Sombat Metanee is a street wise tough guy who saves an old opium smuggler in bar fight. He joins the smuggler and his companions up the mountains and joins the team. The daughter of the man, Hung Sun-wu (Ni Tien) is very suspicious about their new friend, but slowly accepts him. This time they're planning to make a deal with a
The R1 DVD from Xenon Pictures looks quite terrible, VHS-quality and badly cropped from 2:35.1 to 4:3. This doesn't stop the movie from being very entertaining and the ambitions shines through the mediocre quality. Director Rome Bunnag (co-credited with Wu Ma) adds a lot of atmosphere to the beginning with handheld camera and gritty, seedy street- and bar-scenes from some unknown city by the sea in
When Sombat Metanee makes his first scene the movie goes from seediness to the classic Sombat-action with a wonderful bar-brawl and him flexing his muscles, showing who's the boss. I'm not sure how to categorize Sombat, but he's a mix between Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Roger Moore and hell, yeah - even
The action is good. Lots of shooting - and NO exploding huts (disappointing!). But the bloody shoot-out at the end and the excellent car-chase made of for those huts. I've seen more than a few Thai action movies from this time now and the car-chases always been of very high class. I wonder if there was a special stunt group working with this? They are often quite similar, but very well-done and looks dangerous. No faking the speed here, they go really fast and make big jumps!
I wish The Golden Triangle could be released in a better version on DVD, it's worth it and the movie is an excellent example of classic Thai action from the seventies.