‘Only God Forgives’ Red Band Trailer: Ryan Gosling in Blood-Soaked Bangkok

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In the world of the appropriately-named Only God Forgives, all sins eventually find you out. Years ago, Julian committed a heinous crime and was forced to flee to Bangkok. Now, he runs a Thai boxing studio that doubles as a front for his family’s drug-smuggling racket. When Julian’s brother kills a prostitute, he inadvertently begins a cycle of bloody violence that will bring Julian face-to-face with Chang, a local cop known as “The Angel of Vengeance.”

Only God Forgives reunites director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson) and star Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines) after they struck success with 2011′s Drive. The movie’s other headliners are Kristin Scott Thomas (Bel Ami) and Vithaya Pansringarm (The Hangover Part II) as Julian’s manipulative criminal mother and Chang, respectively.

Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling Only God Forgives Red Band Trailer: Ryan Gosling in Blood Soaked Bangkok

This first, full-length trailer confirms the teaser’s hints that Only God Forgives will bring the same kind of brutal, evocatively-shot violence, and tense contemplation that proved so effective in Drive. Soaked in neon and heavily stylized, Only God Forgives looks to feature some beautiful cinematography as it explores the dark underbelly of Bangkok.

Given the subject matter and genre, comparisons between Only God Forgives and Drive are all but impossible. It’s still too early to figure out whether Only God Forgives will be a rehash of Drive‘s themes, but this preview at least indicates that Gosling will be playing a much different character than the nameless Driver of Refn’s previous film. The film looks great so far, but we’ll have to wait until it debuts at Cannes to see whether it can live up to the legacy established by its principals.


Only God Forgives will likely kick down the doors of US cinemas in the autumn of 2013.

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  1. This guy is so unwatchable to me and I’m not sure why.

  2. Great trailer. Love Nicolas Winding Refn’s style. So different. Can’t wait for this.

  3. i… i think i’m in love with ryan gosling, between this, drive and the place beyond the pines, this whole stoic serial killer thing he’s got going at the moment is memorising stuff to me

    • Yeah I find the dude completely mesmerising. He’s tapped into the secret of living James Dean-esque iconic-ness (there’s no way that’s an actual word!). It must be a kind of a man crush thing because I’m at the point where I see a trailer for ‘place beyond the pines’ and I read the title as ‘The Gosling on a motorcycle in a Metallica t-shirt’. The plot is irrelevant at this point. I’ll take Gosling on ice or Gosling in space next please.

  4. I swear Ryan Gosling plays the same role. Silent, soft-spoken, but bad-ass guy.

    • More like same role as Drive. Watch Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl, or Blue Valentine. Excellently diverse performances.

      • Of check out Crazy Stupid Love, he’s awesome in that to, proper lady killer!

        Can’t wait for this, set expression to stunned!

        • I seen Crazy Stupid Love, he was quite good in that.

  5. But………………”Do You Want To Fight?”

  6. this looks gorgeous and amazing

  7. I dont eat I dont sleep I dont do nothing but think.

  8. OMG!!! This movie looks sick!!!!

  9. I have a man crush on Ryan gosling. Drive was my favorite movie of 2011… Can’t wait for this one

  10. Drive was a unique movie : simple , dark , violent , wonderful and one of the best thriller movie of all time.
    I hope this one will be not like drive. I do not want that director Nicolas Winding repeats itself with the same style as his previous movie

  11. What did I just watch? I think I liked it.

  12. I will see this simply because of Kristen Scott-Thomas!

  13. “Silent, soft spoken”, same character fits every role lol. Not sure what the deal is why girls today swoon for skinny chinned, narrow shouldered little twerps who cant act. Weirdest thing.

    • It is most likely that contraception pills and growth hormones in industrial meat are to blame. Girls hormones both fisically and chemically have made them closer to men (wider sholders and narrower butt), so they like the skinny boys more than healthy looking men.

  14. Looks very promising. Drive was a pleasant surprise, this may be even better.

  15. Film of the year!!!!


  17. Looks Awesome!

  18. Ryan Gosling distinguishes himself from the other actors of his generation (working at his level) due to his diversity of roles. (Let us not forget FRACTURE and IDES OF MARCH.)

    It’s easy for him to slip into the “skinny Steve McQueen” mode by espousing a provocative line or two; put him in a three-piece suit, sans the jacket, and throw in a motorcycle or sports car along with a hard-punching fight scene, we get a “skinny Daniel Craig”.

    As an actor (like Craig) he’s incredibly brave in choosing roles unlike the one he chose before; while infusing it (like Craig) with limited personality but unlimited talent for infusing something more.

    Put it this way: If they ever decide to remake Steve McQueen’s BULLITT (they wouldn’t dare…but they might) Ryan Gosling will be on the short list.

  19. I am very excited for this. I’ve already stated how much I love drive and I definitely welcome more work from this pair. I am looking forward to great cinematography, story telling, and even music. Nicolas Winding Refn has become a director that I get excited about immediately. The other director’s work that I looked forward to this much after seeing their work was Neil Blomkamp. Thank you for the ambiguity in the trailer. Those two simple words at the end, “wanna fight”, have already made me feel some of the tension that may flow through out this film. That piece of dialogue remains in my head like the driver’s anthem in Drive,- ” You give me a time and a place, I’ll give you a 5 minute window…”, you know the rest.

  20. So its basically ‘Drive’ in Bangkok?

  21. It looks good. As for the role being the same…well…we need to look at his entire movie career to make that statement. And if it ain’t broke… Otherwise, I say just don’t spend your money until you know for certain. Last, there will never be another movie like Drive.

  22. What is the music that was used??

    • Sounds like “Flynn remembers” from Tron Legacy.