With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, September 05, 2008

ACF 145: Bangkok Dangerous opens today!

Bangkok Dangerous, the new action feature from the Pang Brothers and starring Nicolas Cage, opens today nationwide. I, for one, am really excited about it, even without having yet seen the Pang's original 1999 thriller upon which this remake is based.

Trailers have been showing up on TV a lot over the past few days, and the film looks great. There's some two-handed pistol shooting by Cage that brings to mind Chow Yun-Fat in John Woo's Hard Boiled (1992). Some other shots on rivers or canals reminded me of one of the Roger Moore Bond movies. (I think it was The Man with the Golden Gun, but I'm not sure and don't care to spend the time to check out such a minor point.)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not accusing the Pangs of ripping off anybody. But certain comparisons seem to me to be unavoidable, given what's shown in the trailers and previews.

I'm just hopeful that the film lives up to its look. It has high production values, what looks like fantastic action sequences, and Nicolas Cage as an expert hitman, a role similar to the one he played (outstandingly in my opinion) as Castor Troy in Woo's Face/Off.

Download the Bangkok Dangerous Featurette! It has scenes from the movie and some interview segments with the principals. [Note: It's a fairly large file that may take awhile to download, but wait it out. Your patience will be rewarded.]

For downloads of the trailer and a clip of the "Water Bottle Shootout," and a link to an article in Wise Kwai's Thai Film Journal, get yourself over to ACF: 142.

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