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Ayla: The Daughter of War (2017)

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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, ... See full summary »

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Can Ulkay

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Yigit Güralp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Çetin Tekindor ... Süleyman (old)
Ismail Hacioglu ... Süleyman (young)
Kyung-jin Lee Kyung-jin Lee ... Ayla (adult)
Kim Seol Kim Seol ... Ayla (child)
Ali Atay ... Ali
Damla Sönmez ... Nuran
Murat Yildirim ... Lieutenant Mesut
Taner Birsel Taner Birsel ... Major Fuat
Cade Carradine 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Korean | English | Turkish | Chinese

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayla See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Opening Weekend:

TRL 4,091,182 (Turkey), 29 October 2017
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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the end of the movie, when Sergeant Süleyman leaves his home to go to mosque, he greets an old man who is reading his newspaper in front of a cafe on the street. That old man is the real life Süleyman who was 91 years old at the time. Unfortunately, he died within two months after the premiere, while the film was still in general release. See more »

Goofs

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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Great opening scene, wonderful closing scene
4 November 2017 | by hasanaslannnnnSee all my reviews

The trailer of movie talks about a lot of thing about it. But all scenes are completely warming up your blood. You are laughing at some scenes, crying at others or smiling like Ayla. There's war and demand of peace, there's hopelessness and hope, there's humanity and love in this movie. After theater there were a lot of people who were crying. :)


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