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Fighter (2007)

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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... See full summary »

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Natasha Arthy
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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 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 Frank Thiel ... Student counselor
Trine Appel Trine Appel ... Karate coach
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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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It's survival of the fittest. See more »

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Action | Drama

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Denmark | Sweden

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Danish | Turkish | English | Chinese

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (Denmark) See more »

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Aicha See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #38.14 (2007) See more »

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Martial arts and Turkish immigrants in Denmark
1 January 2008 | by dgrolinSee all my reviews

A beautiful and touching movie that deserves a wider viewing than it is likely to get. Semra Turan plays Aicha, a second generation Turkish immigrant, who tries to break the mold. Neither entirely at home with her moderately conservative Muslim family, nor with her liberal Danish friends, Aicha's martial arts experience becomes a fight to find herself and have the strength to allow herself to be who she wants to be in spite of both family and friends.

Director Natasha Arthy manages to balance introspection and narrative so that it has depth without becoming ponderous philosophical discourse, and drawing on Xian Gao's choreography skills pays off in spectacular fight sequences. In the end, however, it is Semra Turan's stunning debut performance that gives this movie spirit. Raw charisma and requisite martial arts skills are complimented by heart to make her personal drama believable.

Well worth your while.


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