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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 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 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 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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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:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Iskenderun, where the turkish part of the story begins, is a cosmopolite southern industrial city of Turkey. The natal city of Suleyman, the main character is Maras, it's most likely a rural city at the southeast of Turkey. So, it gives in fact some kind of a sociological depth to the turkish characters of the story. 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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Has a big potential , but wastes it
5 November 2017 | by mustafa-56005See all my reviews

This movie has a big potential. But unfortunately,movie waste this potential. First of all, this movie is far from war psychology. The motivations of the characters are not told to us correctly. I think the emotions of the characters in a good war movie is so important. But in this movie , characters inside are too empty. They say nothing about war.At the same time, movie uses unnecessary scenes to make audience cry.The second half of the movie is completely different than first half.İts like watching two different movie.There is a big problem about time jumps.The older part of the main character is longer than necessary.In addition, the film contains propaganda than necessary. Also in movie war has not been shown to be painful on both sides. So the war in the film is not neutral and realistic.

But on the other side Ayla has great acting. Every actors and actresses perform flawless.Production is beautiful. War scenes are exaggerated, but pleasant and realistic.As a result Ayla is an average movie.Not bad,but not that good.


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