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Vår storebror i öster, 17 075 200 kvm och jordens till ytan överlägset största rike. Över 200 år sedan vårt senaste krig men ännu
sitter rysskräcken inrotad hos många och den pågående geopolitiska striden mellan Washington och Kreml har piskat upp denna
Russofobi till hysteriska mått. Ryssland har förstås en enorm potential inte bara som stormakt jämte Kina och USA, utan också som
turistland. Tänk att få fotvandra vid Bajkalsjön, på Kamtjatka, att få se Uralbergen eller Kaukasus toppar, besöka Vinterpalatset och
tuffa runt i turistbåt på Neva eller besöka den långsträckta ishavskusten och permafrostens fantasieggande vidder.
En smältdegel av delrepubliker, folkslag, kulturer, språk och religioner och jag drömmer om att ngn gång få göra min rysslandsresa

En Gigant till kulturland med sin fantastiska litteratur, sina tonsättare, konstnärer och filmmakare. Man formade filmhistorien genom
Sergei Eisenstein och hans nydanande klipp/montage teknik och Andrei Tarkovskij är en mästare bland mästarna. MEN ....
filmklassiker kommer jag här med några undantag INTE ta upp, utan istället en del udda favoriter och en hel del störtskön rysk
POPCORN film för thriller och action är något som ryssarna gör med stor entusiasm och mycket bra. Filmer som sällan kan ses här i
väst då ryska dvd/bluray utgåvor mycket sällan har engelsk text, och då rysk film som ges ut här nästan alltid är s.k. Art Movies.
En nästan omöjlig uppgift alltså att få se rysk underhållningsfilm med engelsk text här och mitt urval nedan är mycket begränsat
och utgörs mest av de enstaka thailändska dvd utgåvor jag lyckats komma över, och de senaste åren har även dessa upphört

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Most short reviews below are written in swedish

 

Great looking WW2 tank battle duel meets
Big-game hunting adventure and Moby Dick
in a strangely mystical and philosophical
action thriller. War meets Art. Enjoyable and
i still think about that strange last 25 minutes

White Tiger (Belyy tigr)

Direction and co-script: Karen Shakhnazarov, production: 2012

Cast: Vitaliy Kischenko, Aleksey Vertkov, Gerasim Arkhipov
DVD in russian with nordic subtitles, region 2
Nordic Atlantic Film edition PAL

 

A very entertaining horror fairy tale based
on a Gogol story and with some wildly
inspired Aleksandr Ptushko supervised
effects at the end. A young seminarist has
to spend 3 nights reading prayers for a ...

The Viy

Direction: Konstantin Ershov/Georgii Kropachev, production: 1967

Cast: Leonid Kuravlev, Natalya Varley, Nikolai Kutuzov

Youtube streaming video

 

Gloomy and harrowing, but impressive, WW2
action-drama from the absolute beginning of
the Germany-Soviet war about the hopeless
defence of the Brest fortress. The cruelty of
war and the murder of civilians

Fortress of War (Brestskaya krepost)

Direction: Alexander Kott, production: 2011

Cast: Andrey Merzlikin, Pavel Derevyanko, Aleksey Kopashov
Blu-ray in russian with nordic subtitles, region free?
Swedish Atlantic/Central Partnership blu-ray edition

 

Great, fascinating drama from the Edge of
the world, The Kray. The year is 1945 and a
loose cannon engineer finds a deserted train
in the woods but also a german woman
hiding out in the Siberian wilderness

Edge of War (Kray/The Edge)

Direction: Alexey Uchitel, production: 2010

Cast: Vladimir Mashkov, Anjorka Strechel, Yulia Persild
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region free
UK New Horizon edition PAL

 

Nice Crime Drama, very atmospherically
shot about an older man out hunting and
who gets drawn into a gangster feud.
Soon he has to flee for his life together
with one of the gangsters. Great stuff

Live (Zhit)

Direction: Yuri Bykov, production: 2010

Cast: Vladimir Tuldykov, Denis Shvedov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

Aleksei
Aleksei Balabanov - The Luis Buñuel of Russia
Aleksei Balabanov R.I.P. 25/2 1959 - 18/5 2013 - only 54 years old

 

The Master is Dead. Russia's Big Son of Film.
It's satirist and post-Soviet depictor. Never
again will he swing his magic wand over us
filmlovers and the film screen. The world has
become a duller place



It reached me through a russian work-mate and the grief was intense
among fans of russian cult film. Just think of all the personal films we
won't see now. Swedish media don't know about this genius director,
the post-Soviet master. We're deep in a Hollywood abyss and our con-
formistic film critics hail a pretentious bore as Trier or a hipster as QT

 


Prime Russian Film Noir that Rocks your world.
Fascinating and monstruos crime drama with
satire and black humour. Hypnotic, bizarre and
funny masterpiece from The Great Balabanov

Cargo 200 (Gruz 200) - A MONSTER of a film and a Must see!

Direction Aleksei Balabanov, production: 2007

Cast: Alexey Poluyan, Leonid Gromov, Agniya Kuznetsova
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region free
US Inter Cinema unrated edition NTSC

 

The Unique universe of Balabanov doesn't
resemble anything made in Europe with the
possible exception of Czech Svankmajer.
A bizarre and delightfully quaint fairy tale
about evil pornographers in Saint Petersburg
at the start of the 20th century

Of Freaks and Men (Pro urodo i lyudey)

Direction: Aleksei Balabanov, production: 1998

Cast: Sergei Makovetskiy, Dinara Drukarova
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region free
Hong Kong Platinum Classics edition NTSC

 

A Masterful gangster Noir crime drama from
St. Petersburg with a sensational Sergei Bodrov
Jr. as Danila in the main part and he's intensely
alive in this Super Smash Hit, and with a great
ST from Nautilus Vyacheslav Butusov

Brother (Brat)

Direction and script: Aleksei Balabanov, production: 1997

Cast: Sergei Bodrov Jr., Viktor Sukhorukov, V. Butusov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region free
US Kino International edition NTSC

 

Crime action comedy, an extremely violent
and another pitch-black satire where all are
abominable scum. Murder, torture and un-
abashed gangsterism. Beware of violence

Dead Man's Bluff (Zhmurki)

Direction: Aleksei Balabanov, production: 2005

Cast: Aleksei Panin, Dmitri Dyuzev, Nikita Mikhalkov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region free
US Kino Video edition NTSC

 

Entertaining WW2 time travel action where 4
guys lands in Ukraine anno 1944 and have to
fight to stay alive in meetings with nazis,
german-ukrainian and russian troops
A popular sequel to the blockbuster

We Are From The Future 2 (Paradox Soldiers)

Direction: Oleg Pogodin, production: 2010

Cast: Aleksei Barabash, S. Belotserkovskiy, Ekaterina Klimova
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Whatever happened to Eric Roberts and Michael
Madsen? They went to Russia to appear in Fun
popcorn action films. This is a strange thriller
where a journalist makes a career as a Prophet,
and with Stephen Baldwin in a bizarre cameo

The Prophet: Mission (Prorok)

Direction, script: Alexander Izotov/Rod Hewitt, production: 2010

Cast: Eric Roberts, Olga Rodionova, M. Madsen, Stephen Baldwin
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Fun lowbudget WW2 action thriller where 5
doomed men and a woman are on a mission
to enter the German headquarter and kill
Adolf Hitler. Clever and without the lofty
patriotic stuff that bores you in war films

Werewolf Hunt (Okhota na Verevolf)

Direction: Evgeny Mitrofanov, production: 2010

Cast: Vladimir Litvinov, Alexandr Kryzanovskij, Boris Galkin
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Cool and very entertaining action with Gosha
Kutsenko as a psychotic cop released from
a mental institution. Russian popcorn at it's
best. Would love to see the other entries in
this series

Antikiller 3 (Antikiller D.K)

Direction: Eldar Salavatov, production: 2009

Cast: Gosha Kutsenko, Ekaterina Klimova, Mikhail Efremov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Strange paranoia drama with Sci-Fi and an
apocalyptic theme. Andrey wonders why
the sky is green, why people put themselves
on fire and why human clones are appearing
everywhere. Great ending with the dog

The Rejection (Ottorzhenie)

Direction, script: Vladimir Lert, production: Russia-Ukraine 2009

Cast: Sergey Babkin, Bogdan stupka, Agniya Ditkovskite
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition NTSC

 

WW2 action drama from the Ukrainian
countryside and the village that doesn't
exist on any map. Russian prisoners flees
from Stalin terror and encounters Nazi troops
near the Eastern Front

Black Sheep

Direction: Seregey Chekalov, production: 2010

Cast: Kirill Rubtsov, Vladimir Tolokonnikov, Victor Soloviov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition NTSC

 

Family oriented Popcorn action fluff about a
Maltese cross and the kidnapping of a Tsar
descendant. An old and battered stuntman
leads the hunt for the Bad Guys.
Stupid but Fun entertainment

Maltese Cross (Maltiysky krest)

Direction: Nikolai Popkov. production: 2008

Cast: Aleksandr Inshakov, Oleg Taktarov, Yekaterina Galakhova
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

A Delightfully Bizarre SCi-Fi action with a
fascinating odd start and with a strange abrupt
ending. Very entertaining mumbo jumbo mess
where an agent hunts a defected agent who
carries an alien psychotropic weapon, and visits
a parallell Moscow. Love it

The Interceptor

Direction: Konstantin Maximov, production: 2009

Cast: Igor Petrenko, Aleksandr Baluev, Lyubov Tolkalina
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

The Battle of Neva in year 1240 where young
Alexander beat the swedes in a battle that
became a russian historical landmark.
All history nerds loves it ... yes, yummy!

Alexander. The Neva Battle (Aleksandr. Nevskaya bitva)

Direction: Igor Kalyonov, production: 2008

Cast: Anton Pampushny, Igor Botvin, Svetlana Bakulina
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai Movies-Happy Home Entertainment NTSC

 

Nice, well acted drama from the Caucasus war
about 2 russian soldiers making their way through
the Chechen wilderness with a young captive.
A bit melancholic but beautiful and without any
stuffy patriotic sentiments

Captive (Plennyy)

Direction: Aleksei Uchitel, production: 2008

Cast: Vyacheslav Krikunov, Pjotr Logachev, Irakli Mskhalaia
DVD in russian and chechen with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Bad, BAD action BUT ... very entertaining in a B
sort of way. Like a russian Dolph Lundgren or
Seagal flick but funnier. Strange story and almost
incomprehensible but great Psychotronic Fun

The Way (Put)

Direction: Vladimir Pasichnik, production: 2009

Cast: Dmitry Nosov, Nikolai Valuev, Michael Madsen
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Absolute Masterpiece.
Epic from the 15th century Russia about the
monk and icon painter Andrei Rublyov.
Told in tableaus with visuals that makes imprints
on your brain, and you will never forget them

Andrei Rubljov (Den yttersta domen)

Direction: Andrei Tarkovskij, production: Soviet Union 1968

Cast: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Burlyaev
DVD in russian with english subtitles, b/w, region 3
Korean Spectrum 2 disc edition NTSC

 

Not really a russian film, but an israeli crime
drama with some russian spoken and with the
gorgeous Olga Kurylenko in the lead. She's
paired with israeli singer Tayeb in an interest-
ing female buddy movie

Kirot (Walls/The Assassin Next Door)

Direction: Danny Lerner, production: Israel 2009

Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Ninet Tayeb, Liron Levo
DVD in russian, hebrew and english with english subs, region 3
Thai United Home Entertainment edition NTSC

 

Somewhat entertaining swedish-russian crime
action after Johnnie To's Breaking News.
Shifts between some good action scenes and
un-funny and corny media satire, but Merzlikin
and Tsyganov are Great as usual

News Makers (Goryachie novosti)

Direction: Anders Banke, production: Sweden-Russia 2009

Cast: Andrei Merzlikin, Yevgeni Tsyganov, Mariya Mashkova
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai United Home Entertainment edition NTSC

 

Impressive epic historic drama from 1916-1920
about the Amiral Alexander Kolchak and his
love story with Anna Timareva. With some
great battle scenes and visuals.
A New Dr. Zjivago-ish love story ?

The Admiral (Admiral)

Direction: Andrei Kravchuk, production: 2008

Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Elizaveta Boyarskaya
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL, released in Sweden

 

Fun and well made Popcorn action thriller with
a rock-hard Vladimir Epifantsev as a special
agent on a mission in Malta. Objective:
To transport an unwilling witness home to
Moscow

Man of the East (Nepobedimyy) - kul rysk popcorn

Direction: Oleg Pogodin, production: 2008

Cast: Vladimir Epifantsev, Olga Fadeeva, Sergei Astakhov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Unusual adventure action comedy where an
unfit (fat) parody agent is on a mission to
free captive russian women sold to bedouins
for white slavery sex duty. Somewhat funny
with weird swinging 60's music

Mirage (Mirazh) - småkul rysk popcorn

Direction: Tigran Keosyan, production: 2008

Cast: Dmitry Maryanov, Yelena Khmelnitskaya
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Great Fun Russian Popcorn Action Trash !
Wild crazy action where the super commando
Colonel Kirill slaughters Bad Guys on the
Siberian taiga. Great settings in Russian East

Titel: Hunting Piranha (Okhota na Piranju)

Direction: Andrei Kavun, production: 2006

Cast: Vladimir Mashkov, Evgenij Mironov, Svetlana Antonova
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

Great pace and snazzy Fun in a Popcorn
action where a team of agents is on a mission
to stop terrorists from bombing Moscow.
Action hero Merzlikin is great

Moscow Mission (Obratnyy otschet) - kul rysk popcorn

Direction: Vadim Shmelev, production: 2006

Cast: Andrei Merzlikin, Oksana Akinshina, Maksim Sukhanov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

B-ish thriller where a geologist tries to stop
a seismological weapon from being used
at a political top meeting in the Caucasus.
can the Russian authorities be trusted?

Shift

Direction: Anna Kelchevskaja, production: 2006

Cast: Dmitry Ulyanov, Anna Churina, Ivan Bortnik, Oleg Taktarov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai j-Bics edition PAL

 

Lavish and impressive looking production
war drama about a group of young men
sent on duty in the Afghanistan war in
1988-1989 at the end of that project

9th Company (9 Rota)

Direction: Fedor/Fyodor Bondarchuk, production: 2005

Cast: Aleksey Chadov, Ivan Kokorin, Konstantin Kryukov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai J-Bics edition PAL

 

OK, not Russian but almost. A historic war drama
from Kazakhstan that costed a fortune to make.
It's a pompous, patriotic and slick looking film
and an entertaing spectacle to watch. After Borat's
ridicule Kazakhstan needed a Hero adventure

Nomad (The Warrior)

Direction: Sergei Bodrov/Ivan Passer, prod: Kazakhstan 2005

Cast: Kuno Becker, Jay Hernandez, Doshan Sholzhaxynov
DVD in kazakh with english subtitles, region 1
US Weinstein company edition NTSC

 

Another well made and great looking russian
WW2 drama with a nice atmospherical historical
setting. About the skilled but distrusted by the
authorities U-boat captain Alexander Marinin

First After God (Pervyy posle Boga)

Direction: Vasili Chiginsky, production: 2005

Cast: Dimitri Orlov, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Irina Björklund
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Thai edition PAL

 

A very good and visually beautiful anti-war
drama based on a Tolstoj story. Poetic
about captivity high up in the Chechen
mountains from Father and Son, the talented
Bodrov's - R.I.P. Sergei Jr. 1971-2002

Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskij Plennik)

Direction: Sergei Bodrov, production: 1996

Cast: Oleg Menshikov, Sergei Bodrov Jr.
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 1
US MGM edition NTSC

 


Hallucinatory and experimental Cyberpunk
horror in a very promising indie film debut
from the interesting russian Iskanov

The Nails

Direction and script: Andrey Iskanov, production: 2003

Cast: Alexander Shevchenko, Irina Nikitina, Andrey Iskanov
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 1
US Unearthed unrated edition NTSC

 

Absolute Masterpiece.
Visually and Existentially mysterious,
beautiful and haunting after a novel by
polish Stanislaw Lem. wide 2.35:1, 5.1 audio
interview Natalya Bondarchuk with subs

Solaris

Direction: Andrei Tarkovskij, production: Soviet Union 1972

Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Juri Jarvet
DVD in russian with english subtitles, region 3
Korean Spectrum 2 disc edition NTSC

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