Nicolas Winding Refn Hints That His Next Film Might Be Set in Tokyo

June 4, 2015
Source: Collider

Nicolas Winding Refn

We're still curious to see how Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon turns out (see the first look photos here), but there's already early details trickling out about his next film. Our friend Steve from Collider was recently talking with Nicolas Winding Refn during an interview for The Neon Demon and asked him about projects coming up. Refn revealed that he's looking at making a spy movie called The Avenging Silence next, and that it might be set in Tokyo, which we've heard before. It turns out this may be the same film he talked about in 2013, a sort-of sequel to 2009's Valhalla Rising taking that character to Tokyo.

Refn would only reveal minor details in the interview, but he did say it might a spy movie and that it might involve Mads Mikkelsen's character "One Eye" first seen in Valhalla Rising. "I had this idea of Mads Mikklesen to go back to the origins of this character. But make the movie in Tokyo," is what he said two years ago. Refn goes on to explain in the new Collider interview that this character will show up again:

"Yeah, itโ€™s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan [Gosling] plays him in Drive or Vithaya [Pansringarm] plays him in Only God Forgives, I want to make a new movie with that character."

From the sounds of it, that does seem like the Valhalla Rising sequel and it might be called The Avenging Silence. One Eye heads to Tokyo, in the future, to avenge… silently? Who knows. We'll find out… in the future, too. But it might not be next for Refn after all. "I think it probably will be… but I haven't decided yet. There are some other things I'm working on." This is the way he talks and you never know, but he does end up making films, and The Neon Demon is shot and should be coming out soon enough. Refn may just be saying he's got an idea similar to what he's done before, but from the sounds of it this could be that Valhalla Rising sequel. If he casts Mads Mikkelsen again that will make all the difference. Stay tuned for updates.

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Flashing Lights. // Ambitious as hell, this guy is. I would love him to make a period Tokyo film set in the 1960s. Such a great era for Japan.

DAVIDPD on Jun 4, 2015


If you actually read his exact quote he never said he was bringing back Mads Mikkelsen's character. He said he is going back to using a silent male lead characters like Mikkelsen, Goseling, and Pansringarm all played. Meaning that the leading man in his next movie wont have very much dialogue.

Ryan on Jun 4, 2015


Nah I know, I saw what he said. He does say "a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again". But I get it... I'm just saying, maybe he could recast Mads and that would be cool to see. But yes, this is Refn just being Refn, saying very Refn things.

Alex Billington on Jun 4, 2015


Yea, I didn't get anything from his talking that he was going to do a Valhalla Rising sequel, Alex. I agree with what Ryan just wrote from above..."He said he is going back to using a silent male lead characters like Mikkelsen, Goseling, and Pansringarm all played. Meaning that the leading man in his next movie wont have very much dialogue." And to add to that a character who is real loner with his own set of rules and morality. So no sequel, Alex. Even though you just explained your logic and all quite well, you made me laugh with that leap into a sequel Still, anything Refn does I'm going to take a look at as I find him probably the most interesting of all the filmmakers working today. Even though I didn't care much for Drive, it was worth the viewing. However, I sure liked Valhalla Rising, Bronson and even Only God Forgives, which I found fascinating and unique and much, much different from anything else being made today. I really got it; what he was doing with it and liked it a great deal. Very strange; very impressionistic and expressionistic as well, if that makes any sense! It did for me, though a buddy thinks I'm crazy as he didn't like or get the film at

Bo on Jun 5, 2015


Valhalla rising was a very impressive movie, maybe his best, but one eye in Tokio seems very odd because it plays in Middle Ages or sooner.. But maybe there is a magic fountain he dives into! ๐Ÿ™‚

ari smulders on Jun 5, 2015

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