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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
Meta Louise Foldager .... consulting producer
Mogens Glad .... co-producer
Birgitte Hald .... executive producer
Poul Erik Lindeborg .... co-producer
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
Pai Sen 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
Other crew
Henrik Bergqvist .... extras coordinator
Christoffer Harding .... location manager
Anna Idman .... script supervisor
Jacob Jarek .... assistant to producer
Anders Lindholm .... runner
Janus Schumacher .... location manager

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90 min | Germany:97 min | 100 min
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Racing speed and deep dignity, 11 January 2009
Author: Ingo Schwarze from Karlsruhe, Germany

When you are in a gloomy or depressed mood, go watch this film. It shows a lot of beauty and joy in a very simple everyday setting, and it is very encouraging, in particular from a feminist and a humanist perspective.

When you know both the Turkish language and either the Danish or the German language, go watch the film in any case. Half of the dialog is Danish in the original, synchronized to German in the translated version, the other half Turkish, subtitled in Danish or German, respectively. When i watched it in Mannheim, Germany, the reaction of the Turkish-speaking audience proved that there must be a lot of humor in the Turkish dialog, which, deplorably, mostly escaped me, being only imperfectly rendered in the subtitles. Still, the film is interesting even if you lack knowledge of the Turkish.

Esthetically, the movie is playing a lot on the theme of speed and slowness. On first sight, there is lots of corporeal movement fast as lightning, making it a quick, an agitated film. In particular, even though this is a Kung Fu movie, watch out for the running scenes, beautifully expressing a wealth of emotions. But there are quite a few very slow, emotionally intense scenes, too. And above all, the characters develop at a much slower pace than you would expect in a drama about the coming of age; still, there is some movement in the characters to: Closely watch the villain Omar, whose part and acting i liked very much.

The contrast of speed and stillness nicely contributes to the depiction of human rage and dignity - shown at once, in the same characters, at the same time.

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