Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bangkok Love Story - Story To Tell

I have said so much about this movie over and over (not to mention literally making people watching it no matter what) to many people, so this time i will give a glimpse of what the story is all about. 

Bangkok love story tells you about Mhek, an assassin who is assigned to kidnap a police informant named It, but Mhek has a change of heart when he was ordered to kill It. In a gunbattle with his employers, Mhek got wounded. 

The two of them managed to escape and at Mhek's place, It tends to Mhek's wound and started taking care of Mhek from that day onwards. It started more like paying back at Mhek's gesture for not killing him but love comes touching both of their hearts over time.

Chaiwat Tongsang as It (Brick)

You can feel the love building up and grows everyday from the way they react and communicate through their body language. It is also quite obvious that It was the one acting like the submissive type that he tends to get emotional and apologetic towards Mhek's reactions or orders.

Mhek on the other hand had a lot in his plate to juggle with. He can't deny his feeling telling him that he cares for It but he tries to fight it. Perhaps it got to do with his past experience when his brother (very cute, i think he should play the lead instead) was raped by their step father. 

Making things worse, the step dad is HIV positive. Transmitting down the disease to Mhok (Mhek's cute brother) and their mother. Mhek became an assassin to save enough money to take his mother and brother away from Bangkok to some mountain where they can live as a family again without disturbance from their past.

Rattaballung Toesawat as Mhek (Cloud)

However thing does not go easy on their family as when Mhek was away, Mhok has to find way to keep the family survive. Mhok is always physically bullied and received resentment from people around him for being HIV carrier. The torture that he has to deal everyday breaks his mom's heart even more (of course broke my heart even-so).

During the time Mhek was fighting and glooming over his forbidden love towards It and also the fact that his ex-employer is on the look for him, he was unable to meet Mhok, a secret regular meeting he always have, to give Mhok money for the family. This had made Mhok looking for alternative to keep themselves live.

Mhok decided to sell himself. He then became a male prostitute. Each customer that he had slept with, he will leave a note thanking them for the money given and leave half of the portion back to the owner for his future HIV meds. Thoughtful but not quite responsible.

Meanwhile, It got chased out from Mhek's place and went back to his house. Back to his wife. But things weren't the same. It craves for Mhek more and more and he can't get it out of his system. It spends his days pining over Mhek, and tracks down Mhek's brother and their mother since Mhek is nowhere to be found.

What breaks my heart even more was that they always appear at the same place at the same time but always at the wrong directions. It frustrates me to see that they are within reach but not reachable. 

Unfortunate event keeps on pouring to Mhek's family when their mom committed suicide after finding out Mhek was in love with a guy and Mhok sells himself for money to support the family. Suicide was just not enough for their half-dead mom; while bringing the body outside of their house, the mom was shot by unknown man. 

This was the turning point for Mhek. He was outraged by the incident. He went to his ex-boss place and started to eliminate every single one there. It knows about Mhek's intention after Mhok had told him about it.

Poor It who wishes to stop Mhek but wasn't so lucky. When It got there, everyone was dead except for the big boss wife who let loose few random shots towards him. Bullets hit glass and pieces of it went into It's eyes.

Weeradit Srimalai as Mhok (Fog)

Mhek was on his way to meet Mhok at train station. They were supposed to go the mountains and start a new life. Unfortunately, the cops came with such right timing and apprehended him and sent him to prison. Mhek was devastated. All of his hopes were torn into pieces. Everything was practically washed away right there in front of his eyes.

Years pass by. Mhok dies. He hanged himself at a hospice in northern Thailand. It visits Mhek in prison and reveals that he was left blind in the final gunbattle with Mhek's bosses. Eventually after so many years, Mhek is released from prison, and It patiently waited for him. 

But before the two men can leave to start their life together, Mhek is gunned down by an assassin. Before Mhek was dead, both of them were discussing to live abroad and Mhek promising It to be his eyes for the rest of his life.

It eventually gets his sight back- now living abroad, and the first thing he does is to look at his mobile phone, which has a video of Mhek telling how much he actually loves It - till the moment death tears them apart.........

Fuhh! I'm not so much of a story teller but that is the best i can come out with. GO and watch it yourself and i'm telling you that it is well worth every minute watching it. In my next installment, i will try to write on reflections that i had from this movie. It would be too long to write it in this post already.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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