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Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

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Kowit Wattanakul ...
Choi Yan Lee (as Kovit Wattanakul)
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Kanita
Narucha Chaimareung ...
Papa San
Danai Thiengdham ...
Waiter / Li Po
Wittchuta Watjanarat ...
Ma Fong
Nophand Boonyai ...
Charlie Ling
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Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a man 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 an underage 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 Crystal - 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'. Written by www.joblo.com

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Time to Meet The Devil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence including grisly images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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22 May 2013 (France)  »

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Only God Forgives  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$313,958 (USA) (19 July 2013)

Gross:

$778,565 (USA) (30 August 2013)
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The short sword that Chang wields seems to be a 'Kachin dha', from the Jingpho or Kachin people who inhabit the Kachin Hills in northern Burma's Kachin State, and neighboring areas of China and India. The name 'dha' is used for a wide variety of knives and swords used by many people across Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. See more »

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When Julian fought Chang, Chang kicked Julian in the left leg several times leaving Julian unable to walk normally, but later on Julian is seen stumbling on his right leg rather than the left. See more »

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[first lines]
Julien: [in Thai] Go.
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Fascinating ! - A masterpiece
10 June 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Don't expect to see Drive's sequel, it would make no sense ! If you don't know Refn's movie you've got to know 3 important things : - He makes contemplative movies. With a lot of silence and a minimalist screenplay. - He said "Art is an act of violence" so don't expect to see a peaceful movie. - Drive is the least representative movie of his style.

You'll need to create yourself a part of the story because it's a movie between reality and nightmare. It's a philosophical and metaphysical movie. A true experimental & artistic movie.

This movie is fascinating ! Cinemathography is beautifully worked, use of the red light is perfect, framing also. Production design and the places make us perfectly return in the dark side of the film. We remain completely speechless front of the pictures that are beautiful, surprising and deeply disturbing. Violence becomes poetry.

The story speaks about the male impotence, revenge is put on side, there is no real hero. Just the story of a lost man who seeks his way, other side a cop who thinks he is God. It's to the spectator to find the morals of the story.

The music (electro-pop) and Vithaya's interpretations are in total agreement with the progression of the story and the pictures.

The actors succeed in transmitting the feelings and impressions of the characters with simple glances.

We leave the room completely disturbed, while being posed full with questions, trying to assimilate all the asked questions by the artist, but completely fascinated and excited !

It is simple either one loves, or one hates this film. I loved it !

Refn signs one of his best movies, he assumes completely his style and (in my opinion) proposes to us a real masterpiece.


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