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Bangkok Dangerous | 2008 | R | - 8.8.5

A hired killer and loner (Nicolas Cage) is hired to make four kills in Bangkok, Thailand. But he forgets his vow to never get involved with any of his assignments and during the last assassination he gets confused by emotional entanglements and moral questions. Also with Charlie Yeung, Panward Hemmanee, Nirattisai Kaljaruek, Dom Hetrakul, Tuck Napaskorn, Steve Baldocchi, Chris Heebink, James With, Peter Shadrin, Arthajid Puengvicha, Duangjai Srisawang and Veerasak Boonchard. Directed by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man lies on his back in bed (we see his bare abdomen) while a fully nude woman thrusts on top of him (her bare back, buttocks and breasts are visible) and another woman kisses him (we see her bare back and shoulders).
 A man kisses a woman and caresses her bare breasts (he is wearing swim trunks).
 A man and a woman hug and kiss in an alley. A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man and a woman hold hands and look at each other with interest.
 Women wearing skimpy outfits (cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and bare legs are visible) dance on a stage in several nightclub scenes and they are sometimes shown dancing suggestively for individual customers. A man admires a woman dancing on stage in a nightclub.
 We hear that a man takes girls from small villages and puts them into prostitution. A man asks men on a street if they want girls, and when they say no he asks if they want boys instead. A man talks about sleeping alone and wishing he could find someone to be with. A man makes a derogatory remark about the type of women who work in a particular nightclub.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - One man speeds on a motorcycle while shooting at another man in a boat, they shoot back and forth, the man on shore jumps onto the boat, pulls the propeller up, and uses it to cut the other man's arm off at the elbow (we see his hand still holding a gun twitching on the boat floor covered with blood and we also see the man's stump with blood spurting and exposed bone and tissue); the man is then shot several times (we see holes open in the bottom of the boat and the water is stained with blood).
 Two men fight with punches and kicks: one man pulls the pin of a grenade, the other man forces him to hold it, pushes him against a wall and when it explodes he is cut in two (we see the body separate at the waist as it is thrown into the air by the blast, and then we see the man from the head to the waist with blood and matter at the severed waist and blood on his face and head).
 A man in a car is shot repeatedly (we see the man flinch with each bullet and we see bloody bullet holes in his chest and abdomen). A man shoots two men in a car. A man remembers the numerous murders he has committed and we see them in quick succession, each showing the bloody results.
 A man is shot in the head while in a police interrogation room: blood spurts from the entry wound onto papers in front of him and onto the wall behind him and blood pools under his head, which is resting on a table. A man holds a gun to his temple, we hear a gunshot and see a spurt of blood. Two men with guns try to steal a man's wallet, and he takes one gun away and shoots both men (we see them lying on ground with bloody wounds and blood sprays onto a woman that's standing nearby). Men shoot back and forth at each other in an alley, one man falls off the roof of an adjacent building (we hear a thud when he lands on the ground), the gunfight moves into a warehouse, and one man is shot and blood spurts on a plastic sheet behind him. A man shoots a wounded man lying on the floor (we see a bloody hole in his head).
 A man in a swimming pool is pulled under water by another man, he struggles, tries to get away, tries to bite the man's arm, and he is held under until he falls still and sinks to the bottom. A man tasers another man until he dies (we hear the man gurgling and we see him twitching), and then he injects him with heroin (we see the needle being pushed into an existing scar) to make it look like an overdose. A man on a motorbike is struck with a bat as he passes a man, he falls off the bike onto the ground and is kicked repeatedly by several other men; he then slashes their legs with a knife and runs away (we hear the slashing and screaming).
 Armed men come into a man's house, he throws cans of paint rigged with explosives down the stairs, and the cans explode and we see flames, rubble and wounded men lying on the floor. Police officers shoot at a man with automatic weapons that riddle the room he is in with bullets, he runs away.
 A man slams another man against a refrigerator and presses a knife to his throat; they struggle over the knife, and the man with the knife tries to strike the other man repeatedly (it turns into a training session). We see that a woman has been beaten; she has bruises on her face and her hands are tied behind her back. Two fighters in a ring punch and kick each other while a crowd cheers them on. Two boys fight over a case they find on the ground, and a man takes the case away and strikes one boy on the back of the head. Two men practice fighting and self-defense in a few scenes.
 A man speeding on a motorcycle nearly runs into a little girl, and he swerves and runs into a metal structure cutting his arm (we see the bloody wound later when he cleans it up). A man on a motor bike speeds through a red light, police chases him, and he leaves the road and speeds out of sight. A man steals a wallet from a man on the street. A man threatens to kill a man's wife and we see a red spot on her temple (it looks like a targeting laser beam). A man threatens to hurt a woman's young sister.
 A man says that people are disposable.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 6 F-words and its derivatives, 2 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man injects another man with heroin, and a man throws a hypodermic needle filled with heroin into a river. People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in several nightclub scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hired killers, morality, corruption, luck, relationships, Buddhism, political assassination.

MESSAGE - It's impossible to not become involved. Being bad is relative.

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