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With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II
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Tonny, just released from prison, tries to bring order to his life and gain the respect of his father, the Duke, a notorious gangster who despises his son. Trying to repay a debt held over from prison, he makes misstep after misstep. What’s more, Tonny must contribute to the upbringing of a child
Gaunt and tattooed, simultaneously threatening and oddly tender, Mads Mikkelsen excels as the skinhead anti-hero of Danish prodigy Nicolas Winding Refn’s invigorating return to form. Only nominally a sequel, it returns to Pusher’s Copenhagen underworld of hoods and hookers, and focuses on the lowest of them, skinhead Tonny. He is just out of prison and hoping to return to his former ways, but is treated as a bumbling fuck-up by his old cohorts, especially his father, an underworld kingpin controlling a number of chop shops and drug operations. With stylish intensity, Refn keeps the action taut and matter-of-fact. His last film, Hollywood thriller Fear X, was a collaboration with the late great novelist Hubert Selby Jr (Requiem for a Dream). As a portrait of lowlife machismo Pusher II bears the heady influence of Selby’s hardboiled prose, making it a fitting dedication from a young turk to an old master.

Nicolas Winding Refn

Directed by
Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by
Nicolas Winding Refn
Edited by
Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
Morten Søborg
Sound by
Jens Bønding
Music by
Peter Peter
Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sørensen, Zlatko Buric, Maria Erwolter, Ilyas Agac
Original title
Pusher II
English title
With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II
Denmark, UK
Running time
100 min
Action, Drama, Crime
Age rating
Release date
26. 1. 2023
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Media reception

The Guardian
★★★★ "It really is a very smart, engrossing (if gruelling) gangland picture."
The Variety
"Sticks close to its successful formula of gritty, realistic violence and fast-paced rhythm."
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