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Fighter -- Aicha is a passionate kung-fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school, like her brother Ali. But school doesn't inspire her. Defying her family, Aicha starts secretly  training at a kung-fu club.


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14 December 2007 (Denmark) See more »
Aicha, a high-school student, is a passionate kung fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Semra Turan ... Aicha Ahman
Nima Nabipour ... Ali Ahman

Cyron Melville ... Emil Andersen (as Cyron Bjørn Melville)

Molly Blixt Egelind ... Sofie
Sadi Tekelioglu ... Aicha's Father

Behruz Banissi ... Omar Yüksel
Xian Gao ... Sifu
Denize Karabuda ... Aicha's Mother
Ertugrul Yilan ... Mehmet
Özlem Saglanmak ... Yasemin
Yüksel Isik ... Yasemin's father
Nevin Rasmussen ... Yasemin's mother
Mira Sarah Altshul ... Fadime Ahman
Frank Thiel ... Student counselor
Trine Appel ... Karate coach
Ida Dwinger ... Marianne
Fiona Z. Ballesheim ... Tilda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annevig Schelde Ebbe
Angela Gao ... Tournament Fighter

Bruce Lee ... Himself (archive footage)
Amalie Lindegård ... Sofie's Friend

Sara Møller Olsen ... Sofie's Friend

David Sakurai ... Tournament Fighter
Nicole Warner ... Melissa
Omar Carrion ... Dojo Fighter (uncredited)
Claus Viberg ... Fighter in background (uncredited)

Directed by
Natasha Arthy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nikolaj Arcel 
Natasha Arthy 
Rasmus Heisterberg 

Produced by
Johnny Andersen .... producer
Bo Ehrhardt .... executive producer
Mogens Glad .... co-producer
Birgitte Hald .... executive producer
Poul Erik Lindeborg .... co-producer
Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen .... consulting producer (as Meta Louise Foldager)
Original Music by
Frithjof Toksvig  (as Frithiof Toksvig)
Cinematography by
Sebastian Winterø 
Film Editing by
Kasper Leick 
Casting by
Lena Paaske 
Anja Philip 
Production Design by
Peter De Neergaard 
Costume Design by
Stine Terp 
Makeup Department
Sofie Jørgensen .... assistant makeup artist
Henrik Steen .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mette Høst Hansen .... post-production manager
Nanna Nikali .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Niels Christian Linde .... second assistant director
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
Emil Øigaard .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Bremer .... property master
Li Garpenfeldt .... set dresser
Mathias Hassing .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kim Dalum .... sound
Mark Garcia .... adr recordist
Håkon Garpestad .... sound recordist
Morten Jensen .... boom operator
Christian Lund .... boom operator (as Christian Howard Lund)
Hans Møller .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Sam Bassett .... digital compositor
Michael Holm .... visual effects
Alexander Marthin .... visual effects supervisor
Thomas Therchilsen .... digital colourist
Omar Carrion .... stunt performer
Angela Gao .... assistant stunt coordinator
Xian Gao .... martial arts choreographer
Rieko Hata .... lead stunt double
Lauren Mary Kim .... lead stunt double (as Lauren Kim)
Mika Pietiläinen .... co-stunt coordinator
Juha Pursiainen .... stunt rigger
Jiang Tao .... stunt rigger
PaiSen Wang .... stunt rigger
Song Ying .... lead stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Tue Bengtsson .... additional lighting technician
Morten Boserup .... additional electrician
Aske Foss .... director of photography: second unit
Aske Foss .... second director of photography
Magnus Hansen .... lighting intern
Niels A. Hansen .... first assistant camera (as Niels Hansen)
Jens Juncker-Jensen .... still photographer
Lars Krogsgaard .... second assistant camera
Martin Lerche .... gaffer
Jacob Møller .... lighting technician
Magnus Ohmsen .... grip
Martin Riello .... lighting technician
Gabriel Stefan .... lighting technician
Alex Suhr .... lighting technician
Malte Udsen .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trine Finnich .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Benjamin Binderup .... additional editor
Mette Høst Hansen .... post-production manager
Michael Frank Nielsen .... film color timer
Emil Tralov .... assistant editor
Location Management
Christoffer Harding .... location manager
Janus Schumacher .... location manager
Other crew
Henrik Bergqvist .... extras coordinator
Anna Idman .... script supervisor
Jacob Jarek .... assistant to producer
Anders Lindholm .... runner

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90 min | Germany:97 min | 100 min
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41 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Martial arts and Turkish immigrants in Denmark, 1 January 2008
Author: dgrolin ( from Denmark

A beautiful and touching movie that deserves a wider viewing than it is likely to get. Semra Turan plays Aicha, a second generation Turkish immigrant, who tries to break the mold. Neither entirely at home with her moderately conservative Muslim family, nor with her liberal Danish friends, Aicha's martial arts experience becomes a fight to find herself and have the strength to allow herself to be who she wants to be in spite of both family and friends.

Director Natasha Arthy manages to balance introspection and narrative so that it has depth without becoming ponderous philosophical discourse, and drawing on Xian Gao's choreography skills pays off in spectacular fight sequences. In the end, however, it is Semra Turan's stunning debut performance that gives this movie spirit. Raw charisma and requisite martial arts skills are complimented by heart to make her personal drama believable.

Well worth your while.

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