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I liked the pictures of the film very much. If you like actions scenes, love scenes or "being a Turkish and proud" then there is something in for you.
The film plays at the end of the first world war when the Osman empire had collapsed. An important political an historical figure at this time was Kemal Atatürk (Kemal Pasha) who truly did much for Turkey as it is today. The main character Ali can be seen metaphorically representing the small (but patriotic) Turkish man. Ali meets Kemal Pasha once and saves him from a traitor.
However, the script and the content of the film is relatively shallow, comparable to that of a B-Western. The character of Yandim Ali is too golden to be really convincing and the role of his friend Jerar comes to nothing and could be dropped altogether.
The question whether the film is fair about Greeks or Armenians I would rather not discuss here.
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