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Only God Forgives (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  22 May 2013 (France)
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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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Gordon Brown ...
Pitchawat Petchayahon ...
Kowit Wattanakul ...
Choi Yan Lee (as Kovit Wattanakul)
Wannisa Peungpa ...
Narucha Chaimareung ...
Papa San
Danai Thiengdham ...
Waiter / Li Po
Wittchuta Watjanarat ...
Ma Fong
Nophand Boonyai ...
Charlie Ling


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


Crime | Drama

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

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Release Date:

22 May 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Só Deus Perdoa  »

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Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$778,565 (USA) (30 August 2013)

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Did You Know?


Nicolas Winding Refn's approach to the movie changed when his daughter saw a ghost in her room in Thailand. He said that in the west, they'd have locked him up if he said there was a ghost, but in the Orient they called a shaman to make the spirit go away. He claimed that that experience made him realize that spirituality had another meaning in Asia, and that he wanted to make a movie with that kind of mysticism. See more »


After the fight of the opening scene, the arm of the winner is raised by the referee and the defeated fighter is picked up by his helpers in blue. When the camera cuts to the other side of the ring, this is shown again. See more »


[first lines]
Julien: [in Thai] Go.
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Kid Teung Ban
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Lyric/Melody by Asanee Polchan as performed by Surachai Chantimatorn
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A missed opportunity.
19 July 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn's first Hollywood picture Drive is one of the best films of the millennium, hands down. His Thailand-set revenge saga feels like a natural extension of that masterpiece, albeit a very boring and pretentious one. Where Drive was slow-burning and enrapturing, OGF is slow and uninteresting; where Ryan Gosling's Driver was charismatic and compelling, his drug-dealing enigma here is dull and vacuous; Drive's violence was impactful and meaningful, the brutality in this is nasty and pointless. There are, however, two shining lights that save this from being completely unwatchable. The neon-lit cinematography is simply stunning and quite often disguises the senselessness of what is actually going on, whilst the ballsy performance from Kristen Scott Thomas as Gosling's reprehensible white-trash mother is a terrific display of her versatility and deserving of a much better movie. A missed opportunity that suggests Refn is a hit and miss prospect.

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