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Les Trottoirs de Bangkok

The Sidewalks of Bangkok

France 1984
produced by
André Samarcq for Impex Films, Les Films ABC
directed by Jean Rollin
starring Yoko, Francoise Blanchard, Brigitte De Borghese, André-Richard Volniévy, Jean-Claude Benhamou, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Jean-Paul Bride, Chokie, Michel Guibe, Gérard Landry, Antonia Laurend, Pierre Pattin, Tiane Pochier, Olivier Rollin
written by Jean-Claude Benhamou, music by Georges Lartigau

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In Bangkok, French agent Rick is murdered, carrying a most powerful biological weapon with him. Now both the French Secret service and gangster boss Rita are after the thing, which they all believe to be with Rick's girlfriend, the prostitute Rita (Yoko). The Secret Service sends its top agent Roger, while Rita sends her top agent Claudine, and Claudine is to put Eva onto a ship to France and to murder Roger. She manages the first part admirably, even winning Eva's trust, but Roger evades her thugs, and so they all go back to France to await Eva's arrival.

But Eva exits the boat pre-maturely, swims ashore and hides in a freighttrain, taking her away from her pursuers. Eventually, Claudine picks up her trace, in exchange for the present from Rick, which she believes to be the tube containing the biological weapon ... but actually, it's just Rick's photo. Claudine soon believes Eva that she doesn't have the tube, and after a change of heart she promises to help her escape, even from Rita's gang - but soon enough, Rita and company have caught up with them, made them their captives, and soon enough, Eva is tied up in the nude and tortured, much to the dismay of Claudine, who feels she has betrayed the girl.

Roger has meanwhile picked up the trace of the girl with the help of dog Rudy, when out of nowhere appears - Rick, who only faked his own death to shake his pursuers. And after Rick learns where Eva is kept, he shoots Roger dead ...

In the finale, Rick arrives at Rita's house, shoots dead everybody about and frees Eva. Then he confesses to her that he made her bait for both Rita's gangsters and the Secret Service on purpose to sell his tube to a foreign power undisturbed. After the confession, he prepares to shoot Eva too, but is suddenly attacked by dog Rudy (the last Secret Service man standing). Eva picks up Rick's gun and shoots him dead ...


This action/espionage film is quite a departure for Jean Rollin, who is more at home at lyrical, macabre  and erotic tales ... and indeed, with Les Trottoirs de Bangkok he seems to be a fish out of water: The action scenes are rather sloppily directed (and not at all helped by a miniscule budget), suspense sequences are (too) few and far between, and the whole film seriously lacks decent pacing. That's not to say the film is all bad, it still has Rollin's typical lyrical shots (that seem somewhat out of place here), and some of the comicbook plottwists and pulp mainstays are easy to love, but as a whole one just can#t help feeling that Rollin should stick to what he does best, make lyrical horror tales ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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