Bangkok Love Story

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Overview

A hitman falls for his handsome target, only to find that his passion may prove his downfall in director Poj Arnon's scintillating underworld drama. Maek Rattanaballang Tohssawat is a cold-blooded assassin for hire, and his latest assignment is to take out a police informant named Iht Chaiwat Thongsaeng. Just as Maek gets his mark in his sights, however, he has a last-second change of heart and decides not to pull the trigger. In the ensuing gunfight, Maek takes a bullet and is dragged to safety by a grateful ...
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Overview

A hitman falls for his handsome target, only to find that his passion may prove his downfall in director Poj Arnon's scintillating underworld drama. Maek Rattanaballang Tohssawat is a cold-blooded assassin for hire, and his latest assignment is to take out a police informant named Iht Chaiwat Thongsaeng. Just as Maek gets his mark in his sights, however, he has a last-second change of heart and decides not to pull the trigger. In the ensuing gunfight, Maek takes a bullet and is dragged to safety by a grateful Iht. As Iht nurses Maek back to health, the wounded hitman and his married caretaker find their feelings for one another developing into something far deeper than friendship. When word gets out about Maek and Iht's forbidden romance, everyone from Thailand's biggest crime boss to Iht's enraged wife comes gunning for them. Later, Maek returns to his boss in hopes of rectifying the situation. But Maek's boss isn't the most forgiving of criminal kingpins, and when Iht turns up unexpectedly, the bullets really start to fly.
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Special Features

Alternate ending; Original trailer; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • UPC: 807839003536
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tla
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rattanaballang Tohssawat Maek
Chayawart Sang Thong Iht
Chaiwat Thongsaeng
Weeradit Srimalai Mhok
Wiradit Srimalai
Chutcha Rujinanon Sai
Utumporn Silapran
Chonprakhan Janthareuang
Suchao Pongwilai
Uthumporn Silaphan
Arucha Tosawart
Ratchanu Boonchuduang
Cholprakran Chanruang
Sahatchai Churum
Na Ayudthaya
Technical Credits
Poj Arnon Director, Art Director, Producer, Production Designer, Screenwriter
Chaval Euyinhikki Sound/Sound Designer
Tiwa Moeithaisong Cinematographer, Editor
Tinnakorn Sangsri Costumes/Costume Designer
Chaichet Setthi Sound/Sound Designer
Somsak Techaratanaprasert Executive Producer
Siam Thongbaiyai Asst. Director
Giant Wave Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bangkok Love Story
1. A Daily Activity [7:43]
2. Who Hired You? [6:03]
3. Wicked Bastard [8:02]
4. Where Are You? [7:51]
5. Rub Your Back [9:24]
6. You'll Need It [5:53]
7. Why Don't You? [7:21]
8. Have You Ever? [8:32]
9. Where Is Fog? [6:36]
10. About Our Wedding [1:14]
11. When I Arrived [6:45]
12. Love Me Now [6:24]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Bangkok Love Story
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Set Up
      Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio: 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending
         Play All
         Cloud's Mother Becomes Ill
         Fog at the Market
         Fog at the Train Station
         Alternate Ending: Fog's Letter
      Original Bangkok Love Story Trailer
      TLA Releasing Trailers
         The Houseboy
         The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
         Socket
         Boy Culture
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Raw Yet Tender Love Story form the Underbelly of Bangkok

    The cover of the DVD for this very fine film is misleading: the photograph of the two leads in a rather quiet and elegant setting is about as far from the content of the cinematic adventure as imaginable. Writer/Director Poj Amon has created a love story that is more from the underbelly of the poor section of Bangkok than it is from the expected physical beauty of that Thai city, and rather than focusing on the 'tourist view' of Thailand, he instead finds a different kind of beauty molded into a love story from a far different perspective. And it works very well. In the world of Thai organized crime there is a star assassin - Maek ((Rattanaballang Tohssawat) - who kills 'bad people' to satisfy his bosses but cannot kill 'good people'. He is the sole support of his mother and younger brother, both of whom suffer from AIDS - the source of their infection is the abusive live-in stepfather. Maek wants to provide a good home for his little family, somewhere away from the slums of Bangkok, so that his little brother will no longer have to ply the hustler role on the streets to help support his ailing mother. Maek is assigned a 'hit' and in stalking the young lawyer he is supposed to assassinate he finds an attraction to the obviously good, married, handsome Iht (Chaiwat Thongsaeng). When the moment comes to complete his grim duty, Maek cannot kill a 'good man' and in the setup Maek himself is shot. Iht is compassionate and rescues Maek from the streets, taking him to his shelter to nurse him back to health. The two men bond and eventually submit to their passion. Yet when Maek recovers, he cannot face the truth of his feelings and separates himself from Iht. Iht's wife is suspicious about Iht's distance, stalks him, and witnesses a secret moment of passion between Maek and Iht, and the discovery turns her into a potential assassin herself. Iht is now by himself, unable to regain Maek's commitment until a series of events leads to the ultimate arrest of Maek: from the imposed separation caused by Maek's incarceration, Iht remains faithful to his love. The ending could have been triumphant (and for moments it is, emotionally), but instead Poj Amon opts for tragedy, a writer's decision that makes the film even more powerful. The cast of actors is excellent and the chemistry between the two leads is undiluted by the forces that are meant to separate them. In the end, this is a love story between two classes of people whose discovery of a forbidden love emphasizes some universal truths. It is a well-made, beautifully photographed film (Tiwa Moeithaisong is the gifted cinematographer) that deserves a wider audience. Grady Harp

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