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Bangkok Dangerous

Teaser release poster
Directed by Pang Brothers
Produced by Nicolas Cage
Norman Golightly
William Sherak
Jason Shuman
Written by Pang Brothers
Jason Richman
Narrated by Nicolas Cage
Starring Nicolas Cage
Charlie Yeung
Chakrit Yamnam
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Decha Srimantra
Editing by Mike Jackson
Curran Pang
Distributed by LIONSGATE
Release date(s) September 5, 2008
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Thai
Budget $45,000,000
Gross revenue $40,732,688

Bangkok Dangerous is a 2008 crime film, written and directed by the Pang Brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage. It is a remake of the Pangs' 1999 debut film of the same name, a Thai film, for which Cage's production company, Saturn Films, purchased the remake rights.[1] Known by its working title, Big Hit in Bangkok,[2] and also as Time to Kill, it began filming in Bangkok in August 2006, with locations that include Soi Cowboy.[3][4]

The film was financed by Initial Entertainment Group, with Lionsgate acquiring its North America distribution rights.[5] The film was released in North America on September 5, 2008.

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Plot

Hitman Joe goes to Bangkok for a month-long assignment, to kill four people for Bangkok ganglord Surat.

He hires pickpocket Kong as his go-between, a condition of the contract being that the gang will never meet Joe. Contracts from the Bangkok gangsters go through Kong via a nightclub dancer, Aom, with whom Kong becomes romantically involved.

Joe's first execution is done in traffic with him riding a bike and stopping in front of the car. He then shoots the target with a machine pistol.

During Joe's first execution, he got a cut on his arm, so he went to a chemist shop, where he met Fon (a chemist representative, who happens to be a deaf-mute). Eventually he falls in love with her, and asks her to dinner on the very next day. Joe also went to Fon's house. On being asked about Joe's work by Fon's mother, Joe introduced himself as a banker.

His second target is a ganglord and sexual predator who buys girls from the North. Joe first spies on him at the penthouse where the ganglord brings two bikini girls (one in black and one in pink) from his swimming pool into his bedroom. The ganglord is seen having a threesome as one was stripped completely naked riding on top of him as the other was stripped down to her bikini bottom one his side giving him a french kiss. Joe sneaks into the penthouse and finds only the naked girl that was doing cowgirl exhausted in the bed. Joe later ventures out to the pool and finds the ganglord making out with the other girl who was breast naked. Joe then drowns his target in the pool.

Originally he plans to kill Kong before he leaves but after Kong gives him information about the second target he begins to train Kong. For the third execution Kong assists Joe, the kill does not go as planned, with the target nearly getting away before Joe catches him and shoots him after a chase in front of many shocked onlookers. Before the third kill, the gang attempts to identify Joe, and he warns them off.

His fourth target is the Prime Minister of Thailand. Joe is about to make the kill when he has second thoughts, is spotted, and escapes through a panicking crowd. Joe is now a target and is attacked at his house by four gang members. He manages to use explosives to take them out and is faced with the choice of rescuing Kong or leaving the country unharmed. Joe decides to rescue Kong, so he sets off to the gang's headquarters with one of the half-alive attackers who was injured in the explosion at Joe's safe house.

Joe goes to the gang's headquarters, kills most of the gang and saves Kong and Aom. The fearful gang leader flees to his car with three other accomplices. Joe spots him and shoots the gang members at the front of the car dead. After one of the gang in back of the car attempts to run to safety, Joe kills him. Joe gets into the back seat with Surat, the gang leader.

As the police arrive at the location, Joe is again in a difficult situation; he decides to use his last remaining bullet to kill himself by putting both his and Surat's heads together. Joe then puts the gun up to his temple and pulls the trigger, killing himself and Surat.

Cast

Production

The original film's main character is a Deaf hitman, whose disability makes him a fearless, unflinching gunman. That character has been changed in the remake. During production, doll hair was added to Nick Cage's real hair to produce his unique look.[1]

"We'd like to keep him the same, but we understand that from a marketing point of view Nic needs to have some lines," Oxide was quoted as saying in the New York Times. "So what we’re going to do is transform his girlfriend instead into a deaf [man]. This switch will maintain the drama of communication between the two main characters."[6]

Reception

As of December 13, the film has a 9% approval rating based on 86 reviews from critics at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[7] Based on the bloody finale and depressing conclusion, Ross Fleming, British reviewer in Hong Kong, sarcastically referred to the film as 'the feel-good movie of the year'. At the website Metacritic, which utilizes a normalized rating system, the film earned a rating of 24 out of 100 based on 16 reviews.[8]

Box office

The film has grossed $15,298,133 domestically and $25,434,817 abroad, adding up to a worldwide gross of $40,732,950.[9] However, the film grossed $7.8 million on its opening weekend making this the first film since Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star to debut at number 1 with such a low gross. Lionsgate distribution topper Steve Rothenberg said, "It will be a nicely profitable film for us."[10]

Home media release

Bangkok Dangerous was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 6, 2009. As of December 1st 2009, 760,178 units have been sold, gathering $15,058,164 in revenue.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b Fleming, Michael (June 6, 2006). ""Cage's 'Dangerous' liaison"". Variety. Reed Business Information. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117944679?categoryid=1236&cs=1&query=bangkok+and+dangerous&display=bangkok+dangerous. Retrieved August 7, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Nicolas lands in Bangkok for Pang brothers movie". Agence France-Press. August 22, 2006. http://www.tonight.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3403983&fSectionId=&fSetId=251. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Stickman Weekly 20/8/2006". Stickmanbangkok.com. August 20, 2006. http://www.stickmanbangkok.com/Weekly2006/weekly276.htm. Retrieved August 21, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Thai filmmakers hope remakes will lure overseas audiences". Channel NewsAsia. Agence France-Presse. July 20, 2007. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/289077/1/.html. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Lionsgate Acquires Cage's Bangkok Dangerous". Comingsoon.net. February 7, 2008. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=41726. Retrieved July 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ Jessop, Sonia Kolesnikov (July 13, 2006). ""Pang brothers see eye-to-eye on horror"". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/13/arts/13iht-fmlede14.html. Retrieved July 14, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Bangkok Dangerous". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bangkok_dangerous/. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Bangkok Dangerous". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/bangkokdangerous2008?q=Bangkok%20Dangerous. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Bangkok Dangerous (2008)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=bangkokdangerous.htm. Retrieved October 14, 2008. 
  10. ^ "'Bangkok Dangerous' on top with modest take". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117991778.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved October 14, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Bangkok Dangerous — DVD Sales". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2008/BANGK-DVD.php. 

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