Vengeance of an Assassin (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
May 25, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Vengeance of an Assassin” may not be considered as Panna Rittiikrai’s finest action film but for those who love violent, popcorn action martial arts films, will surely enjoy the sheer craziness of “anything goes” fight choreography in this film. Forgo the acting or anything realistic when you watch this film and you will marvel at how cool the fighting choreography of this film truly is!
TITLE: Vengeance of an Assassin
FILM RELEASE: 2014
DURATION: 90 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (16:9 widescreen), Thai DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and 5.1, Subtitles: English
COMPANY: Well Go USA Entertainment
RATED: NR (Not Rated)
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Directed by Panna Rittikrai
Written by Panna Rittikrai
Executive Producer: Somsak Techaratanaprasert
Cinematography by Nattawut Kittikhun
Nantawooti Boonrapsap as Tara
Dan Chupong as Natee
Nisachon Tuamsoongnern as Ploy
Kessarin Ektawatkul as Joy
Chatchapol Kulsiriwuthichai as Pod
Kowit Wattanakul as Chai
Piing Lumprapleng as Nonm
Being an assassin has its rules always keep your eyes on your target; strict to your mission, execute without any hesitation and there is no room for negotiation! Each killer has his own background, but all of them has trade in their blood and losses. After they escape to a safe house where he had grown up with his brother Than . He is badly injured but is cured by a Chinese Doctor Si Fu , from the girl s family. Than falls in love with Ploy at first sight without knowing that Natee also has some feelings towards the girl. Finally, the family is together again and his uncle, Tanom decides to unveil the big secret he has kept about Natee and Than s parents. But the assassins don t give them time to breath. Being focus and utilizing all of their capabilities is the only way to survive. They have to be faster, stronger and hit harder!
From director Panna Rittikrai (“The Bodyguard”, “Ong-Bak 2”, “Ong-Bak 3”) comes his final film “Vengeance of an Assassin”.
Known for his martial arts choreography, Rittikrai passed away of acute and kidney failure and for the film, it may not be considered as one of his better films, but for popcorn action fans who like martial arts, guns ablazing and even video games, will find “Vengeance of An Assassin”, now available from Well Go USA Entertainment, worth watching.
“Vengeance of an Assassin” stars Dan Chupong (“Ong-Bak”, “Ong-Bak 3”, “Dynamite Warrior”), Nantawooti Boonrapsap (“Force of Five”), Chatchapol Kulsiriwutchichai (“Ong-Bak 2”, “Ong-Bak 3”, “BKO: Bangkok Knockout”) and Kowit Wattanakul (“Only God Forgives”, “The Impossible”).
The film revolves around two brothers who have lived with their uncle since the death of their parents.
Tee (portrayed by Dan Chupong) has known his parents were killed and while his uncle Nonm (portrayed by Ping Lumprapleng) is drunk and napping, he has been trying to get information on who was responsible for their deaths. Meanwhile, his younger brother Tara (portrayed by Nantawut Boonrubsub) is unaware of what happened to his parents and often sneaks to his uncle’s office to view VHS tapes of him learning guerilla tactics and how to fight with a knife and shoot a gun.
As Tee is caught by his uncle, his uncle tells him that he promised his parents not to tell him who was responsible (in order to protect him), but if he continues to keep digging for the truth, he will have to leave the house. Tee decides to leave the house to find his parents’ killer(s) and begins working as an assassin.
One day, Tee is hired to protect Ploy (portrayed by Nisachon Tuamsoongnern), but in truth, Tee was hired to get Ploy, so she can be kidnapped and ransomed for $2 million and Tee would be framed for the crime.
And now, two deadly and sadistic individuals, Pod (portrayed by Chatchapol Kulsiriwuthichai) and his lover Jay (portrayed by Kessarin Ektawatkul) will do whatever is necessary to get Ploy and kill Tee.
“Vengeance of an Assassin” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16:9 aspect ratio). Picture quality is fantastic as outdoor scenes are vibrant, closeups show great detail but there are moments in which the visual effects look out of place and look as if explosions for the film were meant to be in 3D with objects coming towards the viewer. But for the most part, “Vengeance of an Assassin” looks great on Blu-ray!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Vengeance of an Assassin” is presented in Thai DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. And for an action film, this is one lossless soundtrack that is fantastic and reaches near reference quality with its use of all channels and LFE. With many scenes involve guns and explosions and fighting galore, the lossless soundtrack can be heard all around you and each explosion can be felt.
Subtitles are in English.
“Vengeance of an Assassin” comes with theatrical trailer.
“Vengeance of an Assassin” comes with a slipcover.
As the final Panna Rittikrai film, you can expect “Vengeance of an Assassin” to be one hell of a wild ride as action and violence plays a big part in a Rittikrai film.
But I have to admit that the film plays out like a third-person shooter at times and a film with marvelous fight choreography. It’s also a film that has a darker edge but tries to employ a little rom-com and comedy which seems out of place at times.
But despite its lack of fluid transitions within its script, a Rittikrai film is primarily about the action and the film doesn’t disappoint.
The film kicks off with a martial arts soccer match that is mesmerizing and interesting to watch. You have a train scene that features interesting fight choreography but you also have two scenes that look as if you were playing “Call of Duty” as you watch third person as Tee mows down various gang members.
At first, I didn’t know if the film was going through dream sequences but sure enough, you find out quickly that the third person perspective was utilized for a reason.
There are some moments that are quite far-fetched, especially with the amount of weapons used. From a windshield wiper to a chicken bone, to grenade explosions that would have killed anyone in close proximity, everyone but the film’s protagonists are affected by it.
Again, the film seems quite farfetched but for its amazing choreography and its simplistic storyline of vengeance, in some ways, the film reminds me of old school Shaw Brothers martial arts films and also incorporating video game style fighting games to the film.
As for the Blu-ray release, the Blu-ray is pretty much a barebones release but picture quality is very good and colorful, while the lossless soundtrack is fantastic!
Overall, “Vengeance of an Assassin” may not be considered as Panna Rittiikrai’s finest action film but for those who love violent, popcorn action martial arts films, will surely enjoy the sheer craziness of “anything goes” fight choreography in this film. Forgo the acting or anything realistic when you watch this film and you will marvel at how cool the fighting choreography of this film truly is!
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