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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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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References El Topo (1970) See more »

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People are missing the point
26 July 2013 | by sephevSee all my reviews

It's a shame that people seem to be missing the point behind this film. However, on one's first sitting, it's easily done - Refn's style and pace may fool you into thinking this is a dull, slow film. The long, seemingly unending shots of actors staring into the distance may make you question Mat Newman's (the editor) talent. But what you really need to do is to look deeper into the film, because behind the extreme violence, the beautiful cinematography & production design and questionable reality, there is an interesting message. That message really depends on how you interpret the film, and differentiates from person to person.

For instance, Vithaya Pansringarm's character can be perceived in a variety of ways - a silent angel out to balance the injustices of his city, a delusional man who thinks of himself as God, or a vengeful cop who is simply out to do his job. Ryan Gosling's Julian can be seen as a confused soul who is out to avenge someone he clearly despised, someone who is bullied into action by his persuasive mother. Kristen Scott Thomas's excellent portrayal of Crystal, Julian's thoroughly unpleasant mother, acts as a wedge between the two of them. And the motives of each of these characters are questionable throughout.

It's certain that Refn's ninth feature film is not a simple crime drama as you might have expected. Its twists and turns will almost certainly surprise you, and it will linger on your mind long after the credits roll. It makes you question what was real and what was not in a way I've never seen in cinema before. And it really is a shame that a lot of people seem to completely miss the brilliance and genius behind it.


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