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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Time to Meet The Devil

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

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Denmark | France | USA | Sweden | Belgium

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

22 May 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Only God Forgives 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

Gross USA:

$779,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,635,126
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an earlier version of the screenplay, Chang didn't use a sword. He used anything that was at his reach. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Julien: [in Thai] Go.
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Crazy Credits

The very first credit to come up at the end of the film is a dedication reading "for Alejandro Jodorowsky". See more »

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Featured in Renegade Cut: The Devil in Only God Forgives (2013) See more »

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Sister, Pt. 1
Composed by Anthony Gonzalez
Performed by Cliff Martinez feat: Gregory Tripi
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The plot is not really there
16 June 2013 | by OnZaSee all my reviews

"Only God Forgives" is a dark, serious and ultra-violent movie. It weighs in on Asian symbolism, spiritualism and response to revenge or own hand rights. It flows more like a music video than actual movie (even though it does not have fast cuts). That description also fits "Drive" but whereas that movie gained critical acclaim, this one has had way more split response and it's easy to see why.

Considering that even with star Ryan Gosling, "Only God Forgives" is to be considered a sub-genre movie and indie release, I can predict many people go to see it because of the previous (director & lead star) collaboration "Drive". I, like many others marching into movie theater to see it, had high hopes after Drive. I jokingly said that this is "Drive II". Well, it's not.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn has leaned towards heavy symbolism here, and unfortunately at the cost of plot where one considers how movies should have even a some kind of structure and character development. I had the impression after the movie that tackling the symbolism the writer/director probably thought he had invested more to his characters than he actually has. Gosling is the less spoken man like in the predecessor Drive, but without any likability. The "heroism" of the Drive main character could have been argued on but in this case there are no heroes or good guys in the movie. Just a self made perception of each religious or other view.

Some reviews said that the movie is style of substance but again (sorry) I need to reference to Drive and question even the style. It had couple of really nice shots and scenes with unique atmoshpere but I found it lacked the coolness. Also the stylisticity (is it a word?) of some the gore scenes only show of a bad taste. In my opinion you're either full on splatter or you're on the other end of the scale, not something in between.

This type of story would have been more powerful with some kind of invested emotion. I did not feel about anything when watching this movie. That is what separates if from it's predecessor and also other great movies. Now it's barely good.

I am afraid Nicolas Winding Refn have taken a step back here, although I am also pretty sure he does not entertain a thought of mainstream acclaim -that much we've seen from the previous movies. I hope he takes a sidestep for his next movie, and tries something different because he really is talented and an INDIVIDUAL director.


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