Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives
This. And four more shots of Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, after the cut, via Collider. For his followup, Nicolas Winding Refn is considering a brutal thriller featuring another stoic story of vengeance based on the 1992 UK graphic novel Button Man: Killing Game. It’s about an assassin tagged to kill-or-be-killed in an underground hunt devised by a group of millionaires who place bets on professional hit-man to see who’ll be the last man standing. One of the shooters wants out. That’s a violation of the First Rule of Sniper Club.
Synopsis of Only God Forgives. Somewhat spoilerish.
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.