Directed by Yuthlert Sippapak
The first film in Yuthlert Sippapak’s Killer Trilogy (Mue Puen 3-Pak), Friday Killer was released second (after Saturday Killer), and as of this writing Sunday Killer is still MIA, Sippapak having released three other films in the meanwhile. Friday Killer has a better central story, but it is bogged down by too many side stories, giving Saturday Killer a slight edge overall in my eyes. Both films are recommended, Saturday Killer being more comedic and romance focused, while Friday Killer is more of a bleak drama with a pessimistic outlook on life.
Friday Killer opens with the old hitman being interviewed scene from Saturday Killer, cementing the connection between the two parts, before jumping to flashback. The rest of this scene plays out later in the film, though most of the action is by peripheral characters and not the father and daughter that is the focus. Most of the action scenes are well done, and Sippapak makes creative use of different decorative environments for the gun battles. The abandoned construction sites and empty deserts help to enforce the bleakness of the central story line.
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Professional hit man Pae Uzi is released from prison only to get threatened and cut up by the first person he sees. He’s rescued by Dao, who finds him lying in a pool of blood. Dao was at the prison because she was asked by her dying mom to deliver a letter, a letter intended for Pae. In the letter, Pae finds out he has a daughter, which turns out to be the aforementioned Dao. Dao is a cop and her step-father is the only father she knows or cares about. But Step-father isn’t that nice, he has sights on Dao’s girlfriend Petch. One day after Dao leaves for work, Step-father tries to rape Petch. Pae has been following Dao around spying on his daughter and hears Petch’s cries, saving her but killing Step-father in the process. Petch was blindfolded during this, and is only uncovered to see Pae standing over the dead body of her girlfriend’s father, thus she assumes the opposite of what did happen. Pae becomes a target of Dao, who will spend the rest of the film hunting him down.
Pae becomes desperate and heads back in the killing business, but his luck is terrible and he keeps running into goons trying to make a name for themselves. Pae’s normal hideout has been taken over by a transvestite dressed like Uma Thurman from Kill Bill (who then reenacts that scene from Pulp Fiction on the guy who knifed Pae. You know what scene in mean.) Pae’s even beaten up and kidnapped by a of cult of personality group for a local personality that is trying to worm his way into the upcoming elections by violent means. Pae has to navigate these factions and the violent confrontations that result while avoiding the constant pursuit from his daughter. Eventually everything comes to a tragic conclusion.
Friday Killer supports the retired assassin being called back into the game and the cop seeking revenge plots with a parade of various side characters with their own conspiracies and events brewing. While most of the are just peripheral to the central story focus, a larger amount of time is spent on them than I expected. Dao gets involved in the police events against some of the factions while in pursuit of her main target Pae, who is also running around slaying the people causing all the problems. The side stories get to the point where they are distracting, which is a shame, because the main characters are pulling off great performances.
Famous comedian Suthep Po-ngam plays the reluctant assassin Pae Thasai with hints of regret but a sense of needing to solve some problems. He’s sidelined by the news of the daughter he never knew, and it’s obvious that he’s curious about her and wants to help her succeed, even if he can’t be a proper part of her life. But like every event in his life, he has terrible luck and ends up becoming the target of her pursuit. He needs eye surgery to save his sight, but the doctor is friends with the political boss Pae is targeting. Pae can’t fight against the tides of destiny that keep pulling him towards a violent end, so he’s taking out those that he can.
His daughter Dao is driven but conflicted, Ploy Jindachote doing a marvelous job with the character. Dao takes her police job seriously, but doubts her ability to actually kill a suspect if forced to. Her passion for tracking down the man who she thinks murdered her father becomes her singular goal, challenging her to push herself physically and mentally. Her girlfriend Petch takes this all in stride, in her own world of photography and cuteness (thus making young star Apinya Sakuljaroensuk excellent casting as well!)
I liked Friday Killer, and it if stuck more with the main characters it would be considered a great film. Thus, it’s only a good film. Not that there’s any problem with that, so get off your duff and go track down a copy!
Rated 7/10 (picture, recorder, insulter, thug, getting Pulp Fictioned, brother from another movie, sister from another movie)
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