Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn took the cinematic world by storm last fall with the moody car thriller Drive and they are reuniting once again for Only God Forgives, a crime thriller set in the Bangkok underworld. A meaty official synopsis has been released and you can read it below to learn more about the plot of the film:
Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a cop 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 a 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 Jenna – 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’.
Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release… but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.
Additionally, we have a pretty grim and bloody image of Gosling (via Yahoo) who has seen better days. Reports are that Only God Forgives will be even more violent and graphic than Drive and this certainly adds weight to these rumors.