With serene conviction, Nicolas Winding Refn baptises Bangkok as the new capital of Hell. In the blood-lusting new movie Only God Forgives, which opens tomorrow, the Danish director transforms our city of lost angels into a delirious nightmare _ even a torture chamber _ as his American characters face the nihilistic retribution of their own making, with a lot of help from Oriental mysticism.
Only God Forgives premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May, and it instantly drew bricks, boos and flowers. The film tells the story of Julian, played by Ryan Gosling, an American man who runs a muay Thai camp in Bangkok with his brother. When this brother is brutally killed in a whorehouse (there's always a whorehouse), Julian's mother, played with relish by Kristin Scott Thomas, arrives in the city, and together with her remaining son sets out to take revenge.
Ryan Gosling and Vithaya Pansringarm trade blows in Only God Forgives .
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