Thursday, September 27, 2012

Arguably, one of the best death scenes in the history of film

Today's post will be a bit of a departure from the norm, as it's not about anime, vocaloid, Game of Thrones, or anything relating to Final Fantasy.  Instead, the topic it concerns is the niche cinematic genre of 1970's Turkish kung fu crime dramas.

This might be a bit of a stretch for the normal readership of Kawaiian Punch, but it is only in looking back on the classics that we can have any appreciation for where modern film and theater is today.

Before we had the bromantic death of Boromir in Fellowship of the Ring or the unparalleled artistic drama at the end of The Last Samurai (major spoilers in that link), Turkish cinema gave us Karate Girl.  Staring the Brigitte Bardot look-alike Filiz Akin, Karate Girl (Kareteci Kiz) is in actuality a completely forgettable piece of 1970s funk cinema.

Or, rather, it would be if it didn't give us one of the most compelling and subtle death scenes in the history of modern film:

A note to all aspiring actors out there:  If you're ever given a death scene in a play or short film, be sure to take this man's inspiration on how to convey your character's pain to the audience. If you do it right, you just might wind up being the next big thing. Soviet-era Turkish cinema.