Those looking for a more detailed synopsis of Winding Refn's latest adrenaline-pumping punch-em-up can also find an official plot breakdown below, courtesy of the Weinstein Company-backed Radius-TWC:
Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian (Gosling) 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 (Vithaya Pansringarm) - 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 (Kristin Scott Thomas) - the head of a powerful criminal organisation - 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.
With the revered (now blonde) Scott Thomas and rising international actor Pansringarm complementing Gosling's mainstream star draw, Winding Refn's Only God Forgives may - like Drive - end up walking away with the hard-earned admiration of both critics and cinemagoers when it reaches UK screens on 2 August. For now, feast your eyes on the film's visually enticing first trailer below.
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