Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bangkok Dangerous & Big Fish: Urban Violence

 I love the movie Big Fish, but Bangkok Dangerous is not a recommendation. These scenes are very nice, though, for the topic urban violence.

 I. Discuss these questions in pairs:

1. How safe is it to live in your neighborhood?

2. How do you compare your neighborhood to others in your city?

3. Is urban violence a problem where you live? Talk about it.

4. Have you ever been to a place where there is a lot of urban violence? How did you deal with it?:

5. Have you ever been a victim of urban violence? Would you like to talk about it?

6. What are the causes of urban violence?

7. What can be done to stop or reduce crime rates where you live?

II. Match the following urban crimes and their definitions.

1. Bank robbery

2. Robbery

3. Stalk

4. Sex Tourism

5. Mugging

6. Express Kidnapping

7. Kidnap

8. Malfeasance

9. Rape

10.  Drug dealing

11. Smuggle

12. Arson

13. Murder

14. Domestic Violence

 ( ) The victim is abducted, then forced to withdraw their own ransom from a bank or ATM. If all goes well, the victim is released afterwards, generally after having been relieved of all valuables on their person (and occasionally in their residence).

( ) Stealing money from a bank, usually with the use of weapons

( ) to attack a person in a public place and steal their money:

( )  the crime of intentionally starting a fire in order to damage or destroy something, especially a building

( ) the crime of intentionally killing a person

( ) an example of dishonest and illegal behaviour, especially by a person in authority

( ) behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating

( )  the crime of stealing from somewhere or someone

( )  to illegally follow and watch someone, usually a woman, over a period of time

( ) to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling, using violence or threatening behaviour

( ) to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally

( ) when someone travels to another country for the purpose of paying to have sex, especially with children or under aged citizens

( ) when someone travels to another country for the purpose of paying to have sex, especially with children

( ) Selling forbidden drugs illegally

Answer key: 6, 1, 5, 12, 13, 8, 14, 2, 3, 9,  11, 4, 7, 10, 

III. Can you think of other urban crimes? What are they?

IV. Which of the crimes above is the most serious problem where you live? And which ones do you think are not recurrent in your neighborhood?

V. Watch the segment from the movie Bangkok Dangerous and discuss the questions.


1. Describe  the scene.

2. What urban crimes did you manage to see in the segment? How serious is this situation in Bangkok, accordingto the segment?

3. Do these crimes take place in your country too? How different is the situation in Bangkok and in your city?

4. What can the government do toprevent these crimes from happening?

VI. Watch the segment from the movie Big Fish and discuss the questions:


1. Describe the scene.

2. This scene takes place in the 50's. How different are bank robberies nowadays?

3. What should happen to the robber.

4. How professional is he?

5. How dangerous is he?

6. Have you ever experienced a situation like the ones in the segments? Talk about it.


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