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First Look: Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are Back and Battered in "Only God Forgives"

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 30, 2012 at 11:41AM

After last year's brutal "Drive," director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling joined forces again -- for an even more violent film: "Only God Forgives." Their upcoming feature takes place in the shady world of embezzlement and boxing in Thailand -
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After last year's brutal "Drive," director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling joined forces again -- for an even more violent film: "Only God Forgives." Their upcoming feature takes place in the shady world of embezzlement and boxing in Thailand - and the first black and white photos shows some Depression-Era-worthy gloom.  The film should premiere later this year.  Official synopsis and more photos 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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.