A corrupt, six-fingered detective is sent to recruit a retired assassin now living a secluded life as a calligrapher to assassinate a prominent government official known as Hezardastan who has stolen jewels from a member of the royal family. However, the calligrapher one-ups the detective and holds him as his prisoner and tortures him. The calligrapher begins to reflect upon his life gone by, and... See full summary »
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An inspector is sent to recruit an old-time assassin who's now have secluded himself from the people, to kill a rich and important man in the government known as Hezardastan, but now he remembers his days of youth as a hunter and assassin, as he's being tortured by the 6-finger inspector. He finally has to make his mind with regard to his assignment. Written by Scervin

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In 2006, was voted by the Association of Iranian movies and TV critics as the best Iranian TV series ever made. See more »

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Scholarly work has not payed him justice
17 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ali Hatami's reputation outside Iran is not in proportion with the quality of his work. His keen understanding of Persian history and socio-political structure has not been surpassed by any other Persian director.

His critical insight and brilliant formulation of different aspects of Persian culture reaches far more than a simple nostalgic reconstruction of it. Contrary to many of other Persian directors, his influence on the way in which his home addressees understand themselves has been great. Most specifically, his contribution to our visual understanding of Persian modern history is unrivalled.


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