MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,625 this week

Ashik Kerib (1988)
"Ashug-Karibi" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  May 1989 (Soviet Union)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 906 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 11 critic

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's ... See full summary »

Writers:

(as Georgy Badridze) , (story)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 390 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 
a list of 1875 titles
created 16 Sep 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 20 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 28 titles
created 06 Nov 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ashik Kerib" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ashik Kerib (1988)

Ashik Kerib (1988) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ashik Kerib.
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film version of a well-known Georgian folk-tale. A young boy has to be immured into the walls of a fortress in order to stop it from crumbling to pieces.

Directors: Sergei Parajanov, Dodo Abashidze
Stars: Veriko Anjaparidze, Tamari Tsitsishvili, Dudukhana Tserodze
Pirosmani (1969)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of self-taught Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.

Director: Giorgi Shengelaia
Stars: Avtandil Varazi, Dodo Abashidze, Givi Aleksandria
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father's killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life around... See full summary »

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva
The South (2000)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Jussi, a career criminal, gets doublecrossed by his girlfriend after robbing a jewelry store. Twelve years later he's married with 2 children and working as a dentist. On his family ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Juha Veijonen, Outi Mäenpää, Kärt Tomingas
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Exploring the art of Armenian portraitist Hakob Hovnatanyan, Parajanov revives the culture of Tbilisi of the 19th century.

Director: Sergei Parajanov
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Sergei Parajanov
Kivski Freski (1966)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Tengiz Archvadze, Vladimir Artman, Alexandr Kotchekov
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Christian Lindblad
Stars: Sam Huber, Mari Vainio, Merja Larivaara
Zolotye ruki (1957)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: Anna Nikolenko, Aleksei Pankratyev, and 1 more credit »
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Sergei Parajanov
Stars: Natalya Uzhviy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Yuri Mgoyan
Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Konstantin Stepankov ...
(as Konstantin Adamov)
Veronique Matonidze
Baia Dvalishvili
David Dovlatian
Levan Natroshvili
Slava Stepanian
Nodar Dugladze
Dodo Abashidze
Edit

Storyline

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's got the daughter to promise not to marry till his return. It's told in typical Paradjanov style overlaid with Armenian folksongs. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

May 1989 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

The Hoary Legends of the Caucasus  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dedicated to Sergei Parajanov's close friend Andrei Tarkovsky who had died two years before the film was released. See more »

Connections

Featured in Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ashik Kerib? Ash!t Kerib
26 March 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Ay Karamba! What a letdown. Having read the other reviews on IMDb, I was expecting to see a delightful cross between Alice in Wonderland and Tarkovsky. Instead it's more like Fellini on a bad day with a really low budget.

When I say "Fellini on a bad day", I mean that there is no coherent theme to the almost random images we receive. Aside from the thin plot of a man travelling many miles for love, there doesn't seem to be much substance holding this film together. I'd group it in the genre of "road movies" that are best watched under the influence of psychomorphic drugs.

And when I say "a really low budget" I mean A REALLY LOW BUDGET. I've seen home movies that are more professionally made. Granted, the low budget led to some very innovative storytelling techniques perfect for fantasy (namely, the use of a red handkerchief to symbolize blood, or the use of extras in a paper mâché tiger suit to symbolize a gladiatorial fight--I really did enjoy those scenes), but the uneven camera-work, the poor film/sound quality, bad editing (jerky scene cuts) and the amateur (over-)acting really killed it. It reminded me of one of those notorious Ed Wood movies where suspension of disbelief is impossible due to the overwhelming flaws.

The story itself is forgettable. It begins very nicely, but around midway you realize that it's not going anywhere. And at the end of the movie your suspicions are confirmed. The ending is as unfulfilling as it gets--no drama, no deep message, rather predictable... almost "hollywood" but on a very low budget. I understand that this movie is the compilation of many traditional fables... but aren't fables supposed to have morals (meanings) to them? And last of all... what's with everyone's eyebrows? Whoa. Even the women are sporting the neanderthal look. It's very distracting, because after a while you can't tell who's who. Crazy, just crazy. lol.


14 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wonderful music, childish movie gcs75
The music! exekutive
Discuss Ashik Kerib (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page