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The Asian Connection (2016)

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Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang's vengeance. When Sam is ... See full summary »

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Daniel Zirilli

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pim Bubear Pim Bubear ... Avalon
John Edward Lee John Edward Lee ... Jack Elwell
Steven Seagal ... Gan Sirankiri
Michael Jai White ... Greedy Greg
Byron Gibson ... Sam
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Niran
Byron Bishop Byron Bishop ... Klahan Sirankiri
Darunee Srimueng Darunee Srimueng ... Sovann
Dean Alexandrou ... Timon
Ron Smoorenburg ... Tower
Chairat Ueasalung Chairat Ueasalung ... Troy
David Gray David Gray ... David
Natalie Lorence ... Blonde Teller
Nick Khan Nick Khan ... Brick House
Chidchai Bunga Chidchai Bunga ... Business Man #1
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Storyline

Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang's vengeance. When Sam is killed, Jack turns to the love of his life, Pom, and the couple becomes a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde that takes the fight to the gang.Together they must get the job done whilst still protecting jack's nice and nephew. all of you criticks are a bunch of crap. Written by IvanWong

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The beast is in the East.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Thailand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mexican Connection See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Seagal and Michael Jai White previously worked together in the 2001 action film, Exit Wounds (2001). See more »

Quotes

Gan Sirankiri: Hey Lucky. How are you?
Lucky: Mr. Sirankiri
Gan Sirankiri: [Nods to kickboxing cage] Looks like your man doesn't play by the rules.
Lucky: It's just a little practice for the fight tonight.
Gan Sirankiri: You got any big money on the fight?
Lucky: That's right. You know it takes big money to make big money.
Gan Sirankiri: Where you got that kind of money? I can afford that, how you can afford that?
Lucky: You insinuating I had something to do with that shit?
Gan Sirankiri: I'm just asking you a question to see what you had to say.
Lucky: I can't stand up to you. You want to think that of...
[...]
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An interesting role for Seagal in a different kind of heist flick
5 June 2016 | by coryshpprdSee all my reviews

The film was pretty good, not great, but an enjoyable watch. It's definitely a low budget endeavor but the backdrop of Thailand along with some solid directing and camera work pick ups some of the slack. It's a well-paced bank heist story with several interesting elements, including an inside man with bad blood for Seagal, and a unique "switching out" of heist partners about 2/3 of the way through. No over-the-top, "every 15 minutes a fight scene" action but instead it's more about suspense and nuggets of conflict where it supports the story.

Seagal has a different kind of role in this film. As the drug lord from who the two protagonists are stealing (several times, in fact), Seagal has mostly a speaking role with little martial arts included from him. He's not out saving the day but instead a bad guy getting jacked by thieves while also being double-crossed by one of his own men. Michael Jai White, on the other hand, has only one scene in the movie, and while he's a powerful presence, it's hardly worth his face on the cover.

Strongest character in my opinion was Niran, the inside man played by Sahajak Boonthanakit (Nicolas Refn's "Only God Forgives"). Very understated but nefarious, and a decent actor. The lead, John Lee Edward, not so much. His girlfriend, Pim Bubear, made up for Edward though with a comfortable, genuine ease to her performance that somewhat balanced out the pair.

Asian Connection offers an interesting blend of action and suspense from a story and characters you wouldn't expect. Definitely worth a watch.


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