Notable Cast: John Foo, Caroline Ducey, Michael Cohen
As a cult film fanatic, my taste in films tends to be a little odd. If you were to ask me what my favorite kind of movies are I would answer "you know those movies that are awful, but so awesome at the same time? Those movies." Films that exist in a place where budget, strength of acting, story, and direction can be irrelevant. A place where "Bangkok Revenge" exists. Oh man, this movie is downright one of the most poorly made films I've seen...but at the same time, it's also one that I got pure joy out of watching it. Half the time the film made little to no sense in its half attempted plot and poorly developed characters all the while the execution in direction and acting is questionable at best...but it all combines into a perfect storm of B-grade action awesomeness.
Manit (Foo) was left for dead as a child when his parents were brutally murdered by the mob. They left a bullet in his head that left him in a coma for quite some time...and left him unable to feel emotion. Raised in the outskirts of Thailand, he is trained to be an expert in martial arts. When new evidence in his parents' murder case opens a new path, he takes the road of revenge to bring justice to a conspiracy that has lasted too long.
|There is a better actor in him than this...well as far as B-grade action films go.
Yet, I have to admit it here, that there was something about "Bangkok Revenge" that had me completely hooked. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the hilarity of its B-grade moments, including a sex scene that is so unbelievably awkward it made me feel uncomfortable, but there were these moments...where a good movie peeked through. Mineo might have had trouble getting the film to flow and balance, but he tries to make certain moments unique and, surprisingly enough, it does work...occasionally. He obviously knows that Foo's strength lies in his fight work and the martial arts sequences can be quite good. Even artistic if you count the cool headlight shadow fight or the elevator throw down. Foo occasionally showcases a charisma for the moment too (it's rare here, he was slightly better in "Tekken") and between that and his strong action sequence presence it was enough to keep me interested.
|GOING DOWN in an elevator. Pun intended.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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