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Fifty-Fifty (2004)
"Shiza" (original title)

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Shiza is the nickname of a 15-year-old boy. Money, power, and women - he has none of these, yet, in his young life. But, he does have the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Oldzhas Nusupbayev ...
Mustafa (Shiza)
Olga Landina ...
Zinka
Eduard Tabishev ...
Sakura
Viktor Sukhorukov ...
Doctor
Gulnara Yeraliyeva ...
Kulyash
Hurtaj Kanagat ...
Sandzhik (Zinka's son)
Khorabek Musabayev ...
Almaz
Bakhytbek Bajmukhanbetov ...
Dzhaken
Mukhit Izimov ...
Nurlan
Gajratdzhan Tokhgibakiyev ...
Uzbek
Emine Ismailova ...
Ballet dancer
Dzhasulan Makhanov ...
Almaz's bodyguard
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Shiza is the nickname of a 15-year-old boy. Money, power, and women - he has none of these, yet, in his young life. But, he does have the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle fist-fighting, where he is able to eke out a living by scouting for fighters. When a man is accidentally killed in the ring, though, his life is changed forever. He decides that he should return the dead man's money to his widow and child. But, after he meets the woman, Shiza understands that he has real feelings of love for her. Now, he knows for whom he must earn money, no matter what the cost... Written by Anonymous

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V boyakh bez pravil net pravila "do pervoy krovi"! (In fights without rules, there is no rule that says: "Until first blood"!)


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A phenomenal piece of work.
28 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the most overlooked and underrated Films at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Schizo is an excellent film from start to finish. Set in the rarely filmed former Soviet Satellite country of Kazakhstan, the film focuses on a 15-year-old street hustler named Schizo who works for his mother's rather unscrupulous boyfriend as a recruiter of young boxers for illegal match fights for gamblers. When one of Schizo's boxing recruits dies in the ring, the ailing man asks Schizo to deliver his share of the prize money to his 28-year-old girlfriend and young son. Schizo agrees to carry out the man's last request but after finding the woman and child living in a tiny shack in the middle of nowhere, he decides to adopt the family as his own and quickly falls in love with the woman.

Director Guka Omarova's decision to cast Olzhas Nusuppaev, a real-life orphan in the lead roll of Schizo truly adds a sense of realism to this great film. I strongly recommend seeing this film; it is a phenomenal piece of work.


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