One of the most intriguing and impressive talents working today, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn consistently presents movies to our eyes that—whether you ultimately decide to love or hate them—will burrow their way deep into your skull and fuse themselves to your brain. To put it simply, once you’ve watched a Winding Refn film, it’s nearly impossible to get it out of your head.
The director’s previous works include the original Pusher trilogy, Bronson, and Valhalla Rising. But perhaps his best known movie is Drive, which starred Ryan Gosling as a stunt/getaway driver and went on to receive high critical praise.
Now the director and actor have re-teamed for a new movie titled Only God Forgives, and, if these two new international trailers are any indication, it will be just as dark and violent and visually stunning as we’ve come to expect from Winding Refn. You can check out the two (semi-NSFW) trailers below.
Only God Forgives follows an American man (Gosling) who killed a cop and moved to Bangkok, where he’s been living for a decade running a Thai boxing club as a front for a family drug smuggling operation. When his brother is killed for murdering a prostitute, their mother (played by Kristin Scott Thomas—like you’ve never seen her before) shows up to collect the body and demand that Gosling find who’s responsible, a man known as The Angel of Vengeance, and get bloody revenge.
The movie will premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival, and will be released in theaters on July 19th.
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