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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.
Only God Forgives -- Clip: Dinner Scene
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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Writer:
Nicolas Winding Refn (written by)
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Release Date:
22 May 2013 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
15 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fascinating ! - A masterpiece See more (492 total) »

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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
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90 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Trivia:
Swedish underground filmmaker Henrik Möller felt the film was too cynical and did not warrant anything more than a Pirate Bay download.See more »
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Miscellaneous: A thin border can be seen around the Post Production credits, indicating that the black background may not have been perfectly scaled to fit.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Julien:[in Thai] Go.
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Movie Connections:
References The Blues Brothers (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kid Teung BanSee more »

297 out of 528 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating ! - A masterpiece, 10 June 2013
Author: MikeHenSeven from France

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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