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Aki Kaurismäki (writer)
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Release Date:
October 1990 (USA) See more »
The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Disney 53: The Little Mermaid
 (From The Hollywood News. 21 July 2013, 5:00 AM, PDT)

Seven rounds with Aki Kaurismäki
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 5 April 2012, 3:39 AM, PDT)

Aki Kaurismäki
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 30 March 2012, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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After Seeing Ariel, I Will Die A Happy Man See more (19 total) »


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Turo Pajala ... Taisto Kasurinen
Susanna Haavisto ... Irmeli Pihlaja

Matti Pellonpää ... Mikkonen
Eetu Hilkamo ... Riku
Erkki Pajala ... Kaivosmies
Matti Jaaranen ... Pahoinpitelijä
Hannu Viholainen ... Apuri
Jorma Markkula ... Prikkamies
Tarja Keinänen ... Nainen Satamassa
Eino Kuusela ... Mies rannalla
Kauko Laalo ... Asuntolanhoitaja
Jyrki Olsonen ... Mies Asuntolassa
Esko Nikkari ... Autokauppias
Marja Packalén ... Tuomari (as Marja Packalen)
Mikko Remes ... Vankilalääkäri
Tomi Salmela ... Vartija
Reijo Marin ... Vartija
Heikki Salomaa ... Vartija
Veikko Uusimäki ... Pormestari
Esko Salminen ... Roisto
Hannu Kivisalo ... Portieeri
Pekka Wilen ... Laivuri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heikki Anttila ... Mies satamassa (uncredited)
Pentti Auer ... Laivuri (voice) (uncredited)
Timo Harakka ... Mies oikeussalissa (uncredited)
Juuso Hirvikangas ... Mies satamassa (uncredited)
Hanna Jokinen ... Nainen oikeussalissa (uncredited)
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Vankilan portinvartija (voice) (uncredited)
Sami Lanki ... Mies oikeussalissa (uncredited)
Jouko Lumme ... 2. kokki (uncredited)
Mikko Lyytikäinen ... Oikeuden jäsen (uncredited)
Timo Markko ... Vanki vierailuhuoneessa (uncredited)
Merja Pulkkinen ... Nainen ravintolassa (uncredited)
Markku Rantala ... Mies asematunnelissa (uncredited)
Sirkka Rautiainen ... Televisiota katsova nainen (uncredited)
Jaakko Talaskivi ... Kokki (uncredited)
Timo Toikka ... Mies oikeussalissa (uncredited)
Olli Varja ... Vanki vierailuhuoneessa (uncredited)

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aki Kaurismäki  writer

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Casey 
Rauli Somerjoki 
Taisto Tammi 
Olavi Virta 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Raija Talvio 
Production Design by
Risto Karhula 
Costume Design by
Tuula Hilkamo 
Production Management
Erkki Lume .... unit manager
Jaakko Talaskivi .... production manager
Heikki Ukkonen .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
Art Department
Simo Sulva .... property master
Sound Department
Veikko Aaltonen .... sound assistant
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Kjell Westman .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Marja-Leena Helin .... still photographer
Juuso Hirvikangas .... gaffer
Timo Markko .... assistant camera
Mikko Mattila .... gaffer
Heikki Ortamo .... assistant camera
Olli Varja .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sirkka Rautiainen .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Outi Hyytinen .... assistant editor
Pirjo Laivuori .... color grader
Timo Nousiainen .... color grader
Leena Palmu .... negative cutter
Music Department
Dmitri Shostakovich .... composer: additional music (as Dimitri Shostakovitch)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .... composer: additional music (as Pjotr Tshaikovski)
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... production secretary
Erkki Astala .... publicist
Marja-Leena Helin .... script supervisor

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73 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Aki Kaurismäki wrote the script over a weekend.See more »
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja:[Taisto and Irmeli have just been on their first date] What shall we do now?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen:Let's get married and have a child.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja:I already have a child.
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen:That's good. We'll spare some time.
Irmeli Katariina Pihlaja:Are you always so self-confident?
Taisto Olavi Kasurinen:This is the first time.
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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
After Seeing Ariel, I Will Die A Happy Man, 16 March 2001
Author: Karl Self from Yurp

When I first saw Ariel, at the beginning of the Nineties, maybe three years after it was first released, it blew me away. At the time I had gone through a long streak of awful "alternative" movies, the last one having been Atom Egoyan's "The Adjuster"; I was totally depressed and fed up with cinema in general since all the movies around seemed to be either generic Hollywood block busters or equally generic "intellectual" time wasters -- "The Adjuster" being a perfect example of the latter category. When I left the cinema after having seen Ariel, I had tears of joy in my eyes, thinking: "thank god, I do not have to give up going to the cinema after all". Ariel is exactly the movie I wish I had made, very cool, funny, stylish, engaging, romantic, hard core, subtle. I have seen it many times since, it has become my all - time favourite, desert - island movie. Of course there are other good movies around, but few which match its quality, and none of them changed my outlook on cinema the way Ariel did. Other Kaurismäkis movies I have seen and loved are "MacBeth", "I Hired A Contract Killer", "La vie de bohème", "Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö" ("The Match Factory Girl"), "Juha"; the Leningrad Cowboy flicks were OK, but not really my cup of tea.

Anyway, I have a small anecdote I want to get off my chest: shortly after seeing A I was talking with a couple of co - workers about movies, and one of them said: "the other day I saw the best movie ever, it's called Ariel, it blew me away, I haven't washed my eyes since", etc. I thought, wow, I would have never thought that she would like that movie, but there you go, truly good movies just have a universal appeal. Only years later did I find out that she had been talking about not Kaurismäkis' masterpiece but Disney's "Arielle -- The Little Mermaid". ;-)

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