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Quint has seen the first footage from Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive follow-up, ONLY GOD FORGIVES and Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little rundown of some footage shown of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, his follow-up to Drive.

This footage was all part of a mystery presentation that was hosted by Cannes Festival head Thierry Fremaux. I received a mystery email about 45 minutes prior to the footage running, saying I should be in a certain theater by a certain time for a certain something-something.

Turned out it was about 45 minutes worth of trailers and sneak preview clips, but the mystery was upheld throughout due to my ignorant American inability to speak or understand more than a few words of French. Thierry introduced everything in his native tongue, so it wasn’t until I heard something like “French-french-french-frenchy-french-Nicolas Winding Refn-french-french” that I knew we were seeing some footage from this film.

We didn’t see much, just an extended scene, what I’m told is the beginning of the movie, but from I’ve seen I can say without a doubt that this might not be a sequel to Drive, but it feels like a shared universe.



Of course there are a few Drive touchstones in the footage: long tracking shots, liberal use of neon lighting (in this case purple and green) and a silent, but violent Ryan Gosling.

The footage opened with a long dolly shot down a dark and exotic hallway, overlaid with titles in a foreign language I’m pretty sure was Thai. As you can imagine, already not fully understanding the intro, I was a bit confused.

It was also confusing that the dolly tracks were still visible on the floor. I’d guess those will be removed digitally in the finished film, but they oddly fit with the gaudy font and foreign titles, so maybe they were intentionally left in.

There’s not a whole lot to the footage, honestly. The camera finds a room in what now seems to be a club of some sort, possibly a high-end strip club. Two Thai men in white suits sit laughing on a long couch in one corner, Gosling sits in another staring at a nervous looking girl holding a microphone. She’s not singing or looking like she’s about to sing, just standing there looking sad and lost in her thoughts.

Gosling stands abruptly, walks calmly over to the two Thai men having a good time and proceeds to smash one of the men’s drinks into this face, shattering the glass against his teeth.

Punches are thrown, Gosling dominating the fight, which continues out into the hall where Gosling grabs the hurt man by THE MOUTH (he’s lying on the floor, gasping in pain and Gosling just goes ahead and sticks his hand into the dude’s mouth and drags him down the hall by his upper jaw) and throws him out of the building.

The man’s friend kicks Gosling from behind, they brawl and Gosling ends up not only beating them both, he decides that’s not enough and removes his belt and starts a-whippin’.

That’s it. So, yeah, no real grasp of the story, but some good old fashioned silent-but-deadly Gosling violence.

Like I said, tonally this feels like it could exist in the Drive universe, which is a good thing in my book.

Also screened was some footage from Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters that was quite beautiful. A little girl watches her father practice a deadly martial art called Bogua in a snowy courtyard. Her narration tells us that her father forbade her from watching him train, but she doesn’t and soon their positions are switched as this little girl clumsily tries to mimic her father while he catches her in the act.

At first he looks sad, then resigned, as the voice over explains that her father told her no matter what she attempted in life, she would become the best at it and then we see him training the girl.

Cut to the girl all grown up (Ziyi Zhang) training alone in the snow, much like her father and with the same semi-Force power and grace. Ice cycles quiver as she punches the air, flakes of snow slam into tree bark and the limbs of a cherry blossom shake as she gracefully moves from stance to stance.



That’s about everything of interest, unless you want me to describe what the Frankenweenie, Brave and Chimpanzee trailers look like with French subtitles.

Now to see if I can get shoot out my Cosmopolis review before my day gets too crazy.

-Eric Vespe
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  • May 25, 2012, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Drive was dreadful. There I said it.

    by Baron Von Penguin

  • May 25, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    ^ no it wasnt

    by rakesh patel

  • May 25, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Yes it was

    by Baron Von Penguin

  • May 25, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    we want everything quint

    by rakesh patel

    we paid good money to get you out there, and we want you to deliver. pictures, scans, ticket stubs and your translations of french ( even though you dont speak the language).

  • May 25, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Drive was fantastic

    by Sanyi

    There I said it. And I have a feeling that ONLY GOD FORGIVES will be just as great.

  • May 25, 2012, 5:11 a.m. CST

    But did you see ... HOLY MOTORS??

    by justmyluck

  • May 25, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Drive is my home theater demo movie for when friends come over

    by DamianVonBarone

    It rocks!

  • May 25, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Why are you blowhards arguing about DRIVE?

    by double_ball_hanger

    The only thing that matters about this article is that the gorgeous Ziyi Zhang will be back on our radar, filling our Moderate Safe Search google histories.

  • May 25, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Seriously, about DRIVE. Let's just come out and say it:

    by cactusjack1972

    If you didn't like the movie, you're wrong. Fuck opinion. You're wrong. DRIVE is one of the best films of the last ten years.

  • May 25, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    These Two Movies...

    by SonOfChiba

    Could be future classics of badassity. And DRIVE is incredible.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Grandmasters =Inspired by Chocolate ??????

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    A young girl learns to fight from watching TV and the fighters from the boxing school next door. When she finds a list of debtors in her ailing mother's diary, she sets upon a violent quest to collect payment for medical expenses. Her quest is a dangerous one that ultimately leads her to her father, a mafia member of the Yakuza.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    And the "deadly martial art" Bogua is actually BA-GUA aka TAI CHI

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    aka "Push Hands"

  • May 25, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Leave the dolly tracks in the shot!

    by Spandau Belly

    And get Gosling to stab a dude in the neck with the boon mic!

  • May 25, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    DRIVE was painfully bad, and a rip off

    by twogunjames

    It was an exercise in pretentious film storytelling of the highest order. Nothing about the film was believable or interesting. The characters were poorly drawn. If you take out the shots of people staring off camera, or of Gosling sitting quietly, the film would be about 10 minutes long. That's not my opinion, that's fact. And, it really should have thanked Walter Hill and "The Driver" for providing inspiration, and a few scenes were taken whole hog out of that film.

  • May 25, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong

    ...but it's no rip-off. It shares a taciturn lead man who happens to be a driver, big whoop. Not an exceedingly original idea. Winding Refn is a fantastic director, he hasn't made a single bad movie. He's above merely "ripping off" anything. Also can't wait for new Wong Kar Wai.

  • May 25, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    I didn't see it as a rip off

    by Steve Lamarre

    Unfortunately The Driver is an overlooked film. And it definitely has similarities to Drive. But when this kind of thing happens I often take it as an homage to an original. Tarantino does it all the fucking time. There are also big differences though between the two films, style-wise, character-wise and story-wise. Ryan O'neil did a lot of quiet staring in The Driver too. But when a tone is set sometimes a character doesn't need to say much. The music in Drive was very much a character too.

  • May 25, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Did you say Ziyi Zhang! OMG happy happy joy joy

    by soloaj

    sorry but if Ziyi Zhang asked me to crawl over broken glass and run across hot coals just to watch "Crouching Tiger" together I would say still say yes.

  • May 25, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I didn't like DRIVE at all, but I can't say it sucked...

    by REMcycle

    IMO Refn was trying waaay too hard to channel David Lynch, from the colors to the pacing, all the way down to the Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack. Personally I thought he failed and as such couldn't make it past the first 30 minutes of the movie. I had to turn it off and promptly delete the file and accompanying PirateBay seed. But for less critical "Ryan Gosling can do no wrong because he's hot...OMG!" moviegoers or the "Drive was so fantastic because if I say anything against it my girlfriend will kill me" crowd or worse yet, the "Drive was so great because please please please you need to believe that I know something about film...have I told you about PT Anderson's next masterful vision?" viewers, I'm sure it was everything they wanted it to be.

  • May 25, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Only God Forgives sound great already.

    by torontoxic

  • May 25, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I've never seen a Wong Kar Wai movie in a theater

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    That will change with The Grandmasters

  • May 25, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by CodeName

    I feel the same, man. Looking forward to Grandmasters.

  • May 25, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I didn't say it was a remake, but . . .

    by twogunjames

  • The guys that are homophobic about admitting they liked the movie ryan gosling is in..

  • May 25, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm in the middle on Drive . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I really enjoyed it, but reading all the fanboy gushing over it online really gets on my nerves.

  • May 25, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Grabs him by the mouth?...So much for the bite reflex.

    by blackmantis

  • May 25, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Drive: Best movie of 2011!

    by archer1949

    At the very least. Fucking Oscars. If you didn't like it, you're wrong. So, so wrong.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Drive, love it or hate it. You are right.

    by Red11

  • May 25, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Is Drive slow, homey?

    by Aaron Cale

    Somebody formed their opinion in the first 30 minutes, didn't they? My wife (who hates any kind of pretentious film and walked out of Tree Of Life) rolled her eyes and played Scrabble on her cell phone until the fallout from the pawn shop sequence. Then she put the phone down, and watched anxiously for the entire rest of the film like anyone who wasn't trying to prove something with with having a certain opinion and is at least somewhat interesting in having a good time when they watch a movie should have done. The beginning is in fact nice, if a little slow, because unlike the rest of the meaningless action that comes out of the film industry, it tells you "sure, this professional criminal has a violent side, but batshit crazy crime noir doesn't find him murdering a chain of hitmen and mobsters all the way to the top every day of his life. Sometimes he just broods or tries to meet a nice woman." And then after the first half hour, HE DOES DO ALL THAT STUFF.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Drive was great, but...

    by CodeName

    that director needs to keep making those type of films before he jumps onto something bigger. Refn is like the next Nolan. I wish Nolan continued to keep making smaller indie films until he found himself, AND then.. then, I wouldn't complain so much about his Dark Knight films. I love Nolan, but he jumped on Hollywood too soon. In a perfect world, Refn would be ignore the suits until he has made at least four-five indie films. Nolan was like a cocoon that hatched too early.

  • May 25, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Trust me, kids..

    by CodeName

    When Refn finds himself, he'll shine. Just pray he doesn't take on huge projects in his freshman years, lest he falls into the Nolan trap. Wish Nolan made more indies.

  • May 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Only God Forgives

    by ravenink

    Is looking to be as awesome as its title (which in my opinion, may be the best title for a revenge movie, ever)

  • May 25, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    codename... really? like, really?

    by Aaron Cale

    Too bad we got The Dark Knight instead of another unnecessary remake of a foreign indie flick like Insomnia or how-many-times-can-I-do-the-shuffled-chapters-thing-movie like Following or Memento? Really?! I mean pretty good movies all around, but come on! You're killing me!

  • May 25, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Noooooo! Trust me, you little larva..

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    Listen to the old codename and we end up with great directors making indie films that 2% of the viewers actually watch but 98% praise as excellent films. Listen to Grandpa Obiwanna and lets have these directors reach into their bag of tricks and come up with the next classic sci fi movie.

  • May 25, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    grant-morrisons-pharmacist and

    by CodeName

    Doesn't this look like Bale's Batman is doing the Batdance by Prince? I mean, look at all the awesome folds of his Nolan-improved one-piece suit. The belt is obviously glued to the pelvis and is non-functional. And look at how the lower mid-section belly folds right behind the belt. Wow, will you giys settle for this? If you do, then I am sorry for you all. Just look at this awful costume. Tell me, you guys have better taste than this. Justify yourselves. Please. Just look at this poor thing. My proof:

  • May 25, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    "and obiwanna"

    by CodeName

  • May 25, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Man, that suit is horrible. I will be rooting for Bane.

    by CodeName

  • May 25, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST



    You clearly can't even be arsed to google whatever it is you're bullshitting about. Refn has already made 8 independent films with ONLY GOD FORGIVES being the I guess we're already living in that perfect world you mentioned. Your analogy is stupid. And really, does anybody ever need or even want another internet blowhard to even so much as mention Christopher Fucking Nolan ever again? Enough already.

  • May 25, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    sticky white

    by CodeName

    Hey, maybe you're right. But I wish that bat suit would look better. Tell me, what were the other 7 Refn films, and were they good?

  • May 25, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I led you to the water


    It's up to you for the rest. Try shutting the fuck up and getting your facts straight first next time. When you had fuck all to offer concerning Refn and his skills/potential you reached into your ass and pulled out the name of Christopher Nolan like every other douchelord on the internet does whenever any movie of any kind or quality is ever mentioned. Is that the only comparison you can make? Who cares what you think of Batman's suit on a thread devoted to Refn's and Wong Kar Wai's new films? And that is all the time I'll waste on you.

  • May 25, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    sticky white

    by CodeName

    Thank you, man.

  • ...I recommended the film to friends and some co-workers when I saw it last fall.Most loved it (like me) but some were like really mad that I recommended Drive.Even a co- worker whom I let take home my Drive Blu Ray was like worst movie ever!? Really? Worst movie ever? Ahem...some people truly have no taste.But what are ya gonna do.Some people like McDonalds 5 days a week and some people like to cook a crazy dish of blackened Mackerel with steamed baby bok choy and chili watered sundries tomatoes with a Blue matter how good or bad it comes out at least Refn took a risk. Watching Drive gave me the same feeling after watching Heat in the cinema in 1995.Love the Mann slash Friedken slash Kubrick style Refn played with.

  • May 25, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Still no article on E.T. coming to Blu-ray this fall??

    by MrH

    Yep, I'm being one of those guys!! lol

  • May 25, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    drive is like a screening tool....

    by jubaljam

    that can determine whether or not the persone your discussing it with has good taste in contemporary cinema. I'm not saying they have to like it but if the reasons they cite include any of the following; he barely talked, it was too violent, he didn't drive enough for it to be called "drive" or the absolute worst, it was a rip-off. Sorry asshole but all movies are rip-offs to some degree or another. whats important is that they do a great job of the ripping. Nicholas did. Can't wait to see both of these flicks.

  • know kind of like Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's Trilogy...the kind of Yojimbo esque Eastwood character but 3 different stories around the same crime saga universe. He has no name so it could work. Maybe Only God Forgives is The Drivers escapades in Asia and the 3rd film could be The Driver in Europe. I mean didn't Refn and Gosling say in interviews Drive was their take on the Super Hero movie?Trilogy?

  • May 25, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Refns got the goods

    by medster101

    Drive was better after a second viewing but I still wanted to see a balls to the wall revenge ending. Only God Forgives sounds like it should be awesome. I just hope Gosling changes up his style a little bit for the film. But honestly Refn's best film IMHO is still Bronson. Also Hardy's best performane yet next to Warrior.

  • May 25, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    DRIVE was the best Michael Mann film from the 80's he never made

    by Monroville

    Just watched a HDTV rip of THIEF and it's apparent that Refn just watched it before he did DRIVE, as there is a LOT lifted from that film. Which is perfectly fine with me. The thing is: if you like it, you get it on blu-ray. If you don't like it, you don't! Simple! No need to be an ass about things.

  • ...just different strokes for different folks.I love cheese..cheesy music,cheesy movies,cheesy burgers.But the other stuff... the music,movies,books that make you ponder your own life.Art that can reflect back to you in a way that is relatable is good. I'm never gonna be a stuntman or GTA getaway driver like The Driver...but I can relate to trying to do the right thing.And I can relate to the need for connecting to someone or something out here in L.A. It's can be lonely city sometimes.Even with the friends I've made and great family I have just two states away in Seattle.

  • May 26, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Mr. X you're a yahoo

    by Patch

    Drive was fantastic...

  • May 26, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    -shavedleatherpig, whether "bogua" refers to bagua or not

    by bonkers

    baguazhang is not taijiquan, though they both use a form of push-hands as a training tool, as well as taking Daoism as their source and yes, bagua is fucked-up "deadly"

  • May 26, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST

    I guess they rode `Ice Cycles` in Ice pirates maybe ?

    by higgledyhiggles

  • May 26, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Violent Gosling is best Gosling.

    by elsewhere

    Loved Drive. Can't wait for this new one.

  • May 26, 2012, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I didn't enjoy Drive much...

    by photoboy

    ... but I fucking loved Bronson, so I'm definitely up for giving whatever this film is a shot.

  • If someone told you that the three were the same thing, please slap them. If you know how.

  • May 26, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by no-no

  • May 26, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    only thing Drive has in common with Thief is synth music….

    by maxcherry

    other than that they are completely different. In Thief James Caan character was a middle age professional thief, who got married. In Drive Ryan Gosling's character was a young get away driver, who was a loner who had no criminal skills beyond being able to drive fast really good.

  • May 26, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I hope this one is a bit more mainstream than Drive


    less arty and more traditional filmmaking please kthx

  • May 26, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    'Only God Forgives' shares some of the same DNA as Drive

    by Titus05

  • great soundtrack as well, loved those tracks this one especially . it captured the 80s sound so perfectly i though it might have actually been a band that i hadn't heard of from that era.

  • May 26, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

  • and feeling a little afraid of Albert Brooks

  • Seriously. Those are your movies. Enjoy.

  • May 26, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Drive was

    by Andy

    the best movie of last year. Absolutely amazing.

  • May 27, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Is ONLY GOD FORGIVES coming out this year?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • May 27, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    was my favourite movie of last year.

  • May 27, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by GravyAkira

    Is a classic in my book. Ziyi Zhang is one the prettiest women on the planet by far. I am not Asian either by the way.

  • May 27, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    I absolutely loved the music in Drive. For me it was the perfect score.

  • May 28, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong

    ...if you're gonna act like a fucking expert, at least do your fucking research. Winding Refn is now 8, count 'em, films into his career. 8 excellent films. So he's already shining.

  • May 28, 2012, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong my favourite Refn film so far. Followed by the Pusher trilogy. Do some digging, people, he's a great director.

  • May 29, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Okay well then let me rephrase. DRIVE SUCKED ASS...

    by REMcycle

    ...and everyone who thinks otherwise is wrong. You shitheads remind me of Harry trying to convince everyone that the Star Wars prequels were FANTASTIC solely because none of us expected them to suck!

  • May 29, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    remcycle SUCKS ASS


    After he tepidly dismisses the film way up above, and gets no reaction to his idiocy, he decides to creep in here at the very end to aggressively proclaim his idiocy where almost nobody will notice it. He only saw 30 minutes of the movie, so for a desperate for attention "Drive was so terrible because please please please you need to believe that I know something about film...have I told you about the inside of my anus?" viewer, I'm sure it was everything he could never understand it to be. Oh, and Angelo did not do the score numbnuts. That's the only thing that even prompted you to compare the film with David Lynch in the first place, but you never bothered to pull your head out your ass long enough to realize your perspective and insight into the film are fundamentally worthless and infinitely ignorant. Please inform us now that no ones looking or even stupid are you?

  • May 29, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by Ed

    Maybe try watching the actual movie instead of the fist 30 minutes of some pirated version with the wrong score. I'm sure Drive sucks on a laptop with shitty speakers. Try it on Blu-Ray with a good sound system.