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  (in credits order)
Mikko Leppilampi ... Rempo

Maria Ylipää ... Aila

Mikko Nousiainen ... Olli
Tuomas Uusitalo ... Kinkku
Petteri Summanen ... Heiskanen

Niko Saarela ... Kauppinen
Sesa Lehto ... Nortti

Sampo Sarkola ... Junnu
Olavi Uusivirta ... Eki
Anja Pohjola ... Amanda
Petra Karjalainen ... Sikin Sokin
Pirkko Hämäläinen ... Vanha Riimu
Emma Salokoski ... Liisa
Sanna-Kaisa Palo ... Martta
Tidjân ... Mukambo
Charles Salter ... Grant
Ritva Sorvali ... Kannu
Minna Kivelä ... Sirpa
Risto Aaltonen ... Bering
Rauno Ahonen ... Servo
Santeri Nuutinen ... Make
Rasmus Nuutinen ... Jake
Markku Toikka ... Hämäläinen
Marko Tiusanen ... Kuivasto
Jyrki Kovaleff ... Havas
Toni Wahlström ... Olavi Virta
Pertti Hellgren ... Matson
Kullervo Ahlroth ... Arde
Matti Piipari ... Kokko
Kostas Barbunakis ... Greek Sailor
Andreas Back ... Swedish Sailor
Aarno Mansikkamäki ... Polish Sailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pentti Hietanen ... Olavi Virta (singing voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Pekka Mandart 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sami Keski-Vähälä 
Pekka Mandart 

Produced by
Pamela Mandart .... producer
Cinematography by
Kari Sohlberg 
Film Editing by
Jari Innanen 
Art Direction by
Pirjo Rossi 
Costume Design by
Elina Kolehmainen 
Makeup Department
Mirva Muona .... assistant makeup artist
Leila Mäkynen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jukka Kujala .... post-production supervisor
Riitta-Leena Norberg .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katri Kannisto .... second assistant director
Marja Pyykkö .... second assistant director
Jukki Tuura .... first assistant director
Art Department
Olli Hilden .... swing gang (as Olli Hildén)
Petteri Korkala .... swing gang
Petri Neuvonen .... props (as Pete Neuvonen)
Markku Nikki .... swing gang
Anssi Pennanen .... props assistant
Eero Piitulainen .... assistant property master
Pirjo Rossi .... set designer
Ravil Salah .... property master (as Rave Salah)
Jussi Vesama .... swing gang
Janne Wrigstedt .... swing gang
Sound Department
Heikki Innanen .... sound
Olli Pärnänen .... sound mixer
Erkka Varvio .... sound
Marko Ventola .... sound apprentice
Kyösti Väntänen .... sound
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tommi Gröhn .... digital film recording
Pasi Mäkelä .... 2k colourist
Marko Terävä .... 2k colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jani Häkli .... camera loader
Ville Juurikkala .... still photographer
Harri Laakso .... gaffer
Leena Lehti .... camera apprentice
Hanna Leppikangas .... lighting apprentice
Henrik Mennander .... grip apprentice
Tazu Ovaska .... best boy
Kalle Penttilä .... grip
Antti Ruusuvuori .... assistant camera
Timo Ylifrantti .... lighting apprentice
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Minna Kiiskinen .... seamstress
Tiina Wilén .... costumer
Editorial Department
Tuomo Hintikka .... on-line editor
Music Department
Joonas Jyrälä .... music mixer
Joonas Jyrälä .... music recordist
Marzi Nyman .... music arranger
Other crew
Gitta Carlzén .... accountant
Tuula Nikkola .... script supervisor
Riikka Olin .... accountant

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Finland:99 min
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"The Empire", 1 January 2011
Author: random_avenger

The coastal city of Kotka seems to have quite a groovy town in the 1950s Finland, at least if we are to believe Keisarikunta, Pekka Mandart's 2004 movie based on certain real-life musicians who once jammed in a small local restaurant called Fennia. The songs surely are fun but I think a meatier story would have definitely been needed to raise the movie into the truly memorable class.

The protagonist is an aspiring drummer named Rempo (Mikko Leppilampi) who humbly works in a menial job to help his girlfriend Aila (Maria Ylipää) to reach her dream of opening a beauty salon of her own. However, Rempo's old musician buddies persuade him to take all of his savings and buy a restaurant instead so that the band could start regularly performing again and perhaps make good money on the side. Despite his newfound musician lifestyle, Rempo is torn between his loyalty to the band and love of Aila who has now relocated to Helsinki, thoroughly disappointed in him.

As mentioned, the jazzy, bluesy and rocking song numbers are all very swinging and highly entertaining, plus the guys of the band and their friends are decently played by actors like Mikko Nousiainen (the ambitious bandleader Olli), Tuomas Uusitalo (the chubby guitarist Kinkku) and Petteri Summanen (Heiskanen, a boxer-turn-doorman with a speech defect). Notable is also the atmospheric cinematography by the experienced Kari Sohlberg with tones of yellow, brown and even green that make the whole movie resemble old photographs of the era. Very nice!

Considering the visual and aural quality of Keisarikunta, it is too bad the characters and the plot itself are so thin that it is difficult to actually care about them much. Seeing how dedicated he is to her later on, Rempo's decision to let Aila down by spending their savings just like that feels poorly motivated and the couple's romance is very basic and ordinary love story material to begin with. Additionally, I think the beautiful Maria Ylipää does not really get enough screen time to show her full potential in her role. Though I understand the movie was never meant to be a larger-than-life melodrama, I dare to claim that some more substance can justifiably be demanded since the film does not go merely for laughs but is also labeled as a drama.

For the most part it is probably better to see Keisarikunta as a lightweight buddy movie and a portrayal of the old pals' last summer together. The guys' banter and occasional quarreling is ultimately more interesting and entertaining than the romance, especially thanks to Tuomas Uusitalo as the jovial and talented Kinkku. Likewise, I must repeat that the songs are very nice, so the movie can be called an adequately watchable little flick, just not worth going out of one's way to find it.

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