The Pusher trilogy
is a series of three films by
Danish film director Nicolas Winding Refn
. They illustrate and
explore the criminal underworld of Copenhagen.
composed of Pusher
(2004) and Pusher III
The first part of the trilogy follows Frank, a mid-level drug
dealer, for a week. It depicts his depravity, how his actions
forces him further and further out on thin ice and the bittersweet
relationship he has with his girlfriend, Vic.
The movie was a blockbuster, not only in Denmark, but
internationally.It was also the movie that launched both Refn's and
Pusher II: With Blood on my Hands
The second part of Refn's trilogy, which was made to save his
company, Jango Star, from bankruptcy
follow Frank's low-level criminal sidekick, Tonny.
It illustrates how Tonny is rooted in an evil spiral of crime and
drugs, his relationship towards his notorious, cynical father and
how he adapts to the consequence of being a father himself.
Pusher 3: I Am the Angel of Death
The third and last part of the trilogy, depicts a day in the life
of Serbian drug lord Milo.
Milo, who was a feared and respected man in the first two movies,
has since aged. He does not have the same grip on the underworld
that he used to and is now slowly losing the battle against a
younger generation of immigrants, who now want a piece of the
action. The film shows Milo's downfall and his desperate attempt to
reclaim the throne.
Nathan Lee of The New York Times
said of the trilogy: