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HIT MAN (Sum muepuen)


Starring: Chatchai Plengpanich, Nirroj Sirichanya, Tanit Jitnukul, Santisuk Promsiri, Bongkoj Khongmalai
Director: Sananjit Bangsapan
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2005


VCD Format (2 Discs)
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Tantai is a hit man at the top of his game who one day receive the task of silencing some of the most powerful godfathers in business. One of the major targets is Lheemeng, a drug lord who is the main rival of opposite to village chief, Baum. The conflict is also linked to misleaded soldier Sompong, Tantai’s old foe. While detective Chat is secretly watching all the event, waiting for his time to clean up the outlaws..


Other than the typical horror movies or Tony Jaa’s action flicks, guess Singaporeans are still not accustomed to movies coming out from the Land of Thousand Smiles. In actual fact, Thailand has a pretty strong local filmmaking industry and boast well-equipped postproduction facilities in the region. Be it dramas, horrors, comedies or action genres, Thailand has no shortage of their own local supplies.

Now with Innoform bringing in more Thai titles in their Sawadsee collection, we have the luxury to experience more selection and flavours.

Sananjit Bangsapan’s second feature “Hit Man” is a story about the mafia, politicians, and police and of course, the title subject, hit man. It reeks heavily of male machismo and wastes no time in expending some bullets in the first ten minutes of the movie to prove the point.

However, halfway through, “Hit Man” appears to lose out of steam and focus. There isn’t enough characterization and the main leads seem to wonder in and out of screen mainly to spout some flimsy lines. Heck! Even the sexy Bongkoj Khongmalai (recently seen in “Chai-Lai Angels”) has an under-developed role as a hit man agent.

A winner of Best Cinematography and Best Score in the 2006 Subhanahongsa Awards (the Thai equivalent to the Oscars), “Hit Man” has the potential to rival any Johnny To’s or John Woo’s action classics if the script is further polished.

Not surprisingly, what really stands out in the end is the rich camera works and also a showdown in a mangrove swamp. You don't really see the latter happening in movies often. 


Review by Linus Tee


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