Among a plethora of recent Asian "street movies", most of them little more than action sequences with MTV-like backdrops, Bangkok Dangerous stands out....... more
Among a plethora of recent Asian "street movies", most of them little more than action sequences with MTV-like backdrops, Bangkok Dangerous stands out. Its harsh amalgam of guns, sex and crime is typical of the genre, but Danny and Oxide Pang have put together more than just a filmed video game. The comradeship between Kong, deaf mute and quick-witted hit man, and Joe, accident-blighted marksman turned mentor, is strong enough to withstand whatever the city can throw at them. The love element, in which Kong falls for the wide-eyed chemist's assistant Fon, hardly detracts from the violence and mayhem, but is enough to make Kong face up to his existence on the margins of society and his inability to choose another course. As high-impact as the visuals are, it's the balance between stasis and dynamism--with virtuoso camera work and editing--that makes for compulsive filmmaking. On the DVD:Bangkok Dangerous has an anamorphic widescreen picture that gives the visuals a garish immediacy. English subtitles are included, as are a selection of promo pictures and filmographies for the Pang brothers and star Pawalit Mongkolpisit. Mark Wyatt's film notes set the background succinctly, but an interview with either or both of the Pangs, or a location feature would have been even more welcome as context. As it is, those drawn to the idea of hard-hitting action with substance will not be disappointed. --Richard Whitehouse
Presents a record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottest metropolis Bangkok. This title takes us to a feverish place where a strange...... more
Presents a record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottest metropolis Bangkok. This title takes us to a feverish place where a strange blend of ancient Buddhist practice and new sexual mores has created a version of modernity only superficially indebted to the West.
Advantages: lets you have a decent sleep Disadvantages: takes a long time, can be noisy,
...travelled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on the express sleeper train June 2000.
I have just taken that journey again November 2002 and have added additional information to the review.
The train system in Thailand is simple. There is the Regular train which stops at everywhere, the Rapid which stops at most stops and the Express which stops only at major stations. The Regular train carries...
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Review of Thailand - Travelling from Bangkok to...
Advantages: a totally different culture Disadvantages: can be too hot
...couldn't have been more wrong. I visited Bangkok for 10 days and it was one of the best 10 days of my life. The culture is so completely different from the UK that even if you don't necessarily enjoy your trip it will be an unforgettable experience. I have broken my review down sections so that if you don't have time to read all of it you can just pick up on the parts you are interested in. If there is...
Advantages: Beautiful people, beautiful city. Disadvantages: Being hassled by Tuk Tuk drivers, and being told attractions were closed.
...night in Bangkok, travel around the country, and return to the city when you are more at home in Thailand.
AIRPORT BUS OR TAXI?
If there are more than two people travelling together then a taxi will be cheaper, but you will need to agree a price before stepping into the taxi - this will most probably involve bartering the price down a bit. As there were only two of us travelling we opted...