Six years ago Jack "The Ripper" Stemmons, an American boxer had his career destroyed by a St. Louis bookie. After Jack seeks revenge he is forced into hiding. Jack disappears half way around the world in Thailand. There he falls victim to the addictive spell of Bangkok's exotic and dangerous underworld. Eventually he finds solace in the arms of a beautiful prostitute who has been set in his path by a Russian gangster in order to get Jack back in the ring, This time in Bangkok's notorious underground fight clubs. No matter how hard Jack tries to distance himself from his past, it always hunts him down like a Bad Penny. When a mysterious fight fan appears, it's only a matter of time before Jack's past, present and future accelerate and collide into a twisted climax.Written by
The film was re-released under the title "Knockdown" and is available on Netflix (Aug 2014). See more »
Bangkok Bound packs a punch!
As a fan of both Bangkok and boxing it didn't matter that the IMDb score rating was so low - we were going to watch it regardless! Having seen it I wonder why it scored so badly. True it's a low-budget exploitation flick, but that said, it's a perfect example of guerrilla filmmaking where enthusiasm makes up for the lack of budget. The montage editing sequences in particular work well. Even the on-the-hoof spontaneous shots in Bangkok street scenes never stray into travelogue territory and do add to the story's texture. There is great technique and skill used not just in the film's construction but also in the acting.
The starring role of Jack is superbly played by ex-boxer Casey T Evans and his interplay dialogue in the bar with Nick Faltas (Marcus) anchors the narrative in a perfectly understated manner around which the plot pivots like a butterfly and stings like a bee. It deserves a wider audience and more reviews!
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