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Brightness (1987)

Yeelen (original title)
A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Issiaka Kane ...
Niankoro, le fils
Aoua Sangare ...
Attou, la jeune femme Peul
Niamanto Sanogo ...
Soma le pere / Djigui the twin
Balla Moussa Keita ...
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul
Soumba Traore ...
Mah, la mere
Ismaila Sarr ...
Bofing, l'oncle
Youssouf Tenin Cissé ...
Le petit garcon d'Attou
Koke Sangare ...
Le chef de Komo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youssouf Coulibaly
Manzon Coumare
Souleymane Coumare
Sidi Diallo
Nadje Doumbla
Zan Doumbla
Bremira Dumbla
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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29 April 1988 (Japan)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Djigui the twin: [subtitled version] My child, do you know why I was separated from my twin, Soma? One day I asked my father to reveal to us the secrets of the Komo so that all might profit from the knowledge. Your grandfather, in a rage, rushed into his room and came out with the wing of Kore. Its brightness dazzled me. I could see nothing but shadows. So I left the country, blind. Only your mother knows my story.
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not exactly a movie, in the Western sense
29 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I appreciate the effort behind YEELEN. It is certainly different. The film is a folktale complete with lots of magic and simplistic outdoor sets. It literally looked as if the director went into the semi-desert countryside and filmed this legend using whatever villagers he could find. The sets and acting were very natural and the monsters/spirits were people wearing simple costumes inspired by traditional tribal paints and masks. My problem with the film is that it is less a MOVIE in the Western sense, but more like the work of a ethnologist or sociologist filming a tribal folktale. So, this is important as a preserved record of their culture, but honestly, to me it became awfully dull and ponderous after a while. You really need to have a strong motivation to watch this and can overlook the slapped together quality of the film.


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