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Fighter (2007)

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Aicha attends Kung Fu at her high school in Copenhagen. Her Muslim, Turkish father wants her to study hard and become a doctor but instead she starts training at a Kung Fu club where Emil helps with her training. They become friends.

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Natasha Arthy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Semra Turan Semra Turan ... Aicha Ahman
Nima Nabipour Nima Nabipour ... Ali Ahman
Cyron Melville ... Emil Andersen (as Cyron Bjørn Melville)
Molly Blixt Egelind ... Sofie
Sadi Tekelioglu Sadi Tekelioglu ... Aicha's Father
Behruz Banissi ... Omar Yüksel
Xian Gao Xian Gao ... Sifu
Denize Karabuda Denize Karabuda ... Aicha's Mother
Ertugrul Yilan Ertugrul Yilan ... Mehmet
Özlem Saglanmak ... Yasemin
Yüksel Isik Yüksel Isik ... Yasemin's father
Nevin Rasmussen Nevin Rasmussen ... Yasemin's mother
Mira Sarah Altshul Mira Sarah Altshul ... Fadime Ahman
Frank Thiel ... Student counselor
Trine Appel Trine Appel ... Karate coach
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Storyline

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, like her brother Ali. But school doesn't inspire her. Defying her family, Aicha starts secretly training at a professional, co-ed kung fu club. A boy, Emil, helps Aicha train for the club championship and they fall in love. But the rules of life are not as simple as the rules of kung fu, and Aicha is forced to decide who she is and what she wants. Written by Natasha Arthy

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Know your weakness - find your strength See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish | Turkish | English | Chinese

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Aicha See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$919,445
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Racing speed and deep dignity
11 January 2009 | by ingo_schwarzeSee all my reviews

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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