New ‘Only God Forgives’ International Trailer: Ryan Gosling Wants to Fight

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 8th, 2013 at 10:40 am,

Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn is known for producing meditative and surreal works of cinematic art, where the borderline abstract storylines and haunting dream-like moods are punctuated by brutal acts of violence (see: Valhalla Rising, Drive). That approach has been carried over into his second collaboration with actor Ryan Gosling, titled Only God Forgives, and early reactions from critics who saw the movie at the 2013 Cannes Festival are extremely polarizing (either the film is a sick slow-burn experience or an overly-violent endurance test, depending on who you believe).

That partly accounts for why the latest Only God Forgives international trailer is all hip music – the instrumental portion of the Suuns’ track “2020″ – and visuals soaked in neon colors, with plot beats that tease horrible acts to follow in the final movie. The marketing for Drive used a similar bait-and-switch tactic, so as to entice viewers who might not otherwise consider seeing an atmospheric neo-Noir drama/thriller.

only god forgives ryan gosling New Only God Forgives International Trailer: Ryan Gosling Wants to Fight

Only God Forgives stars Gosling as Julian, an exiled American in Bangkok who runs a Thai boxing club as a cover for his family’s drug-smuggling empire. When his brother is executed for murdering a prostitute, Julian’s mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) demands that her remaining son retaliate by tracking down and slaying the man responsible. Problem is, that righteous killer (Vithaya Pansringarm) works for the Bangkok police department.

Refn directed from his original script, while re-collaborating behind the camera with cinematographer Larry Smith (Bronson), production designer Beth Mickle (Drive) and composer Cliff Martinez (Spring Breakers). Will Only God Forgives inspire as strong a cult following as Drive, or something closer to the niche audience for titles like Valhalla Rising and the Pusher trilogy?


Only God Forgives begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on July 19th, 2013.

Source: Empire

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  1. Am I the only one looking forward to this? Refn is great, I’ve enjoyed all of his work so far (Bronson being my favorite, he really should work with Tom Hardy again). Anyway, this screams Refn and I can’t wait.

    • I’m definitely looking forward to this!

  2. Refn. The missing link between Fincher and Miike. It has been painful waiting for this movie. Almost here.

  3. Looks freaking gorgeous. Not surprised by the polarizing critical response as the same thing happened with Drive.

  4. Wanna fight? Nuff said.

  5. I don’t give a fack about highbrow critics booing the films or criticizing it. This is my most anticipated film of the year.

  6. looks tight

  7. cant wait for this movie. refn is a proper director and ryan gosling is the marlon brando for the modern era

    • I would second that. Why not do it in a different form? Refn would be a top choice!

  8. Refn should have directed a wolverine movie. He’s a good director. It would have been interesting to see.

  9. impression before seeing trailer: “hmmm idk… i wonder if they can pull it off again (post drive)”.

    impression after seeing trailer: “yup… let’s do this”.

  10. I just saw this movie a day ago and I cqn’t get it out my mind! It is spellbinding! What you want too see is not what you get. Don’t worry, no spoilers. this one is like watching a ballet. Beautiful. You can’t take your eyes off it. It has an incredible intensity, with no holds barred gruesome scenes. I have watched the most hard core movies and this has an Old Boy feel. Enjoy it! I am looking forward to seeing it again!