Get excited folks, get very excited, because this film sound badass as hell!
Acclaimed and divisive filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is back again with his next project, officially titled The Avenging Silence! The auteur genius whose work includes my favorite film of the 21st century, Drive, along with other cult classics like Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Only God Forgives, and this year's The Neon Demon.
The details on his new film are below and the film sounds so damn good, I can barely contain myself. Sadly, no casting details have been revealed, but I would hope that my boy Ryan Gosling comes back as the quite stoic lead again, to complete his and Refn's trilogy of films. Gosling was the star of Drive and Only God Forgives.
The details arrive via an extensive plot synopsis indexed over at Crouching Tigers Project Labs. First up, the logline:
A former European spy, accepts a confidential mission from a Japanese businessman exiled to France to take down the head of the most treacherous Yakuza boss in Japan.
And here's the extended synopsis, as excerpted by The Playlist:
The spy was one of the leading spies in Europe. An injury inflicted to his vocal cords during a failed mission six years ago left him mute, forcing him to leave his profession. Now, six years later, he is sought out and put on confidential assignment by a former Yakuza, now a retired Japanese businessman in exile in France, to track down and kill the head of the most dangerous Yakuza family in Japan.
Afraid of flying, our spy anonymously boards a cargo ship headed for Tokyo. An onboard explosion sinks the ship and our spy finds himself washed ashore on a life raft in southern Japan. As a mute, our spy must silently journey through Japan seeking 4 clues – symbolizing conquest, war, famine, and death – which will guide him to the unknown location of the Yakuza boss. Meanwhile, the Yakuza boss, known for his 2004 mass slaughter of Yakuza members who had turned against him, is believed to be plotting to reenter the Japanese underworld after living in his own surreptitious world in the mountains, void of all technology.
This way of life becomes an obsession for the Yakuza boss. Rumors spread that he had committed suicide years ago but escaped prisoners from his hidden camp told stories of his plan for a comeback. Now rival Yakuza families suspect he is forming a master plan to return, a plan that unburies the most infamous story of Yakuza betrayal.
Our spy finds himself on an existential journey through Japan in search of pieces to the puzzle that will lead him to a confrontation with the ultimate Yakuza boss in a terrifying conclusion.
Like I said, so freaking badass! Right? Wow! So what do you guys think? Jump down in the comments section below and lets start a discussion about this fantastic sounding epic that Refn is going to create.
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In case you've never seen it, check out one of the best trailers ever to one of the most divisive films ever, Only God Forgives below.