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BEYOND FORGIVIN'.

(CRIME DRAMA -- THAI)

A Magna Pictures (Bangkok) production, in association with Five Star Productions. Produced by Sorajak Kasemsuvan, Chochart Toprateep. Executive producer, Charun Eamphungporn.

Directed, written by Manop Udomdej. Camera (color), Sutas Intranupakorn; editor, Manop Jenjarassakul; music, Tewan Sapsanayakorn. Reviewed at the Vancouver Film Festival, Oct. 4, 1999. Original title: Dok Mai Nai Tang Puen. Running time: 112 MIN.

With: Dom Hetrakul, Nuchnart Saichompoo, Juthamas Chantasorn, Chaianant Trisarnsri, Vit Pimkarnchanapong.

Asian gangsters do their thing in the all-too-predictable "Beyond Forgivin'," with moody hitmen turning against each other for fun and profit. Slick production from maker of "The Dumb Die Fast, the Smart Die Slow" (a questionable assertion in the first place) likewise goes the Spaghetti Eastern route, with more attention paid to squib placement than to narrative thrust. Non-Thai auds won't be seein' this gorefest anytime soon.

Story centers on Lop (the effective Dom Hetrakul, who toplined "Crime Kings"), a hired killer with his very own code of ethics. In fact, he tries to drop out after meeting a woman who sells life insurance. It's not that easy, of course; thugs re-enter his life by taking hers, and he sets out on a quest for vengeance that ... oh, why go on? Helmer Udomdej does a good job in the first hour of setting up personalities (including some anti-Chinese caricatures), only to devote the second half to seeing them all picked off in the usual ways. Rock guitar score, like view of masculinity on display, is appropriately retrograde.

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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Eisner, Ken
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Movie Review
Date:Nov 29, 1999
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