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King of Beggars (2007)

Melech Shel Kabzanim (original title)
Fishke, a lame Jewish bath attendant, stands up against the on going persecutions and killings of Jews and forms the first Jewish platoon in Russia of the 16th century.

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Credited cast:
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Fishke
Mosko Alkalai ...
Yankalle Soffer
Amos Lavi ...
Feyvush
Ruby Porat Shoval ...
Basya
Gediminas Storpirstis ...
Zissrel
Gili Saar ...
Bayleh
Sigi Hazma ...
Laykeh
Haim Zanati ...
Laser
Itay Barnea ...
Shuemer
Vytautas Rumsas ...
Alexi
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Yehuda Fuchs ...
Rabbi
Ruth Geller ...
Hava Hava
Leah Koenig ...
Zippa Leah
Agne Kudreviciute ...
Russian Concubine
Zare Vartanian ...
Motilo
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Fishke, a lame Jewish bath attendant, stands up against the on going persecutions and killings of Jews and forms the first Jewish platoon in Russia of the 16th century.

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6 September 2007 (Israel)  »

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a very loose adaptation of a Yiddish novel
23 February 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I would, first of all, like to warn those of you who have read the Yiddish book "Fishke der Krumer" (Fishke the Lame), and those who have seen the Yiddish movie version of this book called "The Light Ahead" by Edgar Ulmer: This movie is radically different to both the book and the earlier film.

In this movie, Fishke becomes a warrior, who fights against the Ukrainians that were carrying out bloody pogroms (persecutions) against the Jews in the 17th century. It is a highly violent film, very disturbing to look at. The plot takes several surprising turns, which I will not mention here. In a way that keeps you curious about how it will all end, but to be honest, by the time it was over, I regretted having watched it all the way through.

This film is not for children or for sensitive viewers. It has a good deal of violence and some nudity (male & female).

The music to the film is good, the photography is very good but the acting is lame, and the plot is a bit disappointing.


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