7.3/10
900
10 user 22 critic

Schizo (2004)

Shiza (original title)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(as Sergey Bodrov),
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Recruit (2016)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Petra Lo, John DeYoe
Stars: Petra Lo, Toneey Acevedo, Larry L Andrews
Doch yakudzy (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Directors: Sergei Bodrov, Gulshat Omarova
Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Garmash
The Quickie (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A crime soap opera about a Russian mobster retiring from "the business" on New Year's Eve, only to discover he has been targeted for death by a rival mobster.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brenda Bakke
Baksy (2008)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Aidai the baksy, or witch doctor, lives in the mountains and helps people. She uses mysterious actions to cure the sick and to give infertile couples children. As capitalist forces begin to... See full summary »

Director: Gulshat Omarova
Stars: Neisipkul Omarbekova, Farkhad Amankulov, Almat Ayanov
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Director: Sergei Bodrov
Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sergey Bodrov, Susanna Mekhraliyeva
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

We all live on the same planet, under one sun which nurtures and renews our unique and common hopes for the future. No matter how much we differ from each other in color, ethnicity and ... See full summary »

Directors: Ali Asgari, Sergei Bodrov, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Ercan Özcelik, Peter Linka, Anna Herczenik
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Oldzhas Nusupbayev ...
Mustafa (Shiza)
Olga Landina ...
Zinka
Eduard Tabishev ...
Sakura
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

money | boy | widow | fighter | power | See All (150) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

4 May 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Schizo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official selection from Kazakhstan for OSCAR 2005 See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliance out of Kahzikstan
14 April 2007 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Schizo. This appears to be the first major picture out of Kahzikstan and what an impressive, stunning debut of a film. Schizo is the story of a 15 year old boy everyone thinks is schizophrenic. He's kicked out of school for fighting, but instantly the viewer will recognize this young man as the sanest, most responsible person in the film. He's hired by his mother's boyfriend to recruit fighters for illegal bare-knuckle fights. Shortly into his new career, a young dying fighter asks the boy to bring his winnings to his girlfriend and his son. Immediately Schizo develops a sense of responsibility for this little family and does whatever he can to ensure their well being. Things turn nasty, but a pervading sense of hope seems to light Schizo's eyes and one never questions his judgment and he stays true to some code of honor that no one else seems to have in this tale. It's a powerful, beautiful story with a sensational film debut from Oldzhas Nusupbayev. Throughout the film I kept wondering "where did they FIND this kid?" - and I was startled to learn he had never before acted, had no family and was actually growing up in an orphanage and discovered there. His performance is the lynchpin on which the entire film is hinged. Writer/Director Guka Omarova's location scenes are visually strong, conveying a sort of resigned hopelessness and presenting a post-Soviet Kahzikstan landscape that feels like a world that had been stripmined for all its worth and then merely abandoned. Equally as impressive as this landscape are the wildly diverse and unforgettable faces of the multi-ethnic populations of this country. Olga Landina plays the love interest and she is like a young, vibrant, Eastern bloc Rebecca Demornay. Hot. Schizo is a real find!


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?