Only God ForgivesTwo weeks after the red band trailer debuted and FilmNation have released the first official poster for Only God Forgives, which bares the ominous tagline “Time To Meet The Devil”.

Written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke, Vithaya Pansringarm and Gordon Brown.

Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian (Gosling) killed a cop and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty.

When Julian’s brother murders a prostitute the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand.

Julian’s mother Jenna (Scott Thomas) – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.

Increasingly obsessed with the Angel of Vengeance, Julian challenges him to a boxing match, hoping that by defeating him he might find spiritual release… but Chang triumphs. A furious Jenna plots revenge and the stage is set for a bloody journey through betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.

A strong tip to compete at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (the full line-up is expected to be announced today), Only God Forgives has all the necessary ingredients to be one of this year’s best films, not least for the extreme content promised by the previously released heart-stopping trailer.

Cannes or no Cannes, Only God Forgives is scheduled to hit US cinemas on July 19. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed.

Check out the poster below, which was brought to our attention by the guys over at Entertainment Weekly:

Only God Forgives