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Bangkok, Cita con la Muerte

Spain 1985
produced by
Golden Films Internacional
directed by Jess Franco (as Cliffor Brawm)
starring José Llamas, Helena Garret, Eduardo Fajardo, Bork Gordon, Albino Graziani, Maximiliano Quiroga, Ramón García, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans
written by Jess Franco (as Cliffor Brawm), music by Pancho Villa (= Jess Franco)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Small fry hoodlums Akuto the Indonesian and Aminia the beautiful Siamese (Lina Romay) kidnap Marta (Helena Garret), daughter of billionaire Flanagan (Eduardo Fajardo), but when they are to hand her over to their employer Malko (Antonio Mayans), who pays them comparably little for their services, they figure why not hold the girl for ransom themselves. So they contact the girl's boyfriend Riao (José Llamas), and he agrees to pay them 20 million Dollars for her release. But shortly after he has given them a check for the sum, Malko kidnaps the girl from under their noses and kills Akuto. Aminia of course still has the check and wants to make good on her promise to release the girl, so she tries to reason with Malko and offers to split the ransom with him - but that's less than good for Malko. Things get complicated when Riao wants to free Marta himself, and then there's also Panama Joe (Bork Gordon), a private eye Flanagan has brought into the mix. So it's almost a given that not everyone will survive the finale ...

 

Now one thing up front, this is not one of Jess Franco's better films, mostly because action was never really his genre, especially when the plot has to suffice with the sexy bits. And also this isn't a so-bad-good-film of his like Golden Temple Amazons from roughly the same time. Instead, the film is a bit of a mess, an overly convoluted kidnapping caper filled with badly staged fight scenes and not always logical or even reasonable plottwists, carried by an not uniformly convincing ensemble.

But of course, that's only one way to look at it, as if one looks closely, one can clearly see how much fun Franco has with making a pulpy action flick, and he refuses to take its story seriously throughout, instead throws genre mainstays in where he sees fit, draws heaps of inspiration from comicbooks, and throws in bits of comedy just for the heck of it. The outcome is ... well, still not one of Franco's better flicks, but an amusing romp nevertheless.

 

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