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: a totally different culture Disadvantages: can be too hot
...nights in a gorgeous four star hotel we paid under £650 each. I was really impressed with that, and it made me realise that Thailand isn't as much of an expensive destination as I thought it was. Just on a safety point though, it is a long flight and there is a risk of DVT, so I would certainly recommend purchasing flight socks.
On arrival in Bangkok, the first thing that hits you is...
Advantages: Beautiful people, beautiful city. Disadvantages: Being hassled by Tuk Tuk drivers, and being told attractions were closed.
...the rooms are more expensive, you are probably only going to be paying the equivalent of 10-£15 for a nice hotel. (Our second guesthouse cost us the equivalent of about £2!)
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN BANGKOK
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace has to be seen to be believed! We were struck by the opulence and scale of the buildings, and the inspiring beauty of the shrines - the most famous of which...
Advantages: Offers something for everyone, cheap Disadvantages: Not easy on the eye, choose where you stay based on the kind of holiday you want
...destinations such as Koh Samui or Hua Hin.
Pattaya is often known as ?Bangkok on Sea?, and the town itself is situated just over 100 miles from Bangkok, or about a 90 minute drive away.
We arrived in Bangkok and as ever, spent the first night there attempting to sleep off our jetlag. Next morning found us at the Ekamai bus station purchasing tickets from a woman who was most reluctant to give my husband...
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