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With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004)

Pusher II (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 December 2004 (Denmark)
Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done.

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Leif Sylvester ...
Smeden (as Leif Sylvester Petersen)
Anne Sørensen ...
Charlotte
Øyvind Hagen-Traberg ...
Ø
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Gry
Dan Dommer ...
Den gamle
Sven Erik Eskeland Larsen ...
Svend
Jean Pierre Peuleve ...
Chief
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Maya Ababadjani ...
Prostituerende (as Maya Sørensen)
Maria Mendoza ...
Prostituerende
Luis Werner Grau ...
Valdemar
Lasse Wenkers ...
Baby
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Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done.

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Nicolas Winding Refn made With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004) and I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III (2005) to help fund his film company (Jang Go Star), which went bankrupt after the box office failure of Fear X (2003). See more »

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When Tony is riding in the subway, a camera is reflected in one of the windows. See more »

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Ø: Not much you've pumped while in prison, I see...
Tonny: Shut the fuck up.
Ø: Nice bag you got there, by the way.
Tonny: Go fuck yourself.
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Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher 2 is even better than the first one

Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher 1-3 is my favorite trilogy of danish film history. Pusher II (2004) is the best part of it. I have been a follower of Refn's work ever-since I saw his directional debut Pusher (1996) the first time. It had a great dynamic, it was brutally honest and it had a documentary-style (hand-held camera, great method-acting etc.) that gave it an authentic feeling.

The story-line: Small-time gangster Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen) is released from prison, but quickly returns to the criminal underworld and gets hired by his father "Smeden" (Leif Sylvester): a big-time gangster highly respected in the underworld. But Tonny has a hard time earning his father's respect, and on top of that, he discovers that Charlotte (Anne Sørensen): a girl he once had sex with, has given birth to his child. Tonny has a hard time making the right decisions, and one day he agrees to help his friend Kusse-Kurt (Kurt Nielsen) purchase heroin worth of 80.000 danish kroner from big-time pusher Milo (Zlatko Buric), but since they are high off cocaine and paranoid they accidentally throw the heroin in the toilet, as they think a police-man enters the room. Now they have a big problem. They have to get 80.000 kroner very quickly...

In 2004 Nicolas Winding Refn almost went bankrupt, because his previous film Fear X (2002) which was shot on a big-budget in Canada, did horribly in the theaters and at box-office. Refn knew that a sequel for Pusher would do very well (Pusher 1 was the most engrossing debut film ever of Denmark) and the universe of the film had lots of artistic possibilities - therefore he decided on making it a trilogy. And Refn very much proofed that it is possible to make artistically interesting films out of rather commercial interests.

It could be argued that Pusher 1 glamorized the gangster/drug underworld at times. This is NOT the case in Pusher II. Although Pusher 1 did show the decay of a cold man in a cold milieu, we never really got into his feelings. In Pusher II we get to feel the pain and coldness (even when Tonny himself doesn't). Pusher II is a docu-drama based on realism (like Pusher 1), and only three characters are real actors. The rest of the cast consists of people off the street, and this very much adds to its authenticity. They do a great job! The second half of the film has a few very beautiful artistic scenes (almost dream-like) that almost pauses the film and gives its audience time for reflecting. In the scenes we see very dominant red colors and the music is almost ambient-like. A great idea that works very well - even in such a realistic film.

Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester and Zlatko Buric do terrific jobs. They are (as usual) very professional and passionate actors. But the real surprise is the untrained street-actors. They add SO much to the realism and rawness of the film. Pusher II is shot on DV-camera with a hand-held style, but it's far from Dogme. Many scenes look terrific, and the playing with distinctive colors red and green works well. I also have to give credit to Peterpeter's great rock/80's synthesizer soundtrack. It really under-builds the scenes in a scary way.

I highly recommend Pusher II (and the rest of the trilogy) to everyone! A perfect example of an artistic film that actually works for all audiences! 9/10


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