還要常遭人白眼,直至遇上殺手祖。祖把剛訓練成出色的殺手,重建他的自信心。為了報答祖,剛每次行動都竭盡所能;識英雄重英雄,祖也視剛為自己的親兄弟,福禍同當,無分彼此。一天,剛在藥房巧遇芳,以為幸福逐漸靠近之際,祖卻慘遭虐殺,剛為了替兄弟報仇,逐展開復仇大計……

  本片是《見鬼》導演彭順、彭發兩兄弟的早期作品,揚威多個海外影展,更榮獲曼谷影評人協會周年大獎6項殊榮。

  Kong, a professional killer, has been mute since childhood. He is deadly and numb. He enacts his grisly tasks with a sociopathic coldness - his steady, Impersonal revenge on the world.

  Ultimately, the chance for his transformation (and redemption) finally arrives in the form of a girl able to provide the only tenderness and warmth he's ever know……

  A gritty story, the film is a powerful thriller, with strong emphasis on style, suave cutting techniques, effects, and urbane production values. Fast-paced, bloody and exciting, this film shows Bangkok's darker worlds, and the glimmer of hope possible in the dimmest of lives.


﹡dts Dolby Digital

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﹡DVD-9
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Professional Review of "Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (DVD) (DTS Version)"

April 7, 2011

This professional review refers to Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Judging from reviews at hand and feet, Bangkok Dangerous is a technically proficient exercise in style (ya know, in general like) that fails to involve audiences emotionally.

Fiddlesticks.

Elevation of emotional affect over formal effect has to be expected, I guess, but in this instance I think it makes for unwarranted criticism. Bangkok Dangerous heavily borrows plot and theme from its generic predecessors (Hong Kong gangster/hitman films), but the Pang's are not interested in simply re-staging situations. They succeed in expressing conventional generic elements in new and refreshing ways. Largely through formal variation, they reinvigorate a hackneyed genre that has seen better days. Cold, distant and perhaps a bit depressing, Dangerous is also energetic, taut and at times a little dazzling.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Pang's made this film just to show off their mastery of unmotivated cutting. Rather than follow the eyelines of characters or some kind of highly principled editing system, the Pang's cut up, through, into and between space on the thinnest of premises and suggestions. They contrive small pieces of staging that momentarily block the camera in order to engage barely noticeable jump cuts. Overlayed and multiply dissolving images enhance feelings of revulsion in one application, while suggesting themes of comraderie or togetherness in another. Conventional shot-reverse shot editing is completely absent. In fact, the camera is rarely aligned anywhere near a character's line of sight. On a few occasions, however, Kong's optical point-of-view is engaged (with the addition of a mute soundtrack) and it is in these carefully withheld moments, I would argue, that the Pang's most overtly try to elicit our empathy. Given this effort to generate an emotional response through stylistic means, I'd find it hard to take seriously any argument that proposes the Pang's aesthetic is one devised from two cold hearts.

My major problem with Dangerous is the relegation of the central female characters Aom and Fon to base narrative functions. Aside from her key role in the exposition, Aom's purpose is to be raped and turn the plot into a revenge/redemption deal. Fon's purpose is to fall hopelessly in love with Kong and hence add weight to the tragedy that ensues. Fon's role is especially weakened in comparison to Kong, Jo and Aom who are at least developed to some extent in the backstory. The multiple flashbacks motivated by those character developments remind us that Dangerous is guided by a principle of stylistic variation. Using wildly divergent film stocks, camera filters, music, locations, and so on (this could be a really long list), these scenes offer some of the best examples of condensed, visceral storytelling you're likely to see outside of Hong Kong.

8 ways -- at least! -- to avoid POV cutting out of 10

by James Brown - heroic-cinema.com"

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Customer Review of "Bangkok Dangerous (1999) (DVD) (DTS Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

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March 31, 2008

EXQUISITELY DONE!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Very very good movie. If you want to see a good thriller action and drama in one, this movie is for you.

No wonder hollywood bought the rights for this film starring Nicolas Cage. It's a good buy.. you won't regret it.
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Anonymous

March 3, 2005

Excellent film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I wasnt sure what the guy who done the main review of this film was trying to say, so I thought I would right an easier to understand review. Sorry for those who dont speak English, I am learning Chinese at the moment though.

Bangkok Dangerous, is not like any other hitman movie you will see. For a start you get to see why Kong does what he does and the reason for him showing no remorse for his victims. The flash back scene of the young child crying after being bullied for being deaf and mute, just shows everything.

The love interest with Fon is perfect, it shows Kong having fun with a friend who cares about him, something he has never experienced and doesnt need to show anything more than that for you to realise why he has such feelings for her. She can also see that his acts of kindness are for her friendship and not in a usual boyfriend/girlfriend scenario.

This film is so full of emotion it had me in tears a couple of times, and I dont cry at movies much. The Pang brothers actually tell you enough about each character to feel for all of them. And the 4 main actors performance are perfect for portraying what the Pangs were trying to do.

If you love action films, then watch this film. If you love love stories, watch this film, if you want a good tear jerker, watch this film.

The Pangs video and soundtrack editing, make this film original enough to never be compared to anything else and the action is there at the right times, never over the top, or destracting you from the plot.

All in all, this is a truly emotional movie, that deserves a top rating because everything about it is perfect.
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