Sakura, a low-level cog in the local Mafia brigade, drafts Schizo to scour the town's gathering point for unemployed men to find any assorted machos willing to participate in illegal bare-knuckled boxing fights. These matches connect the 15-year-old to a dying boxer who asks him to give the man's love - and money - to his soon-to-be widow (played by Olga Landina, looking startlingly like a Central Asian Sissy Spacek). (Jason Sanders)

Competition Fiction 2005
Guka Omarova
Kazakhstan / Russia / France / Germany 2004
86 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Guka Omarova, Sergei Bodrov
Cinematography Hasanbek Kydyraliyev
Editing Ivan Lebedev
Music SIG (Siegfried)
With Olzhas Nusuppaev, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabischev, Viktor Soukhorukov, Kanagat Nurtay, Gulnara Jeralieva
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