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Deaf Film Festival

Saturday, February 22, 2003
BANGKOK DANGEROUS
Danny and Oxide Pang Thailand, 2000

(Krung Thep Anthara). Directed by twin brothers Danny and Oxide Pang, Bangkok Dangerous is a hyper-stylish thriller about a deaf hitman. Tormented as a child because of his disability, Kong (portrayed with charged silence by Pawalit Mongkolpisit) has become a discarded soul living on the fringes, reclusive and cold. Then he comes under the thrall of a seasoned killer, Joe, who trains him as a paid assassin. Kong has a natural way with weaponry—it seems not flinching at the sound of a gun steadies the aim. The Pang Brothers have created a hip, violent neo-noir that uses Kong's deafness not so much as shorthand for the "silent" male but as an emblem of childhood trauma. It's as though his deafness insulates him from a world of suffering. Though brimming with ultracool carnage, in Bangkok Dangerous only the killer can't hear you scream.

• Written by The Pang Brothers. Photographed by Decha Srimantra. With Pawalit Mongkolpisit, Premsinee Ratabasopha, Patharawarin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit. (108 mins, Color, In Thai with English subtitles, 35mm, From First Look Pictures)