But his latest assignment presents a problem. While Cloud completes the first part of his task--kidnapping Stone (aka Itt, played by Chaiwat Thongsaeng), who witnessed the murder of a prosecutor in the trial of a criminal who now wants him dead--he can't pull the trigger when it matters the most. When Cloud learns the facts, he makes a decision that will change their lives: "I won't kill a good man." He escapes with Stone, but gets shot in the process, leaving his would-be victim as caretaker.
While shacked up in a rundown apartment, the two start to form a bond--and surprising feelings surface. As the two cope with their newfound sexuality, they must also avoid the bad guys, now after both of them. Meanwhile, Cloud's brother Fog (aka Mawk, played by Wiradit Srimalai) engages in increasingly destructive behavior, and Itt's fiancée Sand (aka Saai, played by Chutcha Rujinanon) starts to get suspicious.
It's a simple, classic story given a twist, but this film's strength isn't in the script (you'll roll your eyes at some of the lines: "I hate myself because I love you so much!") or the acting (Rujinanon in particular over-emotes to near hysterical levels), which relies too much on overdone expressions and body movements (including lots of dramatic head turns). The film is far too melodramatic for its own good, and the performers frequently come across as Acting 101 students who think they're really good as they sell sadness and pain. It's like one of those pretentious Calvin Klein perfume commercials from the 1980s (remember the SNL "Obsession" parody?). I was also frequently reminded of many Marlon Brando impressions: "Stellaaaaaaaaaaa!"
While the two leads are charismatic and sexy to watch, the situations and lines they're given are sometimes unintentionally funny (one quick sequence with a gun is supposed to make you cry, but will probably make you laugh). The film is sparse on dialogue and actual plot development, and many of the sequences have no spoken words. The music--particularly one love song toward the end that ruins the emotional tone--is also sometimes misplaced. (Remember when Nicole Kidman played "All By Myself" at her husband's funeral in To Die For? That was at least intentionally funny.) Overall, the plot is pretty thin, resulting in a sometimes laughable lovers' chase that quickly wears thin with its back-and-forth dramatics.
But visually, Arnon and cinematographer Tiwa Moeithaisong have constructed a beautiful film. Using dark color schemes (many with tints), the two frame the action in ways that demand your attention, using striking backgrounds to create artful shots (much like a strong music video). They try to sell the film with camera tricks, not story. It frequently works, and there's clear talent here. But as the film draws to its extremely melodramatic close, the technical tricks aren't enough to save it. Bangkok Love Story is a poem, but at 90 minutes it just doesn't have enough strong prose to make you fall in love with it.
Four deleted scenes (12:49) are the only true extra. All of them revolve around Cloud's brother Fog (including the alternate ending), and all further emphasize the over-dramatic nature of the story and acting. Also available are the film's trailer and trailers for other TLA releases.