New ‘Only God Forgives’ trailer

A new trailer to the greatly anticipated film Only God Forgives has surfaced.

The film reunites actor Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn (who worked together previously on the film Drive) and will be premiering at Cannes.

Kristin Scott Thomas also stars and her performance, judging by the trailer, will be menacing and electric.

Refn and Gosling look to have created a film that will be as divisive with audiences as Drive was.

According to IMDB, the synopsis to Only God Forgives is as follows:

Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian 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 – 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’.

Only God Forgives opens in the U.S. on July 19, 2013.

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Takashi Miike’s ‘Shield of Straw’ to compete at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival

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"Shield of Straw" teaser poster

For a third year in a row, Japanese director Takashi Miike will have one of his films screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Miike’s latest film, Shield of Straw, will screen at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival which runs from May 15-26.

Miike saw his films Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai and For Love’s Sake screen previously at Cannes in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

According to Variety.com, the film synopsis is as follows:

“The pic is based on Kazuhiro Kiuchi’s eponymous best-seller about cops transporting a confessed killer across country. They must evade bounty hunters out to collect the $12 million price on the murderer’s head offered by the victim’s rich grandfather.”