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Forbidden Kingdom (2014)

Viy (original title)
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An eighteenth century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Romanian forest.

Director:

Oleg Stepchenko

Writers:

Nikolay Gogol (story and characters) (as Nikolai Gogol), Aleksandr Karpov (script) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Dzhonatan Grin (as Dzheyson Fleming)
Andrey Smolyakov ... Otets Paisiy
Aleksey Chadov ... Petrus
Agniya Ditkovskite Agniya Ditkovskite ... Nastusya
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Sotnik
Olga Zaytseva Olga Zaytseva ... Pannochka
Aleksandr Yakovlev ... Overko
Igor Jijikine ... Dorosh (as Igor Zhizhikin)
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Yavtukh
Nina Ruslanova ... Zhena Yavtukha
Viktor Bychkov ... Taras
Ivan Mokhovikov ... Bursak Khalyava
Anatoliy Gushchin Anatoliy Gushchin ... Bursak Gorobets
Alexey A. Petrukhin ... Bursak Khoma (as Aleksey A. Petrukhin)
Aleksandr Karpov ... Panas
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Early 18th century. Cartographer Jonathan Green undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East. Having passed through Transylvania and crossed the Carpathian Mountains, he finds himself in a small village lost in impassible woods. Nothing but chance and heavy fog could bring him to this cursed place. People who live here do not resemble any other people which the traveler saw before that. The villagers, having dug a deep moat to fend themselves from the rest of the world, share a naive belief that they could save themselves from evil, failing to understand that evil has made its nest in their souls and is waiting for an opportunity to gush out upon the world. Written by RFG

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A fantastic journey into the heart of darkness See more »


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Despite the fact that this was the highest grossing Russian movie of 2014, it did not get a cinematic release in most other countries. A lawsuit between two of the film's production companies over budget issues caused a significant production delay, after which, a distribution deal for the international market was cancelled. As a result, the movie was released direct-to-DVD in many big markets such as the U.S. and the U.K. See more »

Quotes

Dzhonatan Grin: I'm a scientist.
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Blackmagic vs. Science.
23 March 2015 | by topblockSee all my reviews

If you're a Gogol follower - skip it. The original story ends as the movie proceeds. Yet you would definitely like to step into the new fantasy world, glamorously picturized by the talented scenarist+director. Russia/Ukraine has an awful lot to offer - the whole abyss of an amazing mythology, with stunningly scary monsters rooted in a fascinating history. While the native language speaker will certainly find the movie rather colorful and surprising, the "foreigner" will be stunned by the visualizations and enjoy the unexpected appearance of a Englishman scientist whose stepping in turns this originally "horror" scenario into a detective, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" style. Strongly recommended to those who liked "Hellboy", "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles"...

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Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

30 January 2014 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,885,962
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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