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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:
... Julian
... Crystal
... Chang
Gordon Brown ... Gordon
... Mai
... Billy
... Kim
Pitchawat Petchayahon ... Phaiban
... 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
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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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Time to Meet The Devil

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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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Also Known As:

Só Deus Perdoa  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In terms of the musical inspiration for this film, Refn refers to how much of an influence the scores of Bernard Herrmann were. For the temp score that they edited the film to, they used Herrmann's score from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), which, Refn found out soon after, is composer Cliff Martinez's personal favorite. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.34 (2013) See more »

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Do As Thou Will
Composed by Cliff Martinez
Published by La Marguerite and Wild Bunch Publishing
(p) & © 2013 Gaumont & Wild Bunch under exclusive license to Milan Entertainment Inc.
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Ambitious one...
28 July 2013 | by See 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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