A film by Ermek SHINARBAEV

1989 / 96'’ / status : completed

In a small Korean town in 1915, after a school teacher murders his daughter, a father’s thwarted revenge leads him to father a son dedicated to avenging his sister. The son takes an oath to kill the school teacher.


Restored in 2010 by Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the Kazakhfilm Studio, the State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ermek Shinarbaev. Restoration funded by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways and Qatar Museum Authority.


“A beautiful , profoundly unsettling film. A true odyssey , geographically and psychologically . One of the greatest films to emerge from the Kazakh New Wave , and one of the toughest.”

Kent Jones