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Handcuff King (2002)
"Kahlekuningas" (original title)

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In the 1970s, a 12-year-old boy Esko lives in Tornio, northern Finland, a town bordering Sweden across the river. Esko befriends a Swedish boy, Pate, and learns to share his obsession for ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miikka Enbuske ...
Maija Junno ...
Aino, Eskon äiti
Heikki Hela ...
Toivo, Eskon isä
Sulevi Peltola ...
Arttu Kapulainen ...
Emil Lundberg ...
Lina Hofverberg ...
Ralph Carlsson ...
Patrickin isä
Joe Hamari ...
Mikko Lamminen ...
Eskon kaveri
Joonas Lipponen ...
Eskon kaveri
Petteri Siimes ...
Eskon kaveri
Ville Kotajärvi ...
Eskon kaveri
Mika Koski ...
Jouni Alasaukko-oja ...
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In the 1970s, a 12-year-old boy Esko lives in Tornio, northern Finland, a town bordering Sweden across the river. Esko befriends a Swedish boy, Pate, and learns to share his obsession for Harry Houdini, the legendary escape artist. While standing handcuffed on the railway bridge, contemplating a stunt jump into the icy river, he reminisces the dramatic events of the summer before. For the viewer, his problems are presented with warm humour # gang fights, feeling guilty for lying, Father losing his job, Mother losing her nerves, not to mention Grandfather having lost his willingness to speak since a traumatic war experience 30 years earlier. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Elämässä pitää oppia tekemään asiat silleen oikealla tavalla väärin


Comedy | Drama | Family


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4 October 2002 (Finland)  »

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Handcuff King  »

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FIM 10,500,000 (estimated)

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Featured in Miikkan kahleet (2004) See more »


Miehen kunnia
Written and arranged by A.W. Yrjänä
Lyrics trad.
Performed by Alans Apartmen and Timo Lindholm
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A lump of nostalgia
27 June 2003 | by (helsinki, finland) – See all my reviews

Most nordic films are about a young boy/girl approaching adulthood in the 50's-70's. That is a commonly accepted practice and i have nothing to complain about that. The period settings give nice flashbacks, and often these films have great dialogue, good child / adult characters and interesting stories. However Kahlekuningas, despite its favorable reviews, seemed to me as a complete failure. It is a superfluous imitation of other similar films, a shapeless mess of little incidents and characters that never form a satisfying story. Miikka Enbuske in the lead tries hard to be symphatetic and brisk but ends up sounding fake and irritating. This is probably largely the directors fault. Other actors are more skilled, but their roles aren't much to talk about. Sulevi Peltola is wasted as the grandpa who is stuck in wartime memories (what a novel idea!). Is his wetting of his pants supposed to be comical or tragic? Overall Kahlekuningas is quite lame, but has a few genuinely funny moments. If you like this sort of stuff, you may want to check this out for yourself, maybe you won't be as disappointed as i was.

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