The setup of the film Bangkok Revenge is classic action fantasy: a young boy sees his family murdered, then instead of getting on with his life spends years training as a fighter in order to take revenge on those responsible. I’m sure he feels a lot better at the end of the movie, too. Or he might, if he hadn’t survived a bullet to the head, a lasting effect of which was the deadening of all emotional capacity. Isn’t it convenient that a guy who (thinks he) needs to seek revenge can’t feel anything? With the parade of disgusting news events recently, I could use that particular disability.
Anyway, Jean-Marc Minéo directs and Thai fighter Jon Foo (Tekken, Tom Yum Goong) stars as the killing machine who busts heads for our entertainment. David Ismalone, who got his start doing stunts on Ong Bak and also worked on Ultraviolet, Beautiful Boxer, and The Vampire Effect, reportedly did the stunt and fight choreography. Check out their work below.
Bangkok Revenge hits some theaters on September 14. Here’s the roughly-translated synopsis, which gives a lot more story info than the trailer does:
Manit, a boy of ten years witnessed the murder of his parents. Unrelenting, the killers decide to eliminate it. Shot in the head, the child survives miraculously from his injuries, but finds himself struck by ataraxia. The damage to his brain took away any emotion. Saved from certain death by an old martial arts master, Manit, 20 years later becomes a real war machine, returns to the place of his childhood. Justice is going to fall, and men will die.