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Only God Knows

So forgive us for making a fuss of such a brief and poor-quality clip (embedded at the bottom of this post), but this is the first we’ve seen of Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to our favourite film of 2011 Drive.

The film sees N.W.R. teaming up once again with Ryan Gosling but with the action taking place this time in Bangkok. If you thought that the violence in Drive was off the chart, then by all accounts this one is even worse and will have you calling into Joe Duffy’s Liveline to complain.

Only God Forgives is best described as a Thai western and gets a Danish release on May 23rd. Expect it to play at Cannes and arrive on screens in Ireland in the latter part of the year.

Here’s the official summary… The clip and teaser poster are below.

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 (Kristen 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.

Only God Forgives poster. Starring Ryan Gosling.

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Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.