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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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.
Fighter is a different kind of movie. Be true to yourself, but don't check things at the door like your family. Or your culture. Or your religion. Or your education. Because these things are as much apart of yourself as whatever it is you're aspiring to be. And that falls more in the line of my own beliefs.
While I found the martial arts culture depicted in the movie a bit unrealistic, that is forgivable given the movie's entertaining fight scenes, excellent character development, and a surprisingly unbiased and balanced perspective of all characters regardless of what they feel about the main character's choices. The main character herself is flawed, realizing that there are some changes she needs to make too.