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Bangkok Love Story (2007)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 15 September 2007 (Thailand)
An informant and a hit man (both men) end up passionately entwined after winding up together on the bad side of crimes lords.

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Make (as Rattanabunlung Tosawart)
Chaiwat Thongsaeng ...
Eit (as Chayawart SangThong)
Wiradit Srimalai ...
Mork (as Weeradit Srimalai)
Chutcha Rujinanon ...
Sai (as Chatcha Rujinanoun)
Uthumporn Silaphan ...
Mom (as Utumporn Silapran)
Sahatchai Churum Na Ayudthaya ...
Dad
Chonprakhan Janthareuang ...
Boss 1 (as Cholprakran Chanruang)
Rachanu Boonchuduang ...
Boss' Wife (as Ratchanu Boonchuduang)
Suchao Pongwilai ...
Boss 2 (as Suchaw Pongwilai)
Ratchanong Suprakorb ...
Young Make
Nakarin Kangwanchokechai ...
Young Mork
Apichai Youangthong ...
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Steamy Thai nights provide the backdrop for unbridled romance, crime and action as two men unexpectedly brave forbidden love. Maek, a cold assassin-for-hire, is sent to knock off Iht, a police informant, when in a twist of fate the killer is shot for refusing to pull the trigger. After making their escape, an indelible bond is forged when the vulnerable assassin is nursed back to health by handsome, married Iht. But as taboo feelings of desire swell between the swarthy new lovers, their relationship is discovered. Now there's no turning back as enemies, friends and lovers are pitted against each other. Written by klinkerhofen

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Executive Producer Somsak Techaratanaprasert was also the Executive Producer of Love of Siam (2007), another gay themed Thai film produced in 2007, also known as "Love of Siam. See more »

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Rachanu Boonchuduang (as Ratchanu Boonchuduang) is credited on screen in the role of "Wife's Boss," although it should be as "Boss' Wife". See more »

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Eit: Cloud, stop lying to yourself and say what's in your heart.
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The first three cast members are credited as "Cast," while the remaining cast members are credited as "Guess," meaning "Guests" or "Guest Stars". See more »

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"Unearned Emotion"
15 March 2009 | by (New Haven County, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

The movie posters, showing the two handsome actors, and some of the other reviews led me to want to watch this film, but I was very disappointed by it.

I should preface my comments by remarking that I have never visited Thailand, and also that I was relying on English subtitles that had been written by someone who clearly had an imperfect command of the English language--and so it's conceivable to me that were I able to understand the ORIGINAL dialogue, perhaps my impression of the film would be a little better.

However, one with cultivated WESTERN tastes, will, I think, find, as I did, that this movie is all very forced sentimentality with little to redeem it in the way of mood, atmosphere or other beauties. I once heard sentimentality defined as "unearned emotion," and I think that sums up perfectly what I find wrong with the film.

I thought that the initial plot had been set up for me a little too swiftly, that all the characters were in their particular situations with insufficient development--"this one is a killer, that one is a crook, this one is sick and dying," etc. Contrast this, for example, with Brokeback Mountain, a film with a similar theme of the deep love that develops between two young men, and how carefully we are led to begin knowing and caring for what brought these two youths together.

From this rather simplistic, almost juvenile, beginning, the story seems to start loading thick sentimentality on with a trowel, and the piles of it begin to get overwhelming, until, as we near the 3/4 mark, I found myself looking at my watch and calculating how much more of this silliness I must endure--by that time I had given up on the film taking a turn for the better. I rarely find myself laughing with scorn at a story, and I always do my best to let a storyteller tell me his tale in his own way, but in THIS film, each new element introduced to wrestle pity from me just made me react by rolling my eyes and saying, "oh, THAT too, eh?" Perhaps this sort of heavy-handed sentiment is more appealing to the Thai audience for which the film was made, and maybe what strikes me as "unearned emotion" fills a Thai viewer with LEGITIMATE emotion, but I think you'll find the film as disappointing as I did. In fact, by the end of it, I was feeling a mild distaste for nearly every character and the film's ultimately sordid story.

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Another reviewer asked about the title. In Thai, the title is: "PHUEAN--ku rak mueng wa!" which, in gruff, familiar, male language, means "BUDDY: I love you, man!" roughly. The first word, PHUEAN, is the word you see on the title, that looks a bit like a mirror image of "J" followed by "WOu."


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