Category Archives: Russian Movies

Russian Movies #9

This week we’ll go with Russian traditional festives: vodka, bears and balalaikas.

Peculiarities of the National Hunt / Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty / Особенности национальной охоты (1995)


Genres/Tags: Comedy
iMDB Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (based on 3549 ratings)
Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Starring: Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, Sergey Russkin
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include an Army general, with more than a passing resemblance to Aleksander Lebed, a police detective, local forest ranger (a devotee of Zen Buddhism) and some big-city types from St. Petersburg. Inevitably, their good intentions soon give way to endless drinking, visits to local farm girls and much else besides.

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At the Ends of the Earth / Na krau zemli / На краю земпи (1999)

Genres/Tags: Animation
Director: Konstantin Bronzit
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, subs are not needed

 

Description

A family lives in a house that teeters precariously on the very tip of a mountain. The balance of the house is affected not only by the family that lives inside, but also their cow, dog, …

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Russian Movies Weekend #8

Another week, another Russian movies mini-pack.

Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Profession / Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future / Иван Васильевич меняет профессию (1973)


Genres/Tags: Comedy
iMDB Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (based on 13907 ratings)
Director: Leonid Gaidai
Starring: Yury Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Natalia Selezneva, Natalia Krachkovskaya
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi11 subtitles

 

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Description

An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus’ – Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine…

“Ivan Vasilievich” was one of the most attended movies in the Soviet Union in 1973 with more than 60 million tickets sold.

The Mystery of the Third Planet / Тайна третьей планеты (1981)


Genres/Tags: Animation
Director: Roman Kachanov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English & Russian subtitles

 

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Description

Captain Zelyonyy (Green), Professor Seleznyov and his daughter Alisa Selezneva set out from Earth aboard the starship “Pegas” (Pegasus), seeking out new animal species for the Moscow Zoo. On the advice of the archaeologist Gromozeka, they turn to Doctor Verkhovtsev, the director of the Museum of Two Captains, for help. But the doctor behaves suspiciously: he refuses to show them the Captains’ diaries and starts spying on the expedition…

The movie is considered a cult classic in Russia, it was included in various top list of animated films and science fiction films.

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Russian Movies Weekend #7

Today I present you another two examples of Russian cinema culture. The first one… I don’t like it much, too simple. But somehow a new story under this title is being released every year, so modern Russia likes it.

And the second animation is a pretty good short, based on Ukrainian folk stories. The voice of the wolf is… something.

Yolki / Ёлки / New Year Trees (2010)


Genres/Tags: Comedy
iMDB Rating: 6.3 out of 10 (based on 2721 ratings)
Director: imur Bekmambetov, Yaroslav Chevazhevskiy + 3 more…
Starring: Dmitry Medvedev (Russian president atm), Alina Bulynko, Sergey Pokhodaev…
Budget: ~5.5 M USD
MKV Size: 1.4 GB
Video format: h264, 1040×442
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

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Description

Yolki (Russian: Ёлки, meaning New Year Trees), also known as Six Degrees of Celebration, is a 2010 Russian comedy film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. As of 2017, six films have been made in the series. It is the most successful non-animated film franchise in Russia.

The films in the series represent a Russian tradition of the New Year’s Movie where films that take place during the holiday season tap into the vein of hope, optimism, and possibility associated with New Year’s in the Russian culture.

There once was a Dog / Жил-был пёс (1982)


Genres/Tags: Short animation
Director: Eduard Nazarov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

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Description

The day comes when an old watchdog becomes useless but the masters…

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Russian Movies Weekend #6

This weekend I’d like to share two of my old Soviet favs from mid-80s. As far as I can tell they are still popular in modern Russia.

Last Year’s Snow Was Falling / Падал прошлогодний снег (1983)


Genres/Tags: Short Clay Animation
iMDB Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (based on 1518 ratings)
Director: Aleksandr Tatarskiy
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

Surreal misadventures of a lazy drunkard with speech impediment trying to get a New Year tree on a short notice. Loosely based on folk fairy tales.

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Guest from the Future / Гостья из будущего (1985)


Genres/Tags: TV Mini-series (5 episodes)
iMDB Rating: 8.2 out of 10 (based on 1998 ratings)
Director: Pavel Arsenov
Starring: Natalya Guseva, Aleksei Fomkin, Maryana Ionesyan, Ilya Naumov
Video format: YouTube
Languages: Russian Audio, English subtitles

 

Description

A school boy finds a time machine and he helps Alisa, a scientist girl in the future, to save a mind-reading device from space pirates. Chased by the pirates and followed by Alisa he saves the device bringing it back to his own time.

PS: Absolutely not related to “Back to the Future” 🙂

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Russian Movies Weekend #5

This Russian Movies Weekend won’t show you any animation. But instead you can watch Brat and Brat 2, two movies by Alexey Balabanov, which both became a cult right after their releases. I’m not a big fan of the main character/the actor, but the story and filming are really good in my opinion.

Unfortunately, though both these movies are available online in good HD quality, they lack subtitles other than Russian. So I had to make two torrents for you, with 15 languages in each of them. If you don’t see your subs language, check OpenSubtitles.org

Brother / Брат / Brat (1997)


Genres/Tags: Crime, Drama, Romance
iMDB Rating: 8.0 out of 10 (based on 14996 ratings)
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Starring: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko
Budget: ~10.000-20.000 USD
MKV Size: 3.7 GB
Video format: h264, 1920×1080
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi15 subtitles

 

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Description

Newly discharged from the army, Danila goes to his older brother – a gangster and a killer – to start a new life in St. Petersburg where he’s soon situated in the criminal world and asked to kill someone. There his new life starts. He meets new people, including a girl, and becomes a big fan of the rock band “Nautilus Pompillius,” but now he is a killer, and realizing killing is easier for him than living makes him understand he is going the wrong way.

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Brother 2 / Брат 2 / Brat 2 (2000)


Genres/Tags: Action, Crime, Thriller
iMDB Rating: 7.8 out of 10 (based on 10980 ratings)
Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Starring: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Sergey Makovetskiy
Budget: ~1.500.000 USD
MKV Size: 4.8 GB
Video format: h264, 1920×1080
Languages: Russian Audio, MULTi15 standalone subtitles

 

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Description

Danila Bagrov meets his army buddy Konstantin Gromov in Moscow, with whom he fought in Chechnya. The friend tells Danila about his twin brother Dmitry, who is a professional hockey player in America. However, the team owner, in cahoots with his Russian partner, has swindled the young star into an oppressive contract, allowing them to rob him blind. Several days after this conversation, Danila finds Konstantin dead. In order to straighten things out and avenge his friend, Danila goes to Chicago.

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