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Fighter (2009)

Molly Blixt Egelind , Cyron Bjørn Melville , Natasha Arthy  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Molly Blixt Egelind, Cyron Bjørn Melville, Semra Turan, Xian Gao, Nima Nabipour
  • Directors: Natasha Arthy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Turkish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The female karate kid.

Newcomer Semra Turan delivers a star-making performance as Aicha, a Copenhagen high school senior who dreams of becoming a champion mixed martial arts fighter. But when her conservative Turkish parents demand she go to medical school, Aicha instead begins secretly training at the local academy of Sifu (Xian Gao of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON fame). In a brutal sport where men make the rules, can a strong-willed woman battle her way to respect? And in a world where cultures clash as hard as any combat, will she survive long enough to decide what s worth fighting for? Cyron Melville and Sadi Tekelioglu co-star in this explosive drama featuring stunning choreography by Xian Gao that goes far beyond the usual martial arts movie.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fights Assimilation as well as Culture December 28, 2009
I watched this movie on demand without expectations; just intrigue because of my partial Danish background since this movie is a Danish film with English subtitles. An impressive film. The plot is reminiscent of a "Karate Kid" save that the conflicting battle is more internal rather than external. Aicha (Semra Turan) is a strong-willed girl who does not simply conform to her conservative Muslim culture which creates indifference between her, her family, and others of her culture.

Her parents are Turkish immigrants with conservative family and cultural values. Her father expects his children to be raised in a prosperous nation, such as Danmark, intent on becoming successful doctors. Aicha, however, doesn't comply with such demands and instead fights, literally, to earn a different kind of respect. She is fascinated by the martial arts and with persistence, convinces the master (Sifu) of a respected academy to allow her admittance to train. Aicha trains in secret against the demands of not only her family, but her culture as well, where man is the dominate figure (What is not clear is how she finances her training).

That aside, her brother, a doctor at a local hospital, is engaged to a young woman whose Muslim family is also disassociated with the host Danish culture. Omar, a friend of the bride-to-be's brother, is a martial artist in the same academy as Aicha and believes it disgraceful of her to be a part of something not meant for a Muslim woman. He refuses to train with her, and also finds it a shameful that she takes a liking to a fellow Danish peer in the academy. This developing relationship, and the control it gives Omar, become the catalysts for an internal culture clash that may produce fatal results.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film December 18, 2009
I cant say enough about this film. I saw it on On Demand, it looked interesting, so I gave it a try. Lucky for me I did. I was hooked from the beginning and the film was a great ride from start to finish. This has some really entertaining fight scenes, but the story and the struggle between culture and tradition really created a fascinating and enjoyable tapestry. Watch this film if you enjoy martial arts, and watch it even if you DONT like martial arts. Just watch it if you love good movies.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 1, 2009
I put this film on last night, intending to watch a few minutes before I went to bed. Well, that didn't work out. Once it started, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. This is a wonderful movie with an intelligent storyline and great martial arts action. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great martial arts movie November 30, 2009
This is one of the best believable martial arts movies I have seen in a long time.
The story is very good, girl from a traditional Muslim family is a martial art student.
The family wants the best for her, stay in school and become a doctor. But she meets a white Christian martial arts student. She fights back her feeling for him and is also betrayed by a Muslim guy martial arts student who thinks she should not be there.
Not to over the top scenes,very good movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Must See Film!! April 18, 2011
I am so happy I came across this movie serendipitously. I can't say enough about how much I LOVED it!! It is now one of the 12 movies I actually bought for my personal collection as I rarely feel the need to watch/access a movie more than once. Though I do really enjoy the occasional subtitled movie (mostly in Danish), I typically have to be in the mood to watch them and I was blown away at how easy it was to follow this amazing story at 2 am. I have seen the movie 7 times now and it has gotten better each time.

Upon coming across the film and reading the very brief synopsis, I thought I was in for a kick-ass chick movie (which are my favorites). It's not quite that but it is an excellent film. There are some fighting scenes but if you are looking for your typical Kung Fu or martial arts movie, this is not it. It is very much a story first with a great plot and with Kung Fu as one of its several themes. The real Kung Fu scenes, though slightly limited, are excellently choreographed and executed.

I thought everything about this film (soundtrack, casting, acting, plot, cinematography, choreography, etc.) was pretty much perfect. The most powerful of which was the performance of Semra Turan which had me captivated through every millisecond of the movie. I was so enthralled with her performance. She sells her character as well as any actress has ever. I really wish she would do more/other stuff.

I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who can appreciate subtitled films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a 'Bend it Like Beckham' fight movie October 20, 2010
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I really enjoyed this movie.
I found it to be a 'Bend It Like Beckham' figher movie.
The ending was good too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fighter November 8, 2009
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I bout this move because I am a bid marshall arts fan. The reason I bout this move is because it had no wire tricks. What you saw was pure Marshall Arts skill. The real thing. Excellent move.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Semra Turan is just terrific in Fighter
Semra Turan is just terrific in Fighter; she engaged me in rooting for her to overcome her emotional demons and opposed family hurdles to succeed her way. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Gryphon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent kung fu
i yotally love this movie! and as for aicha being a female, she is GREAT at kung fu. girls are usually a bit sloppy in my opinion.
Published 27 days ago by nabilah ali
5.0 out of 5 stars always liked this movie when I first saw it on Sundance ...
always liked this movie when I first saw it on Sundance channel, it is much better then the usual crap Hollywood produces now.
Published 1 month ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
1st time i seen this film i liked it 2nd even more so i bought it
Published 1 month ago by tim huxoll
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie! Finally a story about a passionate woman who chases her dreams, feels like any other person, and doesn't fall happily ever after in love with a prince from the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dana L. Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Very touching story about a young lady chasing her dreams despite pressure from her family to behave a certain way. Plenty of action. A nice story line. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marc T. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering!
ALL women should watch this movie! Lovely cinematography, good script, fabulous martial arts and good soundtrack! Buyit, watch it and become obssessed with it! ;)
Published 17 months ago by M. Cooksley
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Honest Movie
I picked up this movie because I thought it looked like just a fun Kung Fu movie. And being a martial artist myself, I was naturally quite curious. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by Lex
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I caught this movie on the Sundance Channel. After about 5 minutes I was hooked & will order this as a keeper. Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Film
"Fighter" is a richly meaningful film. Of course, it would appeal to anyone who enjoys watching martial arts movies, but it would also appeal to anyone interested in intercultural... Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Jedd
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