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BKO: Bangkok Knockout (2010/Magnolia/MagNet Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: B+



A group of martial art friends are in a competition for chance to go to Hollywood to become martial art actors, but after winning the competition they found themselves drugged and awaken to a life and death survival reality show.  Now, they the 'director' threatens them to fight or he will kill one of their friends who is being held hostage... they have no choice but to fight to win, and the sakes are their lives in Panna Rittikrai’s BKO Knockout (2010).
What was thought to be a friendly martial arts competition turned out to be a test to find the strongest team to be in an illegal reality TV show.  These 'games' are sponsored by a wealth American catering to the super rich, betting on the lives and outcome of the various predetermined fights.  Now, Pom and his friends must fight in a broken down factory to not only save their lives, but to save each other and to free their hostage friends.
This movie plays like a Thai version of Fight Club as the group of friends (the good guys) were tricked, drugged and then forced into last man standing fight for the entertainment of sick rich people. The setting was in broken down factory/construction site which allow variations for the fight scenes and the greater usage of debris and environment, which we have seen all before but works better here. The fights were like watching a bunch of 'Jackie Chans' fighting. The opponent fighters (the bad guys) were mainly dressed in black, ninja-like outfits with iron masks, armed with weapons and armor, but most unique (and amusing) fighter was a gay cross-dressing fighter.  This looks really good, but sound is a mixed bag.  Extras include making of the film, behind the scenes and trailer.



-   Ricky Chiang


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