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Only God Forgives -- 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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Only God Forgives -- Julian, an American fugitive from justice, runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother, the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the heads of the murderers from Julian. But first, Julian must confront Chang, a mysterious retired policeman - and figurehead of a divine justice - who has resolved to scourge the corrupt underworld of brothels and fight clubs.
Only God Forgives -- 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.
Only God Forgives -- In this Bangkok-set thriller, Julien (Ryan Gosling) is a drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother's death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move.

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Release Date:
22 May 2013 (France) See more »
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Time to Meet The Devil
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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15 wins & 18 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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Ryan Gosling Signs On With CAA
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Amazon nabs Nicolas Winding Refn crime series
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ryan Gosling ... Julian

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Crystal

Vithaya Pansringarm ... Chang
Gordon Brown ... Gordon

Yayaying Rhatha Phongam ... Mai

Tom Burke ... Billy
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Kim
Pitchawat Petchayahon ... Phaiban

Charlie Ruedpokanon ... Daeng
Kowit Wattanakul ... Choi Yan Lee (as Kovit Wattanakul)
Wannisa Peungpa ... Kanita
Narucha Chaimareung ... Papa San
Danai Thiengdham ... Waiter / Li Po
Wittchuta Watjanarat ... Ma Fong
Nophand Boonyai ... Charlie Ling
Teerawat Mulvilai ... Ko Sam
Aratchaporn Sataed ... Po Yan Lee
Dujdao Vadhanapakorn ... Concierge
Matthew Ryder ... Manager
Oak Keerati ... Porter
Sasapin Siriwanji ... Liang's Sister
Nuntiya Thongnoo ... Liang's Mother

Byron Gibson ... Byron
Saicheer Wongwirot ... Gunman #3
Alisa Wongvisut ... Singer
Byron Bishop ... Burin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Cummings ... Bar Customer (uncredited)

Ron Smoorenburg ... Muay thai fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicolas Winding Refn 
 
Writing credits
Nicolas Winding Refn (written by)

Produced by
Johnny Andersen .... line producer
Jessica Ask .... co-producer
Lene Børglum .... producer
Yves Chevalier .... associate producer
Brahim Chioua .... executive producer
Sidonie Dumas .... producer
Ryan Gosling .... executive producer
Jason Janego .... executive producer
Jacob Jarek .... co-producer
David Lancaster .... executive producer
Michel Litvak .... executive producer
Vincent Maraval .... producer
Tom Quinn .... executive producer
Matthew Read .... executive producer
Christophe Riandee .... executive producer
Thor Sigurjonsson .... executive producer
Gary Michael Walters .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Cliff Martinez 
 
Cinematography by
Larry Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Matthew Newman 
 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju 
 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
 
Art Direction by
Russell Barnes 
Witoon 'Boom' Suanyai 
 
Costume Design by
Wasitchaya 'Nampeung' Mochanakul 
 
Makeup Department
Vitch 'Toon' Chavasit .... makeup artist
Panupak 'Eiang' Duangchareonsri .... hairdresser assistant
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Somchoke 'Air' Prangchaiyaphum .... assistant makeup artist
Pattera 'Best' Puttisuraset .... makeup artist
Nithitorn 'Jin' Sa-Arddee .... tattoo artist
Aumnuay 'Lek' Saelim .... hairdresser
Maneerath 'Tom' Vijob .... hair dresser
 
Production Management
Pakinee Chaisana .... unit production manager
Thidarat Pakchanakorn .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tippawan 'Paew' Mamanee .... second assistant director
Charlie Sungkawess .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Wiroj 'Moo' Johnjangjan .... art buyer
Anussorn 'Keng' Ketmontri .... set dresser
Peeradech 'Tee' Krittayapong .... set dresser
Chatchai 'Papa' Por-Ngarm .... prop maker/painter
Sukol 'Koi' Sinlapachan .... property master
Acting Sub Lt. Pipat 'Pong' Sripradoo .... stand-by props
Pipat Sripradoo .... props
Surasak 'Pop' Tapana .... assistant art director
Prakit 'Nueng Wong-Uton .... prop maker
 
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound designer
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... supervising sound editor
Jason Lee Cameron .... sound trainee
Gordan Edstrom .... sound recordist
Per Dybdahl Jensen .... sound assistant
Julien Martin .... foley recording engineer
Julien Martin .... foley recordist
Jesper Miller .... sound assistant
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Patsakorn 'Poy' Ploykaew .... cable man
Sarachit 'Tum' Polcharoen .... boom operator
Lars Rasmussen .... additional sound
Lars Rasmussen .... sound assistant
Eddie Simonsen .... sound designer
Kathie Talbot .... sound and vocal designer: trailer
 
Special Effects by
Nareerat 'Jiu' Aphiphunya .... special effects makeup coordinator
Nine Bever Co .... armourer
Prompak 'Noo' Jariyawongprom .... special effects makeup assistant
Kittichon Kunratchol .... makeup/special effects
Apichat Singpoo .... special effects technician
Harit Taechathummarak .... special effects technician
Phongnawat Techawanvekin .... special effects technician
Natthamate 'Benz' Teerathanatpong .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Mikkel Hansen .... compositor
Mikkel Hansen .... digital compositor
Michael Holm .... compositor
Michael Holm .... digital compositor
Martin Madsen .... visual effects supervisor
Dann Damgaard Sandgreen .... compositor
Dann Damgaard Sandgreen .... digital compositor
Per Sidor .... digital intermediate
Morten Skytte .... matte painter
Lasse Strøm .... compositor
Lasse Strøm .... digital compositor
Thomas Therchilsen .... digital color grading
Thomas Therchilsen .... digital colourist
Rasmus Toft .... online technician
 
Stunts
Arkanae Boonsong .... stunt performer
Suksan Hongwongphaisarn .... stunt performer
Tulaya Huntra .... stunt performer
Pailin Intapan .... stunt performer
Pradimporn Kanjunda .... stunt performer (as Prapimporn Kanjanda)
Seng Kawee .... stunt coordinator (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikhanaerut)
Patiwat Klangsena .... stunt performer
Somchart Kuanauksorn .... stunt performer
Chatchapol 'Porch' Kulsiriwuthichai .... assistant stunt coordinator
Bunma Lamphon .... stunt performer
Yudthana Muenwaja .... stunt performer
Chalisa Paknoi .... stunt performer
Sarisa Patta .... stunt performer
Jinjipa Puppa .... stunt performer
Irada Ritsira .... stunt performer
Puchong Sartnok .... stunt performer
Wilaiporn 'Foon' Sirikhanaerut .... assistant to stunt coordinator
Tannapat Sirimat .... stunt performer
Weeraphon Songsang .... stunt performer
Banlu Srisaeng .... stunt performer
Thana 'Touch' Srisuke .... assistant stunt coordinator
Narongsak Thongmee .... stunt performer
Pailin Wantayakul .... stunt performer
Pattamaporn Worapimrat .... stunt performer
Praiwan Worapimrat .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thongchai Arsaikud .... grip
Montree Arunlerk .... focus puller
Weerasak Dankamol .... assistant electrician
Amorn Duangtaweethong .... clapper loader
John Gamble .... a camera operator
Boonrod Jaisai .... best boy grip
Jettanakorn 'Pond' Jankaew .... video assistant
Krissada Keangkrivanich .... steadicam assistant
Pairoj 'Roger' Keeratiwonglert .... best boy grip
Chuchart 'Smith' Konchom .... best boy lighting
Kapong 'Shi' Kornporiphan .... still photographer
Chatri 'Sprite' Kriangkraisorn .... gaffer
Voranon Phaipat .... focus puller
Sompong Rodtuk .... grip
Satit Sorasit .... electrician
Sumruay Sripoodok .... generator op
Somsak Srisawat .... Steadicam operator
Prayul 'Art' Srithongkul .... camera operator
Anusit 'Ong' Sudsuk .... clapper loader
Polchay 'Chai' Thonglert .... assistant electrician
Natthaporn 'Boon' Yensiri .... head electrician
 
Casting Department
Elan Jones .... casting assistant
Lara Manwaring .... casting assistant
Lara Manwaring .... casting associate
Peter Mossman .... casting assistant: Thailand
Peter Mossman .... casting associate
Supattra 'Pum' Punyadee .... casting assistant
Supattra 'Pum' Punyadee .... extras casting director
Danai 'Danny' Thiangdham .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wasan 'Tong' Foitubtim .... wardrobe key set
Jammari 'Yo' Khongsareerat .... standby wardrobe for Ryan Gosling
Pattama 'Pat' Prasopsuk .... stand-by wardrobe
Kratchapol 'Maze' Rajburi .... costume supervisor
Trakawit 'Bobo' Thibthong .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Amattayakul .... assistant editor
Morten Arnoldus .... post production supervisor (as Morten Sylvest Arnoldus)
Mik Stampe Fogh .... assistant editor
J.D. Funari .... trailer editor
Smith Timsawat .... assistant editor
Lance Spindler .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Worawit 'Wit' Julamanee .... location coordinator
Angkana 'Ang' Kankamnerd .... location assistant
Narupon Ruthailawan .... location assistant
Poj 'Kaew' Udomsangaram .... location manager
 
Music Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... orchestrator (as Kristian Seline Eidnes Andersen)
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... orchestrator
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Richard Hein .... conductor
Jan Holzner .... orchestra recording engineer
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer
Surachai Kijkasemsin .... writer: additional music
Kanokwan Kung-noi .... composer: additional music
Kanokwan Kung-noi .... writer: additional music
Proud .... performer: additional music
Mac Quayle .... composer: additional music
Samneang Thongmoung .... writer: additional music
Gregory Tripi .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Saman 'Im' Amaruk .... driver
Wilai Chaiphuthon .... driver
Somnuk 'Sum' Chardkak .... driver
Koson 'Son' Chiarnil .... driver
Somchai Chnngam .... electric truck driver
Wittaya 'Odd' Dongunha .... driver
Wanchad 'Noi' Jaturapipitponchai .... driver
Somdej Jueanchan .... driver
Jedsada 'Max' Khongson .... driver
Sethep Makaew .... driver
Rongaroon 'Kung' Nakkang .... driver
Sakod 'Frank' Nguanhom .... transportation coordinator
Noppadon 'Art' Panichsook .... driver
Narongrit 'Ting' Panruksa .... driver
Plapong 'Aoom' Patumanan .... driver
Anon Plaimee .... driver
Preecha Romlee .... driver
Surachai 'Mee' Sae be .... driver
Sopon 'Ahe' Sakulnum .... driver
Wanchai 'Golf' Singsahad .... driver
Paitoon 'Lek' Suebnuson .... driver
Nattapon 'Poy' Suvaros .... driver
Phanumart 'Max' Tankasem .... driver
Phongchai 'Seab' Thanaeutthikun .... driver
Ponchai 'Oung' Tosakhun .... driver
Viroj 'Tu' Tukong .... driver
Sonarin 'Jug' Worralugkit .... driver
 
Other crew
Nattaya 'Pueng' Anuruk .... assistant: Ryan Gosling
William Conacher .... dialogue coach
William Conacher .... dialogue coach: Ms Scott Thomas
Liv Corfixen .... behind-the-scenes documentary
Rachel Dik .... assistant: Nicolas Winding Refn
Anna Griffin .... researcher
Saipin 'Omm' Kitsuban .... assistant accountant
Nontakorn 'Ginny' Muttamara .... production coordinator
Lakkana 'Naam' Palawatvichai .... assistant: Nicolas Winding Refn
Dan Palmer .... financial controller
Phiphat 'Kai' Phimsornthong .... unit runner
Suthipong 'Yai' Pingmuang .... production assistant
Chantana 'Pan' Pongrod .... first aid nurse
Luke Randolph .... completion guarantor: for International Film Guarantors
Navarutt Roongaroon .... continuity (as Navarutt 'Rutt' Roongaroon)
Navarutt Roongaroon .... script supervisor (as Navarutt 'Rutt' Roongaroon)
Pakorn 'Tong' Samonroek .... production assistant
Thomas Schlein .... laboratory production manager
Jens Lilledal Sorensen .... mastering
Pakaporn 'Aom' Sudasna .... production runner
Hanfarh Sukwong .... assistant nurse
Tittaya 'Au' Suthipaet .... assistant: Ryan Gosling
Sudkwan 'Kwan' Suwansoonthorn .... accountant
Weerspong 'Mee' Tharneerat .... production assistant
Chatvadee Tondulyakul .... assistant production coordinator
Pongkarnda 'Kik' Udomprasert .... production runner
Supasit Viboonlarp .... Thai song researcher
Narisara 'Un' Wongpornpratheep .... production assistant
Wanwanach 'Char' Worrarakkit .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Manuel Chiche .... thanks
Liv Corfixen .... thanks
Roy Jacobsen .... thanks
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... dedicatee
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... thanks
Gaspar Noé .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Only God" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody violence including grisly images, sexual content and language
Runtime:
90 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (re-rating) | France:12 (with warning) | Germany:18 (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating on appeal) | Hungary:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:18+ (video) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 | UK:18 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The second film by Nicolas Winding Refn dedicated to Alejandro Jodorowsky, after Drive (2011/I).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Julien:[in Thai] Go.
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Movie Connections:
References Valhalla Rising (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Can't ForgetSee more »

FAQ

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What are the lyrics to the song at the end?
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325 out of 553 people found the following review useful.
Slow, so slow, 24 May 2013
Author: Havgar from France

If you've seen Drive, then you should know that this movie is nothing like it, except perhaps in the fact that they are both beautifully shot. Drive had a pretty brisk pace, good dialogue, a plot that went somewhere, and a likable character.

Only God Forgives had none of that. This is a movie which moves along at a snail's pace, and even at a runtime of 90 minutes, it feels like many hours go by before even a single thing happens. Even the characters move and turn slowly.

The plot, such as it is, you would probably find worth watching, but Nicolas Winding Refn peppers it with pseudo-dream sequences and many pointless scenes that drag on for ever, so that the plot becomes hard to stay interested in.

Now, some things you might care about.

The acting. Ryan Gosling, of whom I was a fan in his earlier days, plays the same character from Drive, except that here he is indeed even more emotionless. He speaks about 5 lines during the whole movie, and has fewer different facial expressions. Kristin Scott Thomas is very good, although she feels underused. She is definitely the strong point of this movie. Vithaya Pansringarm, who plays a prominent role in the movie, is as expressionless as Gosling, although he is somewhat better, in my opinion.

Action scenes do exist, and they do resemble those from Drive, in that they are very matter-of-factly and visceral. Here, Winding Refn has really indulged in a lot of gratuitous gore, although overall, I found the action scenes quite entertaining. One particular one showcases Byron Gibson's acting talents, and it is particularly (and hilariously) cringe-worthy.

All the characters in this movie are unlikable. It is extremely difficult to get yourself to care for any of them, including Gosling's, who is arguably the protagonist here.

Aside from Scott Thomas' acting, the only other redeeming quality of this film is the excellent way in which most scenes are set up and shot. The sets, the camera movement, the placement of the actors, all of these make up for some truly gorgeous shots.

Overall, sad as I am to say it, I cannot recommend seeing Only God Forgives.

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