By Jay Hunter Nicolas Winding Refn is certainly a polarising character. The Neon Demon director tends to be Marmite with most audiences, but whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying him. The filmmaker has left most of in the dark about his new project, The Avenging Silence, however that has now changed.


The movie will be penned by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Casino Royale, Quantam of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre), with the director stating it will be a “big extravagant action film” – far from his usual M.O. The movie’s extended synopsis has been released via Crouching Tigers Project Lab. Check it out below:

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.

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.

With it being a Refn movie, there’s no shock in learning that our spy will find himself on an “existential journey”, but it still sounds quite far removed for the director. There’s no news yet on a release date, but one things for sure and that is we can’t wait! We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

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