Nicolas Winding-Refn’s follow-up to his superb DRIVE, will see him once again join forces with lead Ryan Gosling for the vicious ONLY GOD FORGIVES. The films synopsis below suggests we are in for yet another violent epic, and with DRIVE’s cult status cementing that film as a classic, the look of this new image on the set of this latest, could even surpass DRIVE, for its shear brutality. Take a look.
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.
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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.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES is expected early next year. The film will see Kristin Scott Thomas appear as the criminal kingpin and mother of Gosling’s character Julien.