Written and directed by Wych Kaosayananda (“Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever”), “One Night in Bangkok” is about as emotionally flat as Dacascos’ performance as Kai, a sedate Hawaiian tourist with a grey suit and a gun. Kai is bald, but his beard stubble is white, presumably because there’s supposed to be an age gap between him and Fha (Vanida Golten), his ingratiating taxi driver.
One Night in Bangkok follows a man and a professional driver as they explore the beautiful capital of Thailand. Along the way, the man meets up with others who have a connection to his past, at which point he kills them… or at least tries. When the driver figures out what he is up to, she must decide what is her right course of action. This “homage” to Collateral is slower, more methodical, and more plot-driven than its predecessor, though it does have its fair share of suspense, action, and thrills.
As the title suggests, this movie takes place over the course of one night in Bangkok, beginning at nightfall as Kai (Mark Dacascos; John Wick 3) lands in the city. He orders a cab by app, similar to Uber or Lyft, driven by Fha (newcomer Vanida Golten) and at his first stop he offers her a large amount of money to turn off her app and drive him to all his destinations that night, claiming she can quit at any time. She agrees and after a couple stops and a quick meal with a heart-to-heart conversation, she realizes what she has gotten into, but she might be in too deep to back out.
Naturally, the deaths do not go unnoticed. A side story follows an offbeat police detective (Kane Kosugi, Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge) as he investigates the string of murders in an attempt to stop the bloodshed. Will he decode the mystery and close in on Kai before the night is through? How will the driver factor into the night’s events? Why do I ask questions I do not intend to answer?