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Brightness (1987)
"Yeelen" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  29 April 1988 (Japan)
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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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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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Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] I have offended you. To redeem Bambara honor, I merit death. I have broken my nation's laws. I am not asking for mercy, but... death by your hand.
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: [subtitled version] What's wrong? Speak!
Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] By the gods, by the sacred wood, by my ancestors, I swore to help you... to cure your wife. But... my penis betrayed me.
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: [subtitled version] What do you mean?
[very long pause]
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: Tell the truth!
Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] I slept with your wife.
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The Pinnacle Of African Art-House
5 April 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In 13th century Africa, a young man must escape his village in order to find his uncle, who will aid him to fight against his father, a powerful sorcerer whose motives to kill his son are unknown. But even the young man has powers, and he uses them to help others on his way towards his destination. It's a one-man's odyssey on land, slow in its pace but colorful in its visuals, immersing the viewer into a fantastic world that resembles an old African folk-tale (which it is, or rather, a mix of several Kenyan fables). This is director Souleyman Cisse's most recognized film, and is considered to be one of the best African movies ever made, for its visually haunting aesthetic. In a few ways, unforgettable.


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