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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kai Lehtinen ...
Oiva Lohtander ...
Mari Rantasila ...
Tarja Piirainen
Pekka Huotari ...
Police Sergeant Hannu 'Hopo' Huusko
Kirsti Väänänen ...
Sergeant Susanna 'Sanna' Susisaari
Juha Muje ...
Markku Maalismaa ...
Harry Baer ...
Mark Hollander
Venla Saarenmaa
Jorma Tommila ...
Seppo Kulmala ...
Erik Kiviniemi ...
Jari Hietanen ...
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Received resistance from the social and public health care department of Finland because of its alleged advertising of tobacco and liquor (for which both are illegal to advertise in Finland). They insisted the producers to cut scenes in which brands of tobacco and liquor products were visible, even though they were both shown negatively (a smoker dying of lung cancer, a heavy drinker being ill due to alcoholism). See more »


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Mandshurian kukkuloilla
Music by J.E.Schatrow
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Performed by Viljo Vesterinen and Aimo Andersson (as A. Aimo)
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Finland's own action hero
3 March 2003 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Raid (the superb Kai Lehtinen) returns to Finland to find his ex-girlfriend Tarja (Mari Rantasila) only to hear that she has been killed in an arson made on the public voice press headquarters. Grieving, Raid begins his own investigation of what happened. Meanwhile Captain Jansson (Oiva Lohtander)of the Finnish police is investigating the murder of a protester during the world bank meeting held in Helsinki. Soon he realizes that all clues might be pointing into the wrong direction and with his friends, officers Huusko (Pekka Huotari) and Susisaari (Kirsti Väänänen) begin to take a closer look into the investigation. In the background spins a conspiracy and a strange charecter known as the legioner, but what do all these have to do with the same magazine as the one that Tarja worked for?

While Finland hasn't had a chance to boast with great movies until now with "The Man Without A Past" there still have been numerous great movies that have been made here. Considering that money is limited for movies, most have been small budget comedies and drama movies, but finally Finland can say that they have their own action hero. Kai Lehtinen is superb as the quiet Raid and Oiva Lohtander does a fabulous role as the sarcastic Jansson. While the movie has moments of slight clichés such as the Legioner, the whole movie fixes them and allows the movie really to shine. An excellent action movie with a decent plot that allows the audience really to connect with the characters, these are real people not super heroes.


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