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I'M THE ANGEL OF DEATH
USA: Magnolia Pictures
UK: Vertigo Films
Cast: Zlatko Buric, lyas Agac, Marinela Dekic, Kujtim Loki, Ramadan Huseini, Slavko Labovic, Vasilije Bojicic
Director: Nicholas Winding Refn
Language: Danish (English subtitles)
USA: 102 mins
UK: 108 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence, very strong language and hard drug use
USA Release Date: 18 August 2006 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 9 June 2006 (Limited Release - London
USA DVD Release Date: tbc (The Pusher Trilogy)
UK DVD Release Date: 12 June 2006 (The Pusher Trilogy)
Writer and director Nicolas Winding Refn turned down a place at the prestigious National Danish Film School in order to make his 1996 feature film debut, PUSHER. This violent, edgy, yet moving cult classic established Refn as an uncompromising filmmaker of great talent and depth. Following his next two films, BLEEDER (1999), and FEAR X (2003), Refn returned to the Copenhagen underworld in 2004 with PUSHER II: WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS, while 2005 saw the release of the 3rd instalment, PUSHER III: I'M THE ANGEL OF DEATH. All three PUSHER films display Refn effortlessly blending moody atmospherics and frenetic action, portraying his characters with a depth and confidence far belying his years. Though each film can be appreciated independently of the other three, Refn subtly interweaves these three tales so that a minor character in one film moves to the fore to become the central character of the next. The resulting trilogy stands as a masterful reinvention of international crime cinema, as poignantly human as it is brutally and viscerally realized.
PUSHER III takes place over the course of a single day, with the now middle aged Milo (Zlatko Buric) struggling to prepare his daughter's 25th birthday party. As Milo fights his own personal demons in the form a smack addiction he's trying to kick, his business day proves equally challenging once a shipment of ecstasy arrives in place of the heroin he was expecting. Milo is forced to contend with a new order of young hoods in order to move this designer drug he knows little about. Now feeling the squeeze he himself had put on so many before him, Milo must find a way to maintain his place of dominance atop the Copenhagen underworld. To do so he will have to survive one of the most harrowing episodes of his long, illustrious career.