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Kanak Attack (2000)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andreas Hoppe ... Kurt Lorant
Tyron Ricketts ... Mehdi Jamal
David Scheller David Scheller ... Kemal Özbek
Luk Piyes ... Ertan Ongun
Sekou A. Neblett Sekou A. Neblett ... Farouk (as Sekou Ahmed Neblett)
Oezlem Cetin Oezlem Cetin ... Yonca Abdullah (as Oezlem Çetin)
Nadeshda Brennicke ... Sandra
Hilmi Sözer Hilmi Sözer ... Pfandleiher
Ahmet Tasci Ahmet Tasci ... Hodscha 1
Ercan Durmaz Ercan Durmaz ... Attila
Murat Yilmaz Murat Yilmaz ... Zlatko
Catrin Striebeck Catrin Striebeck ... Kassiererin Spielhalle
Orhan Güner ... Rahman Ongun
Turgay Aydin Turgay Aydin ... Saltimis
Hussi Kutlucan Hussi Kutlucan ... Süleyman Bey


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German | Turkish

Release Date:

16 November 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Arnaques à la turque See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »


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DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Everyday Good Dub Version
Performed by Patrice Bart-Williams (as Patrice)
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Insider view of criminal subculture
5 December 2001 | by SamYotixSee all my reviews

Their parents came to Germany as guest workers - and stayed. They opened Kebab stands and shops, had cars and families. Of course, many "guest workers" didn't want to go back to Turkey. They stayed.

Their children grew up in Germany - speaking Turkish at home, with their friends, stuck outside "normal" society. This film examines a small part of the german-turkish counterculture, the part most suitable to a feature film: Its dirty, heroin-abusing, violent underside, the steet "kanaksters" (kanak gangsters).

Ertan (Luk Piyes), the main character, is a charming (if brutal) small-time criminal: Heroin dealer, grocery robber, not-quite pimp. The film is told in a series of interlinked vignettes, structured as if they were memories or stories told by Ertan, conveniently in chronological order. Kanak Attack has a fast pace, uses various editing trick to good effect and shows a form of counterculture that few people ever experience from the inside - unless they are from the german-turkish working-class ghettos.

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