Set in a neon-lit Bangkok, the thriller with a western sensibility reunites Refn with his Drive star Ryan Gosling. As you may already know, the story revolves around an expat American Julian Thompson (Gosling) hiding in Thailand where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation.
Kristen Scott Thomas gives a standout performance as a bloodthirsty drug lord matriarch who orders him to hunt down his brother and her son’s killer played by Vithaya Pansringarm.
Check out the latest US trailer for Only God Forgives ahead of Austin screenings next week. Yahoo! Movies has the trailer and the poster.
The film, which premiered at Cannes (where it drew mixed reviews), co-stars Tom Burke, Byron Gibson, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Gordon Brown and Joe Cummings. Its extreme violence is probably easier to digest for the mainstream American audience.
Only God Forgives opens in select US cities and VOD on July 19.
Here’s the plot for this thing:
Julian (Gosling) lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drugs smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed their mother, Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas), arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who knows everything and who is both Judge and Punisher. Jenna demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly.