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..
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
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.
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
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.
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.
by Linus Tee