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Writers:
Larry Smith (screenplay)
Ken Kwek (story)
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Release Date:
2015 (Thailand) See more »
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Plot:
When a young Vietnamese-Australian thug botches a gangland assassination and runs into serious debt with his triad, his younger brother is forced to embark on a harrowing drug run from Vietnam to pay off the mob bosses. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

 

Om Puri ... Supreme Court Judge

Amanda Donohoe ... Alison Reid

Vithaya Pansringarm ... Tran

Miles Meili ... Father Holland

Krystal Vee ... Ling

Elidh MacQueen ... Female Police Officer

Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Prison Guard

Eoin O'Brien ... Cop

Charlie Ruedpokanon ... Truong

Anthony Theil ... Detective Cavendish

Lorenzo de Stefano ... Australian Cop

Jonathan Raggett ... Dahn

Kelly B. Jones ... Saleswoman
Viktor Krav ... Australian Police Officer
Greg Keith ... Duc (voice)

Greg Matt Garcia ... Boss of Warehouse
Guy Ratchanont Suprakob ... Hao
Greg Bkk ... Boss of Warehouse
Bevan Powrie ... Newsreader

Directed by
Larry Smith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Kwek  story
Larry Smith  screenplay

Produced by
Charles Salmon .... producer
Larry Smith .... producer
Haik Vartany .... executive producer
Martin Vestergaard .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Larry Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Olly Stothert 
 
Casting by
Kaprice Kea 
Carl Proctor 
 
Production Design by
Adrian Smith 
 
Art Direction by
Pongnarin Jonghawklang 
 
Costume Design by
Chantika Kongsillawat 
 
Makeup Department
Johny Live .... hair stylist
Piyathida Phorung .... hair supervisor
Makoree Waekaji .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Ralph Eisenmann .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Eisenmann .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Saipin 'Omm' Kitsuban .... art coordinator
Cristina Pina .... graphics designer
Ricardo Quintas .... graphics designer
 
Sound Department
Sergei Groshev .... re-recording mixer
Richard Hocks .... re-mixer
Richard Hocks .... supervising sound editor
Chai Kongsillawat .... sound recordist
Jérémy Rodeschini .... dialogue editor
Warren Santiago .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor
Vasit Suchitta .... prosthetic makeup
 
Stunts
Brahim Achabbakhe .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Treenuch Erawan .... second assistant camera
John Gamble .... Hod camera department
John Gamble .... camera operator
Wattana Kuasong .... first assistant camera
Martin Landsburg .... digital imaging technician
 
Casting Department
Meena Ngammee .... casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chotaya Chanpen .... costume supervisor
Melanie Taechathammarak .... set costumer
 
Location Management
Araya Nakkate .... location manager
 
Other crew
Saithip Boonyasomphop .... script supervisor
Supatra Bromilow .... production secretary
Sam Gregg .... director assistant
Padchar Konsillawat .... production coordinator
Pramote Pongsanon .... production assistant
Panjaporn 'May' Pungsopa .... assistant accountant
Sudkwan 'Kwan' Suwansoonthorn .... production accountant
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Heart in the right place but the acting, oh dear..., 22 April 2014
Author: VerbalKant from United Kingdom

It feels harsh to slam a film that is made with the best of intentions on a tight budget, but these are professional film-makers and they deserve not to be patronised. The story, about two Vietnamese refugee brothers who get tangled up in drug dealing, is moving and involving and the fact that it's based in fact makes it more so. But the execution leaves plenty to be desired.

First, to deal with what they get right. Bar a few establishing shots, the whole movie was shot in Bangkok, which stands in for Saigon, Sydney and Singapore. I guess people who know these cities very well might be able to see the joins but as far as I could see they pulled off the deception very well, conjuring up a Vietnamese brothel, an Australian orphanage and a Singapore jail very well: even the exterior scenes looked right.

The problem, though, was probably a by-product of the Bangkok location. Many of the Thai actors veer between woodenness and over-emoting, as if they're in one of the inexplicably popular TV soaps. The reactions of Hao and Ling to the court verdict are particularly hammy. Moreover, the two actors playing these parts (Guy Ratchanont Suprakob and Krystal Vee) speak English with distinct US/international school accents despite their characters supposedly having been brought up in Australia. Some of the supporting performances are even worse, and not just the Thais pretending to be Vietnamese - the various actors playing Australian cops, priests, schoolboys, newsreaders etc seem to have been little more than random Aussies pulled out of a Bangkok beer bar. Jonathan Raggett as Dahn is a little better at communicating baffled innocence - and his Aussie accent is mostly passable - but he's also pretty stiff at times.

Despite their appearance at the top of the IMDb cast list, the relatively big-name actors aren't around for long enough to really make much of an impact. Amanda Donohoe is OK as the lawyer but hers is an underwritten role: Om Puri as a Singaporean judge has about five minutes of screen time, if that; and Vithaya Pansringarm (who was the best thing in Only God Forgives, on which director Larry Smith was the cinematographer) also doesn't have much to do in his gangster role.

Overall, not a complete failure, but it could have been a whole lot better with some stronger actors in the key roles.

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