Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bangkok Kung Fu (2011)


Despite its title, Bangkok Kung Fu (บางกอกกังฟู) isn't a martial-arts film. Instead, it's a rather dull teenage romantic melodrama. Director Yuthlert Sippapak throws in a few entertaining twists, but the purpose of the movie is to showcase the teen-idol singers from Kamikaze, the record label of music company RS Public, parent of studio Film R Us. They aren't stunt players, so they just stand there and make kung-fu poses while CGI waves of energy emanate from their hands, like they are The Last Airbender.

Going into this movie, I had little expectations. I didn't know what direction it would go or how the conflict would be executed in such a repetitive genre. All in my mind was an entertainment quality of martial arts as opposed to a more stylistic martial arts, handsome young men, and revenge fueling the action. The whole story was pretty typical. There are plenty of martial arts movies revolving around the motive of revenge, so the challenge is to make a typical motive different and entertaining. I think having the minor, minor issue of children being kidnapped kept it different. The boys having to deal with their physical and mental disabilities also kept things interesting. It forced the boys to reunite and use each other's sensory strengths to complete their goals: revenge on their captors and their Master's killer.

Bangkok Assassins was an entertaining movie with enjoyable and diverse main characters. It's unfortunate that the main villain and a couple fight scenes were a bit on the cheesy/cheap side. I think if you're looking for a simple and fun martial arts movie, I would give this movie a shot. I advise when you watch it, not to judge it too harshly or on the same level as movies like House of Flying Daggers.

Bangkok Kung Fu (2011)

§  Movie: Bangkok Kung Fu
§  Thai: บางกอกกังฟู
§  Director: Yuthlert Sippapak
§ Cast: Arak Amornsupasiri, Vitsawa Thaiyanon, Artikitt Prinkprom, Mario Maurer, Jarinya Sirimongkolsakul
§  Release Date: September 1, 2011 (Thailand)
§  Runtime: 100 min.
§  Distributor: Film R Us
§  Language: Thai
§  Country: Thailand
§  IMDb Rating: 4.5/10

Five kids fled from a mafia who abused them as beggars. They ended up meeting the great kung fu master who adopted them and taught them how to fight. Now, the kids are grownups and become the magnificent five kung fu fighters who have only one mission: to avenge the mafia who destroyed their lives.


Bangkok Kung Fu (2011)

Bangkok Kung Fu (2011)

Bangkok Kung Fu (2011)


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