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Brother 2 (2000)

Brat 2 (original title)
Arriving in Moscow, Danila discovers Konstantin dead and he sets out to avenge his death; a journey that leads him to Chicago and a whole new experience.

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Aleksey Balabanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bodrov ... Danila Bagrov
Viktor Sukhorukov ... Viktor
Sergey Makovetskiy ... Belkin
Irina Saltykova Irina Saltykova ... Irina Saltykova
Kirill Pirogov ... Ilya
Alexander Diachenko ... Kostya / Mitya (as Aleksandr Dyachenko)
Darya Yurgens ... Dasha-Marilyn (as Darya Lesnikova)
Gary Houston ... Mennis
Ray Toler ... Ben - truck driver
Lisa Jeffrey Lisa Jeffrey ... Lisa
Aleksandr Naumov Aleksandr Naumov ... Chief of Bank security
Aleksandr Karamnov Aleksandr Karamnov ... Boris, Saltykova's Guard
Konstantin Zheldin ... Taxi driver (Moscow)
Konstantin Murzenko Konstantin Murzenko ... Fascist
Dmitriy Orlov ... Bandit (as Dmitriy Sborets)
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Storyline

Danila Bagrov meets his army buddy Konstantin Gromov in Moscow, with whom he fought in Chechnya. The friend tells Danila about his twin brother Dmitry, who is a professional hockey player in America. However, the team owner, in cahoots with his Russian partner, has swindled the young star into an oppressive contract, allowing them to rob him blind. Several days after this conversation, Danila finds Konstantin dead. In order to straighten things out and avenge his friend, Danila goes to Chicago. Written by Serge Aksenov <sergeax@gu.ru>

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Taglines:

Danila vozvrashchayetsya! (Danila returns!)

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

Russia | USA

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Russian | English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

11 May 2000 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Брат 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooklyn, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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CTB Film Company See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The film is a sequel to the 1997 Brother by the same director. See more »

Goofs

When Chicago's Sears Tower is visible for the first time during Danila's arrival, it is dusk. However, the ride is then extended another day and Danila is finally shown arriving in Chicago during the day. See more »

Quotes

Danila: American, what's your power? Is it really money? My brother says it's money. You've got lots of money - so what? Truth is a real power. Whoever is right is strong. You cheated on a man and took away his money. Did it make you stronger? No, it did not, 'cause you are not right, and the person you cheated on is. That means he's stronger. Right?
Mennis: [crying] Right!
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Referenced in Sisters (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

SEKRET
Written by Gleb Samoylov (as G. Samoylov)
Performed by Agata Kristi
Played when Danila arrives in Chicago and walks around
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Six years after this thing was filmed, it's still sounds great.
30 May 2006 | by xyzmanSee all my reviews

Near the end of 90s Russian cinema market was full of cheap gangster-related action movies. And, of course, there were comedy films - laughing at different kinds of fraud. People were buying it, because of the similarity of situations depicted to the real life. Economy collapse of 1990s in Russia when criminals were ruling everything played it's role. Even the original "Brat" was influenced by these ideas - to depict how artificial this life of "raw power" was. Today you are great and in power but tomorrow you're dead and no one remembers about you.

Brat 2 appeared in 2000, when everything in Russia started to change. And this film is a milestone declaring the change in Russian cinematography. Raw violence was utilized to show that it isn't an ultimate power.

You may say that Danila uses violence to prevail as well. But the following monologue show the main idea of the whole film: - Say me, American, what the power is? Money? My brother says that as well. But TRUTH is the power. You may steal from someone or lie, but that other person will have the truth behind him. And that's why he is stronger.

Raw power is nothing when it's used against the TRUTH. To get money or recognition. There always would be something taking the offender down.

The secondary value of this work is to respond to immigration problem of 80s-90s when "Iron curtain" broke down. Life abroad is not that good. African American ghetto gangsta, Ukrainian mafia of Chicago - that was of course a hyperbole showing to Russians that it isn't good to run from their problems to other country either. That's why so many Russians value this film so much. It was the first film in decade with such big patriotic value.

So, summing up, the film was fit for its time. In fact, that's why I'm watching it once again and again - to relive all my emotions of 90s. That is one of the few modern films that I'm willing to show to my future children along with classics of 60s/70s.


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