There Is Only One Person Who Should Star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Avenging Silence

Have you seen Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon? It’s a brilliant mind fork to the nth degree, and like many of his movies, a visual feast. Speaking of feasts and visuals and Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director’s next film sounds like the perfect time for a reunion. Via Crouching Tigers Project Lab comes the detailed synopsis for The Avenging Silence, and if it doesn’t immediately bring a certain someone to mind, well, I’ll eat … something distasteful my words.


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 soughtout 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.”

Um, hello; European spy, mute … do we know anyone who’s brilliant with wordless communication; someone with whom the director already has a good rapport?

Someone who has just the right mix of experience for this sort of thing?

Someone who has a way with suits (spies do like their suits, don’t they)?

I’m not saying the deal is sealed; I’m just saying, I think we all know who should be the star of this film.

The Avenging Silence will be written by Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (Spectre, Quantum Solace, Casino Royale, The World Is Not Enough).

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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