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Brightness (1987)

Yeelen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 29 April 1988 (Japan)
A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director:

Souleymane Cissé (as Solomani Sisé)

Writer:

Souleymane Cissé (screenplay) (as Solomani Sisé)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Issiaka Kane Issiaka Kane ... Niankoro, le fils
Aoua Sangare Aoua Sangare ... Attou, la jeune femme Peul
Niamanto Sanogo Niamanto Sanogo ... Soma le pere / Djigui the twin
Balla Moussa Keita Balla Moussa Keita ... Rouma Boll, le roi Peul
Soumba Traore Soumba Traore ... Mah, la mere
Ismaila Sarr Ismaila Sarr ... Bofing, l'oncle
Youssouf Tenin Cissé Youssouf Tenin Cissé ... Le petit garcon d'Attou
Koke Sangare Koke Sangare ... Le chef de Komo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youssouf Coulibaly Youssouf Coulibaly
Manzon Coumare Manzon Coumare
Souleymane Coumare Souleymane Coumare
Sidi Diallo Sidi Diallo
Nadje Doumbla Nadje Doumbla
Zan Doumbla Zan Doumbla
Bremira Dumbla Bremira Dumbla
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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The setting of the film is the Mali Empire (c. 1230-1670) of West Africa. The implied chronological setting is the 13th century. See more »

Quotes

Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] I have offended you. To redeem Bambara honor, I merit death. I have broken my nation's laws. I am not asking for mercy, but... death by your hand.
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: [subtitled version] What's wrong? Speak!
Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] By the gods, by the sacred wood, by my ancestors, I swore to help you... to cure your wife. But... my penis betrayed me.
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: [subtitled version] What do you mean?
[very long pause]
Rouma Boll, le roi Peul: Tell the truth!
Niankoro, le fils: [subtitled version] I slept with your wife.
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12 December 2007 | by nihaoSee all my reviews

Here is a great opportunity. The chance to discover how human beings were BEFORE getting trapped in the WEB (excuse the pun) of technology. Man's respect and position in/for nature, reminiscent of those ties which still (barely) exist amidst the Maoris and Eskimoes, and the surviving Indios. Africa, the mother of mankind. Magic, NOT as Hollywood sees it. And for N.Y. intellectuals and Viennese literati, a Freudian twist which is as old as Mythology. The Father/Son clash. This ranks alongside the best of Satyajit Ray, and , in some ways, shares his themes. This is Brother Africa as Ray is Sister India. This is the intense celebration of Man's strength, and of his weakness. An African masterpiece. A patient sequence of revelations. A real JEWEL. And if you are here, you are either a lucky newcomer or a lucky viewer. Thankyou Sissé. Thankyou Africa!


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Language:

Bambara | Fulah

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Brightness See more »

Filming Locations:

Dilly, Mali See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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