We're big Nicolas Winding Refn fans here at Birth.Movies.Death. (you guys saw Neon Demon, right?), so of course any news about a new Refn project is going to be of interest to us. Today, we've got new plot details regarding Refn's next film, The Avenging Silence, and they are even more exciting than we could've hoped for.
Said 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.
That's a surprising amount of information! It's also wall-to-wall gold: a mute, shipwrecked spy taking on the Yakuza? A Yakuza boss who retreats into the mountains after slaughtering a bunch of his own dudes for betraying him? Some weird-ass mumbo-jumbo about tracking down "conquest, war, famine and death"? With Refn at the helm, I'm sure this is going to be an absolute spectacle, and I can't wait to see what he does with it. Wonder who he'll get to play the spy (note: pretty sure Ryan Gosling's gonna be busy for a while).
What do you guys think? As excited about this as we are? Sound off below.