One of the most hotly anticipated movies of the year, at least around these parts, is Nicolas Winding Refn‘s epic reteam with his “Drive” costar Ryan Gosling, “Only God Forgives.” And our anticipatory glee just shot through the roof with the release of a brand new red-band trailer for the movie over at Yahoo, which, after a couple of brief snippets, is the most anybody’s seen of the movie so far. Thankfully, it looks very, very awesome.
The trailer starts out with a long tracking shot down an ominous, red-lit hallway (par for the course, given this is a Refn film), with narration by Kristin Scott-Thomas, hypnotically playing overhead: “When I was pregnant with you, it was strange, you were different… They wanted me to terminate, but I didn’t…” She’s talking about her son, Julian (Gosling), who runs an underground boxing club in Bangkok. He’s not the kind of dude you want to cross.
For the next minute or so, we get tantalizing flashes of scenes – Gosling dragging a goon down a hallway by the goon’s teeth, a bad guy doing some very bad guy things with blades of varying sizes, a shootout at a roadside restaurant, and some kind of neon-lined sex club (from the looks of it). There’s also a great shot of Gosling in a three piece suit, his face bruised and bloody, firing a revolver into the camera.
The trailer ends with Gosling walking up to a bunch of menacing-looking dudes and casually asking, “Do you want to fight?” Um. Yes please.
“Only God Forgives,” also stars Tom Burke, Rathar Phongam and Vithaya Pansringarm, and reteams Refn with his “Drive” composer, Cliff Martinez (currently riding a wave of praise for his awesome work on “Spring Breakers“). Refn has previously described “Only God Forgives” as a continuation of the visual language and heightened emotions of “Drive,” which is certainly evident in the trailer, with its bright neon colors, flashes of violence, and fuel-injected sexuality. We can’t wait.
It opens on July 19th via Weinstein Company imprint Radius. Oh, and that song? It’s by the Thai band Proud and titled “Tur Kue Kwam Fun (Music Box Version).” Listen below.