Only God Forgives
Filmfest 2013

German Age Rating

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Julian, an American fugitive from justice, runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother, the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the head of the murderers from Julian. But first, Julian must confront Chang, a mysterious retired policeman – and figurehead of a divine justice.

"The original concept for the film was to make a movie about a man who wants to fight God. That is, of course, a very vast obstacle but when I was writing the film, I was going through some very existential times in my life and the idea of having a character who wants to fight God without knowing why very much appealed to me."
Nicolas Winding Refn

tags: Feature film

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke, Rhatha Phongam


Screenplay: Nicolas Winding Refn

Director of Photography: Larry Smith

Film Editor: Matthew Newman

Composer: Cliff Martinez

Production Designer: Beth Mickle

Costume Design: Wasitchaya 'Nampeung' Mochanakul

Sound: Kristian Eidnes Andersen

Producer: Lene Børglum

Production Company: Gaumont

Co-Producer: Sidonie Dumas, Vincent Maraval

World Sales: Gaumont

Distributor: Tiberius Film GmbH & Co.KG

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn