In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, ... See full summary »

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Can Ulkay

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Yigit Güralp
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Çetin Tekindor ... Süleyman Dilbirligi (old)
Ismail Hacioglu ... Süleyman Dilbirligi (young)
Kyung-jin Lee Kyung-jin Lee ... Ayla (adult)
Kim Seol Kim Seol ... Ayla (child)
Ali Atay Ali Atay ... Ali
Damla Sönmez ... Nuran
Murat Yildirim ... Lieutenant Mesut
Taner Birsel ... Major Fuat
Cade Carradine ... Captain Cage
Kim Byoungsoon Kim Byoungsoon ... South Korean General
Meral Çetinkaya ... Nimet (old)
Johnny Young ... Lieutenant Lee
Mehmet Esen ... Colonel Celal
Altan Erkekli ... Huseyin Dilbirligi
Caner Kurtaran Caner Kurtaran ... Sadik
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In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army base and out of harms way. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman names her Ayla, in reminiscence of the moon on the fateful night during which they met. The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla, almost effortlessly, brings an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war. As the war comes to a close however, Süleyman's brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman cannot bear abandoning Ayla, and does everything within his power to take her with him. After repeated failure, he is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but doesn't give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her. Will the two ever get back together? Written by ahmetkozan

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On Dec. 7, 2017 Suleyman Dilbirligi, who adopted a five-year-old Korean orphan girl during the Korean War, died at the age of 91 in Istanbul after 1 month in intensive care. Dilbirligi had adopted Eunja Kim during the war and named her "Ayla." One day after the death of her husband, Nimet Dilbirligi died from grief. See more »

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Scene of North Korean Ambush; the American officer holding a Beretta sport model pistol ; it should be 45.cal 1911 Colt instead. See more »

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References Love Happy (1949) See more »

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Ayla
17 March 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

Ayla: The Daughter of War All is fair in love & war... Even at war; the sense of human value reflects, Winsomeness has its effect, we all need love ... despite that I am responsible for every child either mine or not, they ought to be safe and happy... Love is beyond language & nationalism... the world needs love


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Turkish | Korean | English | Chinese

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27 October 2017 (Turkey) See more »

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