The first time I saw this twenty-second clip from Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling, it was so dark and blurry that I didn’t think there was any point in posting it. Well, someone much more technically proficient than I, has obviously been to work on it, because you can now see it much better.
Only God Forgives is the director’s hotly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed Drive, which of course also starred Gosling. The film centers on a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster who settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.
“Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.
When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand.
Julian’s mother Jenna – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.
Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release… but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.”
Written and directed by Winding Refn, the film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke and Winding Refn staple, Gordon Brown. RADiUS, the new division of The Weinstein Company, will release Only God Forgives sometime in 2013.
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