Director: Danny and Oxide Pang
Starring: Pawalit Mongkolpisit, Premsinee
Ratanasopha, Patharawin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit.
Time: 105 minutes
In their film debut, the Oxide brothers take
a well-worn story that has been played out on the dirty streets of Hong
Kong in a multitude of films and transfer it to the hardened streets of
Bangkok. The story itself though seems to really not be the point – it’s
the fast changing style that the Oxide brothers really seem to relish.
The film is built on a gangbang of visual flourishes that feels as if they
squeezed Wong Kar-wai's films through a fruit blender and splashed the
output on their film canvass. For me it was the pulsing beat of these cinematic
stylings that gave the film a fast dancing heartbeat and made it a pleasure
to watch. It certainly can be accused of being derivative of previous films,
but its done with such energy, joy and commitment that it feels like their
Kong (Pawalit) is a deaf mute and a professional
killer. Give him a fistful of baht and a picture and you have a dead man.
He doesn’t worry who the intended victim is – if he is a good man or a
bad one – it’s all the same to him – dead is dead. Not having feelings
is part of the trade for the deaf and mute and poor in the City of Angels
and it translates well into being a perfect killer. Kong works with his
friend and mentor Joe (Pisek) and they get their assignments through a
go-go bar girl (Aom). Kong falls in love with the lovely Fon (Premsinee)
a pharmacy clerk who tries to guess what Kong does – a bartender – no –
a security guard – no – a gas station attendant? When Kong kills two muggers
without blinking she gets her answer in spades.
Falling in love for a killer almost always foretells
bad tidings in a film and soon things go very wrong for Kong. Aom is raped
and filmed by the right hand man of their boss – and Joe exacts revenge
for his friend with a flurry of bullets to the body and one to the groin.
Now he is an open sore waiting to be wiped clean and Kong gets pulled into
this impending speeding car wreck of betrayal and revenge as well. There
isn’t much doubt where the film is going but the garish hues, sullen noir
streets, slo-mo killings and need for redemption bring you there in style.
The DVD has English subs.
My rating for this film: 7.5