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Only God Forgives (2013)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Julian
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Crystal
Vithaya Pansringarm ... Chang
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ... Gordon
Yayaying Rhatha Phongam ... Mai
Tom Burke ... Billy
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Kim
Pitchawat Petchayahon Pitchawat Petchayahon ... Phaiban
Charlie Ruedpokanon ... Daeng
Kowit Wattanakul Kowit Wattanakul ... Choi Yan Lee (as Kovit Wattanakul)
Wannisa Peungpa Wannisa Peungpa ... Kanita
Narucha Chaimareung Narucha Chaimareung ... Papa San
Danai Thiengdham Danai Thiengdham ... Waiter / Li Po
Wittchuta Watjanarat Wittchuta Watjanarat ... Ma Fong
Nophand Boonyai Nophand Boonyai ... Charlie Ling
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Time to Meet The Devil

Genres:

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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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

Denmark | France | USA | Sweden

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

22 May 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Só Deus Perdoa See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$313,958, 21 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$778,565, 1 September 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,743,738, 18 August 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production hit a snag when it became necessary to pay off the local authorities in order to get permission and protection to film at night, including firing gunshots, for certain scenes. Refn and star Ryan Gosling were invited to a film festival in Thailand. After some negotiating and taxes, they received 90,000 USD in cash for showing up. Refn recounts in his commentary how, having never seen that amount in cash in his entire life, he enjoyed counting it out himself. It was enough to bribe the necessary authorities, and production continued. See more »

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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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Falling In Love
Written and composed by Kanokwan Kung-noi
Performed by Cliff Martinez Gregory Tripi. Kanokwan Kung-noi
Vocals by Yayaying Rhatha Phongam (as Rhatha Phongam)
Published by Sure Entertainment Company, Ltd.
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Ambitious one...
28 July 2013 | by renatofernandesz1See all my reviews

After Drive, i was very curious to see what he was doing next.

This movie was fairly ambitious in its own ways, visually is a stunning mix of colors and beautiful composed shots, which elevates the whole mood of the movie. The story itself is a fairly simple one, however it is told in a way in which depended heavily on the actors performance, and this is were the movie fails. the way some of the actors fail to act the parts almost like shadows of themselves, sometimes overacting and being too much aware of the camera detracts from Nicolas intentions. Gosling is good here, so is Kristin Scott Thomas, the rest of the cast is hit or miss in some scenes. The overall surreal way of telling this story could've worked a lot better if they had solved those issues. I liked the subtext behind the whole relationship between Chang (who in is own ways has a twisted God complex) and Julian's character.

In the end it makes me a little sad, i think with a little more time put into working with the actors, it could've elevated the movie to another level, also without spoiling anything, i think the out of the box scenes could've been pushed a little more!! 7 out of 10!!


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