By Marty Mulrooney
Only God Forgives is a surreal nightmare of a film that defies genre, written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive). Ryan Gosling stars as Julian, an American expatriate – and man of few words – who runs a boxing club in Bangkok, Thailand. The legitimate business is actually a front for an expansive drug smuggling operation and Julian’s dysfunctional family are all criminals. When Julian’s brother Billy rapes and murders a 16-year-old prostitute, Thai Police Lieutenant Chang – aka the ‘Angel of Vengeance’ – takes matters into his own hands… with a samurai sword.