Irish Film Institute -BANGKOK DANGEROUS



105 minutes, Thailand, 1999, Subtitled, Colour, 35mm

Twin brothers Danny and Oxide Pang may have become lost to a string of fairly forgettable Hong Kong genre films in the past decade, but the one-two punch of their first features, Bangkok Dangerous and The Eye remain potent calling cards – so much so that both were later remade by Hollywood.

Pawalit Mongkolpisit plays a deaf-mute hit-man in Bangkok who falls for a tender shop-girl and begins to suffer the consequences of a life of murder. The directors’ verve and editing skills belie the picture’s low-budget independent origins, and serve up a refreshing reminder of the heady days of CGI-free gunplay. (Notes by Paul Markey.)

Screening as part of Wanna Fight? (August 3rd – 31st), our season recognising the influences on director Nicolas Winding Refn and the roots of Only God Forigves.

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