Fighter (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Fighter 2007

Directed by Natasha Arthy

Real-life kung fu champ Semra Turan stars as Aicha, the feisty daughter of traditional Turkish immigrants determined to be a contender.

Denmark In Danish and Turkish with English subtitles
97 minutes 35mm / CinemaScope

Director

Screenplay

Natasha Arthy
,
Nikolaj Arcel
,
Rasmus Heisterberg

Photography

Sebastian Winterø

Editor

Kasper Leick

Music

Saqib
,
Frithjof Toksvig

With

Semra Turan
,
Nima Nabipour
,
Cyron Melville
,
Molly Blixt Egelind
,
Behruz Banissi
,
Gao Xian

Festivals

Berlin 2008

Elsewhere

A young woman's furious passion for martial arts takes centre stage in this high-energy drama set in Copenhagen. Real-life kung fu champ Semra Turan stars as Aicha, the feisty daughter of traditional Turkish immigrants, who has a tough time convincing anyone - least of all her fight team - that she could be a contender. Unable to control her rage on the mat, and banned from fighting by her patriarchal family, Aicha leads a triple life, running between home, school and an elite fight club run by a strict Chinese shifu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon choreographer Gao Xian), who secretly admires her spunk. Then there is her dashing training partner Emil, who wants to take things further than her strict Muslim values will allow. The rise of the underdog is a familiar tale, but Fighter crosses genres with agility to provide gripping family drama and even a fresh spin on cross-cultural romance. — BZ