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* {{Expy}}: Chang to [[Film/ValhallaRising One-Eye]], Julian to [[{{Pusher}} Tony]].

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* {{Expy}}: Chang to [[Film/ValhallaRising One-Eye]], Julian to [[{{Pusher}} [[Film/{{Pusher}} Tony]].


* AssassinOutclassin: Chang does this when Crystal sends hitmen after him, killing one with a pistol and chasing the other one down to be interrogated.



* BoomHeadshot: Chang nails one of Crystal's assassins with one in the restaurant shoot out.



* BullyingADragon: Crystal's gang decides to get into a war with the godlike vigilante cop Chang. It ends badly for them.



* {{Dedication}}: The film is dedicated to Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky.



* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Chang allows the father of the girl Billy murdered to do this.



* PsychopathicManchild: Billy, and to a lesser extent Julian.

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* PsychopathicManchild: Billy, and to a lesser extent Julian. While Billy comes across as a spoiled brat who explodes with anger when denied what he wants, Julian is more of a ShrinkingViolet who can't do anything without his mother's permission.


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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The hitmen's plan to take Chang out involves riding up to a restaurant he's dining at and killing ''everyone inside'' with Uzi fire. Needless to say, [[BullyingADragon Chang isn't pleased]].


* ADateWithRosiePalms: Julian hires Mai to masturbate in front of him while he is bound to a chair, apparently as part of some unhealthy aversion to real sexual contact.



* DroneOfDread: The parts of the score that aren't soft karaoke music.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Billy goes to a brothel and specifically asks for a 14 year old. When the owner explains that he has none on offer, Billy demands to rape his daughter, and when the owner refuses, Billy violently attacks him and the women.
** Chang finds the father of the girl Billy raped and murdered, and allows him to take [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge his own vengeance]] on Billy. After that, Chang takes the father out to an isolated area, berates him for allowing his daughter to become a prostitute, and slices his hand off as punishment.
** Crystal verbally abuses a hotel clerk for not immediately having a room ready. When she first meets Julian, she grabs his ass suggestively, and then chews him out for not avenging Billy's death. When Julian explains that Billy raped and murdered a 16 year old, she blandly replies "I'm sure he had his reasons".



* EvilMatriarch: Julian's mother.

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* EvilMatriarch: Julian's mother.mother, Crystal.


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* MacheteMayhem: Chang wields a ''parang'', a kind of machete originating from Indonesia.


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* MasterSwordsman: Chang is a master with his ''parang'', which he can conjure out of thin air.


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* PaedoHunt: Billy is a serial rapist with a preference for teenage girls.
* ParalyzingFearOfSexuality: Though it's shown multiple times that Julian ''wants'' to have sex with Mai, he refuses to let himself do so. This is most likely the result of a lifetime of sexual and emotional abuse from his mother.


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* SerialRapist: Apparently Billy's preferred means of recreation in Bangkok.


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* SomethingElseAlsoRises: When Julian is watching Mai sit in a brothel and fantasizing about touching her, the camera prominently focuses on his [[BodyMotifs hands]] and his crotch.

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* NeonCity: The film was noted for going to town with neon. (One critic described it as an incoherent "neon-dunked nightmare", which was apparently meant as praise.) The city in this case is Bangkok, which (at least for the main characters) is depicted as depraved and brutal.


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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Julian gets his hands cut off and... Chang sings karaoke.]]

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Julian seemingly gets his hands cut off and... Chang sings karaoke.]]


* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Julian]]

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* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Julian]][[spoiler:Julian struggles with the guilt of having killed his father throughout the film, and one possible interpretation of the ending is him finally being forgiven.]]


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-->''Ladies, close your eyes. And you, gentlemen, watch carefully.''

''Only God Forgives'' is a 2013 crime film directed by Creator/NicolasWindingRefn, starring Creator/RyanGosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Julian, an American, lives with his older brother Billy in Bangkok, where the Thai boxing club he manages is in fact a front for a drug-smuggling operation. One night, for unknown reasons, Billy rapes and brutally murders an underage prostitute. A local cop who moonlights as a vigilante arranges for the prostitute's father to beat Billy to death, setting in motion a chain reaction of revenge killings that eventually involves Julian and Billy's mother, who heads the family's criminal business. Caught in the mayhem, Julian begins to seek a way out.

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->''"Ladies,
close your eyes. And you, gentlemen, watch carefully.''

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''Only God Forgives'' is a 2013 crime film directed by Creator/NicolasWindingRefn, starring Creator/RyanGosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Julian,
Thomas. While it's not a direct narrative sequel to Gosling and Refn's previous collaboration, ''Film/{{Drive}}'', this hasn't stopped many from seeing it as a SpiritualSuccessor of sorts -- a theory that hasn't been wholly {{jossed}} [[WordOfGod by Refn himself]].

Julian (Gosling),
an American, lives with his older brother Billy in Bangkok, where the Thai boxing club he manages is in fact a front for a drug-smuggling operation. One night, for unknown reasons, Billy rapes and brutally murders an underage prostitute. A local cop who moonlights as a vigilante arranges for the prostitute's father to beat Billy to death, setting in motion a chain reaction of revenge killings that eventually involves Julian and Billy's mother, mother (Thomas), who heads the family's criminal business. Caught in the mayhem, Julian begins to seek a way out.
out.

Shot on location in Thailand, it takes great influence from the country's culture down to using the Thai language in dialogue and on-screen text.



* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler:Crystal's lieutenant]] suffers one from [[spoiler:Chang]] in what is one of the film's most controversial scenes, involving [[spoiler:the impaling of his hands and thighs, [[EyeScream both his eyes being gouged out]], and [[EarAche the insertion of a blade into his ear]].]]



* EyeScream: Crystal's [[TheDragon lieutenant]] suffers this at Chang's hands, along with [[ColdBloodedTorture Arm Scream, Leg Scream and a fatal case of Ear Scream.]]

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* EyeScream: Crystal's [[spoiler:Crystal's [[TheDragon lieutenant]] suffers this at Chang's hands, along with [[ColdBloodedTorture Arm Scream, Leg Scream and a fatal case of Ear Scream.gets his eyes gouged out by Chang.]]



* MindScrewdriver: The film isn't ''completely'' impenetrable. Interviews with Refn and the original script helps clear up what exactly the movie is going on about. Youtube Reviwer and entertainer Chris Stuckmann [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOPZURubLyU helpfully compiles most extra information]] and pierces a solid meaning to it.

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* MindScrewdriver: The film isn't ''completely'' impenetrable. Interviews with Refn and the original script helps clear up what exactly the movie is going on about. Youtube Reviwer and entertainer Chris Stuckmann [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOPZURubLyU helpfully compiles most extra information]] and pierces a solid meaning to it.



* NotSoStoic: Julian gets rather... livid with Mai after their dinner with his mother.

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* NotSoStoic: Julian gets rather... livid with Mai is defined by his stoic, aloof nature -- which makes its sudden break after their his and Mai's dinner with his mother.mother all the more shocking. He pins Mai to a wall and chokes her when she asks [[WhatTheHellHero why he tolerates such abusive behavior from his mother]], and screams at her to take off her dress.


''Only God Forgives'' is a 2013 film directed by Creator/NicolasWindingRefn, starring Creator/RyanGosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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''Only God Forgives'' is a 2013 crime film directed by Creator/NicolasWindingRefn, starring Creator/RyanGosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.


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* Also, Julian. Despite his violent, brooding, dysfunctional nature, he appears to privately desire a normal romantic connection with Mai.

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* ** Also, Julian. Despite his violent, brooding, dysfunctional nature, he appears to privately desire a normal romantic connection with Mai.


* Also, Julian. Despite his violent, brooding, dysfunctional nature, he appears to privately desire a normal romantic connection with Mai.



* FriendToAllChildren: Chang. He maintains a healthy, loving relationship with his young daughter, and later spares a criminal's life when he sees that the man has a disabled son.



* RightThroughHisPants: We're told that Billy raped and murdered a prostitute, but when we see her bloody body, she's still wearing underwear,

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* RightThroughHisPants: We're told that Billy raped and murdered a prostitute, but when we see her bloody body, she's still wearing underwear,underwear.


* AFatherToHisMen: The officers under Chang's command hold him in the highest respect.
* AbusiveParents: When Crystal isn't viciously berating or otherwise humiliating Julian, she gleefully manipulates him into doing her bidding.



* AbusiveParents: When Crystal isn't viciously berating or otherwise humiliating Julian, she gleefully manipulates him into doing her bidding.
* AFatherToHisMen: The officers under Chang's command hold him in the highest respect.


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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Wanna fight?"

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* {{Expy}}: Chang to [[Film/ValhallaRising One-Eye]], Julian to [[{{Pusher}} Tony]].

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* MindScrewdriver: The film isn't ''completely'' impenetrable. Interviews with Refn and the original script helps clear up what exactly the movie is going on about. Youtube Reviwer and entertainer Chris Stuckmann [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOPZURubLyU helpfully compiles most extra information]] and pierces a solid meaning to it.

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