Killer Tattoo (2001)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy  |   Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - Thailand, USA  |  
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A box office hit and an award winner in Thailand, Killer Tattoo takes place in the near future. Thailand has been taken over by foreigners, and everyone is after the American dollar. Bae Puffgun (Suthep Po-ngam), a broken down hitman, finishes a long prison term and finds a job offer waiting outside. He's hired to kill Bangkok's top cop. It's a tough assignment, but the money is good, so he asks his old partner, Ghost Rifle (Sornsutha Klunmalee) to gather a team for the job. Ghost hires Dog Badbomb (Perttary Wongkamlao), a hotheaded killer who prefers hand grenades to guns, and Elvis M-16 (Pongsak Pongsuwan), a shell-shocked assassin who believes that he's Elvis Presley. The four bumbling crooks botch the job, but the unstoppable Kit Silencer (Somchai Kemglad), hired as a backup, manages to finish off the cop. But the crime boss who hired all of them isn't satisfied, and he sends his team of American toughs to kill all five men. Meanwhile, the five hapless hitmen deal with their own issues. Puffgun is guilt-ridden over abandoning his daughter years earlier, Ghost is haunted by the accidental shooting of his beautiful wife, and Dog has his own sad reasons for his allegiance to the addle-brained Elvis, who believes that he can only speak English, because the real King didn't speak Thai. The unstoppable Kit Silencer, meanwhile, has spent a lifetime searching for the man who murdered his parents before his eyes when he was a boy. All he remembers is the trident tattoo on the man's forearm. Killer Tattoo, the directorial debut of Yuthlert Sippapak, was shown at the 2002 Seattle International Film Festival and at Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival 2003.

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hitman, partner, police-officer, revenge, tattoo, Thailand