Things have been really good for Ryan Gosling over the last decade. After a slew of hits including The Notebook, Drive, The Ides of March, the upcoming film The Place Beyond the Pines and even fluffier fares like Crazy Stupid Love, Gosling looks to continue his hit streak with Only God Forgives. Re-teaming with G-S-T favorite Nicolas Winding Refn this follow up to Drive looks like it’ll be another stunning film…and why wouldn’t it be? Regardless of an exceptionally talented filmmaker like Refn behind the camera, Gosling is that rare breed of actor who can take just about any role. Further, his career has continued to skyrocket because of the types of roles he chooses to take.
So will this top the duo’s last collaboration Drive? Only one way to find out…and for now, from just the trailer, the answer might just be a resounding yes. Have a look at the official red band trailer for Only God Forgives…
Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian (Gosling) 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 (Vithaya Pansringarm) – 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 (Kristin Scott Thomas) – the head of a powerful criminal organisation – 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.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhallah Rising, the Pusher trilogy, Drive) and starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas, Radius TWC will release Only God Forgives this sometime this year following its screening at the Cannes Film Festival.