Only God Forgives

REVIEW: ‘Only God Forgives’ Updates a Classical Complex

What do you do when you have a breakout hit the size of last year’s Drive combined with an ongoing creative partnership with one of Hollywood’s few daring and bankable young male stars? Do you team up with a Focus Features or a Fox Searchlight and take your bankable, daring young star to the next level with a Godfather or a Chinatown and build yourself up to being the next Scorsese?

If you’re Nicolas Winding Refn you make Only God Forgives, a sort of crime drama set in Bangkok with a total of about five pages of dialogue (half of them in Thai),