This film will be eaten up by anyone that is a fan of traditional karate films or of strong female-centered movies like Sucker Punch or Kill Bill. The hyper-realistic style of the film is matched well by the utter craziness that is present on-screen practically from beginning to end. Panna Rittikrai links together a number of the most famous current martial arts stars and gives them a chance to shine in BKO. Without a second to catch ones breath, viewers will just have to keep focused on the film’s action. While the stunt s and action present in the film is real, the talent in which Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong, and even Jija Yanin bring to the table is without reproach.
The storyline, while not too terribly inventive, allows the film to have a solid pace throughout. Aside from the action here, I feel that there is something to be said about the cinematography that is present here. The rapid kicks, punches, and throws stand out brightly against the dark and dingy backdrops that are often present. I feel that this all-star film should be replicated; where there are a number of distinct martial arts coming in from practically every Asian nation, the sheer amount of talent that is present here is required to make the film properly succeed.
Where martial arts films usually are weak, the ability of solid actors and amazing martial arts practitioners in BKO: Bangkok Knockout make this into a film that is a must see even for those that do not typically find themselves to be a fan of the genre. Buy a copy of this DVD (or Blu-Ray) at your local video store or from an online retailer – you will be glued to your seat until the end.
BKO: Bangkok Knockout (DVD) / 2011 Magnolia / 106 Minutes / http://www.magpictures.com