Following their critically acclaimed collaboration on Drive, filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling are set to reunite next year for the crime flick Only God Forgives, and thanks to The Film Stage we now have what could be the first promotional poster from the film, which depicts a battered and bloody Gosling sporting a shiner that wouldn’t look out out of place on the Elephant Man:
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 – 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 (Kirsten Scott Thomas) – 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.
Only God Forgives is expected to hit cinemas some time next year.