Kilink, the Turkish super anti-hero,who was a lookalike of the Italian comic-strip hero Killing, who was a lookalike of the other Italian super hero Kriminal,opens the long series of Kilink... See full summary »
Kilink, the Turkish super anti-hero,who was a lookalike of the Italian comic-strip hero Killing, who was a lookalike of the other Italian super hero Kriminal,opens the long series of Kilink installments with this blockbuster cornerstone of the Turkish cinema! The only rival who could possibly stand in his way is no other than... Superman!... Kilink visits Istanbul in order to grab a destructive formula which is in the hands of an once-collaborate scientist,professor Houloussi. He murders him, kidnaps his daughter, tortures her in some gloomy dungeon, and then kidnaps more people and tortures them but still, the formula remains hidden. Meanwhile, the son of professor Houloussi is blessed by a Devinne spirit and turns into Superman! But will he be a worthy opponent to the unbeatable and evasive master of all criminals, Kilink?? Well, at any rate,,be prepared for a delirious,psychedelic,jaw-dropping,sleazy,fierce pandemonium! Written by
KILINK INSTANBUL'DA (Killing in Istanbul) was a landmark film for the burgeoning Turkish cinema when it was originally released on Christmas Day in 1967. This humble movie launched a series of wild action films that would be the hallmark of 'Istanbollywood.'
In 1967, America, and indeed the whole world, went batty with the advent of the Batman TV show starring Adam West. Comic book characters enjoyed a resurgence, becoming post- modern camp pop art and movie makers from Italy to Istanbul rushed in to cash in on the craze.
Many companies licensed existing comic book characters like Diabolik or created their own. Atadeniz Film in Turkey felt comfortable enough to just use an existing character without courtesy of license.
With the success of Diabolik and other super-criminal types in the pages of European comic books, a new figure appeared... but this time the stories were told with photos instead of drawings. This costumed killer was called Killing in Italy, Satanik in France and is now known in America as SADISTIK in the series published by Comicfix.
The movie appropriates the title and costume from the photo novels along with the protagonist's mastery of disguise and penchant for, well, killing. Though there are many scantily clad women and Kilink has a lovely blonde sidekick, she is not Dana, Sadistik's partner in the books. Also Kilink is more megalomaniacal than Sadistik. The former has plans of world domination and has a full cadre of thuggish underlings while the latter works by himself for himself (along with Dana).
The film also appropriated other well-known characters and elements from comics and movies. Kilink's adversary is Uçan Adam, which in English is Super Man. The character also sports two very distinctive shields with a familiar 'S' design. His mask is patterned after Batman and he's apparently wearing the Phantom's shorts. And he gets his super powers from a wizard named Shazam. Most of the music is cribbed from that year's 007 film, You Only Live Twice.
KILINK ISTANBUL'DA proved popular enough to spawn an amazing 10 sequels. Kilink jumped into almost every genre and met up with a few other well-known characters like Mandrake the Magician and Frankenstein's monster. One was a western and in one Kilink was a female!
Long considered a lost film, a dark grainy version was released on VCD but didn't have English subtitles. Recently, Onar Films in Greece issued a super-limited edition DVD with superior picture and sound and with English and Greek subtitles and menus. There are also incredible extras such as a photo gallery of over two dozen pristine stills from KILINK ISTANBUL'DA and outrageous trailers for other Turkish cinema classics featuring Superman, El Santo the Mexican wrester, Captain America and an evil Spider-Man! The DVD is PAL (All Region) and won't play on American DVD players unless you have a PAL system. But if your COMPUTER can play DVDs then KILINK ISTANBUL'DA will play on your computer! For the time being it is the only way to watch it in America, but if you're a fan of the ultra-psychotronic, then this DVD is for you! And it is very unlikely there'll be a mainstream American release of this disc because of copyright issues.
This import DVD presents the 70-minute black & white film is in its original full screen ratio and is a limited edition. It features English and Greek menus and subtitles and many cool extras. There's a photo gallery of over two dozen rare original stills, a filmography of director Yilmaz Atadeniz and all 11 Kilink films with a synopsis for each! Best of all are three trailers for other Turkish superhero films from the 1960s and 70s. 3 DEV ADAM (3 Mighty Men) features the Mexican El Santo teaming up with Captain America to battle a wicked Spider-Man in Istanbul! There are also two color Turkish Superman trailers, SUPER ADAM ISTANBUL'DA (Super Man in Istanbul) from the 60s as a black clad and masked crime fighter and SUPERMEN DÖNÜYUR (Turkish Superman) a post-Chris Reeve swipe.
Kilink is still very much a presence in modern day Turkey. A popular punk band formed in the Turkish city of Izmir in 2003 and called themselves Kilink. And an outfit was premiered at a London fashion show in 2005 featuring a Turkish designer's colorful take on Kilink's outfit!
If you're a cult movie fan and like superheroes, gangsters, spies, horror, American movie serials or Mexican wrestling films, you cannot live without KILINK INSTANBUL'DA! Remember: It's in crusty black & white, has subtitles and will only play on your computer if you have a DVD player program or a PAL DVD player. But it's a whole lotta fun!
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